Tuesday Birds-The Elegant Egret

Egrets, Herons, Cranes and storks are often confused in folklore and real life.  These long legged wading birds alternate between elegant graceful shallow water walking to awkward wing flapping squawks.  The fascination with them is real. Does it matter which one is which in the world of folklore? Some stories are generalized and some are very specificContinue reading “Tuesday Birds-The Elegant Egret”

The Ebenezer Stone

Did Charles Dickens have a deeper meaning in mind when he named his iconic character “Ebenezer” Scrooge?  Its a topic that had never occurred to me until I heard the literal translation of the name, Ebenezer, which is “Stone of Help.” It was the name given to a stone that was erected after a battleContinue reading “The Ebenezer Stone”

Theft or Flattery???

“A lotta cats copy the Mona Lisa but people still line up to see the original.” Louis Armstrong (from The Painter’s Keys) Help me out here! When is it okay to appropriate someone else’s work to use for your work? Is it ever okay? Suppose you like to paint in the studio from photographs. Would youContinue reading “Theft or Flattery???”

Beautifully Purposeful

“Create we must, and respond to this dark hour.” Makoto Fujimura The artistic process for many can be a compulsion, striving to express an idea, a thought, a feeling bubbling up from deep inside. The expression is often not consciously mulled over before erupting into reality. How much time is spent reflecting on the purposeContinue reading “Beautifully Purposeful”

Eclipsing the Brain

Better be without logic than without feeling. Charlotte Bronte (from The Painter’s Keys) The purpose in art is frequently directed toward the rational, the brain. Many artists seek ways to make the meaning clear so that others may discern the intent. The purpose is for people to appreciate the art because they have grasped theContinue reading “Eclipsing the Brain”

Sunday Slideshow-Foggy Fall Morning on the Mountain

A beautiful mist shrouded this October morning on Monteagle Mountain in Southeast Tennessee. An eerie stillness covers the landscape where only the sounds of the dripping beads of moisture on the trees can be heard. Gradually, the mist burned off and a gorgeous bright sunny fall day appeared. Many thanks to Kris Morton of FourContinue reading “Sunday Slideshow-Foggy Fall Morning on the Mountain”

Breezy Magic

“The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” William Butler Yeats (from The Painter’s Keys) To provoke the senses is to be inspired. Without the conscious act of giving in to at least one sense little would be painted, written, performed or otherwise translated into art. Art requiresContinue reading “Breezy Magic”

Consciously Unconscious

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper (from Artpromotivate.com)   An eagle in flight, the newly opened bud of a spring flower, the crashing waves on a white sandy beach are sights that can momentarily take the breath away. For many artists the feeling cannot beContinue reading “Consciously Unconscious”