Lateral Retort

This painting began as a 1" thumbnail sketch. Loved the movement, the 'intersections' of line and form. Keeping with my theme of "Intersections" I moved color around until it was pleasing and a bit subdued. I think I scrubbed off more paint than I left on the surface, one reason oil painting can be an expensive endeavor.

Love the subtle transitions between areas in lower left and how the dash of blue in the middle pulls everything together.
"Intersections - Lateral Retort" 24x24" oil on canvas  $750-


Raven Writers Under a Full Moon

Artists often have more than one passion. I am blessed with many. Writing is one of those. Our writer's group, Raven Writers, met last night at the charming home of one of our members.

Stories of a cross-country bicycle trip, echoed in a thin journal describe the contemplation of road kill cooked over an open flame to satiate continual hunger; the camaraderie of a recent college grad who rode for Lupus awareness; and the effort to pitch a tent after a grueling climb up a Montana pass.

Ideas flowed like the blueberry wine we shared, lighting the spark of inspiration we craved after the drought of summer. Andirondack chairs were soon pulled into a cozy circle as dark enveloped us, only voices visible under a cloud shrouded full moon.

I vowed to write more letters as we spoke of how personal they are to give and receive, to keep and reflect, to pass on to friends, family. Who will be first?

My mind is overflowing with inspiration, ideas, hope that I barely slept last night. I can hardly wait for the offerings promised for September.