E is for Egg – June 30, 2009

“I’m in constant search for my truest expression. Each painting takes me to roads traveled and worlds unknown and provides challenges for growth and humility.”

Bela Fidel

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E is for Egg
from the WetCanvas Alphabet Swap
2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor

Goldie Studies – June 29, 2009

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.”
– Helen Keller
I did three little ATC studies of my step-mother’s dog, Goldie. I am studying her, to see if I have what it takes to do a portrait of her. She is such a character! I think a few more studies are in order before I do the portrait. My favorite here is the one on Yupo.

Goldie 1
2.5″ x 3.5″
Watercolor on Yupo

Goldie 2
2.5″ x 3.5″
Watercolor & Gouache on Illustration Board
Goldie 3
2.5″ x 3.5″
Watercolor & Gouache
on Dark Brown Art Spectrum Colourfix

Rose Macro – June 26, 2009

“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.”
– Julia Alvarez

That’s a nice quote, but I also like to pay it back… It’s all good!
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Rose Macro
4″ x 6″ Watercolor
on Indian Village Handmade Paper

Captain Wiener – June 25, 2009

“Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after.”

Henry David Thoreau

To spend one’s whole lifetime waiting for life to come to us… thinking that if we just quiet our minds we will find peace… waiting for life to make us happy… could there be a greater waste.

That is not to say that serenity and peace are not found in fishing. They certainly are, as they are found in many other quiet hobbies and activities. And they are certainly an important part of life. But they are not what life is all about, not what we are to spend our lives looking for.

The beginning is in the quieting of the mind. That is just the beginning. As we quiet our minds our answers will come. And we will know what right action steps are to be taken.

From A Time for Joy
by Ruth Fishel

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This is Captain Wiener.

 

I designed him for a client who sells hot dogs.

 

My life is incredibly fun!

Snowball the Rooster – June 24, 2009

“Rate the task above the prize; will not the mind be raised? Fight thine own faults, not the faults of others; will not evil be mended?”
– Confucius

Snowball the Rooster
4″ x 6″ Watercolor
on Indian Village Handmade Paper
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This is the same rooster I posted on Monday.   I see things differently each time I paint them.   You may see Snowball again.  For a pure white rooster, I sure am enjoying him in technicolor.  Isn’t life fun?!  😀

Three Hungry Goats – June 23, 2009

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust
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Three Hungry Goats

2.5″ x 3.5″
Watercolor on Yupo

“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come. ‘Tis grace that hath brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.”

-John Newton

Today and always, let joy be your compass. When choosing a direction in life, choose the path of your heart. Do what you love, follow your bliss.

Fun is an underestimated emotion in our culture. We are told as children, “If you waste time having fun, you won’t get anything serious accomplished.” Yet most successful people describe their work as being incredibly joyful. An office that sings with laughter is always more productive. As one executive remarked, “The more I enjoy my work, the more efficient I become.”

Joy and laughter improve the quality of our relationships. Couples who lighten up rarely split up. Laughing at a difficult situation fosters detachment and understanding. It is only when we get too serious that trouble arises.

 -Douglas Bloch

Painted Rooster 500x500

  “The Painted Rooster”

8.5″ x 10″ Watercolor on Yes! canvas sheet

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