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A Museum VisitLooking at paintings always inspires me. A recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fl., where I live, recharged my batteries. Connecting with old favorites from the permanent collection, and discovering new artists proved to be as energizing as ever. A current special exhibit features the work of artist, Benny Andrews. His drawings and collages are wonderfully imaginative and colorful, leaving me wondering how I’d never heard of him till now. Better late than never to make this discovery! Also on exhibit were the powerful photographs of Herb Snitzer. Each photo is carefully composed in rich velvety tones of black & white with wonderful contrast and midtones. Herb, a lifelong advocate for civil rights, takes on social issues in his art. He is also well known for his photos of such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane, just to name a few. We are fortunate to have this remarkable man, now in his 90’s and still going strong, l…
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On the Easel Currently working on quite a large piece featuring several figures. It's a slow process, developing each figure by first laying in the tones with bristle brushes, then repeating the process again with softer brushes. I've been working on this one now for a few weeks. Before beginning this painting, I made some new changes to my studio, adding a large monitor screen to better view my reference photos. Above are some progressive photos of my progress thus far. Standing up at the easel is very tiring. I simply cannot paint in a seated position. I often loose track of how long I've been on my feet because I'm so absorbed in painting. Thankfully I took a gym break today (as I do most days) to do some yoga. It felt wonderful and energized me to work on the piece a bit more later.

My New Blog I'm new to blogging so I've decided to give it a try. Although I'm retired, I work in my studio as a full-time artist. At times I ask myself why I feel it necessary to spend a good part of most days creating art? I have been painting since the early 1980's, so it seems natural to me to be painting. I find when I'm not painting, I feel out of sync somehow. It is quite a commitment trying to manage my time between working in the studio, managing the business aspects of being a professional artist and balancing this with an active social life, exercise, and household demands.