24 August 2015

Maine Lake in Heavy Fog (+ "a short amount of time")


Maine Lake in Heavy Fog
4 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2014
Available
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Apply now for my Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship and win free tuition to one of my workshops. To apply for the scholarship, click here. The deadline is tomorrow night.

There are just a few spots left in my 1-day September 26 workshop at Artists of Yardley, PAIf you're thinking about it, here's some more feedback from one of the wonderful participants in my 2015 Sedona workshop:
"I've taken three of Abbey's workshops, all in Sedona. They have all been a wonderful experience. Initially, I took Abbey's workshop because of my frustration about wanting to paint but not knowing how to get started and really connect with the process. 
Abbey's workshops are so productive in terms of what one can absorb and accomplish in a short amount of time. I was initially attracted to her workshop because of my interest in the 'Painting a Day' concept and the smaller scale of the work seemed manageable for a beginner.
I love taking her workshops because I feel that I can connect with what and how Abbey is teaching because of the the honoring way in which Abbey coaches the students through their challenges and roadblocks -- which I find so supportive to my particular process. Abbey creates a safe, inspiring learning environment. 
Before I signed up for the workshop, I was worried that as a beginner, I wouldn't be able to keep up. At first I felt a little intimidated, but because Abbey works with people on the level that they are at, she made me feel that none of that mattered and I was able to focus more on what I wanted to get out of the class. 
I have to admit that the idea that Abbey was in O Magazine caught my attention as well as her spots on TV shows etc. But to tell you the truth, I just had a feeling when I studied Abbey's paintings and watched her demos that pulled me in. Watching Abbey's video demonstrations on line where fascinating to me and convinced me that she was the teacher for me. 
What I liked best about the workshop was watching Abbey paint, personal instruction, the supportive, creative atmosphere that she creates!" ~D. Cashman
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Happy Monday,

20 August 2015

Two Figs and Bumble Bee (+ The Agony and The Ecstasy)


Still life with Two Figs and Bumble Bee
5 x 4 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
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This summer I've been reading Irving Stone's The Agony and The Ecstasy, a biographical novel about Michelangelo. I highly recommend it.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

19 August 2015

Cardinal Feather & Two Rainier Cherries on a Wood Block (+ "demystifying the process")


Cardinal Feather and Two Rainier Cherries on a Wood Block
7 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, 2015
Available framed or unframed
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There are just 5 spots left in my 1-day September 26 workshop at Artists of Yardley, PATo share more feedback from another couple of my awesome repeat participants in my Sedona workshop:
"Abbey's workshop is excellent on several levels. Mostly it has to do with how she feels about teaching. By example, the demonstration is repeated 5 times, and it is clear that she is fluent in describing what she does, as she demos it, and simultaneously answers questions from the students. Next, as we all paint, she spends each day visiting ALL of the students, painting with us, commenting on composition, use of paint, making (great!!!) color suggestions. At the end of the workshop, I felt Abbey had given me valuable and usable information. I might also add, that the fellow artists who took this class were just wonderful people and I completely enjoyed the opportunity to meet them and paint with them.

The benefit of a good workshop is to go home and want to paint. I do that and feel like I am using my time well and feel very lucky to have this experience.

I would recommend Abbey's workshop to anyone who would like to spend serious time painting, anyone who would like to demystify the process, anyone who needs to take their painting to the next level.
Abbey's workshops are excellent." ~Jan Walker, jancastlewalker.com (don't miss checking out her work!)
and
"Abbey's individual instruction and comments allow me to see the areas in my painting that need the most work. I value and appreciate her constructive criticism. This was my third workshop, and I can honestly say that I learn new things with each workshop. It is amazing.
I'm a visual learner, so Abbey's incredible demos are my favorite facet of the workshop. 
I have attended several other workshops, but most use artificial lighting for still life work. Abbey was the first artist to recommend using only natural light, and it has made such a difference." 
~Darla McDowell, darlamcdowell.com (be sure to check out her work!)
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Enjoy,

18 August 2015

Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship - applications now open

Two years ago, with great generosity, one of my former high school art teachers raised funds to send one of her promising senior art students to my Peto Museum workshop. It was wonderful to have this student in my workshop, and in the spirit of arts and education “paying it forward,” I invite followers of this blog to keep this generous act going. I often write and teach about about mindful practice as it relates to the studio, life, and my teaching, and I aim to create more awareness about mindful studio practice through my Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship.

The goal of the Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship is to offer one subsidized spot in each of my workshops.

The first scholarship will be awarded for my October 24-25 Peto Museum workshop in NJ, but you may apply for any of my workshops. Feel free to read recent comments about my workshops here.

Scholarship awards will be based on your interest, need, and merit, as described in your application. The scholarship includes tuition to the workshop (not travel/lodging/food expenses).

Preference will be given to applicants who have also contributed something (even $20) to the scholarship fund. 100% of the funds we raise will go towards scholarships. Donate here.

The first scholarship is for my October 24-25 Peto Museum workshop.

Applications will be accepted between August 18-25 at midnight EST.

The winner will be announced here and notified by email on September 8. (Sorry, I can only notify the winner by email, so check here on September 8.)

TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP, CLICK HERE.

Good luck,


P.S. It's important to me that we all support arts and education "paying it forward," so that's why I am giving preference to applicants who have also contributed something to the scholarship fund. ANY amount counts, and 100% of the funds we raise together will go towards scholarships (maybe yours!). Donate and then apply for a scholarship.

17 August 2015

Bowl of Cherries (+ scholarship opens tomorrow)


Bowl of Cherries
5 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
Available
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Applications to win the first Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship will open tomorrow, August 18 -- and preference will be given to applicants who have also contributed something (even $20) to the scholarship fund. 100% of the funds we raise will go towards scholarships. To learn more and contribute to the fund, click here.

Thanks to the folks who have already contributed to the Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship. We are more than halfway to our goal to be able to offer a scholarship for my Peto Museum workshop on October 24-25. Donate here.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

13 August 2015

Bosc Pear in a Cloisonné Butterfly Bowl (+ scholarship tip #1)


Still Life with Bosc Pear in a Cloisonné Butterfly Bowl
7 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
Available
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Following the theme of painting things that were given to me, I always enjoy painting this cloisonné butterfly bowl that belonged to my grandmother and was a gift to me from my dad. This painting, along with 15 others, is on view this month as part of my solo exhibition at Gleason Fine Art in Maine. Hope you enjoy the new work.

Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship Tip #1
Applications to win a scholarship will be open August 18 -- and preference will be given to applicants who have also contributed something (anything) to the scholarship fund. To learn more and contribute to the fund, click here.

THANK YOU so much for you who have generously contributed to the Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship. We are more than halfway to our goal to be able to offer a scholarship for my Peto Museum workshop in October! Donate here.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

12 August 2015

Still life with Farm Egg and Local Peach on Marble (+ a fantastic live documentary)


Still life with Farm Egg and Local Peach on Marble
8 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
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In late June, I was fortunate to see Sam Green’s newest "live documentary" The Measure of All Things. I loved it -- it was fantastic -- combining a film screening with Green's in-person live narration and a soundtrack played live by the ensemble yMusic. Loosely inspired by the Guinness Book of Records, The Measure of All Things weaves together a series of portraits of record-holding people, places, and things. You can do a web search to find the trailer for the film, but it really was the most incredible thing to experience in person the film, live narration, and live orchestra-soundtrack-performance together as a "live documentary." Brilliant.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

All best,

11 August 2015

Pohnpeian Cowry Shell (+ very generous comment)


Pohnpeian Cowry Shell
6 x 4 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
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In this painting is another cowry shell that I brought back from Pohnpei, Micronesia (north Pacific) when I lived there during the summer of 2001. I went to do volunteer work and SCUBA diving at a marine science lab. This is my second time painting one of these remarkable cowry shells.

Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship
To learn more and contribute a bit to this fund, click here. I am grateful for any support you can offer so I can give out workshop scholarships. (by the way: I am looking into the issue of donating from Canada -- thanks to those of you who brought that to my attention!)

Workshop recap & comment
My recent Sedona Arts Center workshop was off-the-charts amazing. What an incredible group of painters. If you're considering one of my last two 2015 workshops, I can share a bit of feedback below from one of my awesome participants from Sedona. I'm particularly honored by Catherine's last line at the bottom:
"Having experienced Sedona last year, I came back because I knew Abbey would be able to easily articulate any difficulties I may have and help me to solve them. 
I tend to get overwhelmed with so many choices, and Abbey always brings me back to the fundamentals: the joy of painting, realism, color, the tactile joy of putting brush to canvas -- all those myriad of elements that merge in my brain to create something I can be proud of. 
Abbey's calm demeanor and sincerity are not something described in her workshop description, but they are of immense value to me. And they're such rare qualities in an instructor! 
Abbey removes her ego from the process. She is an excellent listener; and in my experience most people just want to be heard and their anxieties about painting recognized, so they can then put them away. Abbey respects other's opinions. She is incredibly generous with her knowledge about technique and processes. All of these qualities set Abbey far apart from other presenters and workshops I've attended. 
Since Sedona, I'm not afraid to put my art out there for sale, which says a lot about my confidence. At the workshops, I've met some super people that I will continue to stay in contact with.  
Abbey is consistently intelligent, generous and funny (yes, funny is important to me!) 
Also, I'm much more positive, confident and quick about painting than I used to be. I guess that's called learning and practice! Watching and learning from Abbey, for the first time I can honestly say I love the challenge of color and finally may be starting to 'get' it. This, after years of thinking I was a lousy colorist! 
Abbey makes me feel like I can find my own way. That's priceless."
~Catherine Twomey, catherinetwomey.com (check out her work!)
I'll post some more testimonials soon.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

All best,

10 August 2015

Handmade Bowl with D'Anjou Pear (+ self-portrait, of sorts)


Handmade Bowl with D'Anjou Pear
5 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
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Can you see my self-portrait (of sorts) in this cup?

My last 2015 workshop is my October two-day Peto Museum workshop and it is open for registration. The Peto Museum is so fabulous, and it is located in a beautiful beach town in NJ. If you're thinking about it, keep an eye out because last year's workshop filled up quickly. I am also teaching in Yardley on September 26. After that, my next workshop will be May 16-20, 2016 in Sedona (save the date).

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

07 August 2015

Still life with Lemon Half, Eucalyptus, and Teacup (+ Maine artist reception tonight)


Still life with Lemon Half, Eucalyptus, and Teacup
8 x 10 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
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Following the theme of painting objects that were given to me, I always enjoy painting this teacup that belonged to my grandmother and was a gift to me from my mom.

This painting (along with 15 others) is on view this month as part of my solo exhibition at Gleason Fine Art. The artist reception is tonight; if you are in the area, stop by to say hello. Hope you enjoy the new work.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

All my best,


Framed view:

05 August 2015

Golden Series: Delft Vase, Blackberries, & Sour Cherry (+ still life "gifts")


Golden Series: Delft Vase, Blackberries, and Sour Cherry (the light, the shade)
4 x 5 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
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For the new work in my current solo exhibition at Gleason Fine Art, it was my intention in every painting to include a still life object that was given to me as a gift. My mom (who is of Dutch descent) recently gave me the beautiful Delft vase in today's painting.

And one of my best friends gave me the sour cherry -- she only gave me this one cherry because A) she said she knew I would just love the leaf and B) she ate the rest.

This is the tenth painting in my Golden Series. Also, it's a little hard to see the hidden blackberry behind the cherry, but this painting is also part of my ongoing series "the light, the shade" that I began in December 2012. I wrote about Bob Lax and described my inspiration for the series here.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,


Framed view:


04 August 2015

Still Life with PB & J Halves (+ Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship)


Still Life with PB & J Halves
8 x 10 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
Available
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Two years ago, with great generosity, one of my former high school art teachers raised funds to send one of her promising senior art students to my Peto Museum workshop. It was wonderful to have this student in my workshop, and in the spirit of arts and education “paying it forward,” I invite followers of this blog to keep this generous act going. I wrote about about mindful practice as it relates to the studio, life and my teaching, and I aim to create more awareness about mindful studio practice through my Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship.

To contribute any amount you wish to the scholarship, click here.
And please first read more about it below:

DATES:
If you wish to apply for the scholarship, the application form will be announced on August 18.
The first scholarship will be awarded for my October 24-25 Peto Museum workshop in NJ.
Applications will be accepted between August 18-25 at midnight EST.
The recipient will be notified by email around September 8.

FAQS:
  1. The goal of the Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship is to reserve one subsidized spot in each of my workshops. 
  2. The scholarship will funded entirely by voluntary donations, starting with my own contribution. 
  3. This idea will only work if you decide to contribute what you can to the scholarship fund.
  4. If you wish to contribute, donate any amount using PayPal. This is not tax-deductible just yet, but you can securely pay by credit card without having to sign up for PayPal.
  5. Yes, do both: donate to the scholarship today and then apply for it after August 18.
  6. You can sign up through PayPal to make a recurring monthly contribution.
  7. I will keep a running list of all contributors to the scholarship to thank publicly on my blog (or you can be anonymous).
  8. Scholarship awards will be based on an individual's interest, need, and merit, as described in his/her application. (I won't in any way discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.) 
  9. Ideally, one Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship will be offered in conjunction with each of my workshops. 
  10. You may contribute (any amount) to fund the scholarship:




Thanks for your generosity.


P.S. I painted a similar piece to this PBJ in 2009 -- with just one half.

31 July 2015

Tree of Life, Patagonia, Arizona (+ "it should be impossible")


Tree of Life, Patagonia, Arizona, 2015
7 x 6 in., oil on linen on panel

I made this landscape painting at one of my favorite places in the world -- the Tree of Life in Patagonia, Arizona. I've painted it three times before, which you can see here. For some views of Patagonia, my fun photo album is here.

Workshop Update
I have two remaining 2015 workshops:
A bit about my workshops: For me, painting is a daily practice and meditation -- one that is intensely spiritual, transformative, and personal -- and I speak about this in-depth during my workshops. I find that every single workshop participant expresses how invaluable it is to experience my live painting demonstrations, during which I explain my painting process from start to finish. While there is good reason why it should be impossible, I am able to continuously talk while I am painting to explain my strategies, thinking, intuition, meditations, inquiry, reasoning, joys, ideas, challenges, color mixtures, struggles, questions, and so on. Workshop participants of all levels share that they learn immensely during my demos because I explain everything from my first brush stroke to my last -- from an open-minded and non-judgmental place. I also hear from them that it is equally as helpful that once in a while, I don't have an explanation for something I choose to do in a painting. To sign up for a workshop, click here.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Have a great weekend,

30 July 2015

Hand-picked Strawberries on a Copper Plate (+ fruit in 300 years...)


Hand-picked Strawberries on a Copper Plate
6 x 7 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
Private Collection

The owner of this new painting just said to me today, "In 300 years, your paintings will be used to show what fruit looked like when we lived." And she shared with me this interesting link: A 17th-Century Stanchi Painting Reveals the Rapid Change in Watermelons through Selective Breeding.

FYI: I mentioned it the other day, and I will be announcing my new Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship this Tuesday, so keep an eye out.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

29 July 2015

Maine Lake (+ Peto Museum Workshop Registration OPEN - Oct. 24-25)


Maine Lake
5 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2011
Available (framed view below)
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This is the counterpart to my Maine Lake (In the Fog) from yesterday -- the same lake view on a different day, in a different light. They are both on view in my solo show in Maine this month, framed in the same frame to match one another (pictured below), and hopefully they will stay together as a "pair."

Introducing my Peto Museum Workshop
My 2-day October 24-25 workshop at the Peto Museum is now open for registration. 

Space in this workshop is more limited than usual. The Peto Museum is an amazing and inspiring place, and I like to keep the group size intimate.

You can read about my 2013 workshop and my 2014 workshop at the Peto Museum, including views of my demo paintings and my thoughts on painting Peto's own still life objects in my still life set up.

Register today to reserve your spot.

In this workshop, I'll focus on how you can strengthen your approach to painting and your internal painting dialogue so you’ll have positive painting experiences. My perspective balances all there is to love about painting (a LOT!), with what I have identified as the most universally challenging aspects of painting. Read more here.

If you're interested, these photos and this video give a glimpse into the vibe of my workshops.

Finally, here's some feedback about my teaching at the Peto Museum:
"In one to one discussions, Abbey has a wonderful way of communicating the things that are working and making suggestions. She is an excellent instructor, sharing so much information not only about HOW she does things but WHY. Also, working in the Peto Museum and studio was AWESOME! There is definitely a sense of creative energy there. It was inspiring to see the ordinary objects that Peto turned into such beautiful paintings."     -DL
To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,


Framed view:

28 July 2015

Maine Lake (In the Fog) (+ free poster/desktop wallpaper downloads)


Maine Lake (In the Fog)
5 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2014
Available - (framed view below)
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I have gotten tons of inquiries, so I wanted to post that Still Life with Two Vanilla Beans and Blueberries in a Copper Bowl (the light, the shade) has sold. This is another painting for my Maine solo show. I will post its counterpart tomorrow -- the same view on a different day, in a different light.

I'm going to try to make a new free poster/desktop wallpaper download this week. If you'd like to receive it, sign up here.

If you're new to my blog, all of my poster downloads are available now:
I hope you enjoy using these as your desktop backgrounds. Feel free to share with your friends using the links below.

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Best,

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Framed view:

27 July 2015

Still Life with Two Vanilla Beans and Blueberries in a Copper Bowl (the light, the shade)


Still Life with Two Vanilla Beans and Blueberries in a Copper Bowl (the light, the shade)
12 x 9 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
Private Collection

This painting revisits my Still Life with Two Vanilla Beans and Strawberries in a Copper Bowl from 2013, and is also part of my ongoing series "the light, the shade" that I began in December 2012. I wrote about Bob Lax and described my inspiration for the series here.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

23 July 2015

On Bell Rock In A Passing Storm, Sedona, Arizona


On Bell Rock In A Passing Storm, Sedona, Arizona, 2015
5 x 6 in., oil on linen on panel

After I finished teaching my May workshop in Sedona, we hiked halfway up Bell Rock so I could paint this view towards Cathedral Rock. It was late late afternoon, and my plan was to paint the sunset and awesome dark storm clouds -- off in the distance. Just as I started painting, the wind picked up and blew the rain towards us in a matter of minutes. As the clouds came closer, I was in awe of how the sky in the distance became lit up. All the hikers and sightseers around fled the scene, except for a newly married bride and groom and their photographer, as they were in the middle of a wedding day photo shoot. I didn't have an umbrella and neither did they. Since the bride and groom stayed, and I had painted a monsoon in Ajo, Arizona and a passing storm on the beach in Cuba before -- I decided to just keep painting. My easel and I almost blew over, and by the end, my palette was one big puddle. I have a photo of the first few strokes of the painting and one of the finished painting #ontheeasel after the storm passed. What happened in between is only captured in my painting.

AUCTION ENDING TODAY at 9PM EST: 
PB & J (First of 2015) - current high bid: $455

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Best,

22 July 2015

Heirloom Tomato on a Wood Block (+ 1 spot left in private instruction)


Private Collection

There is one last spot open for Private Painting Mentoring private instruction this summer. If you're thinking about it, feel free to read what folks who have gone through the process have to say about it, and email me with any questions.

ENDING SOON
AUCTION: Golden Series: Farm Garlic, Avocado, & Grape Tomatoes
AUCTION: PB & J (first of 2015)

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

All my best,

21 July 2015

Robin's Egg (present moment) (+ mindful practice scholarship)


Private Collection

Lately, I've been painting still life objects that were given to me as gifts. It's so wonderful to receive a gift (like a broken robin's egg) because someone had the thought, "Abbey could paint this!" To me, it means that my work inspires others to see everyday moments as possible paintings -- just as I do.

I paint daily -- and often think and read and write and teach and teach and teach some more about mindful practice as it relates to the studio and to life. To create more awareness, I am working on creating a "mindful practice scholarship" of sorts, which would be funded by voluntary donation (including my own donation, too). The goal would be to reserve one mindful practice scholarship subsidized spot in each of my workshops. Applicants would fill out an application consisting of a few questions that relate to the spirit and content of this idea of mindful practice.

On a related note, the feedback about my Innernet course has been phenomenal, and we are planning to offer it again in October 2015 (dates TBA soon). I've gotten a bunch of requests, so I will select a few snippets of course feedback to share here soon.

In the meantime, here's something I often read as it relates to present moment and mindful practice:
"If we have mindfulness and concentration, everything we see and hear in our daily life becomes a Dharma talk -- a falling leaf, a flower as it opens, a bird flying by, the sound of a bird calling. We say that it is the Dharmakaya, the Dharma body of the Buddha, which is always revealing the teaching of the Dharma. When we feel refreshed and attentive, we can be in touch with the Dharma body and hear the Dharma being taught from moment to moment. We shall see that it's not necessary to put a tape in our cassette player and press the button in order to hear the Dharma. We can hear the Dharma at any moment."   ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Present Moment, Wonderful Moment
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Enjoy,

20 July 2015

Fresh-picked Onions from Red Earth Farm (+ a question I often get asked)


Private Collection

I often get asked "how do you do it -- how do you keep painting so much?" I have several thoughts on this, so I might split it up into a few posts. One place to start is that I attribute some of my ability to keep up with and continue to find joy in my daily painting practice in the studio to primarily eating a live food diet. Being that I often paint fruits and vegetables, this pure connection to what I eat creates an overall sense of clear-mindedness, vitality and well-being for me that significantly impacts my painting practice in a positive way.

These beautiful fresh-picked onions came in my Red Earth Farm CSA bounty recently -- this year's spring onions were here later (and were bigger) than last year. Incidentally, when I painted Red Earth Farm's onions around this time two years ago, I also shared my thoughts about raw food and its impact on my work (read that post here).

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Happy Monday,

18 July 2015

PB & J (First of 2015)


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Today's painting is in honor of my niece who turned 5 today -- this is one of her favorites!

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All best,

17 July 2015

Golden Series: Farm Garlic, Avocado, & Grape Tomatoes


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This is the ninth painting in my Golden Series. In August 2012, I began this ongoing series with this post:
"As the summer winds down, I'm working on a few series exploring "new-old" ideas. Blueberries, Plums, Fig, Peach, and Champagne Grapes is the first of a new series. Specifically, it introduces my Golden Series. If you recall in my recent Italy post, I mentioned being wowed again by the Dutch painters Rachel Ruysch, Caspar Netscher, and Abraham Mignon during my visit to the Uffizi in Florence. 
Maybe it's because I'm Dutch :), maybe it's because I myself tend more towards order... that I admire their eclectic and energetic mix of objects (a friend of mine recently said, "It's only physics. Nature gravitates towards chaos." I wonder?). What I find to be powerful in paintings such as those by the Dutch masters, however, is not only the fervor, but the balancing of the diversity of nature with the exquisiteness of human touch. 
In my own work, I tend to navigate more towards the subtle and exquisite. My Golden Series is grounded in this but foregrounds diversity, highlighting both dynamic and subtle relationships. I'm excited to continue this investigation."
If you're interested, you can view this painting #OnTheEasel here.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,