Calm Yourself

    Cat Brier in Hadden Woods    When I paint a leaf I notice every  vein, every worm hole, every soft color. I would not notice these details in a glance. Observation is a meditative practice, a skill that can be learned. Enhance your life by changing the way you see the world around you.                  

Spider Lily

This is a photograph of Spider Lilies on Flat Shoals Creek. I’m inspired by their story, a story of the interdependent web of all existence. Their survival depends on rushing water. They die in still water. When the dams at Columbus were torn out and the water began rushing over the rocks again, they came back.SPIDER LILIES 1

New painting: The Longleaf Forest

The Longleaf ForestThe Longleaf Forest was inspired by the forest on my father’s land where I loved to roam when I was a girl. I’ve recently learned about the great Longleaf forests that once covered the southeastern United States and the fascinating story of the Longleaf Ecosystem. I thought my ancestors were pyromaniacs, but it turns out they knew what they were doing when they “burned”.

quoting John Ruskin:

“Where a common eye sees only a white cloud, the artist observes the exquisite gradations of light and shade, the loveliness of the mingled colors- red, purple, grey, golden and white, the graceful roundings of form, the the shadowy softness of the melted outline……..”.  BEGINNING WATERCOLOR – Jan.12-26, See Schedule for details.Shrimper

How to Make a Class Make

All too often, classes are cancelled because prospective students wait until the week of class to register. It is understandable that they want to wait and see if the class makes before committing their time and money, but many classes are cancelled while waiting for that last minute commitment. If you want to increase the chances of a class making, register early. To do otherwise, almost ensures the failure of the class to make, it puts the facility in the awkward position of making those dreaded last minute phone calls to the people who did register and to the instructor. The instructor takes a chance when scheduling a class, and they understand the gamble. Sometimes they’ve had to purchase supplies for the class and they, of course, receive no pay for a cancelled class. Sometimes, the instructor does not find out that a class is cancelled until the day before, sometimes after they’ve already packed up the supplies for the next day’s class. This has happened to me this year, and it has happened to many of my teacher friends. You can help turn this around by simply registering as soon as you see a class offered.