Tuesday, July 31, 2012

When freedom is lost

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.- Publilius Syrus

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.- Andre Gide

I'm of the mind that even people who have limitations, if they have a curiosity, they will find a way to explore it.- Tish Grier

Don't mistake pleasures for happiness. They are a different breed of dog.- Josh Billings

When freedom is lost so is creative exploration

Still practicing with the out-of-doors stuff.

Oil on gessoed Masonite 9x12

Way up there is my new fan ... hanging from 20 feet in the air it is cool, sleek, economical. It runs on 17 watts of electricity and is controlled by a remote device. I am very happy with the new fan.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Eating is always a decision

Have a variety of interests... These interests relax the mind and lessen tension on the nervous system. People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
-George Matthew Allen

Eating is always a decision, nobody forces your hand to pick up food and put it into your mouth. - Albert Ellis, Michael Abrams, Lidia Dengelegi

I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there. - Richard Feynman

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. - Abraham Lincoln

Still working on scenes from Bowers Mansion.

Oil on gessoed Masonite 9x12

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Some pursue happiness

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Charles Spurgeon

Some pursue happiness while others create it. - Anon

Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it - Confucius

Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. - Aristotle

The Quick Draw donation is coming up ... I must keep practicing. This is a scene from Bowers Mansion... the site of the Quick Draw.... looking South.

Oil on Gesoed Masonite 9x1

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. - Franklin P. Jones

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.- Vernon Sanders Law

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.- Bill Nye

I feel like a tiny bird with a big song! - Jerry Van Amerongen

Oil on canvas 6x6

Friday, July 20, 2012

Real happiness

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. - Hosea Ballou

People who ask our advice almost never take it. Yet we should never refuse to give it, upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly.- Brendan Francis

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. - Erica Jong

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.- Anatole France

So today we practice out landscape paintings ..... the Quick Draw is a group of very talented painters... and me .... I better get going

Oil on Masonite 9x12

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

There is no such thing as expecting too much

The joyfulness of man prolongeth his days.- Psalms

There is no such thing as expecting too much.- Susan Cheever

We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.
- Ethel Barrett

Let the past drift away with the water.- Japanese Proverb

One of our fellow artists posed today ... a very fine lady.

oil 9x12 on Gessoed Masonite

Thursday, July 5, 2012

To accomplish great things

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act. - Anatole France

To want to be what one can be is purpose in life. - Cynthia Ozick

He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. - Douglas Adams

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. - Edgar Allan Poe

This week is moving week .. here is my new place ... well at least part of it.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

It is our choice

We are much happier,
much happier
when we realize
that life is an opportunity rather
than an obligation. - Mary Augustine

The more alternatives, the more difficult the choice. - Abbe' D'Allanival

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. - Eleanor Roosevelt

It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.- J. K. Rowling

Next month I will be signed up for a plein aire "Quick Draw" and auction. Why did I sign up for that? ... I have no idea. Nevertheless, I am in it now.... soooo
I'm practicing.

Oil on Masonite 11x14

Monday, July 2, 2012

Life is about enjoying yourself

Life is about enjoying yourself and having a good time. - Cher

Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky. - American Proverb

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. - Mark Twain

Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn't mean it does not exist. - Margaret Cho

Seeing light thru the trees is awesome.... this is this one... next one will be different.

Oil on Masonite 9x12