of paint and color

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concord river Collage

the painter

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“She preferred the quiet solitary atmosphere, to create in her own world of paint and colour, the thrill of anticipating how her works would turn out as she eyed the blank sheets of paper or canvas before starting her next masterpiece. How satisfying it was to mess around in paint gear, without having to worry about spills, starch or frills, that was the life!”
~ E.A. Bucchianeri

I met Adrienne Landry while wandering around Concord one summer afternoon. Here she paints on the grounds of The Old Manse, once the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a most beautiful setting. One of the many perks of exploring with camera in hand, is the wonderful (and in this case, very talented) people you meet along the way. Please stop by her website and have a look at her magnificent portfolio.

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“And so taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn’t come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than rushing from somewhere, to somewhere. Inhaling deep lungfuls of air, instead of my usual shallow breaths. I take a moment to just stop and look around me. And smile to myself.
For the first time in a long time, I can, quite literally, smell the coffee.”

~ Alexandra Potter

(a few scenes from Provincetown, Massachusetts)

imitating art

Three Pomegranates

poms
my version

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Cezanne’s painting

Playing with some texture
Not exactly Cezanne
But fun to experiment with just the same!

on chocolate and inspiration

warmth

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

~ Charles M. Schulz

nothing like hot chocolate on an icy, snowy day…
sitting at my kitchen table, pondering the weekend
I attended an open studios event
a group of local artists rent space in an old factory building not far from my home
every year they hold an open house and I go to get some inspiration…and this year I came home with lots of it!
I originally planned to go pop in for a quick visit but ended up spending the entire afternoon
making some new friendships with some very interesting people.
a most productive Sunday!

calm things

November still life

glass and light

calm things
the Japanese term for still life
and also the title of both a book and a blog by Shawna Lemay
a wonderful poet, essayist and photographer from Canada
(who happens to be married to the fantastic painter, Robert Lemay)

I have been so inspired by both her writing and her photography
she has a unique and wonderful way of seeing things

“I’m astonished at how many worlds there are within the world,
at how the past lives in the present and how it sings,
silent, still, in a loaf of bread, in an apple on the sill,
in a handful of tomatoes passed over the fence.”

I find myself looking at things a bit differently now
from the way the light falls on a piece of glass
to the bending of frozen flower from my garden

“It seems to me that part of what a still life does is make what is regarded commonly un-sacred, sacred.
The un-holy, holy. We experience life in all its details.”

and so, I’ve been playing around a bit with my own photography
I’ve even started pouring through some art books from the library

and if you have a minute (I’m sure you’ll want to stay longer!)
I encourage you to pay Shawna a visit HERE

Be inspired, experience the calm!