Seeing with New Eyes

Summer’s Dawn in the Meadow, Spring’s Dawn in the Meadow and The Watch over Fox Farm are the latest in the series titled “Be Here, Now”. My recent work all relates to one common theme: we don’t have to travel, to acquire, to seek the new, in order to experience the reverence that comes with witnessing great beauty.  All we must do is really see what’s around us in our everyday. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. — Marcel Proust I always thought I would see the beautiful wonders of…

Gratitude 2.0

No one will argue the benefits of practicing gratitude.  Count your blessings, look on the bright side of life, be thankful for what you have, the wise advise.  Sure, it’s good for us, and enjoyable too, to acknowledge our wins — an achievement, acquisition, validation, improvement.  But what about gratitude when things don’t go our way at all — during loss, failure, uncertainty, rejection? GRATITUDE 2.0 Lately, I am practicing my gratitude on this deeper level.  Advanced gratitude.  Gratitude 2.0, I’ll call it.  The foundational pre-requisite for this course is humility, the acceptance that perhaps I don’t know what is…

People ice skating on the Rothesay Common.

Saturday Afternoon on the Common

“Saturday Afternoon on the Common” is a painting in a new series I’m working on titled “Be Here, Now”. THE MIND’S SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS The nature of the mind, of our thoughts, is to try to find where happiness may be found.  Our thoughts continuously point out what’s wrong in our lives, what must be “fixed” so that we may feel safe, comfortable, successful, happy.  When we “fix” one thing, the mind finds another reason for unhappiness. POWER IN THE PRESENT MOMENT Meditation teachings tell us true and lasting happiness can be found in transcending thought.  In identifying with the…

Messing with My Hubby

I’ve been working on this painting for some time now. Often, when something is bothering me about an unfinished piece, I move it around the house, placing it either where I will see it often, in a flash as I pass, or somewhere I can sit with it and study it. Eventually, I know what must be done to finish the painting. So, Stuart has been moved around the house for a while now.  This has been great fun for me — for, you see, my hubby finds this piece to be quite unsettling — it gives him a start…

Millennial Mom Exhibit Opens September 4

Showing September 4 to October 29, 2019, thirteen works from the Millennial Mom collection will display in the beautiful lobby of Capitol Theatre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Please join me for a complimentary beverage to celebrate the opening of the exhibit Wednesday, September 4, 5-7 pm.  Hear more about Millennial Mom’s tale of the search for happiness, and share stories with friends new and old about life and love. Wishing you peace, health and happiness!  

Millennial Mom Surrenders…And It’s Not What You Think

I love this painting, because it is one of the transformational points in the Millennial Mom story. Deep in her emotional underworld of despair and grief, she finds the key to change and resiliency. When most people think of surrender, they think of weakness, and failure. I think surrender is about strength, faith and maturity, and is critical to peace of mind. Just let go. Let go of how you thought life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness. – unknown, quote found in my journal OUR CULTURE OF MAKING IT…