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Painting is Propaganda

I have embarked on an adventure to paint whatever I want and as much as I can—and to give it all away. When I decided to retire, I knew I wanted a focus to take me into the next chapter of my life. I had to retrain my brain from running a business for so … Continue reading


Leaving oneself is a bold act that can not be undone. 2018 marks the beginning of my 8th decade on this planet. I have moved linearly through time—and along that journey I have collided with many folks. Some of these collusions have bruised me; others have strengthened me. All have had some impact on my … Continue reading

2018: Stepping Away to Step Inside

After reading Maria Popova’s recent blog post, In Praise of the Telescopic Perspective: A Reflection on Living Through Turbulent Times, I was reminded that at the end of each year we collectivley try and assess the year’s events and attempt, through resolutions, corrective measures. Like most resolutions, they usually fall prey to inertia and, for … Continue reading

Italy 2017.11.11>11.24.046+47

Weeks 46 and 47 With only three weeks left in my time in Florence, weeks 46 and 47 were packed. We visited Venice and Lisbon on two consecutive weekends. We enjoyed both cities immensely. Seeing the Tintoretto and Titian painting in Venice was especially invigorating. It was also very pleasant to travel out of season. Lea … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.28-11.3>44

On Saturday, we toured the Altes Nationale Museum in Berlin to see paintings from the late 1800s to the early 20th century. This purpose built museum for a fixed collection was the first in the world to collect impressionist paintings (Monet in 1876). It houses work by Adolph Menzel, Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Blechen, Anton von Werner, Max Lieberman, Arnold … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.21>27.043

Week 43 in Florence began with my first lesson with Davide Barbini, my former instructor at The Angel Academy of Art. I chose Davide because of his experience with color, his keen eye and his innate understanding of the needs of the neophyte student. My first lesson was a 30 cm X 40 cm oil … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.14>20.042

We arrived in Florence on Sunday, September 15 in the early evening. Bright and early the next morning I began classes at Amy Florence Mosley’s studio located on Piazzale Donatello (just 10 minutes further walk north from Angel Academy and 3o minutes from my apartment.) I will study with Amy until November 8. The first … Continue reading

Mérida 2017.07.22-28.030 Week 30

Lea and I are spending the next few days getting ready to travel to Oregon and Northern California. We are considering a place to spend the summers. While we generally like Mérida, it is uncomfortably hot between April and September. We did spend a great deal of time making sure our house was smartly designed … Continue reading

Mérida 2017.07.15-21.029 Week 29

Absence One of the most difficult aspects of being way from home studying was the impression my absence left with others. Some of those who do not know me, or only know me superficially,  seemed to think my choice to study abroad, without Lea, was a selfish thing to do. I do not deny that … Continue reading

Back Home 2017.07.08-14.028 Week 28

Last week I visited my children and their families. I also had three wonderful meals with former colleagues at Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. and with former employees from 1989 (John Cook) and 1991 (Joan Sorrano), now friends (Tim Carls, the CEO of HGA Architects was also there). Sharing a meal and good conversation is … Continue reading