As the world awakens at last , new ideas are unfolding in pursuit of drawing 
and color studies. 

Spring opened with the start of a new series on Paris—ten 36 x 48 pieces in 
mixed media exploring line, collage, and paint.

Summering in Nantucket inspires a focus on light and color.  My approach follows previous studies from the Cape School of Art, founded by Charles Hawthorne in 1899. The school’s  principles are based on the French impressionists’  techniques of achieving luminosity using a full color spectrum. Nantucket’s light provides the perfect setting to express  this luminosity in oil and pastel.  

“…no true artist ends with the style that he expected to have when he began, anymore than anyone’s life unrolls in a particular manner that one expected when young…
it is only about giving oneself up completely to the painting medium that one finds oneself and one’s own style…
                                              —-Robert Motherwell

Valerie in Nantucket

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"WHAT I DREAM of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject- matter, an art which might be for every mental worker, be he businessman or writer, like an appeasing influence, like a mental smoother, something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue.

---Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

" is essential for both eye and hand to grasp the form, and it is only by much drawing, drawing everything, drawing unceasingly that one fine day one is very surprised to find it possible to express something in its true spirit."

Camille Pissaro 1883    

I am indeed inspired by these words from Pissaro and am finding that a simple pencil can take one a great distance in this pursuit of art. In addition to drawing, I continue with painting to explore color and mixed media to tap into the imagination.

I encourage all artists to stay on the path of growing and learning---while searching to express that true spirit of whatever thay draw or paint. And one fine day we will find that each piece also reveals the spirit of each one of us, which is expressed by the hand, but originates in the soul.     Paint on.