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"Keep Searching" opens up my world:  purpose, knowledge, adventure and love.

We aspire to live a life that is full. I am very lucky and wouldn't change a thing, the past has delivered me to where I am.

Keep Searching was accepted into the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod's  For Pastels Only National Pastel Exhibition  2018 on display at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod June 20- July 15 2018 . Previously accepted into the Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel 2017


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Mutual Muses began in November 2017

when 100 visual artists and poets were paired up and tasked with responding and returning with a new creation.

 I received the poem "I'm Done Again" by Brooke Styche.

 

A few months later, poets and artists gathered to celebrate our creative connection!

 

Brooke Styche's poem deserved a heightened level of intensity.

The metaphor of a car, careening out of control.

Standing strong in the

face of a forceful obstacle.

 

Is that you screaming?

"Get.Out.Of my Way

 


"I'm Done Again" by Brooke Styche.

Your headlights don't belong here.

Convinced you'll swerve,

Correct the wrong-

I hear myself: there's just no way.

 

Yet your light intensify

And in a long quick second-

 

I end up utterly numb and alert: the simultaneous head-fog-alarm-bells.

Almost dead.

Acutely aware.

Too alive.

 

That's what this is.

This thing that keeps happening with you and me.

 

Just stay where you are.

 


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A good friend will always help you out.   I was plein air painting in the gardens at Roath Park and  with one simple request Helen went to stand in the sunlight section of the path. That is all the scene needed, a great friend and a pop of red. 


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Expecting a riot of colors I took my pastels plein air set up  when I visited the Wicked Tulip Farm in Johnston, RI with my artsy friends.  The farm is surreal with colorful rows of  tulips all for the picking.  I loved the contrast of the last sign of winter in the background colors of the trees, a true sign that the tulip is welcoming pop of color! 

On display at the Cotuit Center for the Arts "Bloom exhibit" through June  11, 2018.


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"Pursing a Path"opens me up to so many choices.  The path isn't always direct and sometimes it feels far off in the distance.

Low tide on the bay side offers plenty of wet sand paths and ridges created by waves; and an opportunity to walk endlessly, often with soggy shoes and wet feet.

 

Awarded Best Cape Cod Landscape at the Cape Cod Art Center's "Bay State" National juried exhibit May 2018.


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I love to travel with my pastel set-up and being prepared with supplies means I am ready for any painting opportunity that arises. One day my friends sent me off to the perfect location within walking distance of their home in Trowbridge, England. Sunset was approaching and I had about an hour before the light would change.  The landscape was softened by the warmth in the sky, the water and the reeds balanced all those greens. Those greens!

The subtle variations of site specific greens can pose a challenge when I am traveling. My pastel box is typically set up for the seasonal greens on Cape Cod. To prepare, I refer to photos of my destination and choose pastel sticks that represent the local colors. Greens are the most difficult, so I make sure that I have a selection of warm and cool pastel sticks in a range of values.  I often improvise by enhancing the greens with the other colors of similar values, and will skim neutral colors to soften greens that look garish.

 

 


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