Nutrition vs Nourishment

Having been a vegetarian for 10 years, a vegan for a year and currently eating very little meat, I thought it was pretty ironic that one of my weekly studies was a burger, fries and coke. At first, I wanted to hate it. Then, I wanted to go through the study as fast as possible….

Tea Time

When creating this painting, I have discovered that Vivaldi Four Seasons was the best music for a light and joyful cup of tea.  Presto is my favorite track. It represents the Summer season and I could even hear the buzzing of the bees. The perfect track to bring me to the place where no time exists, no…

Merry Christmas

My best Christmas ever?  It was the celebration of the Christ in the little church of Belmont sur Lausanne in Switzerland. My home town tiny church. It could barely hold 100 people, all squeezed against each other on the wooden benches.  There were lights everywhere, on the beautiful Christmas tree, on the altar, on the…

Homage to Ben

On January 3rd, 2000, I adopted Ben from the Northeast Animal Shelter. He was a little ball of black fur, only 9 weeks old. He was in a little cage with his brother, who was already spoken for, and seemed much more outgoing. Ben was in the back of the cage quiet and frightened. I…

Sunny Side Up

I smile when two dear friends reacted the same way to this oil painting study: “This is so lovely to put in your kitchen!” First, I love their support. And I love the way they see my art… very differently from me.  I see what needs improvement, the details that need adjustment, the fact that…

Creative Realism

What is Creative Realism? Professor Edward Spaulding DeVoe explains it as, “I have invented the term Creative Realism as a way to best explain how artists reveal themselves in their works. No matter the style or era, the hand and voice of the artist bears witness for all time.” Isn’t this description a wonder to…

Learning from the Old Masters

Today was my second day at the Metropolitan Museum of New York painting the portrait of An Egyptian Women with Earrings from John Singer Sargent. I have enrolled in this art workshop offered by the MET with the Art Students League of New York. This workshop is supervised by master artist and professor Gervits. During…