Art Life Connection

Learning lessons from the art around us.

Fingerprints and Freedom

If, on the other hand, you find yourself like me, staring at a planner six days into the New Year (an all too familiar situation) looking at a week full of well-laid plans that have all gone awry, it is truly time to rethink the whole “this time I’ll get it right for sure” attitude.

Keeping Thyme with Mozart

With this newfound understanding, I immediately turned to Herr Mozart and his Little Serenade to energize me with its uplifting tempos and remind me of my love of adventure and all the courage it took for me to make the trip


Capturing Nature’s Art

Recently, I had the pleasure and the privilege of being able to join some friends on a scenic, meandering drive along Maine’s coast, among tiny, hidden coves, past endless acres of pasture draped over the earth like Sir Walter Raleigh’s velvet cape over a puddle, the ocean lapping against the verdant fringe. During the drive, I noticed an interesting phenomenon. The further along our drive we went – and the further away from centers of activity – the quieter and more introspective we became. The excited chatter of friends catching-up gave way to silence laced with internal expressions of awe that couldn’t be contained.

The Golden Thread: Five Artists. Five Approaches. One Goal.

In my last post, I stated that this year I would write about the discoveries I made, the lessons I learned from the artist whose birthday fell on the date of the post. As February did not see a posting, I decided to look collectively at the artists who would have had their own, separate posting to find a commonality, a creative thread binding random strangers through the ages. …

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things. but their inward significance”


“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can only describe it from the vantage point of distance.”

Charles Lindbergh

“It is very difficult to paint as light and bright as nature. It is so easy to dirty the painting. So we use pure colors, sometimes brutal in their intensity.”

Kees van Dongen, February 8, 1960 article in Life Magazine

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