What Is The Purpose Of Painting A Still Life?

For most of my artistic life I’ve wondered what the purpose of painting a still life was. In school, I found them to be the most boring subjects of all and a waste of time. They felt painful to work on and I had a lot of resistance to drawing and painting them. Portraits were my sweet spot and I loved the challenge of capturing someone’s essence on canvas.

Things started to change for me this year when I took up painting again. I knew I would be staying home more because both of my dogs were very ill and I needed something positive to put my mind to.

Teapot with Persimmon painting

Teapot with Persimmon 14″ x 11″ Acrylic on canvas 2017

Seeing Still Life Differently

Much to my surprise, I had discovered that “realism” was back as an art form. I was always a realist painter but modern art was more acceptable as “real art”, so I floundered around a lot not knowing where to put my

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Picasso quote on inspiration

If you are waiting for inspiration, you may be missing out.

So many artists (anybody, really) find excuses to get started on something because they are waiting for inspiration to strike.

Having worked as a creative professional for over 30 years, the one thing I know for sure is that if I had waited for inspiration to get a job going, I would have been fired. Funny how when you know you have to find inspiration, you get good at finding it rather than it finding you. (more…)

Change Your Mind About Bacteria

It Will Make You Feel Better

Why on earth am I writing about bacteria? A few years ago I was nearly non-functional. I felt terrible. I had zero energy. All food made me sick. Especially healthy food. I didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything and was seriously thinking I would end up going on disability at work.

Sick and Tired quote

I had been to the doctor and all of my tests came back “normal”. How could my tests be normal when I felt terrible? It was no way to live and I really couldn’t imagine

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Blaming others keeps you stuck

Are you a person who can come up with a thousand reasons why you can’t do something because someone or something is standing in your way? If so you may have unwittingly cast yourself as the victim in the storyline of your own life.

The Part(s) You Are Playing

If you can imagine your life as a movie and you as the director, ask yourself what roles you have been casting yourself in. You may have automatically taken roles of being a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a worker, a friend etc., without thinking much about it. It’s what everybody does. But try looking at your current roles as an actor would. (more…)

Educating the heart is as important as educating the mind

The wisdom of the heart easily get dismissed in our society due to rampant emotional immaturity. It makes sense that a focus on reason would help to correct the errors of the heart to create more certainty in life.

But the problem with a lot of certainty is that it is boring — and it’s an illusion.

Nothing in life is certain and the heart knows that. If reason and logic don’t seem to be working to make sense out of your life, it may be time for an inward look and tend to the education of your heart. It has more potential than your mind could ever conceive.


When The Rules Don’t Apply

How my morning commute almost ruined my day

Have you ever been driving to work and noticed in the rearview mirror someone speeding up behind you driving like a maniac? Sure, we’re all in a hurry in the morning, but get a grip people!

Well, this was no ordinary person. It was a police officer. OK — he must have been pursuing someone. That’s his job, right? Wrong. He wasn’t pursuing anyone. He was just driving like an ass. After he passed me, he cut over into another lane without signaling. All stuff I would get a ticket for if I’d been in front of him. (I may have participated in a small amount of verbal road rage at that point.)

Anyway, so what? Rules don’t apply to cops. I get it. They have to deal with nasty lawbreakers everyday and I don’t. Maybe driving like a maniac is their form of stress release or just their way to feel significant and show that they can do whatever they want. Could I have gotten the plate number and called in his unruly behavior? Sure, but why? It would be for nothing.

I know the worls isn't unfair but why can't it ever be unfair in my favor?

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Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task ~ William James

Life provides us with an endless amount of things to do. Sometimes we want to do it all. Sometimes we just want to lay on the couch and veg.

Having something to do can give us a lot of opportunities to feel good about ourselves. It can even provide us with a certain amount of meaning and purpose. But having too much to do can freak us out. It can cause anxiety and many times it unfortunately causes us to procrastinate. (more…)

Do Your Vegetables Make You Laugh?

I’m on a mini-mission to increase vegetables in my diet. It only makes sense that in order to have a healthy mind, you need to feed your body healthy foods. The trouble for me is that I’m not a huge fan of veggies because they have always tasted incredibly bitter to me.

I’ve long suspected that I am a supertaster. There is a test you can take to confirm whether you are a supertaster or not, but I fit the description to a T so why bother? It’s not like I’m going to add “supertaster” to my resume anytime soon.

An onion can make you cry but there's never been a vegetable that can make people laugh. Will Rogers

If you read my post on making kefir, then you know that I’ve been culturing food for a few years now.

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True healthcare starts in the kitchen, not in Washington

If only we put as much faith in our own body’s ability to heal with proper nutrition, the right mindset and a loving support system as we do in the government, drive-up windows and drug companies.