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Artwork as Process or Product? Seeking Wisdom in the Balance

I was with 16 students at the Esalen Institute last week, teaching landscape painting. Once again, as I have twice a year for about the last 15 years, I journeyed with each painter as they encountered, and tried to make some sense of, the spectacular land and seascape. 849 more words

From Lot to Exoplanet

Looking at details in the Lot Valley to help me create a fictional watery exoplanet. See Lot Valley Log for details and slide show of more research images.


Trying to Paint with a Cluttered Mind: From Muddles to Breakthroughs

Yesterday the cloud cover almost kept me in the studio trying to finish my bright sunny April paintings from memory. Although I was comfortably painting in the warm room under controlled light a voice kept pushing me out the door, encouraging me to do a painting under cloudy skies, without shadows, “this may be my only opportunity!” 570 more words

Beyond the Cult of the Individual: New Perspectives on the Boundaries of a Work of Art

For most of us, an important part of creative process is thinking. I have observed in myself how what I think has a major impact on what I paint. 580 more words

Exoplanet Fictions

In April and May I am going to be writer in residence at Maisons Daura in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot Valley, France for the Exoplanète Lot… 202 more words


Hieronymus Bosch’s Tightrope: Traversing the Outer and Inner Landscape

Two days ago, the weather changed. A storm was approaching and huge clouds were swirling above me. I was up at the pond painting and, as we all have at one time or another, I looked up to find dancing cloud animals. 543 more words

Reflections on Water

Last Wednesday, the stillness in the brightening morning air was extraordinary and I sat painting, mesmerized by the vivid reflections on the quiet pond beneath the lifting fog. 485 more words