In the past few days a couple of pieces I made during the summer have been catching my eye. Often a piece of work that is nearing completion needs to be set aside for a while in order to decide whether it is finished. 

This “curing time” provides for more objectivity when assessing a piece of work that is in progress. This is a common practice among many creators. The distance from an intense period of work on a painting helps me decide whether it is truly resolved to my satisfaction. During this break I begin work on other pieces, become somewhat less emotionally involved with the original piece, and am able to view it more objectively. I keep these pieces in my peripheral view around my studio, and periodically assess them. In this way I have time to decide whether I find a piece intriguing enough for prolonged viewing.  Minor, or even major, adjustments may follow this phase.

This week I noticed two pieces have caught my eye. One is small, the other more mid-sized. Each of them is giving me a sense of completion, and having achieved my goals. I share them here, and they can now be found on my Home page for this website as well.

“Morning On the Path” 8 x 8″; Oil and Cold Wax on cradled board
“Thunderstorm-Sonoita, AZ” 24 x 24″; Oil and Cold Wax on cradled board


One of the best things about trying something new is the learning process that stretches us as we grow. When I started this website and blog the process was entirely new to me.

This week I am looking behind the scenes to understand some of the hidden functions of running a website and blog. I expected my Subscribers (thank you so much for your support!) were receiving notice of my blog posts. However, that was not the case. So I am learning different ways to post my material, which in turn is teaching me more about how websites function.

We never know what new experiences will teach us, but the journey remains a big part of the adventure!

Also, I have been planting in my garden on these cooler Tucson mornings!