Nurture your Creativity ~ Dear Antonella the Rose of Sorrento

Sorrento? I’ll be there!

Dear Antonella
Antonella

Yes, I AM a bit timid about traveling alone. But honestly, I would hate to miss this chance to be with you in such a magical place!

If next year comes ~ and I missed out

Life is SO precious! My dear friend Gary passed away this month. One day we were having lunch, then a sudden stroke took him. Painting in the studio early that morning, I thanked Gary for all the wonderful conversations we had over lunch. And then I heard a voice tell me to lighten up the clouds along my horizon.

Startled, I looked again at the big painting on my easel. “Really?” I answered him back. Gary was a big man with a big presence. His radio voice could fill the room. He traveled Europe on a USO Tour singing! Quick witted, he was known as the ‘Czar of PR’ at the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Clinton.

Gary Krull
Gary Krull

Without hesitation, I picked up the brush and took his advice. Tweaked Light into the clouds along the horizon, searched Google Flights, and bought a ticket for Sorrento!

Colorful Sunset Painting Canvas Art PRint
Suncatcher

Hesitation?

I didn’t hesitate to tweak the painting. I HAD been hesitating to buy the tickets. I am still hesitating to admit to myself that the title of the big painting, Suncatcher, is a clue to who I am.

Just the question pops another “painting” to mind.

collage
collage

A collage I did when I was 14 won me recognition at a 5 county regional art show in my home state of New Jersey. I can still remember my mother taking me to the awards presentation in Morristown. My feet barely touched the floor as I walked to the front, my collage projected on the screen for all to see, as I received my blue ribbon.

Nurturing creativity is important. It was something I received from both my parents. And also from many others, as well.

This is why I am so compelled to throw Light and inspiration. So I guess I AM the Suncatcher.

Dear Antonella

I met Antonella  three years ago when she translated our Italian cooking lesson. She captivated us with her quick wit, warm personality, and mastery of both English and Italian. Immediately, we were friends.

When I arrived in Italy sick last fall, Antonella was knocking on my door with pharmacy, hot tea, and warm clothing. Blooming with cheer, she lifted my spirits.

watercolor roses

She got me well in a hurry ~ in time to smell the roses, get my watercolors out, AND welcome my friends from the States.

plein air painting watercolor roses

Dear Antonella loves EVERY opportunity to speak English! She lived eight years in DC as a young woman. So delighted to meet my friends, immediately we ALL were friends.

Dear Antonella
Dear Antonella

CreativSOUP

I developed my CreativSOUP process over thirty years. Extraordinary circumstances caused me to use my art degree and creativity ~ in ways I NEVER imagined.

Unraveling clues in the paintings, dreams, and day to day stuff will show you how The Creator Within connects heart, soul, mind, body, spirit. You will find book 1, Joy’s Garden Embrace the Mountain on Amazon. 

In addition, Joy’s Garden CreativSOUP Journal, a companion to Embrace the Mountain, gives you space to unravel your own creative clues.

Access to my CreativSOUP Live Feed and CreativSOUP Facebook Group are free. Your book purchase helps to support these, as well as my upcoming book 2,  Joy’s Garden Dear Antonella.

Dear Antonella Joy's Garden

Joy’s Garden Dear Antonella will be published in May!

Purchase an advance signed copy of the book, and receive The Rose postcard mailed to you from me and Antonella postmarked Sorrento!

$20

Hurry, I leave for Sorrento April 7!

 

Inspiration for a Painting Commission: Cinque Terre

The rooftops on this painting reminded my clients of living in Cinque Terre!

Oh my! Over the holidays I took on a painting commission. The painting the couple loved best was too small for the place they envisioned hanging it. So we decided to create another painting to fit the space.

abstract landscape painting
Lavender Sunset, 36″ x 24″, oil, See more info>     Prints starting at $35>

Painting commissions are a wonderful collaboration of ideas, inspiration, memories

Once we agreed on the size, creative energy filled us with ideas. My client emailed me three watercolors she’d painted years ago that reminded her of the painting. I am so excited, colors and ideas are spilling out onto other paintings in my studio.

My client’s conversation about the turquoise sea opened by eyes about how to finish an unfinished painting called “Tapestry.”  And when I’d finished it, I could hear it’s new name, “The Watchtower! ”

inspirational art
The Watchtower, Purchase Info>

When I returned from my client’s home, I could see beyond the woven layers of paint. As I painted in the turquoise sea between the massive edifice ~ I saw the watchtower, a stairway to the heavens, a narrow frame of mind as each prayer relays communications heaven and earth.

I like that there is more to this painting than the struggle I was caught in. I had started it when I returned from France four years ago. It feels really nice to know the painting has a good message and is finished. Now it’s ready for a good home.

Prints of both Lavender Sunset, and The Watchtower start at $35. Shop Now>

Call me if you have a place for it in yours!

Supermoon Dream ~ Is it My Place in the Sun? Or just a Dream?

Dream: “something blue, covering the whole thing, light blue…”

blue dream
something blue,

Journal in my lap I glance up, coffee cup in hand. Sweet creamy date bread, the taste of home, mom’s recipe fills my mouth. Crunching a piece of walnut between my teeth ~ I recognize the same lavender blue in the painting across the room.

Radiant Beauty

abstract expressionist painting
Radiant Beauty, oil painting, 48″ x 36″ Purchase Info>

I’d just written about her yesterday, how a fusion of abstract landscape melded with realistic rendering on this painting called, “Radiant Beauty.”

I’d noted that the pond represented home to me, the safe place where I can be myself. And how my paintings beckon viewers to see the Creative Spirit above their own pond.

abstract expressionist painting
detail shows the symbols of pond and home, heaven and earth. Purchase Info>

My Place in the Sun?

Two images flash to mind: tiny paintings from yesterday afternoon’s meditation exercise. The first an old one called, “My Place in the Sun,” repainted on  New Year’s Eve with a violet mountain, vermilion cottages and turquoise green fields.

small landscape oil painting
My Place in the Sun, oil on cradled wood panel, 5″ x 7″ x .75″ , $100.



 

Supermoon Rising

The second, a new painting, inspired by momentum from the first. A similar landscape with cottages and distant hills. This one with deep violet night shadows, opening to those blue fields and pond.

Celestial orbs in both paintings, low to the horizon, burn deeply vermilion, warming cottages, hearts and home. A setting sun in the first is transformed to “Supermoon Rising” in the next breath. It is amazing to me still ~ how a color meditation can reveal such a tale.

supermoon painting
Supermoon Rising, oil on cradled wood panel, 5″ x 7″ x .75″, $100


Home

In an instant ~ I realize I have wandered into my own painting. Standing beside the pond (literally, as there is a pond outside my studio windows), I painted my way home.

Returning to the studio feels strangely new this morning. Switching on the lights, I turn up the heat and survey the paintings. Not just that today is the first day of a new year ~ something else is new.

Two unfinished paintings on the easels speak now, when yesterday were silent. The tall one with a moon behind the cloud, now answers my question about whether or not she is finished.

She’s not at all finished. Indeed her supermoon is rising, illuminating the blue landscape with colorful shadows. Her true work is just begun.

supermoon painting
Supermoon on the Mountain, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 40″ x 30″
“Paint the moon a bit larger.
“Let it light the landscape.
“And fill those long shadows with hope and dreams.”

Awakened by her light shining through my bedroom window, I’d felt bathed by something Divine. Instead of covering my head with the pillow ~ I let the celestial moment comfort me as I drifted back to sleep.

The Castle

The other big painting, a wide one with a castle atop a vineyard on a hill ~ appears light against vibrant evergreen woodlands and a star-filled, Provence blue sky. Cottages coming together form the castle, supported and unified by the expansive vineyard rising from the valley.

abstract expressionist landscape painting
Castle in the Vineyard, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″,

Supermoon Dream ~ Is it My Place in the Sun? Or just a Dream?

In a moment all the symbols embedded in the paintings fuse seamlessly as my story. Spirited palette knife strokes ~ like my signature ~ are mine alone to own.

abstract expressionist landscape painting
detail, Castle in the Vineyard, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″

I was that freshman in art history class, who sat in the back muttering ~ “the professor is nuts, the painting is just a landscape ~ how could he think the artist stopped to make up all these ridiculous symbols?”

I own this garden, it’s time to eat my words. I don’t know what artists in the Renaissance did. I do know it’s taken me a lifetime to accept and own the Creator’s gifts as my own.

Welcome to Joy’s Garden!

xxoo

Dorothy