“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazurus
One of my favorite landmarks is the Statue of Liberty.
Ever since I first visited Miss Liberty, her iconic silhouette forever remains in my mind. As a young man, standing at the base of Liberty Island, and looking up to Her torch, I got a shiver down my spine. There was some sort of magic in that moment. An inspirational moment that brought an awareness to me that this was much more than some statue that you could buy keychains and trinkets of. Yes, the keychains may live on, but the connection, the sense of wonder, that magical moment will forever be ingrained in my soul.
I hope you feel the same freedom I felt when I painted this.
Creativity is the key to help you feel mentally and emotionally refreshed, re-charged, and re-ignited. For me, getting outside and creating artwork is the ultimate reset.
Nature provides an open invitation to get outside and do some sketching and painting. I love being able to get outside and escape from the daily grind. But, sometimes the thought of lugging around oodles of art supplies (paper, paints, pens, pencils, brushes, etc…) would stop me from going outside. Laziness? Perhaps.
I took action and decided to give my lazy-self a kick in the butt and put together a minimal art travel kit.
The kit is compact and lightweight making it easy to carry and do some sketching or painting on-the-go.
For free pdf download of my complete checklist of the supplies I use in my travel kit, click the button below.
Oh…and, by the way….No! You do not need to be an “artist” to enjoy the benefits feeling mentally and emotionally refreshed by creating artwork. Anybody can do it. I will show you how in an upocoming online course.
Help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Face Masks are now available on my online gallery store. Select from Batman, Joker, Hearts, and Disney themes. Scroll through the page and click “Buy Now” to go to the gallery page for more details. I can also create custom artwork for you. Contact me via the subscribe form at the top of the page to discuss. Peace & Live Creatively!
Hi....Ho!..............It's off to the gallery store we go! New prints, mugs, totes, and more goodies featuring images of photos I took at Disney are now available for purchase in my online gallery store.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
I never give my artwork a title until the piece is finished. I wait to see what reveals itself on the canvas. I paint from the heart. From emotion. From my core inner being. I paint when I’m in a bad mood. A good mood. A ‘whatever’ mood. I paint to stop time. To freeze a feeling. To savor a moment.
I trust in the process of creation. The process of exploring. The process of doing. I’m inspired by nature. By music. By love. By family. By architecture. By design. By food. By You. By Being.
Each artwork that I create is a piece of me. I create to share a bit of joy. Share a glimmer of hope. Share a smile. A feeling of warmth. Of wisdom. Of wit. A spark to ignite creativity. To change your mood. Your perspective. Your state of being. Peace and Live Creatively!
There is no doubt that current events inspire creative expression. This piece was created just over a year ago. Use these times to get in touch with your inner creative spirit – whether it be drawing, painting, music, dance, writing, cooking….the possibilities are endless.
Skill up on Creativity!
Peace and Live Creatively!
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“Nothing makes a man so adventurous as an empty pocket.”