A Perfect Day in the Atelier

Nearing Completion on the Historic Louisiana Home

Nearing Completion on the Historic Louisiana Home

The Sphinx is man’s insatiable and questioning spirit, which still, as of old, stands by the roadside in us and proposes the riddle of life to every passer. . . . They made her devour those who were unable to explain her enigmas, as we are devoured by doubt, and struggle towards the light, as if to be assured of our lives.

Henry David Thoreau, Journal, March 7, 1841

Finally, a vacation!  I begin summer school in eight days, so I’ll take this brief respite for all it’s worth.  This morning, early, I rose, found my sacred place, and read from the pages of Thoreau’s Journal (it is my earnest hope that I will read every page of his fourteen volumes before I die–twelve years after I purchased them I am only finishing volume two).  I love this observation and application concerning the Sphinx, especially the existential note of our own self-doubts that devour us.  As a watercolorist, I struggle with these doubts/demons daily.

I had a spectacular day in my home/studio (my answer to the atelier of nineteenth-century Paris).  A watercolorist from east Texas made a long trek to spend a few hours with me, wanting to push her own watercolor technique to the next level.  She came prepped with pages and pages of handwritten questions and theories, which I enjoyed very much.  Our discussions provided opportunity for me to take out stacks of paintings and sketches I have worked on for over a decade, and the two of us explored so much new territory.  It was a day well-spent.

Following the watercolor session I returned to this larger 18 x 24″ Louisiana historic home I’ve worked on for a couple of weeks now.  I am nearing the finish (and have finished the horse’s head, but it’s after dark and I cannot photograph it–this photo was taken earlier today!).

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.




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