Back to basics

For the  past six months I have been beating myself up about being a still life painter. I tried hard to paint landscapes, to find a way to express the beauty I see in nature, but I was miserable and even worse my paintings were. There is something in the mass of things, and the color and play of objects and patterns that excite me. I allowed a comment from a friend sway me into thinking that somehow my love of painting objects was misguided. So a week ago, I took myself back. Damn, I am much happier. This is my latest work in progress. I am not sure where I am going with it but I am happy.


  1. Dick Nuke on April 14, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Damn I’m glad. But has the Florida landscape been scrapped? I’ll bring back a coconut and a palm frond if you want! Can’t wait to have you two come visit next year. David would get a kick out of the rough and tumble of polo… ♡♡♡

  2. Serena Sarnoff Wells on April 14, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Go where your heart leads you and you will know it! Seems like you do,and no one can feel it better than you! I look at your painting in our room everyday and smile remembering it is a little bit of you! See you the end of May!

  3. karen collins on April 20, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I know exactly what you mean, Mary. I continue to wrestle with trying to paint in a different style, to emulate artists I love, and to follow the suggestions of various critics and mentors. In the end, I seem to be driven to keep painting the way I paint. I guess I need to “take myself back.” I must add, however, that your style is one I want to emulate. I love your sense of color and your brushwork.

  4. admin on April 21, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Serena,
    I can’t wait for our gathering in May and thanks for the kind words of encouragement.

  5. admin on April 21, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    When are you two coming back to VA. We miss you.
    I will get back to the Florida landscape soon.

  6. admin on April 22, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Thank you, Karen. Happy painting!

  7. admin on April 22, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I love that little painting that you have, it was the beginning of this new chapter in my painting life.