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May Art Update

blue bells 1Dear Friends,

This is a question artists grapple with every time they paint or compose or write. Whatever an artist’s medium, we are sourcing from something to create. It could be memories. It could be new experiences. It could be hopes and dreams.

For my creations on canvas, I am most often drawing from what I have seen in nature. Recently I visited the Bull Run Bluebell Walk, a regional park near Centreville, Virginia. For history buffs, you will recognize the name as the site of a famous Civil War battle. Nature has shown redemptive powers there, because today it is a beautiful wooded area that is aglow with blue bells.

blue bells 2In life, and particularly our everyday moments, we also draw on source material. How do we respond to life’s joy’s? to life’s disappointments? to life’s challenges? My own responses are almost always a consequence of my “source material’ … the beliefs, faith and hope that I choose to believe and let guide my life and everyday decisions — or — the all too human fear or anxiety that can enter one’s mind. Whether painting or simply going through my day, I have learned that the outcome is always better when I draw from positive sources.

Here’s to being intentional about our source material … and enjoying the breathtaking source material of spring!

Artfully yours,


Posted by mabrials on April 29, 2014

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