Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Reflection of a working artist on an absent 2015: 

Can you live without the internet...yes, but you can also live on a deserted island. 
Last year I discovered in the world of internet connection there are deserted islands and these islands not only occur in Mountain Valleys or desolat sublime  reaches of nature. They occur on the borderlands of Iowa.  Yes - if you do not have a direct line your ship is sunk- at least that is feeling. At first you are thinking ok- you have this- you will find your way back. Off you go in search of hotspots- discovering pitfalls-  plastic toys banging against tables at Libraries, coffee shops  closing after your computer has finally completed its update and now must shutdown and restart. Three stages of grief are involved. The final one of acceptance kicked in just before Christmas were getting wired meant a string of lights for the window ( and a shot of Trader Joe's Borbon). 

My deserted island is a charming farmstead in the middle of Iowa cornfields.  
What did I miss the most- besides friends? 
Art videos and documentaries. 
What was the biggest pitfall ? 
Opportunities that are necessary to a working artist. 
The Gain... with harsh road conditions this winter over a hundred successful paintings created... ( the framing was something else). 
Several paintings were started and are just waiting to be finished - and for the last two weeks I have enjoyed thoroughly seeing friends again and making new ones. Add to that delivering new works to several galleries in the region- but that is another story.  Posted : West Okoboji Lake Iowa.



March 2016 Black Hills SD


4 x4 " oil 



16 x 20 oil



2.5 x3.5" oil 


Moonrise June 7 2016 Okoboji

West Okoboji June 8th 2016