Tuesday, December 09, 2014

"Just Breathe" 

Thomas w. Schaller - watercolor artist "Just Breathe" Another of my "Random Thoughts on Art" is that simple little bit of advice. Maybe it sounds obvious, but when I look back at my years as an architectural illustrator, I am surprised to recall - while trying to paint in as controlled and tight a manner as possible - when I would literally hold my breath for very long periods. My neck, my back, my shoulders were so tight, my head ached all the time. I was concentrating so hard as I painted, and I was not happy. How could I even hope to produce anything that was not also tight, joyless, over-controlled, inexpressive, and constricted? In our yoga practice, we study the incredible value of the breath - matching a relaxed , present, flow of in and out breaths with an equally alert but relaxed set of fluid movements of the body. I cannot stress enough how this practice has improved my life and my painting. Now I don't worry myself so much with final results, but I am just aware of loving the process of painting itself as it unfolds. This has allowed me to express myself in paint in a far more fluid, honest, and emotive way.

"Think Less - Feel More" 

Thomas w. Schaller - watercolor artist "Think Less - Feel More" - In my teaching - and for my own work - I keep a running list of ideas written down; bits of advice, memories, fragments of philosophy, etc. that I have loosely named "Random Thoughts on Art" . Since I'm not a big fan of rules - especially in art - where "no rules" is often the best rule - these are more "rules of thumb" or just good things to remember as I travel on. So I thought from time to time, I'd share one from my ever-evolving list here; and this is one of the first and most important for me. While it's good to think about our work, about life, about art,etc. I've found that if I think too much while trying to paint - I can be my own worst enemy. When I pick up that brush, I'd better have all my thinking done. So then, my brush can "think for me" and I can paint more directly from the heart.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Fall River Reflections 2 

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My New Withlaccochee River Photo 

Friday, August 01, 2014

Roy J. Hoxworth Retirement 7/31/14. A commission from my coworkers for a special man and our HR Director. The HR Department: Sheryl Bragg, Kathy Antonucci, Lynne Gracie, Lauren Gilbert and Barbara Sherlock gave Roy my print on canvas of Fall Reflections on the Withlacoochee River.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fine Art Shopping Cart 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gypsy Princess 

A recent commission for a friend. It was a fun project after I finally got started. Art Prints

Virginia On My Mind 

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My Normandy France Collection 

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Herm Castle at Herm France- 15X11 Watercolor- Located by the Herm River, a tributary of the Arriege, Herm Castle served as a refuge for bands of thieves in the 14'th century.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Reflections at Dusk 2- 7X11 Watercolor based on my photo along a primitive lake north of Lake Butler Fl.

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