Thursday, November 20, 2008

gratitudes

gathered home...
As I prepare to gather home with loved ones for the fast approaching holidays, I'm pondering the gifts of gratitude and home. This painting evokes, for me, our universal longing for home, for the warmth and joy that we hope to find when we gather there.
I had the pleasure of attending a workshop in Ocala, FL last year that was conducted by Alyson B. Stanfield. Since then, her regular newsletters and blogs have encouraged and inspired me along my art journey. In an early November issue, Alyson mentioned her own nightly ritual of writing down her gratitudes. As a visual artist, the tangible and tactile act of daily penning those gifts for which we I am most grateful will surely be good for my soul!
Today, I am grateful for the anticipation of gathering home! What are you thankful for?

3 comments:

Karen F Rose said...

Ande, I look forward to enjoying more of your beautiful paintings!
Yes...we all have so much to be grateful for.

Thank you for your thoughtful comments and the link to Alyson B. Stanfield who is a wonderful resource for all artists.
Welcome to the blog world!

Jim Carpenter said...

Your practice of gratitude is evident in your painting. I love the way the red shapes anchor the bottom of the page and the way the blue shape seems to soar.
There are many things to be grateful for. I'm grateful for seeing the way you managed to make red, blue and yellow work together on that canvas.

Ande said...

Jim, thank you for your critical eye on this composition. A little affirmation is also good for the soul!