Looking out at the grey fields here on a rainy Vermont afternoon, it's hard to believe I was outside painting this harbor just a few weeks ago. Tomorrow I'm heading south to teach in Washington, where I'll post the rest of my Bahamas plein air landscapes, and probably find enough spring to paint outside again.
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My visual journal is inspired by what I see every day: the weather on my hill in northern Vermont, what’s growing in my garden, a curio brought back from travels or an ordinary object from the kitchen shelf made special by careful looking. "Journal" paintings are fast, improvised daily entries, a chance to experiment with new approaches and pay attention to the here-and-now. When I’m traveling, quickly recorded impressions are posted from Paris, Provence, Spain, Maine and anywhere else I’ll find myself this year. My large studio compositions take time, planning, refining of the original inspiration. I'll also be sharing that different kind of creative process with you here on "A Painter's Year".