Remembering Norman West: A Jewel Of An Artist

Ogunquit Beach by Norman West

The spirit of a loved one who has passed from our living world, lives on in stories and remembrances. Storytelling is a creative medium for expressing deep grief and feeling the kinship of love. Creativity is a life-giving medium. When we tell the stories of the people we love, that love lives again. This post is in memory of Norman E. West – artist, teacher, mentor to Art HOPE, and loved friend. Continue Reading

Stop And Smell The Roses Of Summer

Ogunquit Beach Sea Roses

Hello summer! Welcoming nature’s warm embrace, I return to a familiar and loved vista where it is just sky, land, and me. It is a special summer moment, when I vacate my mind, relax my body, and enliven my spirit in a place that gives me pause. In bathing suit and bare feet, I am happy to be alive this summer morning, to stop and smell the roses. Continue Reading

Sketchbook Moments – Creativity To Go

Mini sketchbooks, creativity to go.

It starts with a look, a gaze that centers your attention on a thing, in a moment. It’s so beautiful, so curious, so moving. Looking, you begin to see the thing, really see and be with it. Your imagination draws you in. It may be an object, a figure in a space or place, a scene in nature. The senses awaken and there’s a sense of urgency to capture this thought, this thing that you are seeing and feeling. A camera doesn’t do it, though a photo is an instant reference and memory. There’s more to observe and know about this image and moment in time that you living. It’s a sketchbook moment. Continue Reading