31 July 2015

Tree of Life, Patagonia, Arizona (+ "it should be impossible")


Tree of Life, Patagonia, Arizona, 2015
7 x 6 in., oil on linen on panel

I made this landscape painting at one of my favorite places in the world -- the Tree of Life in Patagonia, Arizona. I've painted it three times before, which you can see here. For some views of Patagonia, my fun photo album is here.

Workshop Update
I have two remaining 2015 workshops:
A bit about my workshops: For me, painting is a daily practice and meditation -- one that is intensely spiritual, transformative, and personal -- and I speak about this in-depth during my workshops. I find that every single workshop participant expresses how invaluable it is to experience my live painting demonstrations, during which I explain my painting process from start to finish. While there is good reason why it should be impossible, I am able to continuously talk while I am painting to explain my strategies, thinking, intuition, meditations, inquiry, reasoning, joys, ideas, challenges, color mixtures, struggles, questions, and so on. Workshop participants of all levels share that they learn immensely during my demos because I explain everything from my first brush stroke to my last -- from an open-minded and non-judgmental place. I also hear from them that it is equally as helpful that once in a while, I don't have an explanation for something I choose to do in a painting. To sign up for a workshop, click here.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Have a great weekend,

30 July 2015

Hand-picked Strawberries on a Copper Plate (+ fruit in 300 years...)


Hand-picked Strawberries on a Copper Plate
6 x 7 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
Private Collection

The owner of this new painting just said to me today, "In 300 years, your paintings will be used to show what fruit looked like when we lived." And she shared with me this interesting link: A 17th-Century Stanchi Painting Reveals the Rapid Change in Watermelons through Selective Breeding.

FYI: I mentioned it the other day, and I will be announcing my new Mindful Studio Practice Scholarship this Tuesday, so keep an eye out.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

29 July 2015

Maine Lake (+ Peto Museum Workshop Registration OPEN - Oct. 24-25)


Maine Lake
5 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2011
Available (framed view below)
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This is the counterpart to my Maine Lake (In the Fog) from yesterday -- the same lake view on a different day, in a different light. They are both on view in my solo show in Maine this month, framed in the same frame to match one another (pictured below), and hopefully they will stay together as a "pair."

Introducing my Peto Museum Workshop
My 2-day October 24-25 workshop at the Peto Museum is now open for registration. 

Space in this workshop is more limited than usual. The Peto Museum is an amazing and inspiring place, and I like to keep the group size intimate.

You can read about my 2013 workshop and my 2014 workshop at the Peto Museum, including views of my demo paintings and my thoughts on painting Peto's own still life objects in my still life set up.

Register today to reserve your spot.

In this workshop, I'll focus on how you can strengthen your approach to painting and your internal painting dialogue so you’ll have positive painting experiences. My perspective balances all there is to love about painting (a LOT!), with what I have identified as the most universally challenging aspects of painting. Read more here.

If you're interested, these photos and this video give a glimpse into the vibe of my workshops.

Finally, here's some feedback about my teaching at the Peto Museum:
"In one to one discussions, Abbey has a wonderful way of communicating the things that are working and making suggestions. She is an excellent instructor, sharing so much information not only about HOW she does things but WHY. Also, working in the Peto Museum and studio was AWESOME! There is definitely a sense of creative energy there. It was inspiring to see the ordinary objects that Peto turned into such beautiful paintings."     -DL
To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,


Framed view:

28 July 2015

Maine Lake (In the Fog) (+ free poster/desktop wallpaper downloads)


Maine Lake (In the Fog)
5 x 6 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2014
Available - (framed view below)
Email me for purchase information

I have gotten tons of inquiries, so I wanted to post that Still Life with Two Vanilla Beans and Blueberries in a Copper Bowl (the light, the shade) has sold. This is another painting for my Maine solo show. I will post its counterpart tomorrow -- the same view on a different day, in a different light.

I'm going to try to make a new free poster/desktop wallpaper download this week. If you'd like to receive it, sign up here.

If you're new to my blog, all of my poster downloads are available now:
I hope you enjoy using these as your desktop backgrounds. Feel free to share with your friends using the links below.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

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Framed view:

27 July 2015

Still Life with Two Vanilla Beans and Blueberries in a Copper Bowl (the light, the shade)


Still Life with Two Vanilla Beans and Blueberries in a Copper Bowl (the light, the shade)
12 x 9 inches, oil on linen on panel, framed, 2015
Private Collection

This painting revisits my Still Life with Two Vanilla Beans and Strawberries in a Copper Bowl from 2013, and is also part of my ongoing series "the light, the shade" that I began in December 2012. I wrote about Bob Lax and described my inspiration for the series here.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

23 July 2015

On Bell Rock In A Passing Storm, Sedona, Arizona


On Bell Rock In A Passing Storm, Sedona, Arizona, 2015
5 x 6 in., oil on linen on panel

After I finished teaching my May workshop in Sedona, we hiked halfway up Bell Rock so I could paint this view towards Cathedral Rock. It was late late afternoon, and my plan was to paint the sunset and awesome dark storm clouds -- off in the distance. Just as I started painting, the wind picked up and blew the rain towards us in a matter of minutes. As the clouds came closer, I was in awe of how the sky in the distance became lit up. All the hikers and sightseers around fled the scene, except for a newly married bride and groom and their photographer, as they were in the middle of a wedding day photo shoot. I didn't have an umbrella and neither did they. Since the bride and groom stayed, and I had painted a monsoon in Ajo, Arizona and a passing storm on the beach in Cuba before -- I decided to just keep painting. My easel and I almost blew over, and by the end, my palette was one big puddle. I have a photo of the first few strokes of the painting and one of the finished painting #ontheeasel after the storm passed. What happened in between is only captured in my painting.

AUCTION ENDING TODAY at 9PM EST: 
PB & J (First of 2015) - current high bid: $455

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

22 July 2015

Heirloom Tomato on a Wood Block (+ 1 spot left in private instruction)


Private Collection

There is one last spot open for Private Painting Mentoring private instruction this summer. If you're thinking about it, feel free to read what folks who have gone through the process have to say about it, and email me with any questions.

ENDING SOON
AUCTION: Golden Series: Farm Garlic, Avocado, & Grape Tomatoes
AUCTION: PB & J (first of 2015)

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

All my best,

21 July 2015

Robin's Egg (present moment) (+ mindful practice scholarship)


Private Collection

Lately, I've been painting still life objects that were given to me as gifts. It's so wonderful to receive a gift (like a broken robin's egg) because someone had the thought, "Abbey could paint this!" To me, it means that my work inspires others to see everyday moments as possible paintings -- just as I do.

I paint daily -- and often think and read and write and teach and teach and teach some more about mindful practice as it relates to the studio and to life. To create more awareness, I am working on creating a "mindful practice scholarship" of sorts, which would be funded by voluntary donation (including my own donation, too). The goal would be to reserve one mindful practice scholarship subsidized spot in each of my workshops. Applicants would fill out an application consisting of a few questions that relate to the spirit and content of this idea of mindful practice.

On a related note, the feedback about my Innernet course has been phenomenal, and we are planning to offer it again in October 2015 (dates TBA soon). I've gotten a bunch of requests, so I will select a few snippets of course feedback to share here soon.

In the meantime, here's something I often read as it relates to present moment and mindful practice:
"If we have mindfulness and concentration, everything we see and hear in our daily life becomes a Dharma talk -- a falling leaf, a flower as it opens, a bird flying by, the sound of a bird calling. We say that it is the Dharmakaya, the Dharma body of the Buddha, which is always revealing the teaching of the Dharma. When we feel refreshed and attentive, we can be in touch with the Dharma body and hear the Dharma being taught from moment to moment. We shall see that it's not necessary to put a tape in our cassette player and press the button in order to hear the Dharma. We can hear the Dharma at any moment."   ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Present Moment, Wonderful Moment
To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

20 July 2015

Fresh-picked Onions from Red Earth Farm (+ a question I often get asked)


Private Collection

I often get asked "how do you do it -- how do you keep painting so much?" I have several thoughts on this, so I might split it up into a few posts. One place to start is that I attribute some of my ability to keep up with and continue to find joy in my daily painting practice in the studio to primarily eating a live food diet. Being that I often paint fruits and vegetables, this pure connection to what I eat creates an overall sense of clear-mindedness, vitality and well-being for me that significantly impacts my painting practice in a positive way.

These beautiful fresh-picked onions came in my Red Earth Farm CSA bounty recently -- this year's spring onions were here later (and were bigger) than last year. Incidentally, when I painted Red Earth Farm's onions around this time two years ago, I also shared my thoughts about raw food and its impact on my work (read that post here).

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Happy Monday,

18 July 2015

PB & J (First of 2015)


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Today's painting is in honor of my niece who turned 5 today -- this is one of her favorites!

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

All best,

17 July 2015

Golden Series: Farm Garlic, Avocado, & Grape Tomatoes


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This is the ninth painting in my Golden Series. In August 2012, I began this ongoing series with this post:
"As the summer winds down, I'm working on a few series exploring "new-old" ideas. Blueberries, Plums, Fig, Peach, and Champagne Grapes is the first of a new series. Specifically, it introduces my Golden Series. If you recall in my recent Italy post, I mentioned being wowed again by the Dutch painters Rachel Ruysch, Caspar Netscher, and Abraham Mignon during my visit to the Uffizi in Florence. 
Maybe it's because I'm Dutch :), maybe it's because I myself tend more towards order... that I admire their eclectic and energetic mix of objects (a friend of mine recently said, "It's only physics. Nature gravitates towards chaos." I wonder?). What I find to be powerful in paintings such as those by the Dutch masters, however, is not only the fervor, but the balancing of the diversity of nature with the exquisiteness of human touch. 
In my own work, I tend to navigate more towards the subtle and exquisite. My Golden Series is grounded in this but foregrounds diversity, highlighting both dynamic and subtle relationships. I'm excited to continue this investigation."
If you're interested, you can view this painting #OnTheEasel here.

To purchase my work, view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

01 July 2015

Red Pear with Leaf (+ introducing my solo show)


The will be on view in my show, but is already sold.

This month, I'll be mounting a solo exhibition of new paintings at Gleason Fine Art gallery in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. If you are nearby, I will be at the artist reception on Friday evening, August 7. The exhibition, which will include my still life, landscape, and trompe l'oeil works, will be on view from July 30-September 1.

I primarily sell my daily paintings online using eBay because it is a universal and easy-to-use auction platform. However, I've found over the years that I also enjoy having some of my work represented by one or two fine galleries. I do this for two reasons: first, it means that many more people can experience in person the "presence" of a painting and painterly nuances of my work that are impossible to see on a computer screen. Second, it motivates me to switch up my daily practice and push my work towards larger and more complex subject matter. I find that this always then adds a certain vitality back into my daily paintings, and brings up ideas and concepts in my daily practice that are unexpected.

One note: for some, it may go without saying, but it is imperative to work with a gallery that has come recommended from a trusted source (I have had a couple of terrible experiences with galleries over the years). Gleason Fine Art came recommended to my by one of my very best collectors in NYC, and I've been happy to have them represent my work since 2010. They are top notch, and are at the forefront of representing 19th century through 21st century realist painting. By the way: Gleason Fine Art is mentioned in this month's issue of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine in an article entitled "Maine is for Art Lovers" on page 100.

I hope you'll come see my new work and say hi on August 7.

Best,


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26 June 2015

Silver Cup with Peach and Blackberries (+ Private Painting Mentoring spots open now)



I have received so many applications for my Private Painting Mentoring this spring. Since I am now finishing up preparations for my upcoming August solo show in Maine, I am opening up a limited number of Private Painting Mentoring spots starting in mid-August.

Apply now because spots are first come, first served.

If you're considering it, below is a Private Painting Mentoring testimonial:
"I'm not sure I have met another teacher who is so willing to give and share, and put in so much effort to finding out the needs of her students. 
Abbey is a gem. 
I took Abbey's Sedona workshop, so my hesitations about signing up for Private Painting Mentoring were quickly dispelled after I met her and experienced the quality and depth of her teaching. Yes, there were hesitations about signing up for the Private Painting Mentoring. There was, of course, the cost. Not many of us painters have unlimited funds. However, after giving it some thought I realized if there was ever something I wanted to do.... and should do.... it was the mentoring, so I bit the bullet. Good thing, too! 
Since my Mentoring session, I feel watching and listening to Abbey up close has been an experience that I will never forget. I appreciate her personalized specific instruction on setting a program to follow to learn about yourself (the painter, the materials, the setting, etc). 
I would definitely recommend Private Painting Mentoring. Abbey is a teacher and a person who is concerned about the progress of her pupil ... and she is a person who is so willing to give so much time and effort to her students." ~M. Hershberger
If you prefer private instruction without traveling to a workshop, my online Private Painting Mentoring may interest you. Over the last three years, I've worked with painters in Europe, China, and all across the US. I'm thrilled to mentor and learn from such remarkable folks.

If it's helpful to read more comments from those who have completed Private Painting Mentoring, you can read feedback from some painters in the program (along with a profile on their work, used with permission).

It is an important decision to invest in yourself, so please read the testimonials and here's more information:

FAQs: 

  1. Private Painting Mentoring is an online program, so you can be anywhere in the world.
  2. Simple high-speed internet works just fine.
  3. Yes, I do happily work with non-painter artists.
  4. Read testimonials from Private Painting Mentoring participants here.
All my best,


P.S. this is another painting from Sedona, and, as promised, I will also post soon about my workshop there and travels in Sedona and Patagonia last month.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

22 June 2015

Still life with Bleu Cheese and Strawberries (+ a great event)


Private collection

I'll post a bit soon about how my #digitaldetox online course "The Innernet" at Viva Institute turned out, but since I am preparing for a solo show in August, I have pretty much stayed "off the grid" since the Innernet course. Also, I did today's painting in Sedona and will also post soon about my workshop there and travels in Sedona and Patagonia last month.

In the meantime, I wanted to share this awesome free event, VIVA Radio's Dinner and a Movie, which is both on and off the grid at Viva Institute -- and such a great idea on many levels.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

12 June 2015

I'm off the grid.

I've unplugged from June 12-15 along with the awesome inaugural class in "The Innernet."

If you email me, I'll get back to you soon after June 16.



Excerpt from The Innernet official course packet

09 June 2015

Italian Lemon with Leaf, Rome (Italy 2015 painting #8)


Email me for purchase information

FYI: my course "The Innernet" begins tomorrow. Along with a great big group of course participants, I'm excited to be going offline for four days starting on Friday. #InnernetMovement #unplugged #diveintoYourInnernet #bethecloud #digitaldetox

Ending today at 10PM EST:

Click to view auction

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

08 June 2015

Last call

Last call to be admitted into the inaugural class of my e-course "The Innernet"

Course participants received my 40+ page official course packet on Friday, which means there's just a bit more time left to enroll and print it out to use during the course. As part of "The Innernet," the Live Teleseminar discussions with me will be on June 10 and June 16 (calls will be recorded in case you can't make it live). Learn more here or give "The Innernet" a try.

Questions? read "The Innernet" FAQs.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Happy Monday,

05 June 2015

Still life with Korean Bowl and Pussy Willow Bud


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(auction has framed view)

I just returned from teaching my annual workshop at the fabulous Sedona Arts Center. It was truly an amazing week with a remarkable group of painters! I'll post more about it later, but for now, here are photos from the workshop and my AZ adventures. I'll be teaching in Sedona next year from May 16-20, 2016, so save those dates if you're interested. 

Today's painting is part of Sedona Arts Center's 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser. This painting auction of mine will end on June 12 at 5:30pm AZ time/8:30pm EST during their exhibition and fundraiser event. Click here for more details and to read about their mission.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

04 June 2015

Assisi Landscape in Piazza Santa Chiara (my last Italy 2015 landscape painting)


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I painted this scene in the piazza outside of the Basilica of Saint Clare, and here's a view of this painting in progress #OnTheEasel. If you've followed my work for a while, you may remember this photo from 2012 of my easel as I was about to paint this same scene in Assisi.

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Enjoy,

4 More FAQs for "The Innernet"

FAQs for "The Innernet":

1. (new!) "Is this course just for artists?"
This course is for everyone. Whether you’re a maker, thinker, improver, planner, or producer -- we all need an Innernet/Internet balance.

2. (new!) "Can I use the telephone?"
In my opinion, all phone calls (to anyone) are encouraged because you are making a real connection there. You can decide for yourself based on your life situation and what feels liberating to you. If phone calls are not possible, I think important/urgent texts are fair game, too.

3. (new!) "Do you have strategies for folks to reenter? All the 'good' they have done themselves over the hiatus may be lost with the initial stress of digging back out."
What you choose to do during your Innernet/unplugging/offline time IS the path to creating strategies for yourself for “reentry” online. During the closing teleseminar, we will talk about your observations during reentry and the hope is that this sharing will have a positive and lasting impact on you.

4. (new!) "I'm wondering about a sense of community that might be developed with like minded individuals on this topic. Will there be opportunities for the group to talk to each other and share ideas via internet and maybe extend this beyond the course time?"
The teleseminars will provide opportunities for discussion, as you can call in live and talk to me and the group all at once. My vision, actually, is not to create an online forum for this course, but instead for you to invite painters/family/friends/like-minded individuals from your "in-person" home, work, studio, neighborhood, and life communities to join in the course and movement -- to create your own sustainable Innernet communities. This way, almost all of the connections made in the course (other than the live teleseminars) will be quality, in-person connections. I plan to offer this course 2-3 times per year, so it is my hope that it will become a movement! I know in my own life and studio practice that I need to unplug pretty frequently in order to feel balanced and do my best work.

02 June 2015

Red Grapes with Tuscan Parmesan (Italy 2015 painting #6)


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(note: auction will go live at 10PM tonight)

In 2012 when I was in Italy, I painted a very similar painting of Tuscan parmesan and red grapes in Perugia, and I had that painting in mind when I found this Tuscan parmesan in Rome last month. When I revisit subject matter such as this, for me, it adds to the visual diary of my painting travels.

The auction for Italian Clementine with Leaf from Testaccio Market, Rome ends soon, and to the right is a photo of me at the easel painting the Italian clementine with the beautiful light coming into my room in the Testaccio neighborhood in Rome.

(I also painted today's painting and my Tomatoes on the Vine, Rome (Italy 2015 painting #5) in that same spot.)

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Best,

01 June 2015

Tomatoes on the Vine, Rome (Italy 2015 painting #5)


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I found these beautiful tomatoes at my favorite market in Rome last month. You can see me and my beautiful painting window and set-up in Rome here.

I've had a flurry of more questions coming in about my e-course "The Innernet," so I will post more FAQs soon.

Ending soon:
Clementine with Leaf from Testaccio Market, Rome (Italy 2015 painting #3)

Click to view auction

If you'd like to purchase my work, you can view my Current Painting Auctions and All Available Paintings.

Happy Monday,

31 May 2015

"The Innernet" FAQs

"The Innernet" half price rate expires today, May 31, at midnight EST. This incentive is a call to invite a friend or colleague to join you.

FAQs:

1. "I will be out of town or busy during the course dates. Can I still take the course?"
YES, you can enjoy this opportunity to participate in "The Innernet" from the comfort of your own home at a time that works for you. Listen to the teleseminars, deepen your experience, and discover how to cultivate a fulfilling life offline while also embracing all that makes technology remarkable. Your registration includes access to the course materials and two teleseminars through July 30, 2015. Take the course on your own schedule, and listen to the teleseminars when you have the time.

2. "What is the calendar?" (click to view larger)

June 5
You will receive an email with the official course packet (PDF download) so you can print it out for yourself. (If you need it earlier than that, just ask!) I recommend putting it into a binder. The course packet is something I have worked on for about a year. It includes everything that helps me unplug: activities I’ve created, questions to ponder, book excerpts, poems, concepts (e.g. Dunbar’s number), tasks, quotes, and more. It’s fairly hefty and a lot of fun. There are no required assignments, but the packet is there for you if you’re anxious about unplugging or ever at a loss for something to do.

June 10
I will host a live lecture/Q&A tele-seminar to prepare us for the Innernet experience. You may submit questions in advance and call in to talk with me live. (Tele-seminar access details will be provided by email and we’ll be recording the tele-seminars in case you can’t make it live.)

June 11
Preparation day to get things in order so that you can unplug. Notify friends & colleagues about your plan.

June 12-15
The heart of the course: our 4-day respite from the Internet. Unplugging can be nerve-wracking and even scary. How you unplug is up to you. I recommend turning off mail and social media alerts on your phone. You might choose to put your phone in airplane mode. You might want complete Freedom. Over the four days, it’s possible that you may need to receive text messages and/or phone calls depending on your situation or profession.

Going offline isn’t an easy thing to do, so you should do what you can and what feels right to you.

During your four days offline, there is no goal to be reached.

You are free to just be and do those things you wish you had more time for......
spend time with family, sit in nature, write someone a handwritten letter, garden, go for three hikes a day, read a few books, call someone you haven’t talked to in years, meditate, paint, dance, cook, sit on the beach, visit a museum, take a workshop, swim, daydream, bake, knit, attend a concert, exercise, and so on. The course packet you will have already printed out has no required assignments. But it is there for you as a support and a prompt if you desire a more directed time offline.

June 16
Take your time going back online and reflect on your four days offline. I will host another live lecture /Q&A tele-seminar to share my Innernet experience, hear from you about your time offline, answer questions, and talk about what comes next.

3. "Who should take this course?"
This course is for you if:
  • You feel like you often don’t have time to do the things you really love to do.
  • You’re a maker, thinker, improver, planner, or producer.
  • You already enjoy periodically unplugging while on vacation, at retreats, at workshops, on weekends, or whenever you feel like it.
  • You like the idea of periodically doing a “cleanse” of any kind.
  • You’re interested in mindfully observing your own digital technology and Internet habits.
  • You are curious about what might happen to your energy level, curiosity, creativity, or mood if you unplugged.
  • You have a fluctuating relationship with social media.
  • You are curious about reflecting on your own Innernet/Internet balance.
  • Your smart phone has become an extension of your arm.
  • Your email is the last thing you look at before you sleep and the first thing you look at when you wake.
  • You’ve talked about wanting to go offline, but haven’t tried it yet.

4. "What is the Course Content?"
This is a one-week e-course about what it means to balance our creative lives online (Internet) and offline (Innernet). Since your Innernet is highly personal, what you will get out of it is very specific to you. Try it to see what the course will do for your creativity and peace of mind.

5. “But I can unplug anytime on my own.”
I hope you do! At the same time, every time I teach a workshop, I see and feel the collective, positive, rush of inspiration and peace that participants experience being offline in the studio together. If we unplug together and share our experiences in this course, our collective consciousness—the nöosphere—will feel a similar rush of inspiration and peace. Since this is an ongoing and cyclical process, my hope is to possibly offer this course two or three times a year as “an Innernet practice” and movement.

6. "What are the Course Requirements?"
Your only requirement is to be curious about the nature of life in a digital world, and to have a willingness to see what happens when you unplug.

7. "Wait, isn’t it a contradiction? An Online Course on Time Away from the Internet?"
Yes. That’s the thing about the amazing digital time in which we live. As a painter, the contrast between my Innernet (life offline) and my Internet (life online) is immense. I frequently reflect on this contrast and often speak about it in my workshops, private instruction sessions, and during my travels. While the heart of this course takes place offline, I’m not suggesting we shun the connection economy and culture in which we live. But I hear from so many of you who feel pulled in different directions, distracted by what is digitally at your fingertips, or just wishing you had more time to do what you love.

8. "What's so bad about the Internet?"
The internet (and all that goes with it) is amazing. But we need to cultivate a fulfilling life offline while also embracing all that makes technology remarkable. I believe we can do both. It is all One. We honor, accept, and acknowledge life’s challenges and the challenging aspects of digital life without judgment when we mindfully set aside a few minutes, or an hour, or a day—or 4 days—to do more of what makes us feel most alive. I’m not alone in thinking that it’s a good idea to periodically unplug and explore our own Innernet in order to be our balanced, creative, grounded, productive, peaceful selves. Yet this peace is not static; it is an ongoing and cyclical process. If you feel drawn to this, my hope is to offer this course two or three times a year as “an Innernet practice” and movement.

9. Create an “Innernet” Community for Yourself (my own addition to the FAQs!)
This course is really for everyone. Invite 10 friends to join you. If you have colleagues or friends who’d be curious about this course—and, even better, with whom you find community and support—please go ahead and share this link. Having a community and sharing your experience will help you have more fun. Cheer each other on!

I hope this is helpful -- see you in "The Innernet."

30 May 2015

Linchpin and Balance

Five years ago, in the video below that accompanies Seth Godin’s bestselling book Linchpin: Are You Indispensible?, Seth describes how the Internet works for me to share my work with collectors all over the world. Seth refers to me as a “linchpin,” but at the same time I could not do the work I do without a purposeful and mindful balance between life online and life offline.

If you're curious about joining "the Innernet," the $47 half price rate expires today, May 31, at midnight EST. Think of the half price incentive as a call to invite a friend or colleague to join you.

You can achieve a similar balance that works for you and your life.

Take the leap with me.



All my best,

28 May 2015

Morning View from Rocca Maggiore, Assisi (Italy 2015 painting #4)



It was about 80 and sunny for 10 days straight while I was in Italy. One morning in Assisi, we hiked up to the highest point, Rocca Maggiore (translation: "major fortress"), and I painted this scene.

Above you can see photos of Rocca Maggiore in Assisi and a snapshot of me at the easel (see more photos).

What is the Innernet?
The Internet is a concept that relies on a massive, complex, computer/technology network of networks of networks—all of which make it possible to access and share information on the World Wide Web. The Innernet is a metaphor for what it is that connects us to each other and to ourselves—the Ground of our being—and to Being itself. Read more.

Wait, isn’t it a contradiction?
An Online Course on Time Away from the Internet?
Yes. That’s the thing about the amazing digital time in which we live. As a painter, the contrast between my Innernet (life offline) and my Internet (life online) is immense. I frequently reflect on this contrast and often speak about it in my workshops, private instruction sessions, and during my travels. While the heart of this course takes place offline, I’m not suggesting we shun the connection economy and culture in which we live. But I hear from so many of you who feel pulled in different directions, distracted by what is digitally at your fingertips, or just wishing you had more time to do what you love. We need to cultivate a fulfilling life offline while also embracing all that makes technology remarkable. I believe we can do both. Join me.

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Italian Pecorino and Green Olives from an Assisi Market (Italy 2015 painting #2)

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