Painter in a Strange Land

October 27, 2010

Many creative people like to get away from their usual routine whether it is going to their studio or taking a plein air painting trip to another country.  I can attest that being thrown into new situations and joining new communities certainly keeps the juices flowing.  During my recent stay in Istanbul, Turkey, we rented [...]

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A Mother’s Artistic Influence

August 31, 2010

I have always pointed to my father’s talent as a painter when considering my influences but my mother is another strong branch in my creative tree.  While helping my Mom, Bunny Lanning, go through some of her old things during her big move to the country, she handed me a box that she just hadn’t been [...]

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Art And Synesthesia

June 29, 2010

For years, I didn’t know there was a name for it.  I associated colors with numbers, letters, days of the week, names and people.  Then, a couple years ago, someone said, “Oh, you are a synesthete.”    This type of ability to associate colors with abstract objects is called color-graphemic synesthsia.  The technical definition for synesthesia [...]

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Flower Photography at the Garden Center

June 26, 2010

I needed to buy some perennials today to replace ones that didn’t make it through the tough Winter. I didn’t have a whole lot of time on my hands but of course I took my camera and after I had made my selections, cruised around to see what I could find.  It was in the high 90′s [...]

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Biking Flower Safari

June 22, 2010

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find inspiration.  This weekend, I wanted to jumpstart my getting back in shape program and got out the bike pump.  Time for a flower safari. I cruised out of my neighborhood with only my little camera in my pocket  My quarry for the day was magnolias and mimosas.  [...]

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Early Inspirations Cont: The Best Day Ever

June 17, 2010

If you read my previous post on the teachers who inspired me to continue with art, you’ll know that it was my high school teacher Mrs. Perrin who liked my painting of a man doing a swan dive so well that she entered it into the regional art competition called Quad State.  Western Kentucky’s close [...]

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Eary Inspirations in Art

June 15, 2010

I’m sometimes asked how I got into painting or if I had any early inspirations.  I was a creative child who only needed a piece of paper and markers to be entertained for hours.  However, my creative energies weren’t very focused until I became older and had the fortune to be instructed by two excellent teachers.  [...]

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Your Life as a Movie

April 12, 2010

This post is an extension of my post, “Your Life as a Story,” which was inspired by Chris Brogan, a social media blogger I subscribe to. He was spreading the word about a book by Donald Miller called, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.” The main premise is: if your life is a story, [...]

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Your Life as a Story

April 11, 2010

This post was inspired by a post by Chris Brogan, a social media blogger I subscribe to.  He was spreading the word about a book by Donald Miller called, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.”  The main premise is:  if your life is a story, why not make it a better story?    A lot [...]

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Istanbul Modern Art Museum

April 11, 2010

I heard it called “the little MOMA.”  I was certainly impressed with the large open building overlooking the Istanbul harbor as well as the quality of the exhibits.  I’m not particularly a modern art fan but it was worth a visit to see their collection.  They showed works by Turkish modern masters of the 20th [...]

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