Bella Vita or Good Life
This is a miniature painting of a simple pleasure, an affordable bottle of wine from Montepulciano in Tuscany Italy, near Siena, bearing the label Bella Vita. The importers describe it as a rich, old-vine Montepulciano from Abruzzo. On a cold and snowy Colorado day, what could be more delightful than a glass of red wine at home with my family, and my memories of travels in Italy and a visit to Montepulciano. My stay there was brief, and as it was a Sunday, there was little to do in this small town but visit a local wine cellar for a tasting. The generous, elderly proprietor directed us to a table filled with bottles in the cool cellar, with the words help yourself, more or less, and we stumbled away happily an hour...
To me, making art is about the stopping of time, as are so many of the things I most love doing. I don't believe in time as we know it. When I become engaged in creating something, I no longer feel subject to time's constricting whims. That is why I am driven to create.
I love the light touch and thrilling chemistry of watercolor painting, the bold strokes possible in pastel work, the patterns I can create with an ink drawing, and learning something new, always. Color thrills me. Texture delights. I hope with each work to retain the clarity of what I see, and bring that into view for others. I may not always achieve that, but the honest desire is present in each of my pieces.
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