Join us this Thursday for the summer solstice fundraiser at @bergamotsantamonica !
I’ve donated the artworks above and they will all be available for auction. Proceeds and ticket sales directly benefit @thegivingspirit, a charity that provides survival kits for the homeless in LA. **swipe to see whats included and how it helps** Hope to see you there! Purchase tickets at the link in my bio💕
“Every life is a story. Every story has mistakes. If you focus too much on the mistakes, you will miss the story. In doing that, you are making a mistake. Sometimes it is the mistakes that enrich and give the story so much more meaning than it would have otherwise.”
Beverly S. Harless
No one really wants to just pull over when they’re heading somewhere at 70mph.
The first time it happened was a magic moment as I crested the hill; a pure white stallion turned from the fence showing off his beautiful and majestic frame. The sky was deep and moody and the green background made the composition perfect. But I passed it by. I deliberated over the lost opportunity, should I turn back and try to get the image? Would the horse give me the same look if he was still there? Would my 3 year old mutiny as I deviated from our destination?
The next time it was a breathtaking inlet of bluebonnets, glowing with indigo in a mysterious low lying fog. Again, should I stop? I should stop. But my foot stayed steady at 70. As you would imagine, I am always scouting out perfect image /composition opportunities for the next painting. Why was it so hard to stop myself from barreling to my destination in order to enjoy the way?
Finally, I resolved to stop the next chance I had. Just outside of Fredericksburg there is a farm for wildflowers. The owners were actually our neighbors growing up. I saw the massive red fields from far off. I knew this was my moment to stop, enjoy and capture the journey, even if it took me almost the whole way to change my habit. I took frame after frame of the gorgeous blooms. The poppies were unabashed waving to the moody sky, looking up and daring the sun to come back out and play on their bright, water jeweled petals. They seem to say we will be what we will be no matter our surroundings. We will be radiant and royal and proud.
I hope I stop more to listen to the beauty and strength of nature. Especially when it “interrupts” my journey. Poppy Paths
28x22 l Oil on Hardboard
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From their first meeting in 1935 to the end of their relationship some 10 years later, Surrealist photographer and painter Dora Maar inspired some of the greatest portraits of Pablo Picasso’s career.
‘Femme dans un fauteuil’, a rarely seen portrait of Maar, remained with Picasso until his death in 1973.
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), ‘Femme dans un fauteuil (Dora Maar)’, 1942. 36 x 28 ¾ in (92 x 73 cm). Estimate on request.
Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale – 20 June at Christie's London.