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Fear and Freedom

A thought provoking article, especially the part about spontaneity, joy, creativity and fear. Artists may be dangerous people, ha, ha, as we take risks every time we put a mark on paper or canvas, we have to overcome our fear of messing up, we conquer that in order to have the joy of creativity. We become trained in independent thinking and expression.

I was noticing recently that spontaneity seems to be a thing of the past, one can rarely just decide to go somewhere, do something, such as eat in a restaurant—the spaces have been reserved in advance.

I do hope we will continue to be human beings, that we will develop even further, awaken, these aspects of our being, those which make us human, and not merely thinking animals. Love, Speech, Creativity, Individuality, Freedom.

I have a copy of the article, in case it disappears.

Recent art work in acrylic, plein air, 40x30cm.



When you see a tree you like, paint it or take a photo because life goes on and it may not be there the next time you pass by. I took this photo in September 2020. Following is the same tree in March 2021.

During the winter months our association Couleurs de Bretagne has challenges which are posted online and then composed into a youtube video. This month’s theme was Fluctuat nec mergitur, the motto of the town of Paris. This roughly means billows roll but do not submerge. Many of the other artists have painted billows and boats. I decided to do a self portrait interpretation because I have felt assailed but I will not move, I will not be submerged, I am like a tree planted by the water.

A Tree Planted by the Water – acrylic – 55×46 cm

I found two Bible verses: (biblegateway.com)

Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

Jeremiah 17:8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

In song:

Oh I shall not be, I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved.

I will not give in to the fear propagated by the system.

I will continue to work towards the garden that never fades. (RA xvi/17)

I stand firm for Good— love, peacemaking, forgiveness, spiritual intelligence free from all prejudice.

Mixed Media – Tenderly Rouge

This was a bit complicated for me as I assembled photos to make a video and then I wanted to add sound but my files were incompatible. I was happy to find an online tool that enabled me to put it together, all very amateur on my part, of course. 🙂

Happy New Year!

My best wishes to all for a happy new year and may we appreciate all the blessings we receive.

The photo was taken just now; this is my latest painting. I had a lot of fun doing it, using a knife, a roller, some brushes, a rag…. (acrylics)

I was amusing myself by making a list of positive words that start with V. Vitality, vim, vigor, valiant, viridian, vigorous, vine, valid, view, the vapor before dawn*, vivacious, vegetables, vest, verb, vellum, verbena, vocal, VOST, vitamins, virtue…

  • ” You are the haze before the Dawn. The eye of the king(s) cannot see (it yet, but) the fly (already) drinks from it.” RA xix/18

It is not the changing number on the calendar that will change the world, it is each one of us, by our actions, by what is in our hearts. Those in power do not see this, but I have faith that consciences will continue to awaken so that we recover our humanity, our divine image, rather than lose it.

E, P3, U, V, X, Y, Z Inktober 2020


Staedtler, Diamine Shimmering and Sennelier inks



encre Sennelier sanguine



Staedtler, watercolour



Ergoline pen, India ink, watercolour



acorn rust ink, watercolour


Yang mei

Staedtler, watercolour



Ergoline pen, watercolour


This concludes the thirty fruits. I plan to make a video.

J, L2, M, P1, P2, R, S, T, W Inktober 2020


inks, watercolour



Sennelier ink Prussian blue, watercolour



gel print background (acrylic), watercolour, acorn ink



gel print background, India ink



Faber Castell PITT pens


Rose Hips

India ink, watercolour



Staedtler, direct, in situ



homemade acorn ink, watercolour, Ergoline pen



acorn ink


I, K, L1, N, O, Q Inktober 2020

Imbe – Ergoline pen Staedtler, watercolour

Kiwi – Staedtler, watercolour, encres Sennelier

Lemon – “turquoise” fountain pen

Nashi – ball point pens

Olive – India ink, watercolour

Quince – Ergoline pen, watercolour

façon tarte Tatin

B, C, D, F, G, H Inktober 2020

Ball point pen. On the dashboard of a car.

Diamine shimmering fountain pen inks.

India ink. Pen &nib. Wet brush.

Faber Castell PITT pen.

Sennelier inks– Prussian blue and sanguine.

Staedtler, watercolour, Sennelier ink.

India ink, watercolour.