I Followed a Feather Today – An Answer to Otto’s Post – Diversify and Become More Creative


Following a suggestion from Otto’s post, I took a walk.  http://munchow.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/diversify-and-become-more-creative/

Check out two of my favorite dots, Otto and David. I think you will will be pleased, then go take a walk.


A month ago I was painting 7 foot paintings about how I felt about the wars going on in this world, today. The paintings are waiting for me to come back to the studio. Meanwhile, I’ve been collecting dots, drawing trees, writing a little and following feathers down the street.






Catching the fall breeze

The seagull’s

Feather didn’t stay


Sketching Trees and Thinking About Polynesia – Seattle

After seeing the Gauguin exhibit in Seattle, I was very aware of the trees in Seattle. One day we took the ferry over to Vaschon Island. It was farmers market day so we joined the people sampling and buying food while a local band played in the background. Children and a golden retriever puppy rolled around in the grass.

Red 8″ x 6″ acrylic and charcoal on paper

Graphite Aquarell 8B drawing in a moleskine sketchbook

The following conversation went on after my new internet friend commented on yesterdays post Responding to Gauguin

I love it! Funny how in responding to Gauguin (both this one and yesterday’s are hot responses) you cannot not also respond to other things at the same time, like acrylics on paper.

Then I see the little painting glowing on the computer screen and think that would make a gorgeous big oil painting, guess that’s what keeps us painting. Each piece we do just makes us want to make another one We finish a painting and then we are left with another question to answer. what if ….

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Sketching a Gauguin Painting in Seattle

Deux Femmes/La Chevelure Fleurie (Detail) 16″ x 6″ acrylic on paper

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One hundred and ten years after Paul Gauguin was painting in Polynesia I  copied some of his paintings. Making some notations in my moleskine sketchbook,

Gauguin La Chevelure fleurie

Gauguin La Chevelure fleurie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was blown away by the way Gauguin used color, the way he drew space using shapes and line. I sketched very quickly and noted the color of his simple shapes with the idea of going back home and painting a little rendition of a Gauguin.

Drawing Arsenal playing Manchester City – Seattle

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Early in the morning we walked down to Cafe Presse in order to get seats  to watch the teams play soccer live at 7:30 am. We sat up at the counter and read the paper and  drank hot coffee until the game started. Œufs plats, jambon, fromage rounded out our meal. I had my iphone with me so while we watched the game on a big TV screen, I sketched the game  using an app called Brushes.

Didn’t get a picture of Balotelli.

Li Chen in Seattle

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Li Chen‘s work is on exhibit at the Frye Museum in Seattle. “Earth Piercing Fire” is made of clay, cracking with time, old pieces of wood lattice and some old wire. You can see Chen’s background as a sculptor in Taiwan where he made Buddhas. Later without any training he branched out into contemporary art pieces.

4″ x 6″ moleskine sketchbook,  graphite aquarell pencil

Rainbow Found on Capitol Hill Reminded me of Marrakech

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The sun was shinning in Seattle and color was popping up everywhere. A friend stopped to say hello to us. She was in city dark clothing, but her arms cradled two large bunches of spring flowers and she had bright pink shoes on! Window boxes, filled with perfect red tulips, were placed under the police station. The building was painted a marvelous jewel tone blue. It reminded me of Yves St. Laurent’s garden in Morocco. His house was painted majorelle blue.  A lemon tree dripping with bright yellow lemons was in the foreground. The pots for plants were painted bright colors. A little green frog chirped in the  pond.

red: life
orange: healing
yellow: sunlight
green: nature
indigo/blue: serenity/harmony
violet: spirit

Four Bhutanese Friends – US Congress

I made the little box thinking it could be a container to hold stamps I picked up in Bhutan. The images remind me of Bhutanese folk tales. (click on the image to make it bigger)

The Bhutanese folktale called Four Friends is about an elephant, a monkey, a rabbit and a bird. They all learn to help each other by living together harmoniously. I should paint my  impression of this folktale and send the finished product to Congress; a gift from an American. President Obama, The House of Representatives, the Senate, the Ameican people; It’s you I’m writing about.

Eating at Oddfellows Seattle 2011

Besides having trees with knitted sweaters, Seattle has some other cool things going for it. Barnaby and Sherri run www.foodista.com/ a culinary encyclopedia  based in Seattle. Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook: 100 Great Recipes, Photographs, and Voices by Sheri L. Wetherell, Barnaby Dorfman and Colin M. Saunders can be ordered through Amazon. Amy Pennington has a thriving business, http://www.gogogreengarden.com/ in urban gardening and cooking.  She is very busy writing  books, practicing her skills and just being a loving dynamic woman.