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thomas w schaller has been shared in 35 public circles

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Ercan Çakir7,288Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!Hi everybody, here is the circle of Circle AG. They have made it to the Loyal FollowersCircle without getting tired of spreading.AG Circle contains highly active membersof GooglePlus. If you want to engage with most activemembers you should ADD this circle.I would love to thank to each and every person who have joined the ride with us.Thank you very much! Iappreciate your dedication and hard work.I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.*****************************************************In the "Special Circle No. 100" will be people who share these three parts, each own circuit. So there will be only one "Special Circle"...I apologize if I made any mistake, I will correct it... Thanks again for your SUPPORT !!!*******************************************************#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  #shared   #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   2015-02-26 10:53:31279000
Ercan Çakir7,073Elite Team AG Friends Circle 456Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!Hi everybody, here is the circle of Circle AG. They have made it to the Loyal FollowersCircle without getting tired of spreading.AG Circle contains highly active membersof GooglePlus. If you want to engage with most activemembers you should ADD this circle.I would love to thank to each and every person who have joined the ride with us.Thank you very much! Iappreciate your dedication and hard work.I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.*****************************************************In the "Special Circle No. 100" will be people who share these three parts, each own circuit. So there will be only one "Special Circle"...I apologize if I made any mistake, I will correct it... Thanks again for your SUPPORT !!!*******************************************************#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  #shared   #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   2015-02-24 07:52:34456141324
Allan watson20,194Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein 2015-02-12 06:14:06455151619
Nicolas Green27,447#Artcircle   -  Part4I proudly present to you this wonderful circle of great #Artists and #Artlovers ! If you wanna make your #GooglePlus account more #creative , this is the right place to be. In this circle you 'll find #famous , #successful or #artists who just started out their journey around #art .If you see yourself included in this Circle, please give a "+1" and #reshare this circle if you please in your #publicstream .Do you want to be included in my next Art Circle ( #Part5  ) ? Then do the following :1. Make sure you have already added me into your circles2. Give a "+1", Add a Comment and Reshare this post in your - PUBLIC - stream3. Ask for inclusion in the commentsThese are our fair rules. Simple and easy.You could find all my #Artcircle in the links below :1)  https://plus.google.com/u/0/108510718533630990952/posts/Xbgu9YAwSNy2)  https://plus.google.com/u/0/108510718533630990952/posts/arGXSfh7MDZ3)  https://plus.google.com/u/0/108510718533630990952/posts/4nPpJ4VmK2S#part4      #promote #artists & #artlovers #add . #artplace   #artcircles #artloversworldwide #circleshare #circlesharing #sharecircles #promotion 2015-01-31 15:37:31427827495
John Nuntiatio47,169#newcircle   #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-10-06 05:40:15185161
John Nuntiatio37,912#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle  #photography #health2014-06-10 07:56:22187122
John Nuntiatio35,122#circle   #circles   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-04-30 05:57:56147165
AyJay Schibig24,274FULL CIRCLE  8.6.13Welcome to  my latest Full Circle Edition of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves! Feel free to add yourself and  re-share. Share  this circle to be included in my next edition. Also see  my other curated Circles. at http://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-08-07 02:19:3942715826
AyJay Schibig21,281FULL CIRCLE 7.5.13Welcome to  my latest Full Circle Edition of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves!  Feel free to add yourself and  re-share. Leave a comment if you wish to be included in my next edition. I will continue to add to this circle until it is Full(500)Also see  my other curated Circles. at http://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-07-06 05:28:534209611
AyJay Schibig19,799FULL CIRCLEThis is a circle of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves!  Feel free to add yourself and  re-share. This will help you to connect with more people in G+. Leave a comment if you wish to be included in my next edition.Also see  my other curated Circles. at http://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-06-18 23:22:02366848
AyJay Schibig18,122FULL CIRCLEThis is a circle of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves!  Feel free to add yourself and re-share. Leave a comment if you wish to be included in my next edition.Also see  my other curated Circles at http://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday    #circleshare    #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc    #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles    #sharedcircleoftheday    #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject    #publiccircles    #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles    #circle    #circles    #circlemeup   #awesomepeople    #awesomecircle    #circleme    #sharedpoint    #sharewithyou      #ShareYourCircle2013-05-13 00:43:39350205
AyJay Schibig15,863FULL CIRCLEThis is a circle of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves!  Add yourself and re-share. Leave a comment if you would like to be in my next edition. I will continue new editions until there is a Full Circle(500). I keep  names and faces "fresh" across all of my 11 circles, so please ask only if you are not already in any of  my other circles. Thanks.Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-04-01 19:06:43314536
Joerg Schubert5,191Photographers, artists of photography and painting.#Circle #Circles #Public #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #QSC #querosercirculado #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #awesome #awesomesauce #awesomeness #awesomepeople #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #awesomesauce #круг #círculo #サークル #cercle #دائرة #xeeme #art #fotografie #fotografen   #künstler #artist #painting 2013-03-18 09:05:48434121
AyJay Schibig15,178FULL CIRCLEThis is a circle of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves!  Add yourself and re-share. Leave a comment if you would like to be in my next edition. I will continue new editions until there is a Full Circle(500). I keep  names and faces "fresh" across all of my 11 circles, so please ask only if you are not already in any of  my other circles. Thanks.Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-02-25 06:37:57313216
AyJay Schibig14,799FULL CIRCLEThis is a circle of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves!  Add yourself and re-share. Leave a comment if you would like to be in my next edition. I will continue new editions until there is a Full Circle(500). I keep  names and faces "fresh" across all of my 11 circles, so please ask only if you are not already in any of  my other circles. Thanks.Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou  #ShareYourCircle2013-02-12 05:08:04304403
AyJay Schibig14,120FULL CIRCLEThis is a circle of people who wish to be Discovered and also wish to find interesting G+ members themselves!  Add yourself and re-share. Leave a comment if you would like to be in my next edition. I will continue new editions until there is a Full Circle(500). I keep  names and faces "fresh" across all of my 11 circles, so please ask only if you are not already in any of  my other circles. Thanks.Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-01-25 03:43:14282406
Steve Mills10,302My Artists circle has been pretty carefully sifted and assembled, so I am comfortable sharing it with you. Hopefully you will agree, and share further.2013-01-05 00:57:52246115
Shawna Mac12,851Re-sharing my Artists circle as it's grown quite a lot since the last share. #circleshare #shawnacircleshare  2012-10-15 21:52:193109011
Samantha Villenave415,621I call this circle "Artcest".These people are my tribe, my love, the delight of my stream. This circle contains the 99 (plus moi) non-photog artists that I interact the most with, according to Google's algorithm. If you aren't in here, it isn't that I don't adore you, it's just that these peeps and I've got history, interaction, and mutual drooling and conversing over paintings and the like.I can guarantee you that each is a delight to follow. Some are NSFW, c'mon, but you don't care about that, because you know what you want to see in your stream here, it's innovation, beauty, paintings, sculpture, illustration, and mad creative experimentation. Each of these friends share primarily posts concerning art, whether their own and others. Certain among them are, IMHO, at the core of the art community here on G+. They're its central nervous system. They bring the internal into the external, here, on our not so tiny corner of the Interwebz.To be consumed, without moderation. #art   #circleshare  2012-10-15 06:55:32100582650
Maude McDonald15,490I am trying to do some "circle management" today.  If you are a painter, work with a pigment, and if you have added me but I have left you out of this circle, please let me know.I also have an "Artist" circle for non pigment artists (charcoal, pen/ink, sculpture or 3D art, etc).  I will share that soon.  Again, if you have circled me and I have not added you, please let me know on that posting.2012-09-30 21:23:31430336
Diniz Chico29This is the Prototype of my ARTISTS CIRCLE.More focused on the Traditional Arts, anyway you can find also some Digital Artists.The PHOTOGRAPHERS are not included. Still "working" on them.The ART SHARERS you can find in here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117288154575173533998/postsIts not closed yet, thats why i put it running to have your feedback, in mention some more that you could know.Sorry to all the ones i forgot, but if you want to be IN, please leave a comment on the original share at my page, please...Feel FREE to SHARE and ADD if you find useful for you...Thank you..:)2012-09-27 17:45:5334121826
Samantha Villenave247,724Got Art? - Part 12: Artists - T - Z (by first name) - FINAL CIRCLEI have made it to the end of my art circles. This is the last artist circle share - linking to circles of over 1000 wonderful visual artists here on G+.Part 1: Artists - A: http://bit.ly/NDM6ifPart 2: Artists - B: http://bit.ly/PlfKbXPart 3: Artists - C: http://bit.ly/NoWtDTPart 4: Artists - D - E: http://bit.ly/N2xXNlPart 5: Artists - F - I: http://bit.ly/Ss6FMWPart 6: Artists - J: http://bit.ly/NP4g0zPart 7: Artists - K - L: http://bit.ly/Nv2dvLPart 8: Artists - M: http://bit.ly/NXHZ0vPart 9: Artists N - Q: http://bit.ly/RwTQpJPart 10: Artists - R: http://bit.ly/OutiRePart 11: Artists - S: http://bit.ly/OQBmcrThe text below is copied from the original circle share part 1, because, no, people aren't going to click to read it, and haters will hate, so I must reiterate. Sorry! :)At nearly over 1000, my art circle is bursting at the seams. It's too big to share on it's own anymore, so I thought I'd break it down into several smaller circles, to share over a period of days.These people fill my streams with visual imagery, sometimes beautiful, experimental, evocative... each one has a unique perspective and practice. Most of these people are painters, drawers, illustrators, sculptors, etc. (I generally keep my photogs in a separate circle, with a few exceptions, for good measure. So yes, this circle is a different beast.)The desire to connect with other artists is what brought me to G+, and it is a huge part of why I am still here.**************************************************************************A note about this circle, and my sharing it.Every time I share a circle, I get a backlash of anger from people that are not in it. Honestly, it is to the point that I rarely share circles.Please know that this circle is not all of the artists that you should be following here on Google+, it is simply the artists that I follow. I have chosen them for personal reasons, and enjoy following each of them. I am sharing them because I believe that you may also enjoy following them.This circle reflects my choices, of whom to follow, please be respectful of that. If you are an artist, and not in my circles, please feel free to say hi and let me know in the comments, so that I can mosey on over to your profile and see your work!  #art #creativity #sharedcircles   2012-08-22 09:34:588211520
Matt Lichtenwalner0Been a while since I shared out my 'fellow artists' circle. If you're looking for a little inspiration, or maybe just a bit more color/creativity in your life, you could do FAR worse than to circle these #artists and #illustrators.Hope you have a creative day!2012-08-20 15:24:3550113111
Kelly Dombrowski4,341Time to share the art circle!  It's been quite a while :)  I am sure I have some to catch up with myself.2012-08-09 00:14:25435816
Marilyn Fenn9,303Sharing one of my many artists circlesI haven't updated my "Painters Painting" circle in a verrrrry long time, but I'm sharing it now anyway.  If you are a traditional media painter who posts mostly (or at least ~50%) about painting (your paintings, other's paintings, whatever), and IF you're not in this circle, please let me know in the comments, so I can add you.Also, feel free to share this circle, and to add these folks to your circles.2012-07-09 21:20:56277629
Samantha Villenave48,038I'm in the mood to ponder art and artists, and thought I'd spread the love a bit by sharing my art circle with you. I know, it's a biggie, but each person in it is a gem. They fill my internet life with beauty and creativity, some for over a year now. If you're an artist, and see this post, please feel free to leave a comment so that I can hop on over to your profile and discover your work as well! #art2012-06-25 17:30:5947823313
Paul Stickland8,156Artists Circle on G+ - A Suggested Artists ListWith thanks to you all for your suggestions, here is my circle of interesting and engaging Artists to give new G+ users a really great start on the G+ experience.This is a fraction of my full 450+ Artists circle, I have handpicked those who are being particularly creative in their use of G+.As ever, I welcome your suggestions to add to the circle.#art #artists #painting #drawing #sculptors   #sculpture #digitalart #circles   #circleshare   #illustration   #illustrators  2012-06-18 12:47:00163251120
Paul Stickland8,060Visual Artist's Circle - a Suggested Artists ListI'm putting together a circle (for complete G+ newbies) to serve as an introduction to the amazing work being shared by the visual arts communities here.The circle below are the top 150 by relevance from my Artist circles.Who do you think should be in it? #artistcircles   #art #artists2012-06-15 12:48:24150713
Nils Tschampel763The Cream of the Crop of May 2012What's this?On +CircleCount everyday some very interesting persons are choosen and recommended. These are persons without hunders of thousands of followers but with a lot of interesting content. You won't find silent people here leading the rankings, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop circles:April 2012: http://goo.gl/NvbKjMarch 2012: http://goo.gl/3auLoFebruary 2012: http://goo.gl/TWYpKJanuary 2012: http://goo.gl/HBdHbDecember 2011: http://goo.gl/RBCpgNovember 2011: http://goo.gl/x6TJkOctober 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92012-06-04 11:02:42309362356
Marilyn Fenn3,010Now that my Art Motherlode circle has hit 500 people, it's time to share (and start a new one?). This circle includes all pigment artists, illustrators, sculptors, curators, art writers, gallery owners, and art pages that I have circled so far (at least in this circle; there may be some unintentional omissions). I have tried to include only those who post, though no guarantees.If I left you out and you think you belong in my next incarnation of this circle, please be sure to let me know in the comments. Enjoy! :D2011-12-19 21:21:18500647
Paul Alexander Thornton0My artists circle, if you'd like to be added comment under the link! Thanks :)Paul Alexander Thornton shared a circle with you.2011-10-28 19:46:43501103
Maude McDonald85This is my current Artists circle. Great art, good people.Maude McDonald shared a circle with you.2011-10-26 23:31:5350028213
Kris Courtney2,408A great collection of talent - Bless you ...Kris Courtney shared a circle with you.2011-10-19 16:40:43475001
Hassan Al Shouli56Visual Art100 or so people circled under "Visual Art"These are the people who have posted visual art that has interested, amused and pleased me since G+ started. The circle includes photographers (urban, wildlife, street, HDR, black & white, etc.), artists, animators, graphic designers and more. The circle includes people with 100's of followers to 1000's.Hassan Al Shouli shared a circle with you.2011-09-28 06:31:47108104
Zian Silverwolf16Artists and Designers - Exploration into new worlds, new dimensions....Zian Silverwolf shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 11:56:09243001

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2015-03-03 05:05:40 (20 comments, 13 reshares, 236 +1s)Open 

Just felt like drawing today - 
May or may not add color to this .... Can't quite decide just yet -) 
"French Cottage" in progress - Graphite on paper
Thomas W Schaller 02 March 2015

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2014-12-17 17:51:03 (15 comments, 32 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

“Light”

Often I am asked, “How do you paint light in your work?” Well, the answer is almost frustratingly simple. “I don’t.” "The light is already there: waiting for me on the blank sheet of paper . All I have to do is paint the relative darkness of shades and shadows to allow that light to have expression - to let it really shine through.” 

I like to think of painting in watercolor as a “subtractive” process. By that I mean, we start off with the maximum amount of light available and already “painted” for us by the untouched white sheet of the paper itself. We then set about subtracting some of it by the addition of shapes and areas of darker value . So it is the juxtaposition, the dialogue between these values in the final painting, that give the work it’s expression and identity.

In almost all my work, it is easy to spot some area that hasbeen left completely untou... more »

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2015-03-03 05:05:40 (20 comments, 13 reshares, 236 +1s)Open 

Just felt like drawing today - 
May or may not add color to this .... Can't quite decide just yet -) 
"French Cottage" in progress - Graphite on paper
Thomas W Schaller 02 March 2015

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2015-03-03 19:51:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Really grateful to Thomas Clausen for his very generous interview and  feature on me and my work . Be sure to check out his blog and beautiful work. Thomas W Schaller - Los Angeles.

Since I started drawing and painting every day, I’ve learned a lot, but as I learn, evolve and try out new things, I also start to notice the work of other people. Before picking up a pencil or a brush, a nice painting to me, was just that. A nice…___Really grateful to Thomas Clausen for his very generous interview and  feature on me and my work . Be sure to check out his blog and beautiful work. Thomas W Schaller - Los Angeles.

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2015-03-03 05:05:40 (20 comments, 13 reshares, 236 +1s)Open 

Just felt like drawing today - 
May or may not add color to this .... Can't quite decide just yet -) 
"French Cottage" in progress - Graphite on paper
Thomas W Schaller 02 March 2015

Just felt like drawing today - 
May or may not add color to this .... Can't quite decide just yet -) 
"French Cottage" in progress - Graphite on paper
Thomas W Schaller 02 March 2015___

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2015-03-02 17:46:00 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

"Vicars' Close - Wells"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
18x24 inches 01 March 2015

"Vicars' Close - Wells"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
18x24 inches 01 March 2015___

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2015-02-28 20:40:00 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

"Frozen Path - Ohio"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
22x15 inches
28 Feb. 2015

"Frozen Path - Ohio"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
22x15 inches
28 Feb. 2015___

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2015-02-23 01:24:59 (11 comments, 13 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

"abandoned gate house"
northern ireland
thomas w schaller - watercolor
13x18 inches 22 feb. 2015

"abandoned gate house"
northern ireland
thomas w schaller - watercolor
13x18 inches 22 feb. 2015___

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2015-02-22 01:16:27 (3 comments, 20 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

"venetian moonlight"
thomas w schaller - watercolor
24x15 inches
21 feb. 2015

"venetian moonlight"
thomas w schaller - watercolor
24x15 inches
21 feb. 2015___

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2015-02-20 08:57:54 (4 comments, 26 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

"Ancient Bridge - Rome"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
15X22 inches  2015

"Ancient Bridge - Rome"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
15X22 inches  2015___

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2015-02-20 08:56:35 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Final Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. 
"Ancient Bridge - Rome". 15 x 22 inches

Final Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. 
"Ancient Bridge - Rome". 15 x 22 inches___

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2015-02-19 03:47:26 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Third Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. One hour Plein-Air study in shadows / value composition / simplification of detail /light
"Egyptian Museum - San Jose. "15 x 22" inches

Third Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. One hour Plein-Air study in shadows / value composition / simplification of detail /light
"Egyptian Museum - San Jose. "15 x 22" inches___

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2015-02-19 03:32:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Third Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. One hour study in skies / value composition / simplification of detail 
"Villa Rotunda - Vicenza; Italy " 22 x 12 inches

Third Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. One hour study in skies / value composition / simplification of detail 
"Villa Rotunda - Vicenza; Italy " 22 x 12 inches___

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2015-02-18 03:20:09 (5 comments, 14 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Final Demo Two Painting - Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society.
"St. Christopher's - Siena" 15x15 inches

Final Demo Two Painting - Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society.
"St. Christopher's - Siena" 15x15 inches___

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2015-02-18 03:17:42 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Final Demo One Painting - Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society.
"End of Day - Heidelberg" 15x22 inches

Final Demo One Painting - Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society.
"End of Day - Heidelberg" 15x22 inches___

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2015-02-18 02:09:37 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Second Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. One hour study in light / value composition / perspective / architecture
"St. Christopher's - Siena" 15X22 inches

Second Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. One hour study in light / value composition / perspective / architecture
"St. Christopher's - Siena" 15X22 inches___

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2015-02-17 01:49:21 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

First Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. One hour study in light / value composition / and complementary colors.
"End of Day - Heidelberg" 15X22 inches

First Day Demo Painting in progress for the workshop I am teaching for the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. One hour study in light / value composition / and complementary colors.
"End of Day - Heidelberg" 15X22 inches___

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2015-02-16 03:54:42 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

So happy to be hosted this week by the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society for a great workshop with a LOT of excellent painters! Grateful for the very big turnout for my demonstration painting today - an interpretation of one the most amazing places I have ever been lucky enough to experience. My friend and I had such a fantastic day making this climb - far more than worth it!

"View from Summit - Slieve Binnian : Northern Ireland" .
Watercolor - 24x18 inches 

So happy to be hosted this week by the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society for a great workshop with a LOT of excellent painters! Grateful for the very big turnout for my demonstration painting today - an interpretation of one the most amazing places I have ever been lucky enough to experience. My friend and I had such a fantastic day making this climb - far more than worth it!

"View from Summit - Slieve Binnian : Northern Ireland" .
Watercolor - 24x18 inches ___

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2015-02-14 20:52:20 (8 comments, 13 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Very grateful to the Society and to juror Linda Doll for including my work "Painters on the Capilano" in the 2015 Missouri Watercolor Society International Exhibition.

Very grateful to the Society and to juror Linda Doll for including my work "Painters on the Capilano" in the 2015 Missouri Watercolor Society International Exhibition.___

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2015-02-13 14:41:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Boomer on set helping to direct my latest Video Project with Artist's Network TV.
( He felt I needed at least three takes for every scene! - )

Boomer on set helping to direct my latest Video Project with Artist's Network TV.
( He felt I needed at least three takes for every scene! - )___

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2015-02-09 14:36:12 (8 comments, 15 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Opening of the 1st IWS International Exhibition of Watercolor 
26 February - 22 March 2015
Museum of the City of Mexico.
"Fog on the Tiber - Rome" and "Pacific Coast Highway - Los Angeles"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor.
76x56 cm Each.

Opening of the 1st IWS International Exhibition of Watercolor 
26 February - 22 March 2015
Museum of the City of Mexico.
"Fog on the Tiber - Rome" and "Pacific Coast Highway - Los Angeles"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor.
76x56 cm Each.___

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2015-02-08 06:35:48 (7 comments, 15 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

For the Fabriano in Acquarello 2015 Exhibition coming up in Italy - I decided to send an old friend of a painting -  "Royal Crescent - England".  And a very big thanks to some great new friends for helping make this happen. 

For the Fabriano in Acquarello 2015 Exhibition coming up in Italy - I decided to send an old friend of a painting -  "Royal Crescent - England".  And a very big thanks to some great new friends for helping make this happen. ___

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2015-02-03 05:46:46 (7 comments, 28 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 


A very very big Thank You to my friend Jayson Yeoh and all the good people at the China Art Forum for printing this great article about me and my work. I'm so grateful. Thank you so much!
http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzA3NDA5MDYzNg%3D%3D&mid=203242289&idx=2&sn=75bf982ddcef8500961d2fa298bb78b3#rd


A very very big Thank You to my friend Jayson Yeoh and all the good people at the China Art Forum for printing this great article about me and my work. I'm so grateful. Thank you so much!
http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzA3NDA5MDYzNg%3D%3D&mid=203242289&idx=2&sn=75bf982ddcef8500961d2fa298bb78b3#rd___

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2015-01-29 17:54:07 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

The Winners of the 6th Annual Watermedia Showcase - sponsored by Watercolor Artist Magazine - were announced, and I'm happy to be included in the group! My thanks to the jury,the organization, and congrats to my friends and colleagues Chien Chung-Wei, Woon Lam Ng, and Soon Young Warren for their winning entries! Look for the April 2015 edition . Thanks also to my friend Lok Kerk Hwang for sending me the photo!

The Winners of the 6th Annual Watermedia Showcase - sponsored by Watercolor Artist Magazine - were announced, and I'm happy to be included in the group! My thanks to the jury,the organization, and congrats to my friends and colleagues Chien Chung-Wei, Woon Lam Ng, and Soon Young Warren for their winning entries! Look for the April 2015 edition . Thanks also to my friend Lok Kerk Hwang for sending me the photo!___

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2015-01-25 03:31:48 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

"Bernini at the Borghese"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
22X15 inches  24 Jan. 2015

"Bernini at the Borghese"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
22X15 inches  24 Jan. 2015___

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2015-01-21 20:13:00 (14 comments, 6 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

"A Hike in Ohio"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
22 x 14 inches        21 Jan. 2015

"A Hike in Ohio"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
22 x 14 inches        21 Jan. 2015___

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2015-01-20 15:45:13 (2 comments, 11 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 


Upcoming Exhibition: Masters of Watercolour, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 20-31 January
http://www.watercolormasters.ru/
ВЫСТАВКА "МАСТЕРА АКВАРЕЛИ"
Сайт выставки ведущих акварелистов мира "Мастера акварели"
WATERCOLORMASTERS.RU

Arch of Septimius - Rome
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor; 30x22 Inches.


Upcoming Exhibition: Masters of Watercolour, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 20-31 January
http://www.watercolormasters.ru/
ВЫСТАВКА "МАСТЕРА АКВАРЕЛИ"
Сайт выставки ведущих акварелистов мира "Мастера акварели"
WATERCOLORMASTERS.RU

Arch of Septimius - Rome
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor; 30x22 Inches.___

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2015-01-17 19:26:39 (3 comments, 18 reshares, 111 +1s)Open 

"Light of the Pantheon - Rome"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
18X24 Inches  17 Jan. 2015

"Light of the Pantheon - Rome"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
18X24 Inches  17 Jan. 2015___

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2015-01-15 08:51:20 (5 comments, 15 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

Are we artists only when we paint? 

As visual people, we are – in a sense - always painting.  In fact, most paintings I do begin long before the brush ever touches the page. As Edward Hopper said: “Art is the outward expression of the inner life of an artist. And this inner life will result in a personal vision of the world.”

 And it’s in how we see and feel about the world that we are framing our future work.  When just out walking, we may notice a bit of light, a hint of color, a composition of values that we never saw before. Or as the sunlight slants along a narrow street that we may have seen a thousand times, we realize; we never noticed it quite like that.

Sometimes, we do a sketch, or take a quick photo. But often, we just file these impressions away somewhere in our hearts – a collection of moments. Over the years we amass a vast storeroom of moments;visual, senso... more »

Are we artists only when we paint? 

As visual people, we are – in a sense - always painting.  In fact, most paintings I do begin long before the brush ever touches the page. As Edward Hopper said: “Art is the outward expression of the inner life of an artist. And this inner life will result in a personal vision of the world.”

 And it’s in how we see and feel about the world that we are framing our future work.  When just out walking, we may notice a bit of light, a hint of color, a composition of values that we never saw before. Or as the sunlight slants along a narrow street that we may have seen a thousand times, we realize; we never noticed it quite like that.

Sometimes, we do a sketch, or take a quick photo. But often, we just file these impressions away somewhere in our hearts – a collection of moments. Over the years we amass a vast storeroom of moments; visual, sensory, and emotional memories - a collection we can draw upon for a lifetime.   And in that collection should also be those feelings we had at the very moment we saw that light, or remembered the smell of those leaves, or the chill in the air one afternoon as the shadows inched across that road, or the talk we had that day with a neighbor or a friend. 

This is the stuff of Art – more than the exact specifics of what this view or that scene may actually look like.   And so of myself I ask that I paint not so much the scene in front of me – but rather, how I remember, or how I feel about that scene right now.  And if my painting comes even close to asking that question of the viewer, then I feel I’ve done my job.
  
A painter paints, a writer writes, and so on it is said. That’s true enough. We only improve those skills that we practice.  The only garden that grows is one that we have watered.  And to be honest, I am usually not happy when I have to miss a day of painting.  It is the garden I most wish to tend.

But I think I need to remember how much my inner life is shaped and informed by the world around me.  Taking some time to just be mindful and observant of this world – moment by moment -is critical.  If I spend a little time just riding my bike, or watching people on the street, or talking with a friend, or just absorbing the sights, the sounds, the millions of angles of light that Nature provides, or just looking up and really watching the sky; all this helps to shape my unique personal vision.  And back at the easel, that is at least as important a tool for the artist as any paint or brush could ever be.  

 While this is a view of a scene, it is a painting of a feeling.
“Approaching the Summit - Slieve Binnian” Northern Ireland ___

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2015-01-14 16:44:17 (13 comments, 18 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

"Rooftops of Rye"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor.
18x24 Inches
13 Jan. 2015

"Rooftops of Rye"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor.
18x24 Inches
13 Jan. 2015___

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2015-01-11 22:03:19 (6 comments, 22 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

Three More Bridges - Was teaching and missed a couple of days last week - so here are 3 more bridges - this time all in Los Angeles: Detail of the 4the Street Bridge : Detail of the 7th Street Bridge : And The Cesar Chavez Ave. Bridge.

Three More Bridges - Was teaching and missed a couple of days last week - so here are 3 more bridges - this time all in Los Angeles: Detail of the 4the Street Bridge : Detail of the 7th Street Bridge : And The Cesar Chavez Ave. Bridge.___

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2015-01-10 02:36:54 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Huge thanks to the Valley Watercolor Society for hosting such a big and successful workshop for me - Great group! Lots of talented and enthusiastic painters! My first quick demonstration painting today .

Huge thanks to the Valley Watercolor Society for hosting such a big and successful workshop for me - Great group! Lots of talented and enthusiastic painters! My first quick demonstration painting today .___

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2015-01-08 20:37:08 (5 comments, 21 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

"Moonlight in the Campo" -Rome
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
15X22 Inches          08 Jan 2015

"Moonlight in the Campo" -Rome
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor
15X22 Inches          08 Jan 2015___

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2015-01-08 17:28:41 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

My thoughts are with the people of Paris today. So for Day Three of the 3 Paintings a Day exercise - in honor of France - I'm posting only paintings of French Bridges. The one on the right is Pont Valentré in Cahors, the other two are partially real and partially imaginary bridges inspired by the beautiful Dordogne Region in that amazing country. And I'll nominate Andy Evansen to see if he's willing to play along.

My thoughts are with the people of Paris today. So for Day Three of the 3 Paintings a Day exercise - in honor of France - I'm posting only paintings of French Bridges. The one on the right is Pont Valentré in Cahors, the other two are partially real and partially imaginary bridges inspired by the beautiful Dordogne Region in that amazing country. And I'll nominate Andy Evansen to see if he's willing to play along.___

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2015-01-07 19:56:15 (7 comments, 12 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Thanks for all the great comments yesterday! So for Day Two of my Three a Day Marathon , I'm sticking with Bridges as my theme. Here's one from all the 3 places I've lived - New York City, Los Angeles, and Ohio. And today I tap the great Sarah Yeoman to join the party! Cheers - Tom.

Thanks for all the great comments yesterday! So for Day Two of my Three a Day Marathon , I'm sticking with Bridges as my theme. Here's one from all the 3 places I've lived - New York City, Los Angeles, and Ohio. And today I tap the great Sarah Yeoman to join the party! Cheers - Tom.___

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2015-01-07 19:55:20 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Thanks (I think) to a few friends ( Bev Jozwiak and Iain Stewart come to mind), I've come down with the "3 Watercolors a Day" Virus .... Thought it wasn't catching but apparently, it is. So I'm keeping mine to a theme - my beloved bridges. Here's one in Vancouver, BC, one in Northern Ireland, and one in Rome. And I now get to tap my good friend William G. Hook to get on board the 3 a Day Train and hope he forgives me -)

Thanks (I think) to a few friends ( Bev Jozwiak and Iain Stewart come to mind), I've come down with the "3 Watercolors a Day" Virus .... Thought it wasn't catching but apparently, it is. So I'm keeping mine to a theme - my beloved bridges. Here's one in Vancouver, BC, one in Northern Ireland, and one in Rome. And I now get to tap my good friend William G. Hook to get on board the 3 a Day Train and hope he forgives me -)___

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2015-01-05 00:02:35 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

"Only Connect"

“….. the prose and the poetry. Live in fragments no more.” Epigraph to the novel, Howard’s End ; 1910. E.M. Forster

For this book, Forster borrowed a snippet of dialogue from one of his own characters to perfectly sum up the theme of the work . For much of his writing - and I believe his own life - was informed by the concept of “connection” - or the lack thereof . So many of his characters are in a struggle to integrate their inner lives with the outer world in which they live. And that world itself is struggling to adapt to constant transition and the evolving, cyclical nature of Time. It illustrates Forster’s fascination with the duality of Transition and Isolation. Our lives are constantly on the brink of change and exciting new discoveries - or the risk of being lost and forgotten forever. 

“So what has this got to do withpainting?" ... more »

"Only Connect"

“….. the prose and the poetry. Live in fragments no more.” Epigraph to the novel, Howard’s End ; 1910. E.M. Forster

For this book, Forster borrowed a snippet of dialogue from one of his own characters to perfectly sum up the theme of the work . For much of his writing - and I believe his own life - was informed by the concept of “connection” - or the lack thereof . So many of his characters are in a struggle to integrate their inner lives with the outer world in which they live. And that world itself is struggling to adapt to constant transition and the evolving, cyclical nature of Time. It illustrates Forster’s fascination with the duality of Transition and Isolation. Our lives are constantly on the brink of change and exciting new discoveries - or the risk of being lost and forgotten forever. 

“So what has this got to do with painting?" you might be asking. For me - just about everything. In a sense, my work is a study in connection. Different values speak to one another, complementary tones are in constant dialogue, and angles - subtle or obvious lines of connection - are all central to my compositions. 

"Connect” is also a word heard a lot in my classes. I admit, I’m a bit obsessed with it : by the connections we have with one another , the invisible threads that bind us all in an unseen fabric that stretches across continents; one that also reaches down to Mother Earth, and then up to the very stars, and beyond. We are all part of something far more vast than ourselves. This is powerful and inspirational material for an artist and whatever stories we may wish to tell. 

As a painter, and a bit of an introvert, I admit that I have long struggled with my own sense of isolation and the need to connect the apparent rift between my own creative and intellectual selves - or the two opposite sides of the brain as some would have it. It’s a constant process, but I think I’ve made great strides. Yet, there are miles to go still. And that is good! 

But as I come to see that there really is no rift - no difference at all - just complementary parts of the same connected whole , my paintings have changed ; my relationship to others - and to the Universe we share - has changed. I have changed. And changed too are my paintings themselves; the themes, the expressions, the shapes, and values, the angles that help me try to express the changing stories I want my paintings to tell.

And in the same way, this is not just a little story of my own journey - but one that I expect I share to some degree with many. As I think about all the connections there are, I feel less isolated - more happy and more free. As I paint, I am more able to become lost in the world of my painting - without a thought as to “how am I doing?” or “how do I compare?”. All that matters is the present moment in which Art is most alive. I feel no fear of the future and no regrets about the past. “Now” is all that matters. And life can be seen as just a series of “nows” - all connected, one to the other, yours and mine, forever . 

My wish for us all in this New Year is for more of that sense of joy and freedom in whatever we may choose to do. And as we strive to be more accepting and kind to others , we should not forget to afford ourselves that same courtesy. While we can - and should - set extremely high standards, we should also be able to forgive ourselves if we fall short. Because we will. But we will get up and try again with the knowledge that in painting - as in the rest of life - “mistakes” are sometimes the best things that can happen to us - and often - turn out not to be mistakes at all, just another connection to a new discovery - a new success. 

What better symbol for "connection" and transition can there be than a bridge - as it arches over both space and time? This is Cleftridge Span in Brooklyn's Prospect Park done in 2014
Photo: "Only Connect"

“….. the prose and the poetry. Live in fragments no more.” Epigraph to the novel, Howard’s End ; 1910.  E.M. Forster

For this book, Forster borrowed a snippet of dialogue from one of his own characters to perfectly sum up the theme of the work . For much of his writing - and I believe his own life - was informed by the concept of  “connection” - or the lack thereof . So many of his characters are in a struggle to integrate their inner lives with the outer world in which they live.  And that world itself is struggling to adapt to constant transition and the evolving, cyclical nature of Time. It illustrates Forster’s fascination with the duality of Transition and Isolation. Our lives are constantly on the brink of change and exciting new discoveries  - or the risk of being lost  and forgotten forever.  

“So what has this got to do with painting?" you might be asking.  For me - just about everything.  In a sense, my work is a study in connection. Different values speak to one another, complementary tones are in constant dialogue, and angles - subtle or obvious lines of connection - are all central to my compositions.  

"Connect”  is also a word heard a lot in my classes. I admit, I’m a bit obsessed with it  : by the connections we have with one another , the invisible threads that bind us all in an unseen fabric that stretches across continents;  one that also reaches down to Mother Earth, and then up to the very stars, and beyond.  We are all part of something far more vast than ourselves.  This is powerful and inspirational material for an artist and whatever stories we may wish to tell.  

As a painter, and a bit of an introvert,  I admit that I have long struggled with my own sense of isolation and the need to connect the apparent rift between my own creative and intellectual selves  - or the two opposite sides of the brain as some would have it.  It’s a constant process, but I think I’ve made great strides. Yet, there are miles to go still. And that is good! 

But as I come to see that there really is no rift - no difference at all - just complementary parts of the same connected whole , my paintings have changed ; my relationship to others - and to the Universe we share -  has changed.  I have changed.  And changed too are my paintings themselves;  the themes, the expressions, the shapes, and values, the angles that help me try to express the changing stories I want my paintings to tell.

And in the same way, this is not  just a little story of my own journey - but one that I expect I share to some degree with many. As I think about all the connections there are, I feel less isolated - more happy and more free. As I paint, I am more able to become lost in the world of my painting - without a thought as to “how am I doing?” or “how do I compare?”. All that matters is the present moment in which Art is most alive. I feel no fear of the future and no regrets about the past. “Now” is all that matters.  And life can be seen as just a series of “nows”  -  all connected, one to the other, yours and mine, forever . 

My wish for us all in this New Year is for more of that sense of joy and freedom in whatever we may choose to do. And as we strive to be more accepting and kind to others , we should not forget to afford ourselves that same courtesy. While we can - and should - set extremely high standards, we should also be able to forgive ourselves if we fall short. Because we will. But we will get up and try again with the knowledge that in painting - as in the rest of life -  “mistakes” are sometimes the best things that can happen to us  - and often - turn out not to be mistakes at all, just another connection to a new discovery - a new success. 

What better symbol for "connection" and transition can there be than a bridge - as it arches over both space and time? This is Cleftridge Span in Brooklyn's Prospect Park done in 2014___

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2015-01-04 01:15:53 (7 comments, 14 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

"New Year's Day" - Ohio"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor.
22 X16 inches - 02 Jan. 2015

"New Year's Day" - Ohio"
Thomas W Schaller - Watercolor.
22 X16 inches - 02 Jan. 2015___

2015-01-02 09:40:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

A sincere "Thank You" to everyone who has shown me such kindness, support, and generosity over this past year here on this page .
 
It has also been my genuine privilege to have been able to go to fantastic places and meet so many phenomenal people - and even to have made life-long friendships in 2014,

I am forever grateful for it all - and it means more to me than I can say. I wish you all a beautiful and creative 2015!!

Looking forward to this New Year with such happiness and enthusiasm - and to sharing it all with you

With all my best wishes - Tom

A sincere "Thank You" to everyone who has shown me such kindness, support, and generosity over this past year here on this page .
 
It has also been my genuine privilege to have been able to go to fantastic places and meet so many phenomenal people - and even to have made life-long friendships in 2014,

I am forever grateful for it all - and it means more to me than I can say. I wish you all a beautiful and creative 2015!!

Looking forward to this New Year with such happiness and enthusiasm - and to sharing it all with you

With all my best wishes - Tom___

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2014-12-30 09:08:46 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Very grateful to the organizers of IWS Mexico and the distinguished jury for including my two paintings; "Fog on the Tiber - Rome" and "Pacific Coast Highway - Los Angeles" in their 1st International Watercolor Exhibition to be held in Mexico City in 2015

Very grateful to the organizers of IWS Mexico and the distinguished jury for including my two paintings; "Fog on the Tiber - Rome" and "Pacific Coast Highway - Los Angeles" in their 1st International Watercolor Exhibition to be held in Mexico City in 2015___

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2014-12-28 00:18:47 (11 comments, 13 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

"Finding Beauty"

"Everything that is beautiful is not always pretty.” This is one of the little reminders that I carry with me always as I am searching for good subjects to paint.

It’s an all too easy mistake to assume that if an object or scene is not immediately captivating or visually pleasing, then it is unworthy to be painted - that there is no “art” there.  This is far from the case.  In truth, sometimes the most scenically perfect places may offer more to a photographer than to a painter who’s real task is to interpret - not just imitate or illustrate - what is seen. More to the point, we try to express the feelings we have based on what we see.  There are paintings just as fantastic to be had from the most humble and commonplace objects on your kitchen table, to the most bleak industrial landscape, to the most glorious mountain or seaside vista. It’s all in... more »

"Finding Beauty"

"Everything that is beautiful is not always pretty.” This is one of the little reminders that I carry with me always as I am searching for good subjects to paint.

It’s an all too easy mistake to assume that if an object or scene is not immediately captivating or visually pleasing, then it is unworthy to be painted - that there is no “art” there.  This is far from the case.  In truth, sometimes the most scenically perfect places may offer more to a photographer than to a painter who’s real task is to interpret - not just imitate or illustrate - what is seen. More to the point, we try to express the feelings we have based on what we see.  There are paintings just as fantastic to be had from the most humble and commonplace objects on your kitchen table, to the most bleak industrial landscape, to the most glorious mountain or seaside vista.  It’s all in how you choose to see them.   

As painters, most of us have heard the saying, “There are no bad subjects, only bad paintings”. And while that may not be off the mark, I’m actually saying something a bit different.  I’m suggesting that it is not the subjects we see that are beautiful or not - rather the beauty is in how we interpret what we see, and in how we learn to look in the first place. It’s fantastic to be able to travel to exotic and far away places in search of inspiration for paintings (and I wouldn’t turn down many opportunities to do so!).   But it’s good to remember also that it is not just a simple matter of a beautiful sight being “inspiring”, it is the artist that has to see - and more importantly feel - that inspiration. Then we must “find the art” in that scene and convey the story - the compelling idea or feeling that we have had - to the viewer in our work. What is truly beautiful to me in any given painting can  be found not so much in the specific object or scene the artist has depicted, as in the vision and feeling displayed in the interpretation of that sight. 

So in a very real sense, it is not simply an amazing sight that bestows inspiration upon us, but rather the other way around. We find the inspiration within ourselves to  be able to react to that scene as an artist might.  We then set about shaping that reaction - that feeling of inspiration - into the work of art to result.  That process is truly beautiful to me.  

I often ask my classes to try not to paint the subject of their paintings so much as to try to paint the light that illuminates and gives them life.  Thoughts of, ideas about, and reactions to the vast array of the effects of light are consistently what causes that sense of inspiration to rise within me.  I try to see the world in patterns - compositions - of dark and light.   And using my case just as an example, when we can begin to look at the world around us in a different way - realizing that we are the architects of our own inspiration - then literally, good paintings can be found anywhere.  Outstanding works of art are all around us, everywhere, always - just waiting to be discovered.  

There is very little of the real world depicted in my quick painting “Industrial Landscape in Green" that could be described as actually “beautiful” in any classic sense.  Much of the painting shows little more than forgotten objects in a state of decay on a gloomy afternoon.  But it was in the pattern of lights and darks, and in the almost abstract juxtaposition of forms that I found inspiration and real beauty.___

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2014-12-23 00:06:12 (10 comments, 16 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

"Home"
thomas w schaller : watercolor
22 x15 inches
22 dec. 2014
Wishing you all a Very Happy Holiday Season and a Fantastic New Year. Thank you all so much for the support and generosity you have shown me. It means more to me than I can say - and I am just so grateful. Blessings and Love to you all, Tom.

"Home"
thomas w schaller : watercolor
22 x15 inches
22 dec. 2014
Wishing you all a Very Happy Holiday Season and a Fantastic New Year. Thank you all so much for the support and generosity you have shown me. It means more to me than I can say - and I am just so grateful. Blessings and Love to you all, Tom.___

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2014-12-20 11:35:19 (15 comments, 19 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

"Our Voice"

" We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha 

In my classes, I always remark that one thing I love about painting - in watercolor especially - and also about painters in general, is the fact that we all begin with the same few simple tools: a couple of brushes, paper, some pigments, and water.  But a hundred artists could go out with these same basic tools and paint the exact scene. And by day’s end, there would be one hundred completely different, and completely unique results.

Some might say that this can be explained by “talent” or by levels of skill, etc. And yes, those things can be factors.  But that’s almost never quite what I see. I see one hundred individual artists shining through – one hundred different voices trying to be heard.
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"Our Voice"

" We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha 

In my classes, I always remark that one thing I love about painting - in watercolor especially - and also about painters in general, is the fact that we all begin with the same few simple tools: a couple of brushes, paper, some pigments, and water.  But a hundred artists could go out with these same basic tools and paint the exact scene. And by day’s end, there would be one hundred completely different, and completely unique results.

Some might say that this can be explained by “talent” or by levels of skill, etc. And yes, those things can be factors.  But that’s almost never quite what I see. I see one hundred individual artists shining through – one hundred different voices trying to be heard.

 One of the greatest compliments I can ever receive as an artist, is when someone says, “From across the room, I could tell that was your work. I’d recognize it anywhere.”  If nothing else, it helps to confirm that I am on my own path.  Possibly the greatest goal we can all have as artists is to learn to develop our own, individual voice - the only one that can express our personal inspirations and vision in a way that no one else possibly could.

 I get enormous support and inspiration as an artist from various philosophical and spiritual teachings - Buddhism among them - and that for it’s pragmatic simplicity, emphasis on the calmness and joy of the present moment, gratitude, and a sense of personal responsibility.  One of its most fundamental teachings is that “ We ourselves must walk the path - no one can do it for us”. This is a joyful thought to me - not one that fills me with sorrow or loneliness. To me it says that I am in the driver’s seat of my life and only I can shape my present and therefore, determine my future. Another simple yet powerful quote by the wise man himself, and one that perfectly sums up my thoughts about living and painting is, "It is better to travel well than to arrive”.  Absolutely.  I would hope as artists we feel we are always moving and growing. There is always something new to learn and ways to grow.  If we ever feel we have “arrived”, we are finished.

Philosophy aside, when we are learning to paint, it is almost inevitable that we will be influenced by other more established artists doing work we admire. Up to a point this is understandable and perfectly OK.   But sometimes - even without thinking - it becomes far too easy to then begin to mimic their ideas, their palettes, their compositions, etc. This is - of course - a dead end. It is also an insult to those artists we claim to respect, and worse, an insult to ourselves. It means we are not listening to our own voice, but trying to borrow that of another.  There is no art to be found there. To be influenced is one thing, but to mimic or imitate - quite another.

 Back to the simplicity of Buddhism, it also teaches that “everything we need - we already have”.  How I love that idea!  As a painter, the trick of course is to be able to clear away enough useless and surplus noise and negativity to be able to accept and take full advantage of that.

For me, practice is the thing. The more I paint, the easier I find it becomes to just get lost within that process and the world of the painting in front of me. For the time it takes me to do that painting, that is all the world I wish to know.  It then does get easier bit by bit to be able to pay no attention to all that external noise; to tune out all those voices that tell us we need to get this or that commission, into this exhibition, or that gallery, or to get praise from this or that person or group. We tell ourselves we need these things to know that we are finally "good enough”.  But if this is on your mind while painting, “success” will be a very illusive thing.

 And while all those things may be great in their way, none of them can ever hope to tell us convincingly if we’re actually good enough. Only we have the power to do that. And only when we can learn to listen more intently to that voice within - to take advantage of resources we already have -  will we know if we’re on the right path or not. 

And we will know – since we already have all we need. It’s just in practice that we begin to realize it and to more clearly hear that voice - the one that already knows who we are and how we wish to express that unique individual we are by means of our work.

"Kiyomizu in Snow" - Kyoto.
Thomas W Schaller -  2014___

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2014-12-18 20:17:47 (2 comments, 14 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

Oostpoort in Winter - Delft
Thomas W Schaller ,  Watercolor 
22 x 15 inches
18 Dec. 2014

Oostpoort in Winter - Delft
Thomas W Schaller ,  Watercolor 
22 x 15 inches
18 Dec. 2014___

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2014-12-17 17:51:03 (15 comments, 32 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

“Light”

Often I am asked, “How do you paint light in your work?” Well, the answer is almost frustratingly simple. “I don’t.” "The light is already there: waiting for me on the blank sheet of paper . All I have to do is paint the relative darkness of shades and shadows to allow that light to have expression - to let it really shine through.” 

I like to think of painting in watercolor as a “subtractive” process. By that I mean, we start off with the maximum amount of light available and already “painted” for us by the untouched white sheet of the paper itself. We then set about subtracting some of it by the addition of shapes and areas of darker value . So it is the juxtaposition, the dialogue between these values in the final painting, that give the work it’s expression and identity.

In almost all my work, it is easy to spot some area that hasbeen left completely untou... more »

“Light”

Often I am asked, “How do you paint light in your work?” Well, the answer is almost frustratingly simple. “I don’t.” "The light is already there: waiting for me on the blank sheet of paper . All I have to do is paint the relative darkness of shades and shadows to allow that light to have expression - to let it really shine through.” 

I like to think of painting in watercolor as a “subtractive” process. By that I mean, we start off with the maximum amount of light available and already “painted” for us by the untouched white sheet of the paper itself. We then set about subtracting some of it by the addition of shapes and areas of darker value . So it is the juxtaposition, the dialogue between these values in the final painting, that give the work it’s expression and identity.

In almost all my work, it is easy to spot some area that has been left completely untouched - a bit of the pure white of the paper shining through. Often this area is offset by the proximity of the darkest dark in the same work, There is a tension and a dramatic expression to be had there. Also, I tend to break down my work into three basic shapes of value : “light”, “dark”, and “mid-tones”. These abstract shapes of value can be arranged in countless ways, but if clearly and simply articulated, will almost always result in a work that is more dynamic and expressive than one in which only one or two values are seen. 

Like most artists , I love color. I often say I can’t go into an art supply store without “adult supervision” because I will want every tube of paint on every shelf!! But I urge my classes and myself to keep our palettes as simple as possible - and to work more in value than in color. No amount of beautiful color can save a work if the values are too consistent and unvaried - or worse - when the light is lost. For this reason, I also encourage the completion of small, quick "value composition” studies before the final painting begins. These are not always necessary, but sometimes help remind us of the dominant importance of a dynamic composition of values. And more importantly, they remind us of where the light must be saved. For once the light in a watercolor painting is gone, the work begins to die , and it is all but impossible to get it back. 

In music - it is the space between the notes that set the rhythm and identity of the final piece. The silences are as important to musical expression as are the actual sounds of the instruments. It is just the same in painting. It is the “negative” shapes that give voice and expression to the “positive". Without the dark, the light has no voice. And so, the areas of a work that are left unpainted are at least as important and powerful as those areas that are. 

In my painting “Interior - Cathedral of Girona ;Spain” - as in most all my others - I am exploring the “stories of light”. I try to provide a compelling “path of light” to draw viewers in and allow them to imagine themselves inside my paintings. There, they can begin to tell their own stories - whatever those may be.___

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2014-12-16 08:11:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-16 03:07:03 (5 comments, 15 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

Moonlit Stream - Ohio
Thomas W Schaller
Watercolor 22x15 inches
15 dec 2016

Moonlit Stream - Ohio
Thomas W Schaller
Watercolor 22x15 inches
15 dec 2016___

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2014-12-13 07:29:16 (12 comments, 23 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

“Find the Art”
Even when we’re not at our easels, painters are - in a sense - always “painting”. I’m hopeless to ride with in a car or walk with anywhere at all; “Look at that! Now there’s a painting!” seems to be my constant refrain.
As I remind myself - and tell my classes constantly – an interesting or beautiful scene may or may not have the makings of a good painting. In truth, a beautiful painting can just as often be found in the most commonplace or unusual of places as in the most exotic of cities.
But whatever we choose to paint, I believe it’s an artist’s real job to do more than simply illustrate the precise details of what a place or thing literally looks like. We should rather do our best to discover and interpret that thing’s true nature: discover a bit of it’s essence, and tell something of it’s story. Only then can we hope to express somethinguniquely personal in how it i... more »

“Find the Art”
Even when we’re not at our easels, painters are - in a sense - always “painting”. I’m hopeless to ride with in a car or walk with anywhere at all; “Look at that! Now there’s a painting!” seems to be my constant refrain.
As I remind myself - and tell my classes constantly – an interesting or beautiful scene may or may not have the makings of a good painting. In truth, a beautiful painting can just as often be found in the most commonplace or unusual of places as in the most exotic of cities.
But whatever we choose to paint, I believe it’s an artist’s real job to do more than simply illustrate the precise details of what a place or thing literally looks like. We should rather do our best to discover and interpret that thing’s true nature: discover a bit of it’s essence, and tell something of it’s story. Only then can we hope to express something uniquely personal in how it inspired us in the first place. 
Good paintings often ask more questions than they answer. So when our paintings begin to ask these questions – inviting both painter and viewer to become involved in those stories - we begin to get closer to finding the Art that exists all around us.
As with most paintings, this one began with the two dimensions of the flat sheet - height and width. With shifting shapes of various values, my painting, “Pons Fabricius–Rome” (2011) begins to suggest the third dimension of depth and perspective.
But it is with the choice of this ancient structure (the bridge : one of my favorite subjects) at an oblique, dynamic angle, that I begin to tell just a bit of the story of this ancient city, as well as a little of the forth dimension – the spanning of space and the passage of time.___

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2014-12-11 17:26:23 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

40 Russian and 40 International artists will be represented in The Masters Of Watercolor exhibition 20-31, January, 2015 at the Grand exhibition hall of The Artists Association, St.Petersburg, Russia. Welcome!
Big big thanks to Konstantin Sterkhov for making this happen!!

40 Russian and 40 International artists will be represented in The Masters Of Watercolor exhibition 20-31, January, 2015 at the Grand exhibition hall of The Artists Association, St.Petersburg, Russia. Welcome!
Big big thanks to Konstantin Sterkhov for making this happen!!___

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2014-12-10 22:32:22 (15 comments, 27 reshares, 165 +1s)Open 

"Just Paint" 
I am so grateful to have received over the years some of the best advice anyone could ever hope for. Words can have great power - if we can only learn to really hear ; let them motivate us, and give us strength. 
The great visionary Buckminster Fuller addressed our Uni class when I was far too young to grasp much of anything he had to offer. At the end of his talk however, he said something that hit me so hard that it has stayed with me always (to paraphrase). "I firmly believe that people are capable of doing most anything they want to do. The problem is that most people never take the time or make the effort to figure out what the hell that is. So I urge all you kids to find out. Find something you love and want to do with your life - and then just go out and do it!" I was shocked. But he was right. 
Years later I moved to NYC to "become anar... more »

"Just Paint" 
I am so grateful to have received over the years some of the best advice anyone could ever hope for. Words can have great power - if we can only learn to really hear ; let them motivate us, and give us strength. 
The great visionary Buckminster Fuller addressed our Uni class when I was far too young to grasp much of anything he had to offer. At the end of his talk however, he said something that hit me so hard that it has stayed with me always (to paraphrase). "I firmly believe that people are capable of doing most anything they want to do. The problem is that most people never take the time or make the effort to figure out what the hell that is. So I urge all you kids to find out. Find something you love and want to do with your life - and then just go out and do it!" I was shocked. But he was right. 
Years later I moved to NYC to "become an artist." Well I did, but with rent and food ,etc etc. it was all a bit more of a challenge than I bargained for. I had the starving part down - but not the artist part-) Still, in time, I was fortunate enough to turn my love of painting and watercolor into a great career as an architectural artist. This was fantastic, and enough for me for a time, but eventually I longed for more - I had higher aspirations. I wanted to be a "true artist" - a painter of my own vision - not an illustrator of someone else's. 
So about 5 years ago, I took a workshop with the one and only Joseph Zbukvic . Never did I aspire to paint like him (I mean - who could?) , but I did hope to learn how someone lived as a real artist in such a world as this. How do they define themselves? In those days, I would never even use the word "artist" to describe myself. 
But one night we were talking, and after politely listening to me and all my doubts and worries and excuses, Z said; "If you want to be a painter - Just Paint - all the rest will take care of itself." 
I didn't know how right he was at the time. But my life changed that day - changed from the inside out. And each day since, those words are more true to me than they were the day before. 
Here's an older painting - but one of the first I did after having at last the courage and conviction to begin to redefine and describe myself unapologetically as an "artist".

Madison Square Park , NYC - Winter ; 2010___

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2014-12-09 23:09:06 (7 comments, 12 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

"Just Breathe" Another of my "Random Thoughts on Art" is that simple little bit of advice. Maybe it sounds obvious, but when I look back at my years as an architectural illustrator, I am surprised to recall - while trying to paint in as controlled and tight a manner as possible - when I would literally hold my breath for very long periods. My neck, my back, my shoulders were so tight, my head ached all the time. I was concentrating so hard as I painted, and I was not happy. How could I even hope to produce anything that was not also tight, joyless, over-controlled, inexpressive, and constricted? In our yoga practice, we study the incredible value of the breath - matching a relaxed , present, flow of in and out breaths with an equally alert but relaxed set of fluid movements of the body. I cannot stress enough how this practice has improved my life and my painting. Now I don't worry... more »

"Just Breathe" Another of my "Random Thoughts on Art" is that simple little bit of advice. Maybe it sounds obvious, but when I look back at my years as an architectural illustrator, I am surprised to recall - while trying to paint in as controlled and tight a manner as possible - when I would literally hold my breath for very long periods. My neck, my back, my shoulders were so tight, my head ached all the time. I was concentrating so hard as I painted, and I was not happy. How could I even hope to produce anything that was not also tight, joyless, over-controlled, inexpressive, and constricted? In our yoga practice, we study the incredible value of the breath - matching a relaxed , present, flow of in and out breaths with an equally alert but relaxed set of fluid movements of the body. I cannot stress enough how this practice has improved my life and my painting. Now I don't worry myself so much with final results, but I am just aware of loving the process of painting itself as it unfolds. This has allowed me to express myself in paint in a far more fluid, honest, and emotive way. This view of the dramatic skies over Northern Ireland - done earlier this year - was an exercise in loose and joyful painting.___

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2014-12-09 11:27:44 (8 comments, 16 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

"Think Less - Feel More" - In my teaching - and for my own work - I keep a running list of ideas written down; bits of advice, memories, fragments of philosophy, etc. that I have loosely named "Random Thoughts on Art" . Since I'm not a big fan of rules - especially in art - where "no rules" is often the best rule - these are more "rules of thumb" or just good things to remember as I travel on. So I thought from time to time, I'd share one from my ever-evolving list here; and this is one of the first and most important for me. While it's good to think about our work, about life, about art,etc. I've found that if I think too much while trying to paint - I can be my own worst enemy. When I pick up that brush, I'd better have all my thinking done. So then, my brush can "think for me" and I can paint more directly from the heart. Here's a... more »

"Think Less - Feel More" - In my teaching - and for my own work - I keep a running list of ideas written down; bits of advice, memories, fragments of philosophy, etc. that I have loosely named "Random Thoughts on Art" . Since I'm not a big fan of rules - especially in art - where "no rules" is often the best rule - these are more "rules of thumb" or just good things to remember as I travel on. So I thought from time to time, I'd share one from my ever-evolving list here; and this is one of the first and most important for me. While it's good to think about our work, about life, about art,etc. I've found that if I think too much while trying to paint - I can be my own worst enemy. When I pick up that brush, I'd better have all my thinking done. So then, my brush can "think for me" and I can paint more directly from the heart. Here's a painting I did earlier this year "Vertical Study" that began in my head as just an idea - but ended up on paper as a pure feeling.___

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