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a little bit of inspiration goes a long way...

Today, while the rain and drizzle and gloom settle over me like a wool blanket that I'm itching to get off... I look towards some inspiration.

Alice Neel has always been my artist to go to, when I need a refresher in why I am an artist.

This is one of my favorite paintings by her:

The great lady herself:

Read more about alice here.

I'm a creature of habit, and I tend to only feel the inspiration to paint when it's sunny, and the lighting is right. I thrived in California. But New York has been a bit of a struggle for me. My last painting, done a few years ago, has been nudging me to move forward again (when the web design slows down) to get the brushes out!

Here are The kids, from a few years back:

This is what I started to work on last summer. Funny, I guess this summer I will continue on... Winter solace.. doesn't seem to apply to me!