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A Hole in the Wall

As a theater, scenic designer, I am always looking at the backgrounds in movies and TV productions.  The other night, I was watching a detective drama.  On the back wall, I saw an interesting painting of a broken door hanging from its hinges.  As I studied the painting, I came to the conclusion… read more.

Sell It

Since I started selling my paintings, often, I am asked, “How can you sell your work?  How can you let it go?”   Everything is for sale!  If I am in the business of selling – it is all for sale.  Some works mean more to me than others. I lose a little of me… read more.

Perfect Pitch

Yesterday, I wondered, “Where are all my paintings?”  I know some people like them, but there is this thought.  Maybe someone purchases my canvases because they are the ugliest things they have ever seen.  They take them home to destroy them, so no one needs to be offended… read more.

Where Do They Go?

It has been over seven years since I started Marsounart.  I wonder where all the paints are?  When I was enrolled in “Independent Honor Study” at ISU, I had to create a series of works in various media. One of the sections concerned a ballet dancer.  I painted four panels… read more.

Math vs. Art

Many of you know I have degrees in both Mathematics and Art.  I taught both Math and Art. The question becomes, “That’s a strange combination?” or, “That’s very left brain, right brain?”  I see both disciplines as “Problem Solving.”  Neither… read more.

My Shoes

I have always had trouble with my point of view.  I get a lot of strange reactions. Point.  Yesterday I happened to look at my feet.  I was wearing shoes that I have had for years, and now I wear when I’m painting. They have five eyelets on each side.  On both shoes the first… read more.

Slow Walker

I’ve been walking at the mall for over 20 years.  For the last few years, I work out and swim at the Fitness Center. Years ago, I noticed a little lady, in her 50’s. Obliviously, she was rehabbing from an operation which made walking difficult.  Every labored step coved only a few… read more.

Lesson 4: Be Loud

When auditioning be as happy as possible.  “Happy” shows confidence.  Everyone is frightened at auditions; even the “Old pros.”  Some of the people you see in “every” show can be the most fidgety.  This may be their one shot at: Anna, The King,… read more.

Judging Art

A week ago I had the honor of judging a secondary, PTA art contest for Pleasant Valley Schools.  I’ve judged other contests over the years.  There are always some who use the well-known philosophy, “I’ve got to get this done by tomorrow!”  While others invest an… read more.

Act 2, Scene 4: Why Do They Do It?

July 21: The last third of Children of Eden is completed and my mind turned to the work ahead.  But first, forty souls on stage have put in a lot of time.  The hours it takes to learn a musical role are extensive.  There are the lines in the book and the accompanying blocking.  There… read more.