Tuesday, August 9, 2016

You, a Superstar


Just for fun, join us Friday night to be a part of our new promo video. Filming from 5:30 to 6:00 pm, wine and snacks will be available, and you may be discovered by a Hollywood talent scout. Really, you'll only have to be in a crowd looking interested in our work. 

Go to reddotgallery.com for directions.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Featured on Instagram


Yesterday on Instagram I was featured as an artist by @lowbrowpopsurrealist, a popular art site. The link they referred people to was here, my blog. Here is a link to my website, where one can see my full body of work. 

  

Below, enjoy a few of my paintings that weren't featured.

























Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My Weekend at the Ashram



A couple weekends ago I visited Yogaville, Virginia. My intention was to take a yoga workshop with a teacher and writer I've followed for some years, Sally Kempton. I knew nothing about Yogaville, which, as it turns out, is an ashram, or Indian culture monastery. It's been there since the 1960s when Swami Satchinananda came to the USA from India. Apparently singer Carole King purchased the 750 acre property for the organization. I met two women, sisters, whose grandmother originally came to monastery. A subsequent five generations were born and brought up there, down to the sisters' grandchildren!

I spent the weekend in yoga workshops, taking yoga classes, and taking long walks on the grounds which included a riverfront area along the James River, which is mightier than I imagined. I've been asked if it was a hippy dippy experience, and yes, it was, but not in a Groovy, Man kind of way. People wore comfortable yoga clothes, the food was vegetarian, and everyone was friendly and non-invasive. 

I came away refreshed and peaceful, as I had hoped.

The James River flood plain made for some high grasses. There were lots of small creeks like this.



These grasses were taller than my head!



This is the lotus meditation temple, designed and built by Swami Satchinadananda.



Many days of rain preceded my visit, apparently, and mushrooms were everywhere.




The James River. Photo doesn't capture how big and powerful it is.




The rhododendrons were in bloom.



I got off trail and got lost for a bit, and came upon this beautiful, spooky swamp.



More swampiness. 



The mountain laurels were everywhere, in full bloom.




I had not one glitch on the four flights I took. History in the making.



Friday, May 20, 2016

Charlotte Manning at Red Dot



Red Dot Gallery presents the paintings of Charlotte Manning in her first solo exhibit. Join us at the opening reception next Friday, May 27, from 5-8 pm. The show will run though the end of June.




Monday, May 2, 2016

Close-ups Around Town





I've been under the weather for a few months now (nothing serious) and I've found that when I'm not traveling and seeing new vistas I become more interested in seeing the world close up. Here are a few photos from my yard and nearby trails.


Loripedalum



Creeping Flox




Spider web 




Cherry blossoms? Definitely cheery blossoms.



I forget.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Fiction

The state of my new novel


I've written two books, both memoirs of different times in my life. Links are below. The long-awaited news (mostly awaited by me) is that that I'm writing a third book, a novel. I can't reveal the title or anything about it, but I'm enjoying the process of writing fiction so much I had to share. I've always been told not to tell anyone when you start a big writing project like this, but I tend to break the rules pretty much all the time, so I just did it again. I tend to finish what I start, even if, as in the case of both my last two books, it takes 6 years. So perhaps in 2022 you'll see the results, but I hope it's much sooner. If you know me, please ask about it and give encouragement, and that way you'll probably see it finished sooner. 

If you haven't read them try:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Nothing Much


River Birch


I walked yesterday with my new Nikon camera, experimenting with my telephoto lens. I shot unceremonious subjects, mostly weeds and dead trees with a little surprise at the end. Forgive my ignorance of plant names.




Weed flower



Forest




Weed flower


Reflection



Dandelion




Flood remnant, high above the creek




Buttercup




Weed flower


Poison Ivy covering tree


Poo