Ron’s Blog

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Ron’s thoughts and writing.

…We Find Joy

Ron’s thoughts:“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci This has been a challenging 6 months for me.  We lost our beloved big dog, one of my life-long best friends, and my vibrant mother.  I know that sadness typically diminishes as time passes, but the hardest part for me has been the difficulty in understanding the timing of it all within 180 days.  At first, I stopped my regular activities to provide assistance to others and then, I began pulling away from my own relationships.  The four paintings I had started in July […]

Spring and the Art Festivals

A Season of Change Spring is a season of change. For the Harris household, this is powerfully true in many ways.  We are excited about the movement of art from completion to framing and shipping; packaging pieces for transport to the Art Students League Summer Art Market and the Vail Arts Festival. The process includes a lot of hurried evaluations. With this season I find the realization of obsolescence in many of our daily conveniences.  Nothing lasts forever. In the past months, I have replaced an automobile radiator, struts, and battery, our home water heater, and the irrigation system plumbing.  […]

Out To Sea

Unchartered Waters Late last year I decided to take a risk, head into uncharted waters, so to speak, and experiment with different methods of painting. My new venture included changes in “mark making”, or drawing, and new the use of mediums like oil pastel, ink, and acrylic paint. The new tack was a result of an effort to expand my artistic voice by taking classes at the Art Students League of Denver. In one class I was challenged to approach all exercises in a non-objective manner. One of my really great teachers, Jeff Wentzel, suggested that I use my left […]

Identify Your Individuality: The Best You Can Be

Caravaggio: Identify His Strengths I had Michelangelo da Caravaggio looking over my shoulder recently. During our visit to Scotland, we had a chance to view the Beyond Caravaggio exhibit at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. The collection of paintings identifies artists that were influenced by his use of light and shadow. That’s him behind me from the amazing “The Taking of Christ”. Art historians celebrate and identify Caravaggio for his groundbreaking use of shadow to create depth and an amazing sense of realism. However, I find an immediacy in his tableaus which makes the viewer feel as if they […]

Ron Takes on the Colors of Summer

Ron’s Thoughts: Forget Spring, Summer is here! Less than a month ago we had snow here in Littleton. Suddenly it is Summer. Today it is 90 degrees. My lettuce is a foot tall and I am having a hard time keeping up with the kale. This weekend I’m busting out the pruning equipment or I will never catch up. From the Garden I’m fortunate to have been raised by parents who appreciate horticulture. My mother’s front yard rivals some public gardens into the Fall. She has varieties and colors that compliment and contrast in such a continuous design that pedestrians […]