Artist’s Musings

a pair of geese flew by; outside my studio window; i’m glad elephants don’t fly

Changes happen, and time is an illusion

I was only scratching the surface when we had to leave Asheville in 2004 — that is, my potential of becoming an artist.

I look forward to soon returning home to Asheville as a more experienced artist then when I had to leave. I’m very excited of the many possibilities — reconnecting with special friends, making new neighbours, making new art, and experiencing new adventures. I do not know when the next chapter will begin, but wherever I go, It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Because this big blue marble is just one big little neighbourhood. Could we be neighbours?

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Sketching from memory of Chester County Field

It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. There is a field along the way to Paoli Surgical Center. We have passed it several times on other occasions and it has always caught my attention. But even more so when we passed by it around 720 am. I could not stop picturing it in my mind.

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The spiritual dowser

This is a high key painting. I chose a soft palette for Kyle because I wanted to convey a sense of his warmth, coolness, and compassion. I used forced perspective, higher chroma and hard edges to pull his hand and crystal forward while at the same time receded the rest of him into the background with soft edges and lower chroma.

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How I float-mount some of my little paintings

I have a hodgepodge of different panels from one-eighth to one-quarter inches in thickness which means I need spacers of varying thickness. I ordered online inexpensive one-eighth inch thick balsa panels cut to size, but I requested a cut smaller than the actual size of the art panels. This smaller cut assures me that none of my spacers could be larger than my art panels. Also, the multiple layers give me the flexibility to raise or lower the art panel in a floater frame to within one-eighth of an inch below the face of the floater frame. 

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Is it spring or is it summer?

 It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Could you be my neighbour?

This spring season seems confused — one moment in a day it feels like spring and then another moment it feels like summer, or one day feels like spring and another day it feels like it’s late in the summer.

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May Group Show, Everyday Moments at Square Pear Gallery

 It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Could you be my neighbour?

I am one of the artists who invited to be part of Square Pear Gallery Everyday Moments theme for the month of May. It’s always nice to be invited to be part of an artist group show. To top this off, all the artists in this group show were also talked about in our local newspaper, Chester County Paper

Kennett Square painter Daniel Chow gets a showcase of small paintings that perfectly encapsulate a time and place. His paintings of seemingly inconsequential places near his home have a quiet calm that draws you closer. “The Recycling Bin” brings an intriguing complexity to a pile of random items in a back yard. And the aqua roof of a home in “Cape Cod” is particularly beguiling. — John Chambless


On display at Square Pear Gallery, 200 East State Street, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348