Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt

As many of you know, I have been in the long process of selling my homes because I recently bought a large historic Mansion that I've been converting ZermenoGallery to ZermenoMuseum, the home and sanctuary for "Art and Inspiration".  I believe all walks of life should have access to art, so I will also be offering art and creativity workshops for the entire community, including workshops in the art of Digital Storytelling.  Digital Storytelling is a multimedia artform for storytelling combining, script writing, video, photos, and music using digital media for the Internet.

For example, ever wonder what it would be like to meet Eleanor Roosevelt?  One of my students has.  Click below to view a short Digital Story entitled: "Woman in Black Boots" by Marie Caso, a senior citizen who created her Digital Story about what it was like meeting this great First Lady in American History.
"Woman in Black Boots"

A Digital Story about meeting Eleanor Roosevelt by Marie Caso

Marie Caso


Trust the Process

You guys are always asking me how I overcome becoming "stuck" creatively.  When it happens to me I've learned not to beat myself up over it.  I know that creativity is a process, so I just shift gears.  Instead of creating art I take a walk, buy art supplies, or read a book. At other times, I put on some music and dance.  So if you're feeling stuck, try creative movement.  It does wonders for the human spirit.  Here's an interview with the author of "Trust the Process",  the world's leading authority on the benefits of dance and creative movement.  He's someone I really respect, and I think he describes it best.  


Life is Beautiful!

"Life is Beautiful!"

I just this photograph with my phone while taking my dog for a walk close to one of my homes where I live here in New England.  This is why I'm taking a vacation from blogging and spending more time enjoying my life being "offline".  I am loving getting back to nature.  Later this week, I plan to set in this spot to do some plein air painting.  "Life is Beautiful!"  I hope I'm inspiring you to go out and enjoy nature too.


Mademoiselle Chignon

"Mademoiselle Chignon"

Thanks for all your interest.  Sorry I haven't been posting here in a while.  I am really enjoying taking a vacation from blogging and being "offline".  Although I do enjoy spending time getting to know all of you individually and having more in-depth discussions about art and life without having to publicly blog so much any more.  The older I get the less attention I want.  It's nice to just enjoy living life without having to post online.  I am really moved and inspired by all your personal stories.

As some of you know, I've been cleaning out my art studio, etc. and came across this painting that was inspired by the Nabis, a group of French artists known as "The Prophets".   Gauguin was the leader of the group.  I really admire the work of Bonnard, Vuillard, and my favorite is Maurice Denis.  So I thought, what the heck, I'll go ahead and post this Nabis oil painting of my "Mademoiselle Chignon" for everyone here too.

Enjoy the summer!


Where's My Dinner?!!!

If this doesn't convince you to adopt a dachshund NOTHING will!!!


The Circus Influence

"Femme Cirque"
When I was in Paris I always loved going to "Le Moulin Rouge" and would always go to the "Le Cirque" Parisian. So, it's only natural that the French circus has been a great influence on me and my works of art.  The clowns and circus performers I met in Paris were actually some of the nicest people I've ever met.   To me, calling someone "a clown" is not an insult. As far as I'm concerned clowns are "artists"!!!  Not only are they entertaining, but I am very grateful to them because they helped me expand my imagination and become the artist I am today.

In my "American In Paris" Gallery

In fact, when I was an Executive Director I used to have community art programs where  I would always expose my community to the "performing arts".  So every year, when the circus rolled into town, I would also gather up the neighborhood kids to take them to the circus to appreciate the "clowns, acrobats, horseback riders, and other circus performers".  I came across this picture, so I thought I'd post it here.

"The Ringmaster"


Let The Show Begin!

Bon Apetit!

Bon apetit. All my close friends know that if you want to make me happy just give me high quality sushi and a good craft beer made with a lot of hops flowers.  Needless to say, I'm very happy right now...  Burp. Enjoy the weekend!