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Grace

Grace (a short video)

I'm sitting at the water's edge being lulled by the waves as they gracefully roll in, then gently slide away. There is such peace here in this continual rhythm. Mindlessly I pitch hands full of sand onto the perfectly smooth beach, making my own mess of things. Then I watch as the waves remove what…

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Wings Of The Wind

Wings of the Wind

It is early morning, shortly after daybreak, and I am sitting at the edge of Lake Michigan on the beach. The air is quite chilly - I am snug in my sweatshirt. The clouds have rolled across the sky like a carpet. The wind is steady. The waves are large for a lake. But the…

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Letters From 1934

Handwritten

There is not much I would rather receive than a handwritten note or letter. It is a gift in itself. (I'll admit, it's a bit ironic that I'm talking about "handwritten" as I type away on these little white plastic keys.) I fear it is something my children will not experience once my wife and…

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Story Painting

Story

I am sitting here with my cup of coffee this morning pondering a very large painting that I just completed. It is only the second time in all these years of being an artist that I have painted a piece this large - 4' x 8' - which is still the largest size I have…

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Blue Bluebird Eggs In A Nest

Miracle

Each spring my youngest daughter and I await eagerly for the first signs of bluebirds to appear inside their houses. When we see them busily going to and fro, we start peaking inside to see the nests being intricately assembled piece by piece - and seeing what materials they use is half the fun. Once…

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The Making of a Painting – Part 3

So the concept was complete and it was time to paint. With most paintings I do, I actually stage the composition (except for the birds) and I photograph it. That photograph is what I then paint from. But in this case, the painting was not something I could stage. In my mind, it was lots…

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David In The Process Of Painting: Concept And Inspiration

The Making of a Painting – Part 2

Before I begin a painting, there must be inspiration. And from that inspiration, a concept is revealed. For me, the concept is the "soul" of my painting. Since paint has become my voice, the painting itself is "what I have to say". An artist's inspiration could be beauty alone – maybe that of creation –…

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Snippets | No. 1

Behind the Scenes – my first video “coffee break”

Yes, it's hard to believe – I resisted everything social media for so long, and now, not only am I on Facebook and Twitter, I just created my first video "coffee break"!  You can see it below and even check out my YouTube Channel at youtube.com/davidarmsartist. When am I ever going to learn: "never say…

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“In God We Trust” – The Making of a Painting – Part 1

This is the first blog of a four-part series where I am going to invite you to join me as I talk through my process of creating a painting. There are times when this process is both exhilarating and exhausting. It can push me mentally, emotionally and physically. But the rewards are so fulfilling. Over…

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Age Of Beauty

Age of Beauty

I love old things. They speak to me. I think their history gives a room such soul. I bought this chair last weekend and I love it. I love the wood detail. I love the tapestry with the deer head in the center. I love the patinated hardware that makes it able to fold. But…

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Fresh Start

Christmas in Nashville. It was the first time in seventeen years that we have had a measurable snow on that day. It was magical. After all the noise and frantic activity of preparation for that day, all was finally quiet…and still. If there wasn't peace on earth, there certainly was in my heart - even…

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