As Reflection…

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” – John Lennon • • • Several years ago, an old friend came to […]

Down the Rabbit Hole of Open Time

“Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting! — Alice* How late indeed. By my watch, it is half past eight in the morning—and I am late. Not late to the keyboard; no, I have been sitting here since six, waiting patiently for words to come. To be fair, they are the ones that […]

*Happy Earth Day!

“While human ingenuity may devise various inventions to the same ends, it will never devise anything more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than nature does, because in her inventions nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.” — Leonardo da Vinci • • • Photos ©2011, Jen Payne


“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” […]

Take Two: A Creative Life Redux

“In my next life,” I told my friend as we wandered up and down the aisles of Hull’s Art Supply in New Haven, “I want to be an artist.” I let my hands trace over the tubes of oil paints, and tap the tops of acrylics as I walked by. One, two, three… I passed […]

World Creativity and Innovation Week

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” — Leonardo da Vinci The painter. The writer. The chef. The gardener. The poet. The Universe is in OUR hands…and what a better day to celebrate it than April 15—Leonardo’s birthday! Born 559 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci’s genius—his creativity—still guides and motivates us today! […]

Nothing to debate about.

“It’s beautiful no matter what, isn’t it?” the woman spoke quietly as she and her old Springer spaniel passed me on the trolley bridge. She caught me snapping photos of the harbor in the middle of a late-afternoon drizzle. The scene looked to be painted entirely of Payne’s Grey and Antwerp Blue—a pale watercolor landscape […]