Newsletter 10/8/15
Even on a crowded day at the beach, I find the ocean peaceful.
 "Peace and Quiet" 9 x 12 Pastel on Paper 
At a popular hotel, the koi pond is another source of inspiration. 
Do you find yourself looking for the quiet places to find peace?  I have a toddler and a first-grader, and between the two of them there isn't much peace in the house.  It's actually so quiet on those rare occasions when I'm home without them, I end up going outside to listen to the birds chatter.
Peaceful places can be found just about anywhere, as long as you know where to look!  In a crowded restaurant, a booth by the window can be peaceful.   Benches at the mall, corner couches at gatherings-- if you're comfortable sitting back from the crowd and turning inward or observing, peace awaits you at almost any location.
I often paint peaceful scenes because painting is a calming activity for me.  No matter how difficult things seem, I feel better when I've spent a little time painting.  Perhaps one day I'll find so much peace in my own life, I'll finally be inspired to paint some energetic crowd scenes.  Until then, I paint the peace my psyche craves, which gives me something to look back on and enjoy when life gets tumultuous.  
Of course, if I need a little peace and I can't paint, getting up to take the dog out at sunrise gives me a few moments to enjoy!