Hi Friends,

I was at Lowe’s last week, and they had a nice selection of mistint paints available. I chose twelve of them, and as I put them into my cart, I noticed that they all went together beautifully. What are the chances of that happening?

Cassandra Tondro Oops! paints

I decided to create a couple of paintings using all twelve colors — no other colors added and none taken away. The results were stunning!

Sometimes it’s better when I take myself out of the equation and let something else decide the colors and the design. In fact, it’s often better that way. Disturbingly better.

It makes me realize how much my mind gets in the way. When I can remove my mind and not think logically and rationally, the artwork improves. But doing that consciously can be difficult.

Here are the two paintings that fate created for me. Click on the images for more information and to purchase.

Cassandra Tondro, "Serendipity 1," abstract art

“Serendipity 1,” 30 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Cassandra Tondro, "Serendipity 2," abstract art

“Serendipity 2,” 24 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

What role does serendipity play in your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us in the comments section below.

In other news . . . Save the date for ArtWalk Ventura on October 6th and 7th. This is my third year participating in ArtWalk, and this year I’m the Co-Chair of the ArtWalk Ventura Committee. It’s going to be a fantastic show, and I hope you can join us. I’ll be showing recent paintings, leaf print and handwoven scarves, some new leaf prints on paper, and my fire stone necklaces, created using rocks that burned and turned jet black in last year’s fire. I look forward to seeing you there!

With love and appreciation,


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