Rags to Riches

Hi Friends,

I was in the mood to change things up in my house, and I was rummaging through the studio to see what forgotten art I could find. I stumbled upon a piece I did last fall that I didn’t think was very good at the time. But now I’m kind of in love with it!

It’s a pensive painting and the subtleties of the patterns and colors are exquisite when viewed in person. Click on the image to see it larger in a browser.

Cassandra Tondro natural pigment painting

“Deluge,” 36 x 48 inches, natural earth pigments on raw cotton canvas

It looks magnificent hanging in my living room over the dusty purple couch.

Cassandra Tondro natural pigment painting

It’s interesting how something I labeled as a reject a few months ago has become my new favorite painting. How does that happen?

I don’t have a good explanation except to say that it helps to see things with fresh eyes. I often put paintings away for a period of time and then come back to see them in a new light.

Sometimes they still don’t look good, but occasionally a piece will make the leap from rags to riches, and I can see something beautiful in the piece that I wasn’t able to see before. Something in me has changed during that time away.

This painting is particularly appropriate for all of the rain we’ve been having in California lately after several years of absolutely no rain at all. H-e-l-l-o climate change!

The title “Deluge” also refers to a feeling of overwhelm, a place I often dwell.

What have you been able to see differently lately? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,


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