Hi Friends,

I was doing a show last weekend, and several people asked about my painting. I wasn’t showing any paintings at this show — just my scarves, necklaces and found object sculptures.

I said that I wasn’t painting right now, because I’m tired of it. Then the very next day I suddenly felt like painting again and spent several days in the studio doing nothing but painting.

What’s up with that?

Evidently all I need to do to reignite an interest in something is to publicly declare that I’m done with it! Am I a contrarian? I don’t know why that happens.

It kind of makes me look as if I don’t know what I’m doing or what I’m feeling. Oh well. C’est la vie!

Here are two of the pieces I created during this painting spree. I’m trying a new technique where I press the canvas into a selection of analogous colors first. Then, while the paint is still wet, I press it again into a darker contrasting color.

Sometimes this turns out interesting and sometimes not. I’m still learning. This first piece is quite nice. Click on the images for more information and to see them in a browser.

Cassandra Tondro abstract art

“Celebration,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

The second painting looks good up close and not as good from farther away. It’s pretty, but it could use more contrast. I might try some masking and overpainting on this piece.

Cassandra Tondro abstract art

“Light Within,” 30 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Where does contradiction show up in your life? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. I know what you mean! When people say have you retired yet? It’s depressing then energizing! I guess that’s why singers and athletes and actors keep coming back even after they say it’s their last show! I love this new work! It is like a fountain or a firecracker. Very and literally uplifting! Happy Thanksgiving! Love,

    1. Happy Thanksgiving, Cinthia! I hadn’t thought about needing to prove anyone wrong! You might be right about that. It becomes like a challenge to motivate me. Except in this case it’s me that I’m needing to prove wrong! It’s as if I’m fighting against myself. It makes no sense.

  2. I have experienced the same…
    There is something to be said about public confession of what is in our heart. It either stops something or causes things to flow and happen again. Sometimes you just need a break and that break no matter how short or long, jump starts you on a new path and perspective.
    Love the new technique you shared and the ideas for the second one.
    You go girl

  3. l love both of these, especially the first. Maybe when you say you are done with painting you hear yourself say it, and recall the curious and wonderful feelings when it has grabbed you and you’ve enjoyed it all.

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