Friday, September 4, 2009

The Fine Art of Living

As I get older I'm appreciating the simple luxuries in life, such as April's weekly supply of fresh-cut flowers for our home, a glass of wine, an excellent meal, and time spent with family and friends. I never bought into the notion of the suffering artist, I believe a life well lived supports the creative drive. You certainly don't need to be wealthy to live well, just open your eyes to the simple things in your life that make you happy and savor them.

Recently we had dinner with our friends Danny and Michelle at their home in Sonoma. Michelle knows how to bring simple luxuries into her home and a dinner at their house is always something to remember, in fact it's a work of art. They have nearly a dozen of my paintings throughout their house and it's always good to go back and visit the older Holland work.

Old Friends
April, me, Kristan, Jim, Danny, Michelle, Joan, Richard, Mateo (holding camera)

On this long weekend I hope you'll reflect on the gifts that are in your life and hopefully reconnect with friends and family. (Thanks, Michelle and Danny!)


  1. Amen to that.

    By the way, some grape vines might be nice touch to an otherwise already excellent patio.

  2. Jeremy, my friend, trust me when I say the grapevines were well represented at that dinner- on the wine bottles!

  3. What a lovely post Denny. It's so hard to forget the wonderful things we have in the midst of chaos. Next time, set a place for me...loooked like a wonderful party!

  4. April, I'd love to have a dinner party with all my artist friends- better get that plane ticket!

  5. Thanks Denny! Mind you, that would be one hell of a big table, don't you think? Would be a great party though...keeping that plane ticket in mind!