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Daily Paintings and more by Sophi

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Aloha! Spring is on it's way!

"Piercing the Veil of Illusion"
9 x 12 Oil on Canvas
Original Art by Sophie V. Breton all rights reserved

Happy spring to all!  I am finding it most difficult to fit in the time to post to the blog and even less time to upload all of last years work to the website.  There is a beautiful angel series and another of dragonflies and of course Paris!  That series is available at Local here in Lenox, MA. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Aloha! Coming out of the Cave of Creation

Holly McCormick assisting me in Warrior III
photo credit Joshua Jayintoh
Aloha!  Yes I have been in the dark cave of creation these past eight months working on new series in art and preparing for yoga teacher training which I completed this month with a fabulous group of ladies and one lucky guy!  Well are we really ever finished training?  I think probably not.  Here are a few more shots from the training and soon (which means within a few months) I will start posting the new series of artwork which was just recently photographed.  Unfortunately, I did not have time to finish or send out the snail mail annual newsletter this year and not sure it will happen.....perhaps I will combine with next years? 

photo credit Joshua Jayintoh
It's good to turn your world upside down once in a while.  Gain a new perspective.  Plus inversions are really good for your bodily fluids in the lower portions.  Helps them to circulate back up to the heart without the heart working so much...
photo credit Joshua Jayintoh
Ahh relaxing after a tough day on the mat.....


Monday, February 16, 2015


True Love
18 x 24 oil on canvas
Aloha!  Most of you should have received my Valentine's seasonal card by now and if not then you will want to send me your address to be on the snail mail list.  I'm just peeking out of hibernation long enough to let you all know that I did in fact survive the coldest night ever in the Berkshires!  And thank goodness for the new boiler!  Indeed contemplation of a warmer location for living has crossed my mind..... Hope all the New Englanders are surviving the "big chill" and thanks for all you southerners reminding me that there are places on earth where it is always sandal and sundress and bikini weather!  I certainly do miss that!
Back to hibernation...... check back in 6 to 8 weeks.  I'm working in the studios.......

Monday, December 1, 2014

Red Hot & Cool Center

Red Hot & Cool Center
9 x 12 x 1 1/2 oil on canvas
Happy December!
Greetings & hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We were certainly cozy up here at the Nook with our 8 plus inches of fresh powder snow that just kept coming down!  Many of us lost power but thankfully not heat so indeed when it was Thanksgiving we had much to be thankful for!  Here's a red hot chili that came from my garden to bring back the warmth.  I love how I did this inner shadow depiction that expresses the inner essence of the pepper.  Very cool! 
artwork available at

Friday, November 21, 2014

Aloha Friday!

Swan Gord
9 x 12 x 1 1/2 Oil on Canvas
It's another Aloha Friday which means no work til Monday!  Carpe diem!  Today in the Berkshires we are expecting a high of around 25 degrees.  Doesn't that sound fun!  Bust out the woolies and furs and whatever else you have for winter gear because you are going to need it in order to enjoy this place!  So continuing on with my theme this fall of a Renaissance happening here in the Berkshires I have another poem for you which I love. This one is by Meister Eckhart titled,
To See As God Sees
It is your destiny to see as God sees,
to know as God knows,
to feel as God
How is this possible?  How?
Because Divine Love cannot defy its very self.
Divine Love will be eternally true to its own being,
and its being is giving all it can,
at the perfect
And the greatest gift
God can give is Her own experience.
Every object, every creature, every man, woman, and child
has a soul and it is the destiny of all,
to see as God sees, to know as God knows,
to feel as God feels, to Be
as God
Enjoy your day & weekend!
artwork available at

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two Fall Leaves
8 x 8 Oil on Canvas
Aloha! & yes I know it has been far too long since my last past however I have been working and well celebrating my birthday which has gone on nearly all month but is winding down ..... boo ):  So here is another beautiful piece I made with natural leaves I found along the roadside.  You know nature really is the greatest inspiration! 
Along with the opening of the show and working with the Art Connection of Rhode Island I have also been generously gifting items to the Catwalk in Great Barrington, MA.  For you animal lovers this is a fashion swap really for women and all the proceeds are going to support our Berkshire Humane Society.  So check it out to donate or pick up a few items that peak your interest.  Guilt free shopping at it's best!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Three Leaves & a Star

Three Leaves & a Star
8 x 8 oil on canvas
My goodness the weather is changing rapidly here in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts!  We are surely having an amazing fall as usual with all the gorgeous colors that I depicted in the above leaf composition and then ooo I came home to some snow on the car last night!  Still many of the trees like the people in the area are resisting the end of such a magnificent season including yours truly!  Here's wishing you all a beautiful remainder of fall & all the Scorpio babies a very happy birthday!
artwork available at

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Two Autumn Leaves

Two Autumn Leaves
6 x 12 x 1 1/2 Oil on Canvas
Aloha & Happy month of November!  The show opening was a huge success and we had a turn out of at least 50 people.  Thank you to all who were able to attend!  For those of you that couldn't make it... the exhibit should be up at least through the end of the year.  So head down to Stockbridge for a latte and some r&r while taking in the new art on the walls!  You can't miss my dragonfly!
The piece above was created from two leaves I found while out on one of may walks down Old Stockbridge Road........
We are kicking around the idea of a poetry reading sometime this month so to get you all in the mood here is one of my favorite pieces by Rumi called The Inner Garments of Love.  I actually use this piece in one of my Yoga Nidra scripts too and people love it! (read aloud it's better!)
A soul which is not clothed
with the inner garment of Love
should be ashamed of its existence.
Be drunk with Love,
for Love is all that exists.
Where is intimacy found
if not in the give and take of Love.
If they ask what Love is,
say; the sacrifice of will.
If you have not left your will behind,
You have no will at all.
The lover is a king of kings
with both worlds beneath him;
and a king does not regard
what lies at his feet.
Only Love and the lover
can resurrect beyond time.
Give your heart to this;
the rest is secondhand.
How long will you embrace
a lifeless beloved?
Embrace that entity
to which nothing can cling.
What sprouts up every spring
will wither and die by autumn,
but the rose garden of Love
Is always green.
Both the rose and the thorn
appear together in spring,
and the wine of the grape
is not without its headaches.
Don’t be an impatient
bystander on this path -----
by God there’s no death
worse than expectation
Set your heart on hard cash
if you are not counterfeit,
and listen to this advice
if you are not a slave.
Don’t falter on the horse
of the body; go more lightly on foot.
God gives wings to those
who are not content to ride an ass.
Let go of your worries
and be completely clear-hearted,
like the face of a mirror
that contains no images.
When it is empty of forms,
all forms are contained in it.
No face would be ashamed
to be so clear.
If you want a clear mirror,
behold yourself
and see the shameless truth
which the mirror reflects.
If metal can be polished
to a mirror like finish,
What polishing might the mirror
of the heart require?
Between the mirror and the heart
is this single difference:
the heart conceals secrets,
while the mirror does not…
artwork available at

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Upcoming Exhibit

Aloha!  I've been very busy renovating my studio and preparing for the upcoming show.  If you did not receive one of my holiday cards it is because I do not have your snail mail.  If you want to be on that list then send me your mailing address and you will be added.  I usually send 2 postcards per year and the annual newsletter.  Hope to see you all at the reception this week. 

Stockbridge Coffee & Tea on Elm Street in Stockbridge, MA.  Reception starts at 6:30 pm.  I'm sure the exhibit will be up much longer if you can't make it.

A Bientot! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reality Behind the Skin

Reality Behind the Skin
6 x 12 x 1 1/2 Oil on Canvas
No longer available
I just love eggplants!  They are one of the most sexiest fruits ever!  This one came from my garden and although I have created a kind of still life hear it is really a piece with much more depth to it.  The shadow expresses the inner essence and life force of the fruit and was a joy to paint.  I made up the back ground and colors were picked by intuitive means. 
It's a keeper!  but other work available at

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Fat Eggplant

The Fat Eggplant
8 x 8 x 1 1/2 Oil on Canvas
Aloha & Happy Friday!  I picked up this well rounded eggplant at our local farmers market because I fell in love with it's shape color and size.  I love going to the farmer's market where every piece is organic and different.  This eggplant seemed to radiate vitality to me hence the red auric body I revealed to you on the canvas...
Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Many Layers

The Many Layers
9 x 12 x 1 1/2 Oil on Canvas
We're going to take a sharp turn on the blog going from all about cats to all about food and fall!  Here I was capturing the essence of this magnificent eggplant showing it's shadowy sided along with the spectacular natural coloring.  A fabulous piece for any kitchen or dining room!
Bon Appetite!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Paco dit - c'etait bon!

Paco Dit C'etait bon!
8 x 10 Oil on Museum Board
$125 (framed $150)
Indeed it would appear that Paco rather enjoyed his lizard, although some would say they are poison for cats (ha actually didn't really eat it all as the hotel employee grabbed it from him so maybe he new it would make him sick - or the guests to watch).  Still, I must say for the lizard that was probably not a pleasant experience but you know in the wild there is the hunter and the hunted so here we have the victorious hunter above simply being himself and enjoying the fruits of his labor.......
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Paco and his Murder Victim

Paco and his Murder Victim
8 x 10 oil on Museum Board
$125 (framed $150)
Indeed Paco caught one of his prey and although not one of the birds he was anticipating a true victim!  Wow & the caretakers of the hotel really had a hard time tearing the cat away from his trophy!  Imagine that.  With all the treats and spoils he receives from guest he still manages to hunt.  I suppose it's for the fun of it since he really doesn't need the meal.  Then again perhaps he is more partial to fresh catch than canned tuna?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Paco est Supris!

Paco est Supris!
8 x 8 Oil on Museum Board
See that I caught Paco off guard and boy was he surprised!  What gorgeous green eyes he has too!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paco dans les feuilles rouge

Paco dans les Feuilles Rouge
8 x 10 Oil on Museum Board
$125 (framed $150)
Well after much deliberation on the sidewalk Paco has decided to resume his hiding spot in the bushes.  Sometimes I wonder if that cat was color blind.  Did he really think he could go unnoticed with in all that red foliage?  He was young, so perhaps a bit inexperienced and kidding himself.....Or maybe I just have a good eye and most others didn't notice him at all.....especially his soon to be victims.....

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What To Do

What to Do
8 x 10 Oil on Museum Board
Well after patrolling the grounds Paco finds himself wondering "what to do"....I've been there before haven't you?  Going in the same circles over and over again getting nothing and really going nowhere....I know you know what I'm talking about!  So here is one of those days to just pause and notice....there is really no where to go, nothing to do, and everything is really ok right here, right now....  Ah the deep lessons learned from observing nature and in particular.... le chat noir!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Paco Qui Fai sa Round

Paco Qui Fai sa Round
8 x 10 Oil on Museum Board
Here's Paco on his daily patrol.  He hides in the bushes then slinks about all the while thinking no one is watching.....For many he goes unobserved, but for someone with such a key eye, I found him & found his daily routine to be fascinating to document.  More on Paco next time.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I Will Catch my Prey!

I Will Catch My Prey!
9 x 12 x 3/4 Oil on Canvas
Yes, although Paco has been slighted in his attempts to catch and kill his preyed upon victim he stands determined to do so at some point........and I too was confident that he would eventually succeed!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Those Poor Birds

Those Poor Birds
8 x 10 Oil on Museum Board
Here's Paco lurking in the bushes.  Those poor unsuspecting birds!  He was pretty good at keeping hidden since his sleek coat blended in with the soil under the bushes....but once he crept out onto the lawn the birds had a field day communicating with each other!  Still, I felt that one day he would win out.....
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