A Fresh View of Spring in a Post-Covid World

A Fresh View of Spring in a Post-Covid World

Breakfast Duchess-style: Eggs overlays, sausage, home fries very well-done, and whole wheat bread. We get one order and split. SO GOOD!

We passed the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 and I hope we will never pass another anniversary like it ever again. Tom and I recently had our first and second vaccines and we’re getting out a bit more too. We go for our morning walks and a few times a week we enjoy our favorite breakfast at our local Duchess restaurant in Fairfield, CT. It’s not very busy when we go and it’s nice to get back to a routine that is feeling more like “normal”.

Covid didn’t keep us down though, Tom and I have been busy revising my books Indigo Sky (soon to be re-released as THE MEMORABLE MRS. DEMPSEY) and THE UNFORGETTABLE MISS BALDWIN. Tom is the best editor I could ask for. I can’t wait to re-release both books with brand new covers, I’ll let everyone know when they come out.

Spring is in the air and soon our flowers will bloom and our backyards will be a lovely oasis. With that in mind, here are some lovely images of spring I painted a few years back. I hope these pictures give you hope for renewal and healing as we move forward. Enjoy!

Bridge to Tranquility

New England Peace

Waterfall at Lake Mohegan








Stay tuned for a sneak peek next month. 🙂

All the best,

Gail Ingis.

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Why people steal anything, in this case it’s art

Why people steal anything, in this case it’s art

This post is applicable to us all. I get these letters frequently, and from time to time love to share with their permission, which is ongoing.

The Letters: Vol. 1 and 2, narrated by Dave Genn, are now available for download on Amazon, here. Proceeds of sales contribute to the production of The Painter’s Keys.

Dear Reader,

A few years ago a thief looked in a gallery window and saw what he thought was a painting by a relatively expensive, dead artist. Using an accomplice to distract the dealer, he grabbed it and fled. It turned out to be one of mine. I know the disappointment he must have felt because the painting soon appeared in a nearby dumpster. This is an example of someone trying to steal something that might have been successfully fenced in an auction or another gallery. I fooled ’em.


“Charing Cross Bridge, London” 1901
by Claude Monet (1840-1926)
stolen in 2012, possibly destroyed

The theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Madonna, from the Oslo Munch Museum is a theft of a different stripe. Impossible to resell, these works can only have been stolen because they could be. In a way, it’s good to know that there are people in this world, like artists, who want to see if they can get away with things — to test the limits of their cleverness. Apparently, it’s also got something to do with stealing the magic that is art. British psychoanalyst Darian Leader explains the phenomena in Stealing the Mona Lisa. His book tells of the poor Italian house painter, Vincenzo Peruggia who, in 1911, merely tucked Mona under his smock and put her in the closet of his humble room. Later he confessed he did it not for money but for the love of a woman.


“Woman-Ochre” 1958
by Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)
stolen in 1985, recovered 2017

Leader also suggests that a painting needs to be properly stolen in order for it to become an icon and irresistibly desirable to a wider public. Further, as most of the thieves are men, the stealing of female imagery takes the psychoanalyst into some sticky stuff. Leader says, “An image is a human-capturing device.” Apparently, thieves as well as artists know this. But maybe some moneyed connoisseur knows it too and is privately slavering over Madonna and Scream along with a Schnapps and a good cigar in a paneled inner sanctum. Meanwhile his clever hit-men are blowing his cash in a bar. Leader concludes that no one does the big jobs for the money.

Of particular interest in the Mona Lisa case, gallery-goers lined up for years to file past the empty space where the painting once hung. That’s sort of modern — conceptual — when you think of it. One thing I do know is that art makes some people go funny and do crazy things. Like the guy who threw mine into the dumpster.


“The Concert” c.1664
by Johann Vermeer (1632-1675)
stolen in 1990, not recovered

Best regards,


PS: “The Mona Lisa is a magical prize, an amulet to ward off a feeling of insufficiency.” (Craig Burnett)

Esoterica: Stealing, like art itself, is an art. Stealing art is one of the highest of the stealing arts. Books are written and films are made honouring this tradition. To have one’s work stolen is a compliment and can be a big career move. Try to get your stuff stolen.


This letter was originally published as “Why do people steal art?” on August 31, 2004.

A History of Loot and Stolen Art: From Antiquity Until the Present Day


The Letters: Vol. 1 and 2, narrated by Dave Genn, are now available for download on Amazon, here. Proceeds of sales contribute to the production of The Painter’s Keys.

“What’s new is this amazingly efficient distribution system for stolen property called the Internet — and no one’s gonna shut down the Internet.” (Steve Jobs)

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in spring 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

A work of art



You’re invited to my art show

You’re invited to my art show

Art has always been a big part of my life. Guess what? I’m having an art show and you’re invited. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, 10 am-5 pm. (rain date Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018). At my house. And the Sangria is on me. If you’re interested in attending and you’re in the area (Fairfield, Connecticut) you can email me directly at gail@gailingis.com.

Join me for my art show COLORFUL VISIONS and celebrate color and beauty in our world.

Art, nature, Sangria. Sounds like fun to me. Hope to see you there. xo Gail

Many of my paintings will be available for purchase, including the ones featured in the postcard above. I will be donating half of all sales of my paintings to Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. A National Historic Landmark since 1971, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Lockwood-Mathews holds educational programs throughout the year for schools, colleges, and universities along with other educational groups and for the general public. Lockwood-Mathews also hosts various events throughout the year for the public including art shows, flea markets, tea parties, costume balls, private tours as well as offering guided historical tours of the estate.


Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the fall of 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.


The Big Art Show

The Big Art Show

You’re invited! Come to my local art show! The reception is on Saturday, April 7, 4:30-6:30 pm, at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in Fairfield Public Library (CT), 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT.

It’s open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

I’m in great company along with seven fellow landscape artists, please see those included below. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello.

Painting is like taking a vacation. If I paint the ocean, I’m at the ocean. If I paint a mountain, I’m on the mountain. It takes me on worldly journeys. My husband Tom says he feels the same  when he plays or watches sports. All of this to say, no matter what your hobby or vocation– love what you do.

For your perusal, here’s a collage of my paintings (partials). Hope to see you there. Love, Gail

Hudson River Overlook, A Little Peace of Maine, Fresh Spray, Source of Wonder, New England Peace

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the spring 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.





K.M. Weiland, Author

K.M. Weiland, Author

K.M. Weiland writes historical and speculative fiction. Following are her ten habits of the successful writer (with her permission to reblog) along with my thoughts as an artist.

Write everyday. Treat your writing like a job, even if it isn’t yet. Writing something everyday, even if it’s only a paragraph, keeps your creative pump primed and your inertia at bay. (Nora Roberts says this too, I heard her chat with Nora Roberts at RWA.)

GI Paint everyday, just like writing.

 Complete stories. Discipline yourself to finish every story you start. If you quit whenever the going gets tough, or whenever the shine of a new idea beckons, you’ll never finish a story. No one reads or buys half-finished tales.

GI  Complete your paintings.

Learn the writing rules. Writing is a craft that must be learned. There are excellent workshops and seminars online conveniently available and inexpensive. Read voraciously—all kinds, books on writing, join a writing organization online or local.

GI Learn the painting rules.

Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

Break the rules. Once you have a solid understanding of the principles of fiction, don’t be afraid to step beyond their confines. Experiment. Think outside the box. Fiction is based on a set of basic tenets because they’ve been proven to work. If it stagnates, it dies.

GI Painting is the same.

Create your own inspiration. Pinpoint what inspired you and surround yourself with stimuli. Discipline, creativity, and persistence are a cure-all for writer’s (painter’s) block. Don’t allow writer’s block to become an excuse for giving up.

GI Create your own inspiration for your painting.Don’t slack on the hard stuff.

Not all of writing is fun and games, but if you want to create a polished story, you have to submit to the hard stuff, as well as the fun stuff. Don’t cut corners on research, outlining or editing. The extra work always pays off in the end.

GI Don’t slack on the hard stuff for your art.

Follow your heart, not the market. Art is a deeply personal expression. Write the story your heart has to tell. Conforming your work to the market, just for the market’s sake, will cheat both yourself and your readers in the long run.

GI  Follow your heart, and not the market for your art.

If we're growing . . .

If we’re growing . . .

Develop a thick skin. Criticism of our work can seem like a personal attach, but criticism—especially when coming from critique partners, agents, and editors—is a vital part of the process. Accept constructive criticism, learn from it, and use it to make your story better.

GI  Painting criticism is crucial to make your paintings better.

Set your stories free. When the time comes to send your stories into the world, learn to let them go. Your characters are yours no longer. They belong to everyone who reads them. Rejoice that you’re able to share them, say goodbye, and move onto the next story.

GI  Set your paintings free, give others the pleasure of your paintings.

Love what you do. We writers are a blessed bunch. Don’t ever forget that. The writing road has its own set of speed bumps—Isolation, loneliness, rejection—but benefits of spinning these webs of color and fantasy are more than just compensation!

Gail painting and writing

Gail painting and writing


GI Love doing your art, painting or writing.





What are some good tips for aspiring writers of fiction?

What are some good tips for aspiring artists?

My book, Indigo Sky, will soon be published by Soul Mate Publishing. I will keep you posted.

Below is my invite to my art show this Sunday, August 9, 2015

You are Invited . . .
Gail Ingis-Artist Invitational
Bill Millers Castle
Gail’s Exhibition is Indoor

Free admission
SUNDAY AUGUST 9, 2015 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Jungle Mania 11x14 oil/bd

Jungle Mania 11×14 oil/bd


Bill Millers Castle

Bill Millers Castle

 Directions to Bill Millers Castle
Bill Millers Castle is located at 834 East Main Street (Rt.1) on the Branford/Guilford town line between
Exit 56 & 57 on 1-95
Traveling North from New Haven on 1-95
Take Exit 56, turn left, travel ÂĽ mile and turn right at Chowder Pot Restaurant. Travel 1/4 mile to the Castle
Traveling South from New London on 1-95
Take Exit 57, turn right at bottom of exit and travel 2.3 miles to the Castle

Quote of the day from Goodreads:

The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

At the age of 16, English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (born August 4, 1792) was expelled from Oxford University and disowned by his father. The reason? A little pamphlet he wrote called “The Necessity of Atheism.”

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