Sunday, April 29, 2018

Catching Up!

Wow its been two months exactly since my last post! I think March did a lot of us in- and April- but now the daffodils and tulips and trees are in bloom and our spirits are up!
here's a little overview of what I have been up to. Please forgive my uncropped photos.

I got into abstracts! Sold 4 of them which was encouraging. Heres a couple ....

I painted this after a lovely snowy woods walk last month. This got into the North River Arts Festival show - I'm excited!

This is a pastel I did in a workshop with Lucinda O'Connor. She is a fabulous artist and great teacher!

I painted this 12"x12" acrylic from a photo by artist and friend Jane Collins, it's of Ram Island, Maine.
 I paint at South Shore Art center in Cohasset onTuesdays- its a fun group.

Of course  a dog portrait or two were done...

I went to the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit in Salem- and this piece by TC Cannon was in the adjoining exhibit- loved that show! (even more than the O'Keefe actually)


Attended the Society of American Mosaic Artists conference in Boston-Here is a section of a pebble mosaic by Deb Aldo that is in a hospital in Worcester.

Been exploring sculpture in clay- learning the face...

Went to a wonderful house concert in Marshfield of the Dupont Brothers from Vermont
( thank you Patrice!)- did this sketch of them and gave it to them. They were so sweet!

Working on sea creatures for the North river Arts festival next month-
Lots more too but here is a smattering of what's happening.
I do appreciate you all reading my blog- I need to get back to it!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Girls Just Wanna Paint

This month the theme was "tools"
I painted this portrait of my friend Wally Kemp retired "general surgeon" and woodturner. He is loved by many many people. Truly a gentleman and an inspiration.
20"x24" acrylic on canvas.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Three Wedding Gift Watercolors

These were all commissioned last year as gifts to the couples. I don't know any of these people, but the clients provided me with photos and places and significant objects, which made for a fun challenge . All are 11"x14"- watercolor on arches 140 LB cold press paper.
thanks for looking!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Pondering Abstraction 1 and 2- 24"x36" on unstretched canvas

HI !
I've been busy but not posting much- in sort of a search and rescue mode for my muse. I'm experimenting with new stuff, and these abstracts were a departure from what I've been painting for a while. I was so excited at the get go with these- but I can only go so far with pure abstract- my love to draw instincts kick in and I get bored. I sometimes can bridge the gap between the real and the imagined.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Year in reveiw

This is a painting for tomorrows Girls Just Wanna  Paint challenge- "Luxury"
This quote rings true for me!
Its a watercolor, inspired by some illustrators I like.

My year in reveiw. Too many photos to post- so I made a little slideshow. It's kind of long! Only watch if you feel like it ( It's a good record for me to have )
Some art, some travel. some wonderful events- not really in order.

Thank you all for following me- and Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 30, 2017


My Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge group theme this month is"Peace".
I painted this oil on location in Maine when I was staying at the Pine Tree Institute where I was teaching an art workshop on a yoga retreat with yoga instructor Tricia Glynn.
I certainly felt peaceful when was painting this!
It is a beautiful place for retreats. The gardens were amazing- the biggest dahlias I have ever seen- in October!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Inly School Mural

I had the pleasure for working with the kids at Inly School in Scituate a couple of weeks ago- an outdoor mural in late October in New England can be a challenge- but we managed to pull it off!
We were inspired by Gary Hirsch's "Botjoy" idea. He is coming to visit the school this winter.
Above is the "think tank" room- total white board on every surface. The kids wrote all the things that gave them joy... and we distilled it down. Then we painted all those words on the wall.

It was threatening to rain so after the kids left  I quickly sketched the outlines of their "joybots" on the wall. Normally I hate to draw for them but it was important to get the spacing right...
The next day we had the morning to work, then the rain came.
So for  the next two days we made plywood joybots inside
The kids went right to it!
The sun returned on the last day.

They had a massage circle going. 

                                                                    Mural is complete!
And here are the plywood versions.

                                                                   It was a lot of fun!
                                                               So, what brings you joy?