Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Simple Joys" 8"x8" acrylic

This is my submission for our Girls Just wanna Paint! challenge group- the theme was "joy"
We will publish the blog tomorrow.
AND the opening is Friday- hope to see you there- there will be some sumptuous goodies to eat!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


My husband's sister Karen had a lot of family to her house friday and she provided everything for us to make gingerbread houses. She pre-baked 13 sets of houses for all of us to make. It was so much fun!
I am so grateful for this person in my life- she's one of the  the happiest, most loving person I know.
She came as a bonus when I married Al, in fact, his whole big family is pretty awesome!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday opening of GIRLS JUST WANNA PAINT at the James Library

Hope to see  you  at the  James Library

Opening reception on Friday,
December 2nd 
 6-8 p.m.

 All the girls will be there and we are cooking up a feast for the opening- not to be missed!

Also that evening is Local Pottery's annual holiday sale- right down the street in Pembroke.With new work " 
 Great stuff!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Autumn on Spring Streets, oil on canvas, 9" X12" (2007)

I am so very grateful for all of you out there- my friends, my family and fellow artists . This blog has made a huge difference in my life in so many ways- the wonderful and encouraging messages from you guys keep me painting. I have learned so much about art through this medium. I hope everyone has a wonderful day wherever they are!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

I put this on face book too.. it was sent to me by Robert Genn.
loved it so much  had to over-share!

2011 Marshfield Ornament - Winslow house blacksmith shop

The ornaments are here- time to glitter! They are for sale at the Marshfield Hills General store, Olivia Rose in Marshfield and I will have them for sale at the Winslow house on December 11 at 2:00 PM.
I am giving a talk  talk about my ornaments, going to the White house , blogging and painting.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Two plastic ornaments ,done with acrylic paint, from yesterday- I had 6 teens come to the studio from the
 Asperger's Association of  New England.
I love working with these kids. They are sweet and funny and polite ,
 always up for anything we do.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sally "Sar DINE" does a birthday party!

Yesterday I was the "crafty feature" at a friends daughters birthday party. We made sardine can shrines
( one kid thought they were supposed to be coffins (:  !) That reminded me of a time when my daughter Markie and I made cool collaged valentines with cut up newspaper for the design element- for all 27 kids in her 2nd grade class- they were so cool- until we realized we had used the obituary page to make them!
Anway it was fun yesterday . I thoroughly enjoyed it.

                                                 here are the heads before the project...
                                                    and the 9 year old's creations.
                                                        I think they had a blast!

                                                              this one is the birthday girl's!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

rubbercut- bird

I was inspired to do this from Lisa Brawn . I have not met her but I LOVE her woodcuts.
This is cut from a scrap of the roofing material at the Art Complex. It cuts like buttah!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Had a whirlwind weekend in Charleston SC- I went down to visit my daughter Maddie- and see her awesome performance in the college of Charleston's acapella group. It was so great to be with her and dine, shop and take in the sights. Maddie has her own blog here. 
I am so glad I went- it was a perfect weekend. I am in love with the place!  
Some sketches on my book,,,
the lovely courtyard where I stayed ( thank you Amy, Roy and Michael- it was wonderful) I really got to know Amy ( Maddie's roomie's Mom) on this trip - we had so much fun!
took in a service at the the beautiful UU church there... 


snippets of things on Monday

My friend Linda and Billy from Marshfield happened to be docked there on their inter coastal sailing cruise- ( me on the left- lovely Linda on right)
got to see her a bit and even had a visit on her boat

More to post tomorrow!

Friday, November 11, 2011

NORTH RIVER ARTS holiday sale

I have this hanging in the Annual North River Arts Sale. as well as 20 little daily paintings.

The hours are 10-4, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 & 13 FREE!
BUT if you like to get 'dibs', you can pay $15 on Saturday and get let in at 9 p.m. It's an Early Bird Advantage!  But don't worry, even Sunday afternoon will have plenty to choose from.  Lesser priced pieces are in the bins  and on the stage there are pieces from $400 and up.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Last nights class demo 6"x8" and the last nasturtium 8"x10" acrylics

I showed my students again the fun spritz and drag technique to make the upper image- its really fun and they all did great! Below is the last nasturtium from my garden,with the ginko pattern... hate to see them go but spring will return again.
I cut up a really old painting that was hanging around and attached it to a tree in my back yard- I want to make more of my trees have faces. My husband was a little sad- he found the "remains" of the painting in the trash... oops... sorry!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I DID IT! #77, 78, 79 and 80!

I am so happy- I finished my 80 eight by eights on the 8th of November!
It pushed me into a new realm.
I love these self inflicted challenges. I wonder what next?
stay tuned......

I paid for 8 classes of yoga yesterday, it cost me 80 dollars. And when I purchased some wine to bring to my challenge meeting ( there were 8 gals waiting when I got there!)
this is what I found!


Monday, November 7, 2011

#73,74,75 and 76/80 8"x8" acrylics

The weekend was great- I'm very happy. Thank you to all who were able to stop by!
I realized, however, that I made a commitment to get 80 8"x8's done by the 8th- and have 8 left to do.
Tomorrows the 8th.
So 4 today and 4 tomorrow!
I am a little pooped from the weekend to say the least... but up and at-em!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Open Studio ( day 2) and flying deer, 8"x8'' acrylic on canvas

I had an extra hour this morning so I painted.
Yay! Another day of open studio at my brothers barn- hope to see you. The sun is shining!
Yesterday was amazing and it was awesome to see all of you guys- your support is what keeps me going.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

open studio!

lots of deals and I can take credit cards!

Friday, November 4, 2011

getting ready!

Lots to do- my punch list is long! I hope to see some of you tomorow or Sunday- looks like the weather is going to be good!
The sale is in my brother's barn ( not my studio- too small!)- 440 Spring- its across the street and down 3 houses from me just in case you forget,,,,

There will be deep discounts and I am giving 10 percent to the Aspergers Association of New England.
Credit Cards Accepted!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New York- and back to the trees

 Yesterday my oldest daughter Markie moved to Brooklyn. What a great place for a 22 year old!
 Here she is in front of her apartment. Looks like there should be a doorman- but no- and its a 4th floor walk up... we got to know those steps pretty well ( two trips to Ikea later!).  I am so happy for her and I know she will be a successful young hip city girl.

Today it's back to business for me- in my studio, painting trees. A little bird is perched-considering its next flight. Hope to see you Saturday or Sunday at my

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

into the woods 60/80 8"x8" acrylic

I've got a lot going on- tangles of things... there is light at the end of the tunnel though...
New post on "Girls Just Wanna Paint" blog- we are doing a show at the James Library in Norwell next month
(opening is Dec. 2)