Sunday, June 30, 2013

On the Rocks with friends

This couple came out to sit on the rocks while we were painting last week in Maine. They told me their sweet  dog is 15 years old and they were enjoying some family time while Kelley MacDonald, Peggy Bruno and I painted quietly.
I wish these moments could be bottled- perhaps thats why I am so compelled to paint!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Lupines in Maine

This house was a short walk from the farmhouse where we stayed last week. The lupines were in full tilt! I set up my chair under a row of beach roses and the smell was intoxicating.

Its a bit unfinished , but not sure I plan to do much more. It was just fun.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I can't believe my Mom's been gone almost two years. This really doesn't look like her but it captures the essence of her beauty.This is a copy of a painting
 a local artist painted  for a play she was in called "Laura"
I have it in my house now. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Gratitude # 130

Back from my trip- what a glorious week we had. Sadly one of the gang couldn't come and she was missed. I painted this pretty iris on the first morning.
We painted up a storm and the evenings were rich with food and spirits and conversation.

I love the smell of the balsam pillows. SO nostalgic!

I enjoyed doing these panoramic format pieces in watercolor. this is about 5"x16"

Saturday, June 15, 2013


My trip to maine with 5 other artists is finally here. We stay at a big ol' farmhouse in New Harbor, which is up near Wiscasset.
I'm bringing watercolors and acrylics and lots of beads to play with!And books and food and my pillow.  I plan to resume my gratitudes as well.
This past month has been so busy I might just do nothing.

These are watercolor paintings I did the first year I was there in 2006.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Amelia Earhart and posters

Thanks for ordering posters. If you are local and want to forgo the shipping no problem. I can leave them in a place on my porch to pick up .

                                               I dropped her off at the Fuller yesterday.

Mosaic Exhibition at 
 Fuller Craft Museum  
July 7-October 27 

This is Lisa Houks piece. there are 13 other mosaic artists from around the country in this show.
I am thrilled to be invited!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

100 Days of Gratitude Posters!(finally)

I finally got the poster done! These are 11 by 17 inches on card stock.
The winner of the giveaway  is Patti Gunnerson- health teacher extrordinaire, good friend and someone who makes me laugh out loud!

$10 plus $5. for shipping and handling.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sneak Peek of Amelia

I am almost done with Amelia.
She is moving to Brockton to the Fuller Museum on Friday.
Here is a detail .
I will unveil the finished piece when I get the details of the show.
It opens in July sometime.
I cannot wait to get this done- as fun as she was to make- it has consumed me.
I am very grateful for my husband who is the chief cook these days so I can be out in my studio.
of course, I am already planning my next iconic woman piece. Any ideas?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Gratitude #129

Hard to capture the delicate quality of these. The aroma is heaven!
My dear friend Sue surprised me Friday with a beautiful bouquet of these.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Gratitude # 128

I need to schedule time for this.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Gratitude # 127

I love fans. 
Last weekend was HOT and we used ours!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Gratitude # 126

I loved the story about Miss Rumphius.
( there's a short video on this link if you want to be read to!)
She planted  lupines in Maine.
My neighbor put in a huge meadow in their front yard instead of grass and it's filled with these beauties right now.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Commission for First Parish Church

It was a special honor to be asked to paint this for Vicki Weinstein- a friend and also the minister of the Unitarian First Parish of Norwell.
Norwell is my home town and I love the center.
This was fun. Here are a few details ( I put a few sneakily up on FB to tease her- she had no idea!)

made up cape ( represents community)

                                                                     Kent house...
The parsonage ( Vickis green car with Max the beagle and Ermingard the cat- teeny tiny)

The flowers were fun

The James Mom was once a librarian there...

And the finished piece- 20"x20" acrylic on cradled panel.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Gratitude #125

My niece, Kellie Brooks Dean, graduated with honors yesterday on the brand new stadium at Marshfield High.
I am a proud Auntie!I have watched Kellie grow up and am so thrilled that she will attend Roger Williams in the fall- in Bristol, RI- my husbands home town.

It was a little warm in the sun...

Kellies Mom and I painted a mural for the all night grad party .
That was a lot of fun!

Whoever did the Nemo area was amazing!
The parents who volunteer work so hard.
Hats off to them
Hope the kids had a blast last night!

Darla in the window- brilliant!
I love this picture.
This lady is going to get eaten by a shark!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

gratitude# 124

This is a big gratitude. We honor those who fought for our freedom.

See how behind I am?