Friday, December 24, 2010
This is one of my mom's trees, painted the winter of 2005! I understand she has one up today that is being decorated by my niece and nephew as I type this!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Now... should I start a real journal? I could do it with a new freedom to be authentic and open.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Look at my loaves! They look burnt on the top. One caved in because I was looking at them too long (the old cold air hot air thing) I was going to fill out recipe cards to go along with the gift, but is there really a point? My family sure was tolerant of my cooking skills. Can I assume my neighbors will be as well? Is it still possible to give these away?
I don't want to insult anybody...
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I'm willing to toss out there. Wishbone swizzle sticks! It could be a conversation ice breaker. It could symbolize hope and potential!
... You may have guessed that I haven't been painting. Oh well.
Eddie Fisher is singing "wish you were here" and I'm going to go sit by the fire.
Monday, December 20, 2010
the kitchen can be so distracting from my studio in the old dining area... My impulsive needs divert the focus away from my thoughtful goals. I guess it comes down to those pesky time worn questions about the balance between household and art, isolation and snuggley love, airing laundry or journal painting, and the nest versus suitcase.
Right now the music is rocking loudly, and a pot of mushroom ham soup is simmering, and I am just being. No labels. I just am.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Also, as Nora Ephron says, "Marriage comes and goes, but divorce is forever"- how about my 20 page art book with 40 paintings saying goodbye? It's $30 plus shipping. As a bonus I will throw in one of my "You've ruined my life" postcards with the purchase.
And if you are in the region please check out my small paintings at the Mill Street Loft (45 Pershing Ave) and at the Twisted Soul (47 Raymond Ave) in Poughkeepsie through January 19.
And several interesting (if I may say so) new works at the Hanbeck Gallery (South Center Street) in Millerton on weekends.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
There is a chill in the air and it's perfect weather to keep you moving! Hit the local (maybe indoor ) farmers market for gift items. Spend money where you want it to come back to you- i.e. locally, on the arts, on sustainable organizations, on charity, on life experiences...
Unbelievable beauty-the daily painters calendar:
Unique Christmas cards by Roxie at
Musical contribution to contemporary composers music project. www.nowconcerts.org
life experiences- Private art lessons or even group painting parties (everyone goes home with a painting!) at my studio- firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Let me bring a little sunshine this winter... it is a small wish, and hope.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Perhaps the need stems because it's such an icon of the season. And, really, I do love the lights and the scent of a tree. Of course I always have a fake one because I can't stand the senseless mass extermination and disposal... I know! My sisters think I am a freak. I nip evergreen boughs to decorate the mantel from the woods for the scent. My children once begged to have a live (really a dying) tree, but I just can't do it. So the question is... do I lug down from the attic the 27 piece fake spruce?
Here is a painting of my mother's tree. She always has a giant one---brought in with a flatbed, and it is wrapped with her mother's satin embroidered sash that says: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All
Friday, December 3, 2010
The Mill Street Loft @ 45Pershing Avenue is holding a reception for a Small Works Holiday Show this Sunday December 5th from 4-6pm. I will have several paintings there... among pieces by Carol Pepper-Cooper, Claudia Gorman, "the" Todd Poteet and others! Plan 9 Jazz Guitar Trio will be giving a performance during the reception. A portion of the sales will go to support the incredible work that the Mill Street Loft does. It's one mutually satisfying way of stepping in to help offset the inevitable legislative cuts in funding. The exhibit will remain up with works for sale until January 20, 2011.
Keep in mind- It's right (sort of) around the corner from the Twisted Soul where my other works are hanging through January 19th. I have replaced the sold paintings with others so you may need to get back there and check it out! ( And this is sponsored by the Mill Street Loft as well)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
It's easier than you think. This evening the county legislators will hold a public hearing on their budget cuts. As of this moment there is no money allocated to the arts. No money for artists to work with school children, no money for 40% of the local theaters' operating budgets, no money for the hospital's healing arts programs, no money for the stadiums music concerts... As a board member of the county arts council and a working artist and teacher I have a passionate interest in things being resolved differently. It would cost each taxpayer 67 cents a year to keep the arts funding level to what it was this year (which was hugely cut from previous years). Imagine if people spoke up and said they thought they could afford to spend that 67 cents!
Lack of imagination may be a poverty of society, but soon we may have a whole generation lacking exposure to anything other than their TV and their cell phone.
Imagine what we would be missing. Is anyone interested in a show of paintings only half there, a concert of music only 1/3 played, a film without editing or ending...? (ndp)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I have barely started my lists and I KNOW some of you are almost done with your shopping! My day was spent at home filing, sorting, and narrowing paperwork while it rained a torrential storm outside. The power went out for a while. If it had been any colder it would have been an incredible blizzard- this IS the first day of December. It's been a mild winter so far. But not like New Orleans...
What a gift that was to be there last week. I got so much joy in simply being with my sons again. What would the right gift be for you? Here is one of my works from...2007? It's painted Mexican walnut-dyed paper, 5 x 7 inches ($91)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Now, today, MY bird's live mulch (chopped oak leaves) was spread in their winter palace... I am going to move them in from their summer portable, over the weekend. Suddenly, last Sunday we got an egg! New beginnings? I can only read into it what I want!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Though this is a big shopping spree day- remember to take time to be thankful for those non-monetary things we possess. I like to make a list...
This nest-egg could be yours for $50 plus shipping.
Real goose egg and straw nest, wire, glue, paint.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Max and Kent, my lovable sons, are living examples of living in a bounty of blessings. I am so grateful to be a part of their lives, to learn from them and to nurture them.
I also am grateful to all my blog readers, and wish you an inspired, creative, and tasty holiday.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Faced with the 40-page document that defines the end of my 24-year marriage I was both skeptical and shocked that it took so many and so little words to cover it. For me there was only one way to process it.
In the days that followed I created 40 small paintings, one each day, to mirror the pages of the document in poetic narratives. Using found headlines (text) and an encyclopedia of personal images, I painted and blogged about the process of loss, grief, anger, denial, and acceptance. The commentary I received, both privately and publicly, took me by surprise. I can't thank my viewers enough. The insights shared sustained me through out the process of acceptance.
I am now offering my 8 x 8 inch hardcover book with 40 paintings in it for an art lover's collection. I have a very limited quantity right now. I plan to ship the books the first week of December.
Cost is $30 dollars plus shipping. Shipping is $7.99 US and Canada, and $13.99 international.
PLEASE ADD $6 to shipping on top of the $7.99 the button charges for shipping IF you need it shipped overseas. Sorry for the inconvenience- I can't seem to figure out how to successfully automate this button!
The dailypainters.com national group have created several beautiful themed calendars for next year. A painting of mine is featured in three of them! I have my Nest Hair lady in the Figurative calendar, a chicken crossing the road in the Bird paintings calendar, and Shaker bed painting in the Still Life Painting calendar. Some of the money goes to charity. Most goes to spreading the word about daily painters. So your purchase helps a lot of people. Please consider it. Thanks.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
With the daylight leaving us earlier each day, I've become fascinated by the new 4:30pm hour.
Five pm on Sunday I found myself atop Skunk's Misery Mountain at a tee-pee cocktail party. It was otherworldly. On Monday the center of Millerton, on the way home from work, was aglow in a mixture of rain and artificial light. Tonight at 4:22 the sun just tipped the trees... Isn't it all beautiful and inspiring?