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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Had a nature bathing experience driving along the Blue ridge parkway in North Carolina that helped me feel peaceful and content in the Maryland traffic jam that came later!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Road tripping north, and painting the path as we move. Traveling and sketching have to be my favorite summer pastimes. Left Miami on a major expressway, went to blue highways and over undulating bridges, and arrived on the oak canopied one lane road of my youngest son's home in coastal Alabama

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fwd:

Piccowso just made his annual move to the summer pasture! He's looking fine! ❤️❤️❤️

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Portraits of classrooms

...and of teachers who inspire! This series in progress was started as I said goodbye to some colleagues for the summer. Many of them, who are returning, will be relocating to new classrooms (so lucky) and leaving the Art Compound region of the campus. We have been located in trailers, "portable classrooms",  since the 1995 Hurricane Andrew. I wanted to document their spaces before they packed up and left.

I've depicted a Math teacher, a History teacher and a Spanish language teacher. I tried to capture some of the magic of their classroom. In addition I painted a painting of my colleague and partner.
For a year we worked in classrooms side by side. Hired at the last minute to replace an outgoing art teacher, Michael rose to the occasion and really taught. I loved watching how he prepped his classroom, and worked his critiques. We were pretty busy every day and often this painted moment, on the porch of the trailer, unlocking our doors, was the last we saw of each other, till closing down at the end of the day. He will be missed in the fall. (That darn glass aquarium that he dragged over from the science junk pile will still be there, I am sure)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

That makes FIVE murals at the Yoga Studio

Peter, theyogawarrior.org, has commissioned me for 5 murals since 2013.
I started outside on the side of the house with a painting of him in warrior pose at the sea.
Then I painted the OM symbol inside, on the large studio-facing wall.
I remember chanting Om while I did it! It was a fun vibration to paint with.
Then, I collaborated with Michael for the next two murals... the body chakras, and a large Buddha head.
The giant Buddha head was done in oil, applied and wiped off.
And today... a Lotus on the backboard! It is mostly spray paint with a little brush work.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The first art marks of summer!

Whenever I am about to paint someone else's wall, I swear my heartbeat sounds like my parents footsteps running down the hall. It was a big deal when I was little and took it upon myself to draw directly onto the furniture or the door or the drywall...

But now, I am so gratefully inspired by my friend Peter, TheYogaWarrior, yoga master at his own studio @13950 100th Place, Palmetto Bay, FL, and at Five Sisters, among other places!  He commissioned me to do something, "anything", with the existing hoop backboard in his waiting courtyard. It is the first couple days of official summer, and I am doing what I love best!

Taking a plane white surface...
and making a mark on it.
My first summer project! Done in spite of the rains. Thank you Yoga Peter @ theyogawarrior.org



Monday, June 11, 2018

Mango Season

Right now it is the prime season for mangoes in Florida.

During the rest of the year we are lucky enough to be able to get one or two varieties in the stores, but NOW, there are 50 to 60 varieties dangling from trees in the neighborhoods, and 500 different strains at Fairchild Tropical Garden! This July 14th and 15th the annual Mango festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens will feature the mangoes from Haiti!
A google search of "mangoes from Haiti" turns up this:
The Haitian variety, is called the Francis or Francique. It has a bold flavor, which is both sweet and slightly spicy. Haiti grows mangoes year round. However, peak harvesting season for the Francis, which features yellow-green skin and a bright orange flesh, is typically from March to June.
Right NOW.
My personal favorite mango is the Kent variety, dark green with a little red bluch, it is sweet and rich with hardly any fibers. I can't get enough of them.
All the varieties, with the range of textures and sweetness, can be very inspiring.

I'm cooking a heavenly Mango and chicken stove top dish tonight...