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Saturday, July 28, 2007

time line

Even in the "dog days" of summer time manages to slip on by...My spare moments are filled with framing, delivering and penning artist statements...
and all the boys/men in my household are suffering an epidemic of poison nothing is simple.
I have three shows opening- on the 4th of August I will have four sewn paper paintings at the new G.A.S. space on Main street in Poughkeepsie, and opening on the 10th of August at the Sharon Historical Society in CT.- called "Barnyard Beauties" will feature over a dozen of my daily paintings from last March. Then on the 11th, a show called "Thirty Days" opens in Beacon's Riverwinds Gallery. Thirty of my Sunday and Monday sundaes that I have been working on since last April will be available for sale there.
Also please check out my eBay offers this week.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Barn with goats

I've done two views and can't decide which is better. One of them has to be a gift for my son's 4H leader.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Marriage is about juggling

Marriage is about juggling each other's lives, taking risks with your heart, working hard, never knowing for sure...It certainly isn't boring. I just wish some of the anxiety would pass.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Stormy skies

I am feeling a little stressed. Mostly about money. I know the saying be careful about wishing for money for you may coin your soul in the process. But ANYWAY- that said- and I hope it doesn't really happen...I am turning back to eBay this week, and next, and selling off about 20 works from this summer's daily painting. It will lighten the load as I move my studio and, with some generosity from strangers, releive some of the stress here at home.
This block of wood is painted on the sides and can stand or be wired for hanging. It measures about 4.5 x 5 x 1.5inches.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Monday Sundae

No one needs a sundae more than Max- he got braces today! (And he told me not to tell anybody.)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Tea for two

I am supposed to be framing...instead I am trying on clothes and ordering shoes for a cruise coming up this August! I don't know what to call my latest sewn paper patchwork. There are travel tickets and maps along with a vase of roses, a shadow of a feather, and two cups...It will be hanging, with three other large works, at the new G.A.S. gallery in Poughkeepsie- opening August 4, from 5-8 pm. 24 x 22 inches. $650-

Oh my gosh! I almost forgot! i am supposed to be painting an icecream sundae! Yikes...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Millbrook barn

I spent the last few days with kids and girlfriends at the Rhode Island shore. No time to paint, but plenty of appreciation for the ebb and flow of the waves, the fog, laughter and sandy bathing suits. This isn't a beach scene- but a homecoming scene of the hay field gold and forest green, with the bright red barns typical of my surroundings. I may add to it- a billy goat or two- before I can say I am done. 6 x 12 inches canvas.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Qween Anne's lace

I painted this last night about 8pm=-tried to get outside earlier, but family got in the way. This flower always arrives with memories of my sister Annie- when the boys were little the flower served as an entry to the story of their aunt. My dad is about to mow this field and I begged him off for a day or two so i could do this painting.
You want to know why people don't paint more at evening? Mosquitos! I had to flee after barely a half hour!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Monday Sundae

another oil on canvas...

Sunday, July 15, 2007


This little 4 x 4 inch oil on canvas painting was inspired by yesterday's street drawing. I used a different oil medium- instead of stand oil I used linseed oil. I love the flow of the brush and pigment. This is the first painting I've painted in the barn loft since I've been moving my studio in increments. Tonight I'll see if a bat poops on it. Real risk.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

street drawing

Sophie and I drew in the Millerton street drawing festival. It was a great day. The square was 8 feet by 8 feet...What better symbol for ephemeral art than the sundae?
My friends tara and jennifer were there as well- they drew a wishing well.
Wish you were there!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


Noah posed for me on the back porch of the little house. His collection of bling is as tangled as his hair. I am so sad he leaves tomorrow- he is quiet, and so in his own world that he gets invisible in a crowd. I've hardly had a chance to be with him. I relished our short time together while painting this. Afterwards we ate gourmet pears that were sent from my aunt as a surprise treat!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Eliza redone before she becomes undone

Eliza Kate was A BIT upset with yesterday's painting. She was upset her sister Sophie was painted with a flower in her hair. Nothing short of her sitting for another portrait would do. I had to improve Eliza's portrait-add a flower and even our cat Mr. Bo. Eliza pulled the hair out of her eyes (a rare peak at her clear face) and posed while teasing the cat and asking a million questions! Then, inspired, she worked on a painting of her own.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


This was painted in my cool studio after a hot afternoon at the pond. Everyone else was napping. Sophie talked about her life living on an art school campus and the other artists she has posed for- she has quiet a collection already! I did two versions, both struggled with the nose and this is my favorite. It is risky to attempt to paint sensitive girls- they take everything as critical commentary. Do boys? I wonder. tomorrow I will paint her twin brother.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Eliza and her noodle

Eliza Kate is six and very determined to be noticed,... to get her fair share, be counted, keep her noodle.
I was watching 5 kids at the pond on my own today, planning on painting at least one of them, and had a momentary freak out when I realised I forgot my brushes-Fortunately my hair was held in a bun with a single brush that enabled me to accomplish my daily painting goal and make this quick paint sketch. It's acrylic on paper, 8 x 8 inches. Five kids, an abstract minded aunt, and One brush!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Emmanuelle with tiger lilies

I tried painting Manu from life, but she is so self conscious that it makes me second guess my lines. This is the third attempt- the most successful, and done completely from memory. I think i got her! The flowers both symbolize her new passion/job as flower shop girl ,as well as mark the time of year.

Friday, July 6, 2007


Acrylic on paper, 8 x 8 inches.
My nephew, Ced, is in town and a total delight. I got him to sit still for a few minutes- which isn't easy!
tomorrow three other nieces and nephew arrive as well! These kids are the inspiration of my summers. They create the warm memories that I will revisit when I am sitting in my rocker in my old age.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

No time. time flies

This is an earlier piece I am reworking... paper, 24 x 28 inches. I've really NO TIME for a whole daily painting today. Even though it was on my list. I have sisters coming any minute and a holiday to cook, decorate, celebrate. But before that I have emails to answer. This morning I spent hours making signs for a local organization I am working with- check out! My listmaking is strangling me. I made lists of what are immenant deadlines, and lists of each project, and lists of each day, amd I just want to puke. Someone please pour me a drink and get me to sit still!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007


Max is behind the glasses. He wanted to be posed with an apple pie and titled "the patriot". I haven't gotten to the pie yet. There are other kids I need to paint now- this is 8 x 8 inches on paper.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Monday Sundae

I vacillate between painting what I see and painting what I know. We are out of whipped cream and for some reason that obsesses me. Oil on canvas 4 x 4 x 2 inches- Thirty of these sundae paintings will be on exhibit at the Riverwinds Gallery in Beacon opening August 11th...

Sunday, July 1, 2007