Sunday, September 11, 2016

s e p t e m b e r

"Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art— 
not in lone splendour hung aloft the night 
And watching, with eternal lids apart, 
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite, 
The moving waters at their priestlike task 
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores, 
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask 
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors— 
No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable, 
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast, 
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, 
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, 
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, 
And so live ever—or else swoon to death."
John Keats

It seems fitting that my latest watercolor paintings are mostly moody blues. 
Brooding, romantic, mysterious and other worldly, yet familiar.
Sapphire, indigo, cerulean, prussian, hints of brown, 
persimmon and laced with silver and gold.
Dozens of diminutive butterflies are now roosting in my shop 
along with geometric and starry sky patterns, escutcheons, and
portraits of John Keats and Fanny Brawne. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pillow Talk

Boxwood Garden
Mossy Logs
Just a few of the pillow patterns I designed for one of my retail stores.
The thing I love the most about the pillows is that the fabric is designed by me,
they are sewn by a local workroom, and sold through a local, boutique business.
We're all neighbors working within a half mile of each other.
How that happened in such a rural village is amazing to me!
I have a few sample for sale in my Etsy shop.
Free shipping worldwide. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer Days

"I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - 
three such days with you I could fill with more 
delight than fifty common years could ever contain." 
Painting piles of butterflies and I cannot but think of John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Against All Odds

Nature seems so cruel these days.
Predation, bad weather, pesticides, disease, you name it.
Snakes eating baby birds and eggs, birds eating butterflies and insects.
It seems so vicious at times and somehow these species survive.
Against all odds.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Day Dreaming

 Dreamy blues and verdant greens.
New paintings in my shop!

Monday, May 23, 2016


It's been raining for weeks.
With only a few days of sun, I had to escape.
What better way than with paint?
I think it was Louise Borgeois that said,
"Art is a guaranty of sanity."
Well, perhaps she is right.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bulbs and Bees

Spring bulbs are blooming and the bees are busy.
I love these warm and sunny spring days.
I'm inspired to draw some botanicals, which is perfect segue 
into a new project that I've been dreaming about.
Time to get out my dip pen and ink!

Friday, April 1, 2016

What Goes Around

Acrylic on panel
'What Goes Around'
Nahcotta Gallery
April 1-May 1st
Reception 5-8pm, April 1st
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Shadow Portraits

I'm working on some shadow portraits. Modern silhouettes.
Making time to try new things. It's important.
I haven't abandoned my love of the natural world,
but there are many other things interest me as well.
I made a few silhouettes a few years back, you might even remember them!
 I'm revisiting the idea in a different way. These are slightly more surreal, 
and it's fun go off on a tangent and see where things lead.
 A collection of disparate things but it seems I like grouping paintings this way.
This one is a celestial creature.
Wearing Gucci, of course.
Snakes and pineapples. Totally strange.
 What's not to love?

Friday, March 4, 2016

Enormous Tiny Art Show No. 19

Red Stag Beetle
One of my six paintings for the Enormous tiny art show!
The opening is tonight, Friday, March 4th, from 5-8 pm.
Nahcotta Gallery, 110 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Visit in person if you can or click HERE to shop online.
Lots of amazing work all under 10 x 10 inches!
Have a great weekend all!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Studio Days

 p e a c o c k.  small watercolor study.
c o l l e c t i o n. paintings on my work table.
 d e t a i l s. in love with gucci accessories, hands, anatomy.
s t e l l e. fabric by the yard.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Mockingbird Memories

 My sixth grade class reading included:
The Good Earth, Cry the Beloved Country, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
 Perhaps a little ambitious for such a young group and honestly most went over my head, 
but I couldn't put To Kill a Mockingbird down. 
I read straight through, stayed up late, soaked in all the details.
I was transported into the world of Jem, Scout, Atticus, Tom, Boo and Dill,
and I fell in love with reading. Thank you, Harper Lee. 
Rest in Peace.

Friday, February 12, 2016

My Kind of Valentine

Luzon Bleeding Heart Doves
An indigo palette with a shock of red.
'Love struck'. My kind of Valentine.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! xo

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Can't Hide the Crazy

Piles of tiny paintings. 
A face in the shadows. 
A beautiful mind? A beautiful mess?
You can't hide the crazy. Experimenting is part of the creative process.
p.s. It's more fun that way!