Morning Middle

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Morning Middle

On Day II of their parents’ mental health weekend we woke to a beautiful morning. The little one found her bubbles and wanted to blow some so I shepherded her outside, her brothers followed. Brother James picked up a bat and started hitting balls (at the house, got that fixed). William sat pensively, not quite awake yet.

He pulled himself into a compact form. I snapped his photo. The photo became a painting.

Being the youngest child myself, I cannot lay claim to first-hand knowledge of the middle child experience. They’re...

Orange Zinnia Mania

Monday, October 21, 2019
Orange Zinnia Mania

It seems like I’ve been working on this painting forever! I fell in love with the concept then sort of fell out of love with the process. But as is true with all my past difficult painting births I’m happy with the result, and that it’s done!

What I wanted to try and capture was the juxtaposition of the sharply rendered object in the foreground while leaving the background, well, not so sharply rendered.

One of my most enduring traits is that I like things to be just so. I’m uncomfortable with messy, with chaos, with disorder....

Accomplishment

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Accomplishment

Its been a weird year in the studio. From March until early July I was working feverishly on a body of work for the 8 Visions Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum (see the paintings I selected here). The weeds in the garden rose triumphantly as the floor under my easel darkened with bits or orange and red and black and green. I was putting in eight-hours plus at least six days a week. Hey, I thought I was retired! But the lure of putting on a good show overshadowed the discomfort of being a neglectful gardener. 

Then there was the...

Solstice, Birthdays and Flowers

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Solstice, Birthdays and Flowers

I don't think it's my imagination that spring has been memorably rainy this year. It is raining now as I type, a downpour actually. Since our summer is short here in New England the natives are restless for their time in the sun: beaches, cookouts, and general frolicking about. We yearn for it come January. March brings glimmers of hope. April routinely disappoints. But May and June are glorious. Just not this year.

As a result my garden is flourishing, though with an even ratio of weeds to flowers. Inside it's been a different story,...

Pas de Deux

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Pas de Deux

Modern social media is full of it. People proudly showing off their abs, their glutes. Perfect family photos, never crying children, tidy houses, fabulous vacations, happy marriages. I do it too. I post pictures of the finished product, not the messy process that comes before.

The casual eye digests this and can't help but compare our imperfect lives to these seemingly idyllic ones. There are no unpaid bills, no threatening health concerns, no unreasonable boss in those images.

Right now my lawn is about a foot tall. The...

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