Red Moon

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Red Moon

It’s a little before four in the morning and I’m awake. Not an entirely unusual situation. I’ve heard of late that insomnia is going around.
But perhaps all is not lost; one of the things that kept me from sleeping was the enticement of a lunar eclipse to come within the hour. I remember the first one I saw. I was a child living in the Los Angeles area and the storied Brentwood fires burned miles away. The cool moon burned angry, a deep red.
Reds. In retrospect the color has dogged my existence. I still have the little red table I colored...

Blossoming | September 14, 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Blossoming | September 14, 2022

This week I started a ceramics class, my first in 58 years, I think. We’d moved just a few years earlier to a new town that had a shiny new modern art museum. Our parents always nurtured our creativity so it stood to reason that they thought this would be good for me. It was great!

I wish I could remember the name of the instructor. He was a grizzly guy who was a found object sculptor of some repute in, at least, the local art world. He was indefatigable and never treated us urchins as anything less than aspiring artists. We made sand...

Ten Years After

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Ten Years After

I have always loved birthdays. They are a reason to have a party, eat cake and be surrounded by your besties. What’s not to love? Which is why ten years ago I threw myself a big old birthday party. Lots of people, lots of food, lots of fun. Of course, presents didn’t loom as large at age 60 as age six, but that’s okay. Besides, the next day I found my favorite present on the back porch: a gathering up of maybe 30 little vases filled with all sorts of red flowers. That vision led to a ten-year exploration of the floral form.

At the time...

Plenty

Monday, May 9, 2022
Plenty

For those of you who have been reading my recent thoughts here or on social media*, you might have seen that this painting has been slow in coming to fruition and/or was accomplished in fits and starts. Here’s the back story:

February was filled with family gathering and marking of milestones. Houseguests came and went. Big fun and exhausting. Also, I was preparing for March in which I was scheduled for total hip replacement surgery. So along with tacking down throw rugs and getting a stool for my shower I was completing the drawing...

Baby Steps

Saturday, March 26, 2022
Baby Steps

This drawing was started exactly a month ago. It was put on the back burner while I pursued a different project, getting myself a new hip. The hip is slowly healing – a miracle of modern medicine and Mother Nature that is humbling and awe inspiring.

Throughout I’ve been surrounded by my loving children, two of which flew many, many miles to help out their old mom in her time of need. Being the one who is more accustomed to being the driver, the wellness cheerleader, the ice pack getter, the “did you do your exercises” reminder, I must...

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