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...

Perfectly Imperfect

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Perfectly Imperfect

Modern social media is full of it. People proudly showing off their abs, their glutes. Perfect family photos, never crying chidden, 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 spring...

Kite Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Kite Day

It had been a long hot day in July, though a perfect day to fly kites, which is what we'd done.

After a long drive, and a long search for a parking spot, and sunscreen in somebody's eyes, and experiencing a little of the kite enthusiasts' world, and many unsuccessful attempts to launch our own kite, and meeting a friendly little dog who seems to have changed our flying luck, and piling back into the car we landed at a clam shack in Warren, Rhode Island. Everyone was thirsty. And everyone had every reason to be cranky and tired, after...

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