finishing up Dean's present!
I rescued these flowers from our garden today. We had a terrible rain storm and the peonies bush just flattened to the ground. The flowers lost their familiar bowl shape and the petals bent back to the point I couldn't even recognized that they were peonies!
I've been waiting anxiously for the cherries to appear in the produce section of our local Big Y and sure enough, yesterday they were on sale for only $ 45 a pound! Just kidding... It just felt that expensive when the cashier rang them up and the total was at least $15 more than what I usually pay!
Just a little side note: When I was a kid I loved the humor of Erma Bombeck. Not really sure why? Maybe it helped mold me into the mom I am today. Her wit and humor about family life, raising kids and living in the suburbs made me laugh... even if I was only 12 years old. One book she wrote titled " If Life is a bowl of Cherries, what am I doing in the pit? was a favorite of mine.
Here's another quote that so fits my life today... just ask my step daughter Allison....
“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
― Erma Bombeck
Erma Bombeck is timeless and her wit is priceless.. (in my opinion)
Carousel Ride at Bryant Park, NYC
Breaking out of my 6 x 6 mini's mold I decided to paint a little bit larger today. Here's a scene from a few years back when my brother Mickey, sister-in-law Gail, niece Ava,her friend Emma and I went to NYC to take photo references of Bryant Park for a commissioned piece.
Bryant Park is such a lovely park there's so much to do there. It's like a little oasis in the middle of chaos.
201 Fern Street, watercolor 16 x 20
The reference photo I was working from was taken back in February 2010 but it has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I decide to switch over to watercolor and use the pouring technique that I learned from a book called "Pouring on Light" by Jean Gaf.
In the picture was my daughter Veronica, son Raymond and his friend George. It's in front of George's house in West Hartford, CT.
We were just about to start our weekend trip to New Hampshire with the kids. Two cars, 6 kids and a dog.... 41/2 hours on the road to Camp Calumet in Freedom, New Hampshire. What a great time we had the kids went snowboarding, tubing, cross country skiing, ice skating and so much more... great memories from that trip. I'm hoping to paint more from our family vacations.
Preparing to hang work for a show or exhibit takes time,patience and preparation....
But this is exciting because it's the first time I've displayed a body of my work in one location. I've entered one or two pieces in shows before but this time Dean has made arrangement with Linda the owner of Main Street Caffe in Cheshire, CT to display my work inside her shop.
I'll keep you posted when opening will be. Stay tuned....
After dropping Allison off at school this morning I drove in the driveway, glanced over at our garden and ... said to myself... "wow! now that's a beautiful painting!"
My husband Dean has been working very hard cleaning up and planting in our garden and it shows! The garden looks so green and lush.The lavender was blooming and the buds on the another plant were ready to burst.
It was such a delight painting plain air with all the comforts of running back into my studio when I needed something.
Plus Kisses my dog was laying at me feet while Jac the cat decided to mossy on over to the garden and plop himself down right next to the large rock in the lower left corner. I was tempted to paint him in but I knew the minute I started he would some how figure it out that he was my model and leave the scene... this always happens to me when I'm trying to draw of paint my pets. They could lay around for hours and when I decide to sit in front of them to sketch... they hide their faces, turn around or even leave the scene... they're just like kids sometimes.
These three paintings I created for the three very special moms in my life. The painting on the left I painted for my Step mom Carol, the painting in the middle was for my mother-in-law Gayle and the painting on the right is for my MOM.
Thank you all so much for being such a blessing and a wonderful influence. I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day! God Bless you!
Think Pink, oil on canvas, 9 x 12
Pink ribbon, pink grapefruit and pink depression glass... so many different shades of pink coming together on one canvas.
The inspiration for this painting came from a visit to the gym yesterday. It was late in the afternoon, I ran into my friend Hannah, we chatted for a few minutes and off I went to workout on the elipical... that’s when the creative ideas started circulating....
If you’ve been following my journal/blog I create six paintings at the beginning of March in honor of Hannah. I met Hannah over a year ago at our church and it was just this January Hannah was diagnosed with breast cancer. What shocking news, especially consider that Hannah is only in her 30’s and in excellent physical condition (she’s a runner).
A large group of women at our church got together after service and prayed for Hannah and I have to say it was such a powerful experience. It touched me in a way that I wanted to reach out to Hannah, let her know how much I cared, but didn’t have the words to say it... so I painted it instead. One painting lead to the next with the pink ribbon woven into each still life..... it just felt happy, joyful and hopeful.. well, at least that’s what I was trying convey.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Hannah.
I painted this 5 x 7 as a study for the larger Pink Ribbon painting I'm preparing to do. My mother-in-law Gayle gave us several pieces of pink depression glass and I couldn't wait to paint them the moment I saw them!
This pink glass picture went perfect with the theme and even though the color of these pink grapefruits are really exaggerated... I liked the challenge of the variation in pinks that over lapped each other.
This painting turned into a gift for my sweet
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