Monday, December 19, 2011

cross breeding art

I think this has been the worst year for my art production, personally. BUT (always a "but") there have been some significant collaborations where my art has been involved in music CD design, theater props, animal shelters, and the farm to the kitchen.

I moved from the studio to the workshop and the classroom.
Now I am not sure if this should bother me or not.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Leonore Carrington is dead

She was just 20 years old when she eloped to Paris with Max Ernst, who left a wife for her. The following year, 1937, the Nazi's arrested Max. Fearing for her life, Leonora escaped France to Spain, but then she suffered several mental breakdowns and medically administered experimental drug horrors. Max eventually escaped the Nazi's with the help of Peggy Guggenheim (whom he then married).
Leonora was an accomplished surrealist painter. This painting is a parody of a portrait by Leonora of her Max. I like it for many reasons. When I painted it, I had no idea Leonora was dead.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Just writing to let you know that I am adjusting to my new surroundings, which include the dawn of new beginnings and the mourning of old endings. I have physically moved away from family, friends, support systems, and home, and found myself with out internet or phone for the last month. There has been plenty to do with a good job, wonderful students and stacks of syllabi. But above all I try to digest a new found and mostly awkward silence and, when I start to panic, I make room for stillness.
I bought canvases last week!

Monday, July 25, 2011

not ready to hand over the keys

quite yet

collage on wood panel
7 x 9 inches.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Moving out of here...CAR FOR SALE

1964 Karman Ghia, stored in barn for 19 years, sounds great when it runs ... not sure about the brakes- working on them this week.
painting 6 x 9...

Painting still available- the CAR has sold!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

You can hide

multiple sins with a paintbrush....

Trying to get the house in shape to rent out.

8 x 6 inches mixed media- acrylic with metallic leaf on wood


Monday, June 13, 2011

What would I do without a chainsaw

to take out the dead wood and make room for the new life?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

birthday burn up

moving into menopause.

Fun, fun, fun

Hestia the virgin Goddess of the hearth is symbolic of how small repetitive tasks are all I can do to center myself! I'm burning the stuff I do not need any more...


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Slippery slope

This chick is on the slippery slope to inspiration and fundraising for the local library.
Keep an eye out for the Amenia Library's upcoming auction!
Mixed media, wood, paint....

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Living room shot

acrylic on panel
9 x 17 inches

I am doing a visual inventory before undertaking to pack everything up, put the house up for rent, and move.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Past time

Paintings about hands, bones, change, choice, birth and death, white and black

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Painting up a storm

the last class was a hoot and a howl and a dance... we made interpretations of horses, moving like them, and creating stencils of their shapes, finishing with charcoal sketches and some metal engraved details... wish I had more pictures but I had to keep moving to keep up!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

bare bones series

Here are a two of my limited series of skeletal studies painted on wood panels, 4 x 6 inches
I am trying to get them out of my system, and paint them without focusing on personality or morbidity. It's not an easy assignment for myself.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Window on main

If you are in Amenia... check out my paint and cardboard installation!

Putting works in local gallery

as the blog theme is sort of my birthday--- what I would do for myself as well as gift ideas for others... that vein- I just put 7 pieces of art in the Bodhi Tree gallery in Sharon Ct. I am keeping the prices the same on the internet and in the store. That means I will take a cut if something sells in the store, but I am very interested in supporting Ellen and Lyn, the two women who own and run the gallery. They are creative women with a passion for collaborating and connecting. I hope their place, which has been open 3/4 of a year, survives. If you are in the area- SHOP THERE!!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

bed paintings

These are from last week, or so...
the snow does not seem to go away and, like the urge to stay wrapped in blankets, or at least perched on the mattress, and distanced from the chores, will not go away!

Monday, March 21, 2011

irish soda bread and potato soup

Yesterday was a good day to gather and bake. I think, as a group of women, we raised each other's dopamine levels. Lots of laughter and dopey moments, for sure!!!!
Along with the Whole Wheat Soda bread I was able to wip up a great pot of potato sausage soup.
4 potatoes peeled and diced
1 onion chopped and sauteed in oil
3 minced cloves garlic (because I put garlic in everything)
Chicken broth (I had some in freezer from past)
1 Hickory Farms' beef summer sausage, chopped
Simmer for an hour, and then run one half through blender to create a nice thickness. add pepper. Perfect! Serves 4.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Persephone's epistle

It's been a wild ride, this winter...
Will Persephone emerge? How much of the pomegranate did she eat after all?

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Teenagers are living in the perfect moment for self-realization. I am offering a fun, insightful, thought provoking, and ultimately rewarding class in self portrait painting through the NorthLight Art Center in Sharon, CT. Classes will start April 7th and run for 6 Thursdays, 3:30-5:50. $20 each =$180 for all six. Materials list provided upon registration.
Contact me by email or the Center at 860-364-5675

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


March is all about memories... they are what motivate us and fill our brains. Irish soda bread is a recipi that goes way, way, back and it comes from a time there was not a lot of abundance... no eggs hardly any food, jobs, hope. But we will make irish soda bread and knead it with intention. And while our loaves are in the oven we will create tromp loel momento boxes that are easy, with no-fail steps to follow, and sure to "wow" your friends. That's a memory you won't likely forget.
Please consider- if you are in the Lakeville area- joining us March 20th from 1-4pm. All materials included, but please, if you have one, bring an 8 inch cake pan! $50.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Uprooted from the garden of love

Summer painting!
This is about challenges, change, choices, and travel...
acrylic on wood panel
15 x 22 inches

Monday, February 28, 2011

Art at the Howland

Opening next Saturday with a brief artist talk...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Persephone's bath and Proserpina's garden

Enjoying the flowers of my lover.
Two paintings- one 16 x 6 inches and the other 12 x 10.25 inches

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Join the fun!

Another studio to stove seasonal workshop
March 20, 1-4pm

Explore the stirrings of memories while creating step-by-step trompe-l'oeil painted memory boxes and baking your own loaf of Irish Soda bread. You will be provided guidance in marbling and fool the eye painting techniques. Irish soda bread is about rising up with very little, which should generate some interesting discussions of what we have and hold dear.
50$ per person and please bring your own 8 inch round cake pan.
limited to 8 people. Lakeville CT location

save the date for April 17th's canvas and challah event.
email to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

mythologies are moving me

I just love the stories.
here is Phoenix rising from my head. Might not be done...