Thursday, May 21, 2015

Roses and Phlox - Tender Mercies

20"x16" oil on 1" deep gallery wrapped stretched canvas
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This one was finished sometime in April, though I haven't spent much time blogging. I've been working on a rather large commission (and traveling here  and there, too)! These were florist flowers, which I had bought because nothing was blooming in our yard at the time! Now things are busting out all over, weather is finally looking great, but I am working hard to finish a rather large landscape/gardenscene in my studio, that I'm rather excited about!! I'll be talking more about that in the next upcoming posts! Hope your Spring has been a beautiful one, and you have plans for some great summer fun coming up! 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

"Guardian Angels With 1 of 43" - #Ayotzinapa

12"x12"x1" acrylic on cradled birch panel

I've never been one to put any political notions into my art. But this story left me some what unglued. Oddly enough, I only heard about this once back in the fall, on an NPR news report. Forty-three college students in Ayotzinapa had been murdered in Mexico. Corrupt police and drug gang were involved in this as well. The story stayed with me, really bothered me, even with all the other tragedies going on around the world and in our own country as well. As a mother, my heart was breaking for those children everywhere, who, as a result of violence, never come home again (whether it's these 43, or the 200 kidnapped girls in Africa, or unarmed young black men being shot by police in our own country). 

Then I found out one of my young friends in San Diego was very involved in organizing several events to protest this horror. Tomorrow (Saturday May 2nd) is a show opening, 43 artists for 43 students. I am one of those artists, painting and representing one of those students, Saul Bruno Garcia. I may have no political strength or clout, but I can bear witness to this happening, and not let it be forgotten. 

Check out the links I've inserted to hear more about this story, and to find out about the show.  You can google more about this....and what has been declared by the Mexican government up to this point.

All mother's hearts break
at the loss of one mother's child.
Yet they unite in LOVE
not fear,
against ALL wrongs. 
In memoriam, for Saul Bruno Garcia



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Friday, April 17, 2015

Grow In To Beauty - Orchids

I've gotten more mileage out of this has been my favorite thing to paint this winter! It has held up under "stage lights" in poses of all directions! This one (or two as it is a dyptich) can be hung together....or I wrote the words so that they would make sense either way.

Here's another studio view:
Make a habit of finding beauty where ever you can...and bring it where it needs to be! Share it with others, along with your beautiful smile!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Garden Journal Sketchbook - slowly but surely!

Things are pretty slow this year in the garden.  I've been keeping a garden journal for the last couple years, and these little green nubs (as seen on Good Friday -  April 3rd of this year) are our daffodils! Last year on Good Friday, they were already up and opened, like so:
and yes, last year Good Friday fell on the 18th... which is tomorrow. They are still not ready to open! They're up...and I can see the  bloom heads waiting...just waiting for that right time to pop open! Well, I'm gonna just quit looking. In fact I'm going down to DC this weekend to visit daughters and see cherry blossoms! Hopefully when I get back home the daffs will be in bloom. Hubby might even get to see them before me! If they pop open while I'm gone, I'm sure he'll send me a photo! 

So, I know what I'll probably be painting next week!! 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Garnet and Gold Orchids with Studio View

18"x6"x2" oil on cradled archival panel
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You're mind is a garden.
Your thoughts are the seeds.
You can grow flowers....
Or you can grow weeds.

I think this one needs no explaining. Wishing you a day filled with love and light - what you bring to yourself, you bring to the world. 

Yes, I'm still loving these orchids. This is the one I brought home from the Boston Flower Show a couple weeks ago.  Behind it is a wonderful piece of cloth from India (that I happened to buy in France!). I love the rich color & the stamp print on the surface!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Blossom Connoisseurs, Commissions, and painting during winter

5"x7" oil on archival panel
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As you continue to send out love, the energy returns to you in a regenerating spiral... As love accumulates, it keeps your system in balance and harmony. Love is the tool, and more love is the end product. 
- Sara Paddison, "Hidden Power of the Heart"

One of the things I love to do is complete commissions for others! There is nothing like collaborating on a project to help someone satisfy their vision - whether it is a commemoration of a special event, an anniversary, a birthday, a new home. 
These kitties are a small study for a larger painting that was commissioned as a birthday gift for her dear friend. I kept it under wraps for a long as not to "blow the surprise".  It makes me so happy to be a part of this...especially to watch the giver and receiver, and the joy they experience.  The larger piece (in a square format), is now hanging in her home! 
 This winter I've been painting orchids in my studio while the snow continued to pile up outside. I did take a couple trips down to Florida to visit my mom, once for a beach trip, then to stay with her during cataract surgery. 
While my 2 orchid plants are blooming, I'm getting a lot of mileage out of them! And in the middle of these, I've begun the process for another commissioned piece that I'm VERY excited about! 


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Provencal Pears and Orchids

24"x18"x1" deep, oil on gallery wrapped canvas
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Life is short,
Break the RULES -
FORGIVE quickly, 
KISS slowly, LOVE truly,
LAUGH uncontrollably, 
and NEVER REGRET anything that made you smile.
I'm so in love with this orchid plant...I painted this one the night before I flew down to my mom's in Florida last week.  I went to stay with her during surgery, and give her "moral support" for a few days.

Who knew that this one single white orchid could bring me so much delight during a cold snowy winter in Connecticut? And pulling out the table cloth from Provence brings out the warmth of "far-away" places, allowing me to dream and plan....not only how I want to spend summer, but what I want to bring into my life....for the duration of the journey. 

Color, joy, beauty, great memories, and anticipation of greater things to come.  

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