Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tomato and Peppers


This is a warm-up exercise. I had the vegetables for a salad and had to paint quick before lunch.
Oils on canvas board
8" x 10"

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Reindeer Angel


Merry Christmas.
Pen & Ink
Card

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Gourds


Nothing spectacular about gourds. But in between the Macy's parade on TV and the turkey, I reflected on these.
Colored Pencils
8" x 10 "

Monday, November 5, 2007

Petals


Shapes as an abstract landscape. It isn't suppose to make sense. I thought it had a calmness to it that one can meditate on.
Collage
6" x 6"

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Pumpkin Gourds


Organic shapes are great this time of year. Gourds, pumpkins and late vegetables are wonderful to draw as a seasonal ritual. It kind of helps me accept that summer is really over, even though the temperatures outside say it ain't so.
Colored Pencils
8" x 10"

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dragon

I've never seen a dragon for real, but I imagine from what I've read that they do exist. This one was sound asleep and someone, who should have been walking on tip toes, woke him up. He's a fire breather.
Note- don't wake up the dragon.
Pencil
11" x 14"

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Animal Crackers


I love Animal Crackers. They still taste the same as they did when I was a kid. I always played with mine before I ate them. I drew this, because I wanted them to come to life just as they did in my imagination so many years ago.
Colored Pencils
11" x 14"

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mirror Image


I think that making a series of self portraits allows an artist to be reflective of time. Looking back at the ones I've done over the years I see not only how time has effected my features , but also my attitudes. Photographs are from someone else's view. Drawing or painting oneself over time really gives a personal perspective.
Oils 6" x 8"

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Pattern Patches

This is another pattern study of fabrics that I've sewn with over the years.
Colored Pencils
8" x 10"

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Pumpkins

It's that time of year again. I admit that I'm particular about the shape that I look for when I pick out a pumpkin. It has to be just right for my version of a traditional Jack-O-Lantern, evenly round with the stem attached.
Pencil
4" x 4"

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Flip Flops and Patches of Summer


You are looking at a portion of my life history here. Each one of the patterns in this painted quilt are from fabrics I used to make clothes back in the 70s.
The blue & maroon batik was a swirling gored skirt. The salmon, peach and cream modern was a wrap around cap sleeve blouse. The orange tropical flowers were in fact my mother's kitchen curtains. Good morning! Somehow when all of them come together, it's a happy summer quilt.
Acrylics

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Little Teapot

I've gotten some nice feedback on my quick sketches. Here's one more.
Marker
4" x 4"

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Cherries


One of my earliest memories : My Gram had a tree in her backyard that I thought grew cherries. I distinctively remember being lifted up to pick a few off the branches. When I got older, I noticed that tree actually grew apples. Now I'm not sure, but just maybe the cherries were 'planted' on the low branches to fool the little kids.
Oils
4" x 4"

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Sketch for A Spot of Tea


I doodle when I'm on the phone and often I draw what's in front of me. There are a lot of teapot or teacup conversa- tions in my notebook.
Black Marker
6" x 6"

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Blueberry Muffins


It must have been the aroma of fresh baked muffins or maybe it was the reflection of light on the foil muffin cups, but I felt compelled to document these two before they got eaten.
Ps- This little painting received the Wall Gallery Award in the Guilford Art League Exhibit.
Oils
4" x 4"

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Blue Kettle


This kettle has boiled gallons of water for tea over the years. Putting the kettle on is part of the tea ritual. I do not understand microwav-ing water for tea. It's just not right.
Oils
8" x 10"

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Summer Sandals


It's another shiny day and the zorie series continues.
Acrylic
(Detail from 12" x 24")

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tropical Trees & Blue Flowers


More zories. I like playing with patterns.
Acrylics (detail from 12" x 24")

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Zories


We grew up wearing zories when they were 75 cents at the drug store and we've always called them zories. By the way some people call them flip flops or thongs. The designer's name was Zorie.
I just saw some in a fashion magazine for $80. They had rhinestones. I still like the drug store kind that now cost about $3.99, glue $2.50, rhinestones $4.79, happy feet- priceless.
Acrylic 12" x 24"
(detail from 12" x 24")

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Sunflowers


I just planted seeds for this summer's Sunflower garden.
Oils 16" x 20"

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Roses & Tea


This is the final painting. The teapot is from a friend. The silk rose was given to me by a former student, who despite her disabilities brought joy to anyone who knew her before she left this world at a young age. The creamer came from my Gram's china. She blessed us with her 92 years of sparkle. All three women are worthy of being honored in the color and light of roses.
Oils 16" x 20"

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Roses & Tea


Roses on the teapot and creamer and then, of course, there is a rose.
Sketch for painting
4" x 6"

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Mabel's Table (sketch)


I thought I'd share a preliminary sketch for Mabel's Table. The idea of including the photo of my Gram as a young girl came later. I do several sketches for composition and value before I start a painting.
Ink 6" x 6"

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Mabel's Table

The China teapot was my Gram's, early Pier One (1960s). The framed picture is of her as a child (1900s).
Oils 8" x 10"

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Impatiens

More like impatience. Soon enough.
Oils 8" x 10"

Monday, April 30, 2007

Awaiting Spring


This copper kettle was my Gram's. I force bulbs each year to get a head start on Spring.
Oils
9" x 18"

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Color of Tea



There is a science and an art to a good cuppa tea. Not an uncommon sight on my kitchen table, I love the tones of color brewed from various teas. Oils- 18" x 18"

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Daffodils & Irises

Store bought daffodils in the kitchen somehow emit a sweeter aroma when it's still cold outside.
Oils
18" x 24"

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Fairy Sisters


This is another version of the Fairy Sisters theme.
Gouache
5" x 7"

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Fairy Sisters


The benefits of childhood dance classes are the memories of playing in our tutus long after the recitals were over. Our wings were sheer curtains tied to our arms and we'd run through the yard feeling them flutter behind us like we were flying. I've recalled this memory with a variety of images through the years.
Watercolor
6" x 8"

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Ladybug


We call my mother 'Lady'. Why, has nothing to with ladybugs, but they are somewhat of an ID symbol for her. This one is actually part of a larger insect collage.
Mixed Media

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Damselfly


I'm playing with cut paper again. Water below and flowers along the shore, the damsel hovers above. It's the essence of summer.
Mixed media (close up from a larger design)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Roller Skates

I first learned about speed on these skates. I could not go fast enough. My sister and I would skate along the city sidewalk at my grand- mother's on Ward Place and stop ourselves with her neighbors hedge at the corner.
*******Can you believe her neighbor yelled at us for that ? Oils - 8" x 8"

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Red Onion


It's not corn
beef or cabbage.
It's not even
green (note the date).
But somebody,
somewhere
must be cooking
with a red onion today.
Oils
6" x 6"

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Orange


I love the smell of a
freshly peeled
orange.
I also use orange zest
in an delicious almond
shortbread cookie.
Oils
5" x 7"

Monday, March 12, 2007

Pear

A single object is often
the most challenging to paint.
Oils
5" x 7"

Monday, March 5, 2007

Water Lily


I grew up at a lake and waterlilies lined the edges. Every so often a turtle would poke it's head up. I remember the sound of the boat gliding over the lily pads. Swoosh.
Acrylic
5" x 7"

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Satellites


I'm a crossword puzzle fan,
but sometimes the words jumble.
Collage
6" x 6"

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Sunrise

This piece is part of a series. I feel great satisfaction in recycling scrap paper to make art.
Collage
6" x 6"



Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Aprons


My grand- mother taught me how to sew aprons and
then we'd bake.
Oils on canvas

Mandarin and Blue Willow


My parents brought this jacket back from China and I wore it with intention to go there myself. Five years later I was on The Great Wall.
Oils on canvas