Sunday, February 28, 2010

#274 & "Bobisms"

Been thinking about full vessels today. . .

Other news: I run into a lot of things (not necessarily people) named Bob - and here's one, Bobisms - I love it!
"Right now, you are the best of who you are. Your work will not get better by itself... and you are the closest person to your next best work." - Robert Burridge, see his Bobisms of the Month at

#272 & #273

Thick, wet, sticky paint, kept me from scanning this last night - these pears were for fondue night on Friday - I got a couple extra for myself to paint.

Other news: Brie is back to herself, a long car ride and a new bone was all it took. . .

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Other news: I think Brie, the dog, is depressed - it's raining, sure, but that's no excuse. Last night, she tucked herself in at 5:30 and today, she's been hiding upstairs with some toys and an oven mitt.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Playing around today with a couple of flowers, some sunshine - and the amount of brushstrokes necessary to make something recognizable. This one is a little bigger, 9" x 9".

I'm happy about receiving The Sunshine Award! Thank you all that sent it my way - now I have to get organized and send it forward, I'm trying to make up a special category to send it to, I've noticed a lot of blogs I follow have recently received it . . . congratulations everyone!

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Other News: Delighted to peruse Art Monkey, a blog of collected artwork from other blogs, and see a familiar creature, #261 - thank you Art Monkey. . .

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Other News: Three of my daily paintings are on exhibit at the Monroe C. Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA as part of a group show.

Friday, February 19, 2010



I saw a sketchbook online called, "The Tomato Diaries." An artist traveled Europe with a tomato for a couple of months and documented the tomato everyday by drawing or painting it (ooh, there's that doing something everyday again theme) - the lush tomato definitely, er, um, evolved over time - I don't think I'll be doing that, but it's a good idea.

p.s. this is yesterday's painting, I did it at night, not my preference, because I went to bed before the paint dried and couldn't scan it in.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


This mid-century modern linen napkin is my favorite - (okay, who are we kidding, need I be reminded of the eleven days of stripes?) - my favorite fabric THIS week to use -

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Did you happen to notice I painted tomatoes for one day and then stopped? Well, I had moseyed on over to Carol Marine's blog and ACK! She, too, seemingly took advantage of a special on tomatoes. . . anyhow, I just couldn't try to paint the same thing she was painting at the same time - too much pressure! So, I noticed she's moved on - and my tomatoes held up quite nicely in the fridge - so here goes. . .

Sunday, February 14, 2010



Today I toned my canvas in yellow - what do you think? Go back to only red? I used to flop around with different colors and then became happy with only the red and today I felt yellow would be right because yesterday I was thinking about color and the energy different colors create. . . and now I think this is a run-on sentence. Too. . . much. . . chocolate. . .

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Paypal accepted $100 (I heard auctions don't do well on Ebay when American Idol is on, is this true, I wonder? Anyhow, so, I'm experimenting with Paypal again tonight).

Other News: Sooo, that fantastic book I keep rambling on about, I've been directed to Weymouth's painting website, which I had no idea existed and it gives a really great overview of his book - thanks everyone for finding the link and sharing it with me.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


I did the pears again, and they were much more enjoyable today!


This is yesterday's painting and it didn't come easily - these seemingly darling miniature pears have been causing me problems - I started w/them a couple of days ago and killed two panels trying to figure them out - I had to remind myself not to rush, take my time and SQUINT.
I think I might try them again today. Not sure.

Other news: About that new book - "How Photography Can Make You a Better Painter," - I can't stop comparing the photos to the paintings long enough to really read it!

But the few bits I have read - the writing is good and clear making it easy to follow and every 8.5" x 11" (ish) page portrays a gorgeous photo or painting to illustrate his point.

Here's the cover from Amazon which is one of his paintings.

I really enjoy how loosely and expressively he paints from a photo and how he is able to capture a feeling. Also how he changes colors and makes them personal, no matter what the photo tells him.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Other News: Settling in tonight to read a brand new book, "How Photography Can Make You a Better Painter," by Michael Weymouth. I don't typically paint from photos (Christmas time black lab an exception) - I find it difficult, no, I find it really difficult. But I want to be able to for so many reasons - like that day back in early October when I was attacked more than once by my panel taking flight in seemingly the only wind gust in Hingham Square, no one else's canvases were floating around quite like mine. . . I'm not being dramatic, I swear, it's true!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I'm due for a trip to my favorite vintage store. . . more stuff to paint needed.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I got to paint at Page's today, with my favorite painting people - I did three little paintings of onions - and one painting of a pig. I enjoyed the onions more than I thought I would - in this one, the group crit suggested making the little tomatoes on the left more vibrant - I have to agree - in person they were glowing due to the light from the window. If (when) I change it, I'll post it again.

But for today, I'm done (for now), I'm off to walk the dog. . .