Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

So in honor of Earth Day I have recycled this painting I did last summer at Maggie's farm. I thought about how our habits have changed since I was a kid and remembered that our moms used to wrap our sandwiches in waxed plastic bags yet, in fact, waxed paper bags were a novel invention when they arrived! We also didn't have rolls of paper towels to use either. Take out coffee cups were probably around, but not in the numbers they are today. I'm not sure these are all bad things, they produce jobs for people, disposable cups and dinnerware cut down on water usage and potential for spreading some kinds of bacteria and illness, but I wonder which is worse? I've also become what I've mocked, shutting out the lights each time I leave a I just have to remember that front door light!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

On the Mend

I'm glad to report that my daughter really is on the mend after breaking her foot in February. Yesterday was her first full day without crutches. She is most disappointed because she had raised money for a charity foundation to get a number for the Boston Marathon and she will now not be able to run because the race is next week. She was so disappointed because her number cannot be deferred to next year's race, however, she will be able to run in the Marine Corps Marathon in the fall which is a good race. (I did it in 2007 and it a fantastic race). She still has Boston in her blood though and will try again at some later time. This painting got into a juried figure show scheduled to open at the end of this week.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Vanilla, Shelter Kitty #2

Another kitty from the shelter. "Vanilla" was so sweet and posed for me while I took her picture. I hope she gets adopted soon. This is also posted on the "Art for the Animals" blog.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

More Portraits from the "Familiar Faces" Show

Here are the rest of the paintings from the portraits show which includes paintings of people who have lived and/or worked in my little town long enough to become truly familiar faces. Here is Larry...

Here is Camilla...

This is Bob...

And this is Garrison. This painting is not in the show but was painted during the painting sessions with the group.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


For the past few weeks, a colleague from one of my past jobs and I thought it would be fun to make some bunny lawn ornaments as Easter decorations and after a zig here and a zag there, we finally have some bunnies to share! After doing some research, we used exterior MDO and exterior paint so they are ready for our New England weather. Each bunny is unique and is named, signed, and dated. The bunnies were on the road today and were photographed sunning on the beach! A couple of them took up residence at local garden centers where they may find other homes. The bunnies pictured from left to right are: Funny Bunny,Diamond Girl, South Shore Boogie Woogie, I See Spots, and Jackrabbit Pollock. Dot already moved to her new home. I wish the pictures were better so the patterns were more easily viewed, but they are still pretty cute.

here is a front view of "Diamond Girl."

..and the back view of "Diamond Girl."

Front view of "South Shore Boogie Woogie."

..and the back view..