Sunday, February 8, 2015


Step off assuredly into the blank of your mind.  Something will come to you.
poet Richard Wilbur.


I love this quote above.  It came from an article on writer Anne Tyler in last Friday's Wall Street Journal.  Worth reading: The Inextinguishable Anne Tyler, Wall Street Journal Friday, 2/6/2015.  

I am a big fan of her writing.  She has her 20th novel coming out soon titled A Spool of Blue Thread.

This quote above, by poet Richard Wilbur, is kept over her writing desk.  I am going to bring a copy of this to my studio.  Another ritual she practices in her craft is giving herself 30 days to come up with an idea for her next novel.  And this practice always works for her.  I have been painting many works on sheets of 11" x 14" paper for the last month and getting  a stack of explorations.  With this I am hoping the idea for a series reveals itself.  Fingers crossed.

Friday, February 6, 2015


Swept Away
oil/panel, 8" x 8" 2014
Wild Beauty Series

My painting, now hanging in Cambridge Art Association's new show PAINT, is Juror's Choice awarded by Ali Ringenburg, Director & Owner of Sloane Merrill Gallery.

The reception is tonight at the University Place Gallery in Harvard Square (across from the Post office), Cambridge, MA.  The fun starts at 5:30 until 8 PM.  Please join me and see this new exhibit featuring works by 30 other artists, including my studio mate Wendy Young!

Another painting from my Wild beauty series is also in the show.  You can see more of this series on my website.  Hope to see you tonight!

A Place of Secrets
oil/panel, 10" x 10", 2014
Wild Beauty Series

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


From these sketches last December I picked 4 and taped them to a board.  

These are my Saturday warm-up paintings.  I kept turning the board around as I worked back and forth between them.

By the end of the day this one below achieved what I wanted: color, expressive marks and a mood.

Acrylic/paper 14 x 11

Sunday I was back at the studio working on the other three.

Monday, February 2, 2015


Swept Away
8" x 8" 2014

These two paintings have been invited to the show PAINT at the Cambridge Art Association.  Ali Ringenburg Director & Owner of the Sloane Merrill Gallery, Boston, MA is the juror.  My studio mate Wendy Young also has work in the show.  

The exhibit starts on Thursday, February 5 th until March 5th and is at the University Place Gallery, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.  A reception will be this Friday, 2/6, from 5:30 - 8 PM.  

These two paintings are from my Wild Beauty series painted last summer in Maine.  You can see more of this series on my website.   

A Place of Secrets
10" x 10"  2014

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


This painting I started in December, 2014.  It is acrylic on paper 22 x 40.  

The painting has gone through many stages this month.  There are more photos of its progression (or final stage) if I could call it that.  But since it wasn't happening (I am not happy with the direction) I have put it away - for now.  My problem is realizing I had no idea what I am trying to say.

It may be resurrected... once I can decide on my intention.  In the meantime it is better off left alone.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I was invited by Jane McKinnon Johnston to post my artwork on Facebook for the next 5 days in the art posting challenge.  So I posted 3 paintings from my scissor series.  This was my first time working in series and exploring an idea again and again through painting.  I started this series in 2008 and return to it often over the years.  It has also been well received in the marketplace with paintings from this series now at Meditech Corporation and many private collections.

I love scissors - this was my main tool when I was a fashion designer in New York City.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Today I know I am channeling Joan that so bad?  acrylic on paper 14" x 11".