Let Me Show You


Sometimes a picture just jumps out and screams…..paint me, paint me.  So when this one showed up in my Facebook feed, I immediately knew I was going to paint it.

Painting children and people has never been a strength of mine.  I think this may be the third year in a row that I have made practicing people one of my artistic goals.  Working my way up to it, I guess, by starting with some back shot paintings,  hoping this will help me transition to painting faces!

Frankly, children have never been a strength of mine….not in art and not in life. Somehow lacking the motherly instinct, I chose never to have my own.  A feeling I’ve never regretted.  In fact, I often feeling awkward around them, not really interested in holding them or knowing their age, or talking to them like babies.   If they’re old enough to show an interest in my studio, that’s usually about the time I can connect with them.

These are my husband’s grandkids, and therefore mine.  As you can tell they are young….going on 4 and 2.  We don’t get to see them often, but when we did last, I found myself charmed and engaged……..

Who knows, maybe they are showing me something!

“Did You Art Today?”


May Your Days Be



Pineapples have always had a place in my home. Their rough texture and interesting colors cover a sweetness that can permeate a room. We probably purchased our current home because there were pineapple coach lights on the garage doors.

There’s some sort of pineapple in every room in the house.  Hence my paintings for Christmas cards will always be centered around a pineapple.

If you’re celebrating Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day tomorrow, please take the time to take it all in.  Taste it, feel it, enjoy the aroma.  No expectations of how it used to be, how you want it to be, just how it really is.  Right now.  Celebrate with loved ones, or celebrate the strength it might take to be far away from them.

If there is sadness, embrace it, knowing that without sadness we won’t know the happy.    If you’re joyful, share your light.  Spread the kindness, spread the love

Be Merry, Be Bright.  But most of all, just BE.

Merry Christmas everyone.  Grateful for you following along on my creative journey.  Hoping the new year brings your own form of creativity to fruition. Blessings to all.


“Did You Art Today?”




With Jim being retired and bent on making every day vacation, then my cancer diagnosis, I have neither sought out or taken many commissions this year.

But I recently finished one. Referred to me by my Facebook friends in my former town of Medford, NJ, it felt like a good one to do.   A lovely picture to work with, the dog had a sweet face, and the three words they gave me to describe her were, childlike, empathetic and loving.

For a few days, the finished painting graced my studio.  The Noodle Stage I call it.  Letting it sit in a prominent spot, where I will review it as I walk by.   Waiting to be certain, there’s nothing more I feel it needs.  Waiting to be signed, photographed, matted, and shipped.

But, frankly, I found myself wondering how that painting got there.

I have a system, a checklist. Drew my sketch.  Stretched the paper.  Transferred the drawing.  There’s even a scrap of paper with color combinations and notes on which combinations would give me the zing I wanted.  But did I really just paint that dog? Or did it fall off the brush?   Almost as if someone else snuck in, wielded the brush and painted while I vacationed in creative land.

For me, when I paint in the best possible of situations, a shift occurs.  Nothing else is there.  A life of it’s own, a concentration. A freedom. Dream like.  Intuition as to where to go next.    Hardly remembering any of these decisions, there was now a complete painting in my studio.

Painting is such wonderful gift.    When I looked at the painting I was happy.  Happy it felt good, happy I have the gift.

Hoping the wonder of the Season is filling your days with happy also.

“Did You Art Today?”

So Good


Finishing my #AutumnArtChallenge hosted by Miriam Schulman with another child painting.  Today’s theme was food.

Continuing with the story theme, an apple would have sufficed.  People and children, especially, are not my normal subjects.  That’s why I gave them a go.  This is a challenge, correct.  Once again, I am grateful to Paint My Photo and Allanka for generously allowing us artists to use their photos.

Not my favorite all time painting.  But again, this was a challenge.

My last surgery for the lymph node sampling was done with DaVinci robotics.  I was hoping that his inspiration would have magically appeared in my paintings, since we’ve now had such an intimate relationship!

Oh well.  I’ve been contacted for a commission this morning, so I will hopefully, be continuing my painting once again.

Feels “So Good”.

“Did You Art Today?”

Love ’em or Hate ’em


IMG_1496Day 4 of the #AutumnArtChallenge sponsored by Miriam Schulman.  Today’s theme was woodland creatures.

They’re everywhere.  My husband hates them.  In NJ, they would steal bird food from the feeders, gnaw on our shed, and just make a general pain of themselves.  Here in Florida, they will scamper across the top of the lanai screen as though they were tree tops.  Almost like flipping the bird to my husband!

I’m pretty ambivalent about them.  Always interested in how people find them cute versus their cousins, the rats.  Guess that fuzzy tail is the grab.  I’ve seen them figure out how to open trash cans, hang on a guaranteed squirrel proof feeder that spins them like a merry-go-round until the battery wore down.  Watched them climb up the legs and back of people who used to feed them in South Lido Park in Florida.  Clever little things that have adapted and survived.

But finding this picture on Paint My Photo by Sandy Scott, really made me want to paint one.  For this challenge I have been thinking about the story aspect of art.  We can all paint a squirrel, but what story does it tell?  My two paintings this week of the child with the pumpkin and the child throwing leaves have universally brought comments of memories or grandchildren.  They told a story.

What story do you see here?  One content squirrel is the story I see.


“Did You Art Today?”


Raking Leaves?

IMG_1493Day 3 of the Autumn Art Challenge hosted by Miriam Schulman.  Our prompt today was trees and leaves.

There are few leaves falling here in Florida.  Leaves are in fact one of the many reasons we moved from New Jersey.  Our beautiful home sat on a heavily wooded lot.  The yearly shedding of the little devils would consume our weekends, clog our gutters and make the hot tub work harder than it needed to, soothing sore and aching muscles.

Once again I am reminded of the beauty of being an artist.  Pulling out some bad pictures of Jim’s grandkids visiting us one weekend we were raking.  Remembering the day down to the earthy smell.  Every kid has jumped into a pile of leaves, rolled around and made a mess.  While my reference photo was kind of blurry with a pile of dull brown leaves, my photoshop paintbrush can make those leaves whatever color I want.  Oh the magic of painting.

Timing on this challenge couldn’t have been better.  Life is blessedly getting back to normal.  To quote a dear friend, “Retirement everyday.”  Reminding me also of the many  reasons I paint.  To be in the moment, to live, breathe and capture the joy that life can bring.

Have a joyful Autumn day my friends.

“Did You Art Today?”


Sweet Treats

A little late to the party today for the Autumn Art Challenge, Day 2,  so I used the reference photo provided by Miriam Schulman at The Inspiration Place, who is hosting this challenge.   Not exactly very autumn related, but candy seems an appropriate subject tonight, as I hand out basically packets of  sugar to weirdly dressed children.

Painted a bit hurriedly, I cheated by using white India Ink, as I’d forgotten to save my whites.  Such a rookie mistake!

But, today was my last radiation treatment, and I’m thinking I’m going to save one of those treats for myself. 
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Between a cancer diagnosis, a hurricane and two weeks of travel, I’ll admit the studio has been sadly, quiet for too long.

We survived the hurricane, I have my last radiation treatment tomorrow, and the doctors appointments have stopped for a bit, so I’ve signed up for Miriam Schulman’s #AutumArtChallenge.  Five days of painting.  Should be a piece of cake for me.

We started this morning with computer problems.  I love when the major cable company  mails you a big box with a note telling you you have to change out everything or you won’t have internet.  And by the way….do it now.   Problem resolved eventually, and I went to my favorite reference photo site, Paint My Photo, to find a picture to use for our first challenge – pumpkins.   A plain pumpkin  would have been the easy way out.  Instead I wanted to tell a story.  Bonnie Sitter’s photo grabbed my attention.

And then the story changed.  I felt a bit nervous.  Like a beginner, I grabbed a small piece of paper….afraid to commit to anything bigger.  The sketch worked rather well, but I dithered and fretted as I loaded fresh paint on my palette.

My uterine cancer is gone, the radiation is a proactive approach to, hopefully, keep it from returning.  Other than the discomfort that comes from four surgeries this year, I have felt pretty well physically.  Emotionally, it has been a roller coaster.  And while the first radiation treatment was a bear, I only need three, and the second was much easier.  I will be finished after tomorrow. The timing on this painting challenge was perfect.

And there I sat.  Feeling insecure in what is my passion.  Had I changed? Could I still art?

Returning to my beginnings, I took a deep breath, asked the Great Creator for guidance for my heart, my head and my hands and I picked up my trusty “butter” brush.

I’m positive I’ve changed.  But I’m back to tell you I “arted” today.  Did you?

When the Going Gets Tough

And the waiting for Irma gets rough, creativity doesn’t stop.

My favorite brushes are packed in my “go” bag, my studio is buttoned up…but watching the Weather Channel is getting old.  Grabbing some scraps of paper and whatever brushes that are around (and believe me, there are plenty), I popped out some small paintings, that will probably be made into cards. 

Painting the angel was particularly calming.
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