I love collecting Bakelite utensils bring a nostalgic feel to the kitchen and set a cheerful mood to the table.
"Summer Melons" 24 x 24 oil on canvas $800
Hi everyone, As I write to you, I am packing to go on our annual summer vacation-yay!
Not only does this mean packing in preparation for 2 1/2 weeks away, it means planning to have the house plants and garden watered, the cats fed and the house checked on.
I then "close" my studio - put the caps on the paint, clean palettes and store paintings.
This brings me to my my mantra of the week... "Paint like there's no tomorrow!"
I paint throughout the year knowing that my real vacation lays ahead, where I will be soaking up sun and inspiration.
I'm taking a small sketchbook and watercolor set for daily musings which I will post on Instagram.
July is the birthday month for our daughter, Georgia's sixteenth year!
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon
I was excited to discover that a favorite book that I listened to was made into a Tony winning Broadway play! "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" follows fifteen year old Christopher Boone as he sets out to find who killed his neighbor's dog. Christopher has Aspergers Syndrome, a condition similar to Autism. This makes a most interesting and compelling main character. The narrator convincingly gives Christopher the voice of a boy with a peculiar personality. I found this to be funny, honest and incredibly moving.
Summer is here and soon, we'll be at the beach! Which means I'll be doing one of my favorite things, combing for shells. I like to get up early to bicycle over to the waterfront and walk along the shore to see what the ocean left on the sand. Every morning I marvel as the sun moves up the horizon and colors a huge display of cloud formations, and as I walk and pick through shells, I feel pure and utter peace...lost in the moment.
I have large glass jars filled with my collection, which bring back those warm memories when I'm home in the winter. What do you do with your shells?
I collaborated with my father on this painting which has been juried into the "Best of West Virginia" show in the David L. Dickinson Art Gallery at Tamarack.
This painting is a compilation of several of the photographs he took at a party he attended during the late 1940's. Although he is no longer living, I feel his exuberant personality whenever I look through any of the numerous photo albums he left behind. He was a real "shutterbug".
The Best of WV show runs from June 21 through August 9 at Tamarack, Beckley, WV tamarackwv.com