December 10, 2009

Horse Barn

Like "Ole Bessie" in the barn.
We have to wait out the storms.
All kinds.

Watercolor, 5x7, $125.
SOLD, Massachusetts

December 8, 2009

Tara's Roses-Calico cat, pastel, flowers

My cat.
Brings me roses.
Drops them at my feet.
Where she finds them-
who knows?

But she always knows when I need one.
...lately, she's given me a few.

Portion of pastel, 18 x 23, [NFS, artist's collection]

December 2, 2009

A Winner

In November, I had a "Thanks-Giving" offer to my subscibers & buyers to win a free painting from Lightcaught. This painting "NE Coast" was chosen and won by Dorothea Readhead of Carson City Nevada.Interestingly, the largest category of paintings chosen were related to the ocean. And, a number of people chose these same paintings: "Perfect Day", "Summer Day at West Beach," "New View," and "April Rainbow."
Thanks to all of those who responded and sent in your entries and wonderful comments.

Pastel, 8x10
[WON, Nevada]

November 30, 2009

Jillian as Clara- The Nutcracker ballet, pastel

Tis' the season.
Like Santa, the Nutcracker is ubiquitous.
But the star of this night is Clara.
He's in her arms ready to come to life and take her away to the Land of Sweets, flowers, snowflakes and dreams.
Little princess– dance!

Pastel 18 x 22, [Commission, New York]

November 23, 2009

Calm before holiday storm, pastel, blue sea

The storm is coming.
A tsunami of holidays.

Expectations; stress.
Pressure, depression?

Take a breath.
Stand on your sea legs.

Enjoy the roiling wave
of friends, food, fun and song.

Pastel, 8x10, $125.

November 19, 2009

Grownup Perfume

In high school the first perfume I bought was Jungle Gardenia in an effort to duplicate the unforgettable, heady scent of my gardenia prom corsages. But, later when I was working as a college intern I decided to pick out a perfume to match the woman I had become. It was L'Air du Temps in a beautiful Lalique bottle with a bird on top. Today when I smell the blend of gardenia, musk, rose, carnation and sandalwood it takes me back to that day when I chose my first 'grownup perfume'.

Watercolor, and cutout lace, 3x5, NFS

November 17, 2009

Tribute to Mary Cassatt- High Tea, pastel

Artist Mary Cassatt [1844 –1926] painted women in their daily environment with a special emphasis on mothers and their children.

Put up the pinky.
time for tea.
Tea for two.
or a party of three?
Scones and things.
Real cups- a sip.
A moment of calm
with no dot com.

Pastel, 8x10

November 11, 2009

Feed the hungry- bowl, watercolor

We think of food.
Time to feed the hungry.
Feed the mind.
Feed the soul.

Watercolor, 5x7, $100.

November 2, 2009

House in Trees-Fall in New England

Buried in the leaves.
A house emerges from the treetops.
Like a Phoenix rising.
From the fire.

[A view in Manchester-by-the-Sea while walking the dog]

Pastel, 8x10, $135.

October 27, 2009

Fall leaves-nature's palette, pastel

Careful where you step.
Tiny works of art lie under your big feet.
Palettes of nature's paint.
Form abstracts.
Every which way you look.

Pastel, $100.

October 20, 2009

Fall on Swan Lake, New England, fall landscape

Not sure where I saw this.
The trees were on fire.
A mirror with white sailboats- swans in full sail on a painted lake.

Pastel, 8x10, $160.

October 6, 2009

Fall in Firenze-colors of Florence, Italy

It's fall in New England.
Trees are glowing: rust, terra cotta, gold...
In Firenze the streets are always aglow: rust, terra cotta, gold...

Pastel, 8x10, $150.

September 29, 2009

Ballarina Bows

Good job.
Take a bow.

[ original SOLD- Texas]

Custom Pastel, down payment $280.

September 23, 2009

Mustard Field- Czech to Slovakia-landscape pastel

Traveling from Czech to Slovakia:
The train zoooomed.
A slice of yellow pierced the green.
Like the split of the 2 countries.
"They had a divorce,"
said the man in Prague.
Split down the middle like the mustard field. A little bitter.

Pastel, 5x7, $100.

September 15, 2009

Flower Children

Big heads bobbing.
Eager fingers picking.
Sun streaming down their hair
Illuminating the flowers.
Peace and love.
The 60s was 40 years ago?

Pastel, 5x7, NFS

September 10, 2009

Goodbye Greenhouse

Pick plants in May.
End of season sale.
Pick up perennials.
Pass on the annuals.
Prepare for fall.
Got any mums?

Watercolor, 8x10, $150.

September 8, 2009

All's Quiet on the Waterfront

All's quiet.
Everyone's gone.
Just gulls, boats, wharfs and water.
Sad or glad?

[Gloucester, MA]
Pastel, 8x10, $150.

August 31, 2009

Field of Dreams

A knuckle ball?
Curve ball?
Scew ball?

Hit it?
One chance.
That's life.

Pastel, 5x7

August 20, 2009

August 18, 2009

Market to Market

Ripe red tomatoes, juicy peaches, hot peppers, sweet corn...

all gifts of the earth, the farms, and the sun.

"Farmstand" pastel painting [SOLD]

My painting "Farmstand" was used on the cover of the just published book by Merry Stetson Hall- BRINGING FOOD HOME: THE MAINE EXAMPLE.

August 12, 2009

Toes & tulle

Done for the day?
Just beginning?

Pastel, 5x7

August 5, 2009

August is Popsicles

Forget cake.
Forget candy.
Forget sodapop.
August is popsicles. Cherry, orange, raspberry, lemon and lime...
Give me grape. When I was little, the ice cream man would ring his bell and we'd go flying outside to pick our choice of the colored ice on 2 sticks. One bite of a grape popsicle to this day brings me back to those carefree summers of bare feet, shorts, games and fireflies.

8"x10" Pastel  [SOLD-Texas]

July 29, 2009

Summer Day at West Beach

Stripes of blue.
A stripe of green.
Striped chairs.
Striped umbrellas.
A sip of Red Stripe.
No pinstripes.
Summer day at West Beach.

Watercolor, 8x10, $150.

July 21, 2009

NE Coast

Up the coast.
Windswept dunes.
Protect Rosa rugosas.
Leading the way
To Cottages- no longer small.

Pastel, 8x10
SOLD Nevada

July 14, 2009

2 China Cups

Two people
Share one sweet.
Each with a cup–
as strong as lead;
delicate as eggshells.
Will break if misused–
but hold liquid hot as fire,
and last for a lifetime.
20 years at least.
A chip or two.
But solid.

Pastel, 5x7, $100.

July 7, 2009

One of each flower

The little ones wanted to pick... "one of every single flower in the gardens, Nanna." "Just one," I agreed.
Into a red bowl on the 4th of July table went one of each flower:
1 pink petunia
1 purple petunia
1 heliotrope
1 chamomile
1 buttercup
1 daisy
1 red rose
1 pink rose
1 wild rose
1 lavender sprig
1 honeysuckle
1 rhododendron blossom
I think they cheated.

Pastel, 5x7, $135.

June 29, 2009

Sparkling Sails

The rain went away for a minute.The sky inked blue.The sails unfurled.
The sea sparkled.
Pastel, 8 x 10

June 23, 2009

Rain, Rain go away

Rain, Rain go away,
Come again another day.
Sail away?
No way.
[Vineyard Sound]

Pastel, 8"x10", $150.

June 18, 2009

Margarita Time

The solstice.
Margarita time.
One shot tequila.
2 parts summer.

Pastel, 5x7, $100.