December 27, 2013

On the Road to 2014

“Nothing behind me, everything in front of me, ever so on the road.”
– (Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”)
A positive 2014 to all.
8x10 photo painting.

December 9, 2013

Cheerios, watercolor, Bohoy

After celebrations-
Everyone's gone.
Just remnants of little one's remain.
 The ubiquitous Cheerios.

Watercolor, 5 x 7

November 20, 2013

Rainy Day Friends, watercolor, Bohoy

Like Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.
But 'chicks'.
Caught in the rain.
"Raindrops keep fallin' on my head... 
It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me
Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red

Cryin's not for me
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin
Because I'm free
Nothin's worryin' me."

From song by B. J. Thomas

Jo & Zoe at Tanglewood.

Watercolor, 8x10, $125. SOLD [Connecticut]

October 30, 2013

Good luck Red Sox

Peanuts, Cracker Jacks,
hot dogs, and beers.
Roars and boos,
waves, and cheers.
Nightlights, neon,
bat and ball.
Take me out to the ballgame.

Pastel, 8x10
SOLD [Maine]

October 16, 2013

Decadent Desserts, pastel Bohoy

I started this painting before going to an event at a castle in Long Island. Little did I know that it would literally come to life that weekend. 
At said event, at the end of the night,  there was a room the size of half a ballroom set up with 10 tables of desserts of every kind. A table for each: cakes, pastries & tarts, puddins & things, ice creams, hot desserts, cupcakes, chocolate fountain with smores, & more & more & more, and coffee drinks. Needless to say we dug in even though it was sinful, diabetic, wasteful, and decadent and ended up prone on the bed from over-indulgence.

October 2, 2013

Herb Bouquet, watercolor, Bohoy

I painted this as a bridal bouquet and the full painting has herb names and their meanings.
Detail from 18 x 22 watercolor, NFS, print available.

September 17, 2013

Farm animal tiles, Bohoy

Handpainted 8x8 animal tiles for wall of "The Meatball Shoppe" in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston.

I recently finished 35 hand painted farm animal tiles for the wall of the new "KOBS Meatball Shoppe" in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. It was a daunting task- each animal was relatively detailed, and had to be repeated 4 times, but they're done, all installed and greeting the meatball lovers.
Detail- Turkey tile, acrylic, 8 x 8
8"x8" tiles, acrylic, commission-SOLD [Massachusetts]

August 27, 2013

Shower Light

A painting I never put up. 
It's been hanging in my bathroom for years. 
Time to take a peek.

Pastel, 6.5 x 8
SOLD [California]

August 7, 2013

Cuban Street, watercolor, Bohoy

A new painting done for a recent "Colors of Cuba" exhibit:
 Time had stopped.
Just like we had heard–everywhere we found ourselves in Cuba, we felt like extras on a movie set.
Besides the vintage cars, the buildings were revealing portraits of the past. 

Some– beautiful Colonial architectural gems that had crumbled from time and the lack of upkeep and money.
Some– vibrant colorful structures that screamed ‘tropical.’
And others– visions of poverty.

Watercolor, 11x14, [matted with black 16x20 frame]

July 31, 2013

Cuban Cigars, pastel, Bohoy

A new painting done for a recent "Colors of Cuba" exhibit:

In Cuba the government owns everything. Even though they have free health care and fee education the people in Cuba earn a meager wage, to say the least- $17-30 US dollars a month.
Many take to the streets to make money. 
Here, a woman with an humorously large cigar in her mouth hopes to earn a living by posing for tourists.
Juxtaposed to her, is a man who is just casually enjoying his cigar- one of Cuba's most prosperous industries.
Ironically a plant that looks like tobacco leaves separates them both.

Pastel, 8x10, mat with black 11x14 frame, $225.

June 12, 2013

Beach beginnings, pastel, Bohoy

Bride & groom. 
Hand in hand. 
Aruba. A silent beach, sunset, soft sands, soothing breeze. 
Our niece was married. This painting - our gift to them.

Pastel, 8x10, SOLD- New Jersey

May 30, 2013

Alvin Ailey Wade in the Water, Bohoy pastel

The first time I saw Alvin Ailey's "Revelations-Take me to the Water" I never put it out of my mind. Undulating, athletic bodies, white on white on white: ruffled dresses, a billowing 'cloud', a parasol on high; all on floating silk ribbons of 'river,' dancing to the pulsating spiritual "Wade in the Water."  

This year for my birthday I needed to return to the water and see it again.  

I won't wash it out of my mind.

Pastel, 16x20, unframed, $495. 

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day flags

Blue skies. A mild sea. Soft breeze. Flags furled. People stroll.
Quiet thoughts of those gone.

[Gloucester, MA]
Watercolor, 8.5" x10."5, $150. [matted & white frame]

May 15, 2013

MG Cruise, pastel Bohoy

Cruisin. Carefree. MGs all in a row. A metal rainbow streaming thru the streets, hills, woods, and seaside.

Pastel, 8x10, $150. 
SOLD [Massachusetts]

May 2, 2013

Yellow garden, watercolor, Bohoy

Forsythia, pansies, dandelions, and daffodils. 
Mother Earth has turned on the sun.

8x10, Plein Air Watercolor $135.

April 25, 2013

Boston we love

Painting from my archives of the Boston we know and love.

"Boston Swan Boats" watercolor, 8x10. View of the Boston Public Gardens.

April 24, 2013

Boston Contemplation, pastel, Bohoy

Painting from my archives that show the peaceful Boston we know and love.

Beautiful. Blossoming. Beloved.

"Contemplation" pastel, 8x10, View of The Boston Public Gardens  
SOLD- Florida

April 3, 2013

Cuban Musician, pastel, Bohoy

In a small fishing village of Cojimar, Cuba, referred to often in Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, I saw this man ambling down a deserted, colorful street. Was this 'old' man with his instrument going to his street spot to play for the tourists; was he a 50s Buena Vista Social Club musical artist on his way to the club, or..? Either one- a musician. A photographer friend of mine, Lou, once told the story of seeing what appeared to be a homeless man, with tattered clothes and gnarly hands; unkempt, and seemingly lost with probably nothing in his pockets. Like most street people he was carrying a bag. All of a sudden he opened the bag, pulled out his guitar and began to play a mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful spanish guitar melody that blew everyone away. You can't judge a book by its cover-- nor a man.
Cuban musician.

 Pastel, 8x10, $250. with mat in black 11x14 frame, $250. 

March 20, 2013

First day of Spring? pastel, Bohoy

Daffodils on sill.
Snow on hill.
Cat in spell.
As snow fell.
It's spring? 

Pastel, 5x7, $75.

March 6, 2013

Dog Day, pastel, Bohoy

A March day.
A brown, and tan, and gray day.
Sink into a cushion, blanket, or pillow.
Just succumb to the dog day.

Pastel, 8x1, SOLD

February 26, 2013

Oscars red carpet 2013-Ballet pink

Ballet pink on the runway.
Satin and tulle, chiffon and lace.
Full and flowy and filmy and straight.
"Ballerinas"* twirling and posing in place.
Oscars red carpet 2013. * Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seifried, Octavia Spencer, Anne Hathaway

Pastel, 8x10, $150. [To see my red carpet paintings from others years click here: Oscars red carpet]

January 31, 2013


When I was in college I made the prerequisite trip to Florida for spring break. We women stayed at a motel we thought was really 'groovy' that had a pool... and guys. Sun, Coppertone, fun. Every morning the hotel owner would put out a pitcher of freshly squeezed orange juice that she picked from the trees in her backyard. Heavenly. To this day I always hope that when I drink my morning glass of OJ it will taste and smell and look like that. It doesn't. It's just "fresh" from the carton. And the motel we stayed at is now a highway. No more orange trees. Only memories.

Watercolor, 4x6, $25.

January 17, 2013

Person in red on beach

A spot of red breaks the silence of the sea. 

Pastel, 8x10
SOLD Connecticut