December 28, 2019

Group hug

Hugs we all need.
šŸŽ¶Altogether now. Altogether now. šŸŽ¶
Friends, family- maybe strangers.
A year of loss, division, unrest.
Keep your loved ones close.
A new year is coming.
Group hug.

December 6, 2019

"Beefy" beauty

Angus the dog.
"Beefy" but beautiful.
Fur of black velvet and smooth silk.
Soulful eyes.
Now sitting on a cloud.

Pastel, 10x8, commission, SOLD

December 5, 2019

On exhibit...

Two of my paintings
"Patiently Waiting for Spring" (which won a runner up award) and
"New View" are currently on display through December in a juried art exhibit "Along the Coast"
by Historic Beverly located at the John Cabot House. 

Both pastels. 10x8, and 5x7.

September 16, 2019

Last Hug

Last Hug.
Before the sun will set.
Before the stars do cease.
Before you go to endless sleep.
A moment of perfect peace.

[Our dear friend Viv was experiencing great pain, nausea and sickness from cancer. But when her grandson hugged her a smile spread across her face, and it all disappeared for one moment of true happiness. Larry captured the photo, and I painted it.
She passed the following week].

Pastel, 16 x 20

September 14, 2019

Nantucket grays,
Cape Cod blues,
Vineyard greens.
Vacation houses
Closeup for the summer.
Sand, sea and quiet.

Pastel, 2007, SOLD 

August 15, 2019

Woodstock is music

Woodstock is 50 years old today. 
3 days of peace, love and music.
Here's to all the musicians who add melodies to the world.

Pastels: "Guitar Man" 2011, "Budding Musician" 2011, "Cuban Musician" 2013, "Music of the Night" 2007.

August 4, 2019

More tears for flowers

I posted before in this in 2017 and stated "I started this painting right after 9/11 and didn't finish it not knowing that it would never be finished.
Thousands of tears.
For New York, Orlando, Virginia, Newtown, Boston, Colorado, Wisconsin, Seattle, Texas, Little Rock, Las Vegas, Virginia, and on and on and on.
The droplets shed from tired, troubled, fearful, sad eyes should not be wasted.
They must sprinkle the flowers we leave for those we cry."
Yesterday Texas. Today Ohio. Last week California.
Sadly now more tears; more flowers.

June 13, 2019

On Exhibit...

My painting "Cuba Street" is on view at the juried Arts Fest Exhibit at the Manninen Gallery, Endicott College, Beverly, MA- June 10 to August 9.

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]. $450.

May 27, 2019

Memorial wreath cast out to Sea

At our beach they gather.
To honor soldiers, loved ones... ordinary people.
Guards salute.
A cannon is fired.
The wreath is cast into the sea.
It floats away.
Far away.
A lump in my throat.
Sand in my eye.
It gets me every time.

Watercolor, 2010, SOLD [Massachusetts]

May 23, 2019

Our Viv.

A picture says a thousand words.
Our Viv. 

January 5, 1949 - 
May 23, 2019

May 3, 2019

Alvin Ailey's "Revelations" Bohoy

Alvin Ailey has dancied back to Boston.  
"Revelations" is the must see. Sculpted, athletic bodies swathed in white, ruffled dresses, parasol on high, floating silk ribbons of water. Spiritual and beautiful.

Pastel, 16x20, ©2013 

April 17, 2019

A gradation of greys reaching for the sky. 
Misty grey. Shades of grey. 
Grey steel disappearing into the fog. 
No sun but for a spark of life in a window on Lake Shore Drive. 
"Chicago, Chicago that toddlin' town
Chicago, Chicago I will show you around
Bet your bottom dollar you will lose the blues in Chicago..."

Pastel, 10x8, $125.


Maybellene, Maybellene.

Not the song.
Not the makeup.
But one man's best friend.

Pastel, 8x10. SOLD NJ/NY. Commission.

April 5, 2019

April rains

Down comes the rain.
Up go umbrellas.
From above we see:
A box of Trix,
or a carton of crayons,
or a field of flowers.
Yes–- April showers.

Pastel, 5x7, NFS

February 26, 2019

Oscars Red Carpet 2019- Flamboyant Runway

Flamingoes & froufrou.
Frumpy & Flashy.
Freaky & Funny.
Fashionable & Free.
A red carpet filled with no favorites.

Gemma Chan, Maya Rudolph, Kacey Musgraves, Billy Porter, Amy Poehler.

Mixed media. 

February 13, 2019

January 22, 2019

Prism on moon nite

Prism from the window reflecting on my painting "Moon Night" on the wall.