Thursday, July 31, 2014


Blackbird singing in the dead of the night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life you were only waiting for this moment to arise
Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night
Blackbird singing in the dead of the night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life you were only waiting for this moment to be free

This song by the Beatles, has always been a favorite of mine. My son sent me a photograph of the sky above Burlington, MA last week. Around the same time they had a tornado in Revere, MA. I used his photo and the lyrics written by Paul McCartney as the inspiration for this painting.

16x20x1/2 inch canvas, painted in oil

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Wish

I ran across an anonymous quote the other day. "A wish changes nothing a decision changes everything."

This painting, Lavender and Lemons was painted on a 12x16 inch canvas panel, in oil. I hope it conveys the contrast in the colors as well as the contrast between lemons and sweet smelling lavender. They can coexist in a wonderful place.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014



I bought my first lavender plant this year. After researching growing lavender on the Internet, I was dismayed by the climate best suited for this little lovely. Dry and sunny, I live near one of the Great Lakes, not so sunny and definitely not dry. Glad I gave it a try. It still survives, in spite of a wind storm that tried to disassemble and exterminate.

Painted in oil on a 1/2 inch, 8x8 canvas board. My favorite painting this year.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Odd Man Out

I love the color combination of yellow and blue, there is something about this that just feels warm and sunny. I recently visited a Dick Blicks store and ogled all the blue oil paints. I had fun painting this, it just felt so carefree.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Good Day

"The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude." I read this very simple quote today from art-quotes. com. It was attributed to Dennis S. Brown.

I would like to keep this in mind and remember how simple yet difficult this can be. The world seems a little crazier these days. I have the choice. Starting with silence, most "things" can be overlooked, not worth the negative energy spent.

These tiger lilies have been a colorful surprise in the garden of my new home. Someone before me planted with care an array of natures art work. Loving every minute of it.

Painted in oil on a 12x16 inch flat canvas panel with much enthusiasm.

Monday, July 14, 2014


The last of my sunflower paintings. I took a lot of photos, the buds are now blooming, I wanted to save some for painting in January and February. I wish summer would never end...but here in the North East, summer never seems to last long enough for me.

My challenge is to try plein air painting. I have an entire catalog of excuses, the main one is I really don't like the thought of going alone. I love solitude in the comfort of my home, it is rare in my world. Before this summer is a memory I will try.....

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunflowers in July

My birthday present to myself this year was a trip to Stan's Garden Center. I am always drawn to the sunflowers. The color, texture, and height of these beauties always make me smile. I am not a gardener, but they are surviving and thriving.

Location:Dexter Ave,Erie,United States