Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Gray is Back

Kitty Hawk
South Carolina

There is a side of me that had hoped the snow would remain throughout the winter. I know the white stuff can be hard to get around in, but the wet, muddy, lifeless view out my window is certainly not a better option. This is when we all need to look inward to find that spark. The passion that keeps us alive, while all around us appears dead. For me that passion is my painting. I pulled out the photos and notes that I took this past summer in the Outer Banks and felt alive. Images of great past memories are always able to crank up the juices. It doesn't seem to matter in what way those images are stored. I spent some time this afternoon starting a few new pieces from my trip. I could almost hear the surf as it hit the beach and feel the salt as dried on my skin as I walked towards the pier.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Decembers Pears

Green Pears and Cup

This is a 6" x 12" oil on gallery canvas. It is finished on all sides and ready to hang on your wall.

Pears are such a great fruit to work with. Their sweet, buttery taste comes through in everything you use them in. I will miss working on their plump bottoms and slender necks. They would sometimes remind me of little old ladies sitting on a low wall, chatting away the afternoon.
Be sure to stop by next months open house to view January's new paintings. I have all the recipies selected and have already started on the new pieces. Hope to see you on January 28th and bring a friend to share the recipes with.

Studio 313, Pendleton Art Center, Cincinnati ,Ohio

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Final Friday At The Pendleton Art Center

Golden Pears
This is a 5" x 5" oil on a stretched canvas. It comes framed in a Black 1" gallery Frame.

Yesterday wrapped up the last of my Christmas shows for this year. The "Pear Bread" that I baked and took to "Final Friday" went over very well. The recipes for the bread and pear preserves is available on my newsletter; The Fine Art Of Food.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


I have finally gotten into the mood. Yesterdays snowfall was enough to help me cross over the line. This afternoon I'm headed for my first Christmas concert of the year. The tree is up and the lights are working, which is always a good sign. Now all I have to do is start the baking. This is the only time of the year I bake cookies. My mom had a recipe for these delicate little cookies we called "Snowballs". There was so much butter and sugar in them, they melted the moment you put one in your mouth. Yesterdays gentle snowfall reminded me of Moms' cookies and the fun time we had baking them, all four of us gathered around the old kitchen table, barely enough room to move around in the kitchen. I hope this season holds many warm and cherished memories for you.
Always happy to hear from you.


Friday, December 3, 2010

First Snow Fall

Cardinal in Winter Storm SOLD
This a 6" x 8' Oil on Primed Paper

I love this time of the year. The weather has chilled down and we are beginning to have light snow flurries. The birds have been at the feeder everyday, looking for food. A number of pairs of Cardinals have been here this year. They perch on the branches near the feeder, waiting their turn. Their color stands out so intensely against the dull, brown background of the garden. They always remind me of bright, red Christmas ornaments on the tree. I hope you will come see this and other pieces at the December 17th Holiday Show at the Pendleton Art Center, studio 313. I always look forward to hearing from you.


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