Saturday, April 16, 2016


I have a few paintings in the upcoming Outfoxed show at the True North Gallery in Wenham, including this Keeping Guard painting below. Stop by for the artist's reception on Saturday April 30th from 3-6 pm, and if you can't make it then, the show runs until June 26th. The True North Gallery is a special place, filled with all sorts of enchanting artwork, jewelry and home decor. The gallery owner, Belinda, reports that a fox has been hanging around in the woods near the gallery for the past few days, so if you're lucky you may be charmed by a real fox too.

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These charming fox statues keep guard 
at the entrance to the old Clark estate, which is  
down the street from us on Bridge Street in Hamilton. 

Read more about my Keeping Guard painting by clicking here.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Foolery redux!

Foolery, sir, does walk about  the orb 
like the sun, it shines everywhere. 

~ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night 

Enjoy this abbreviated collection of jesters, harlequins,
 jokers, and fools that I gathered a few years ago. 

Farnos the Red Nose, by Jacques Callot (c. 1592-1635)
Russian woodcut with watercolors

Print by Franz Isaac Brun (1555-1610)

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696–1770), 
Punchinello with Dumpling

A fool facing left; bust-length figure, resting his chin on his right hand; 
wearing a chain with a large medallion; a fly on his fool's cap. 
The Fool By Heinrich Vogtherr, 1513-1568
  Print made by Hans Hanberg 1568

After Pieter Jansz Date 1638-1678

Print made by Franz Isaac Brun (1555-1610)

Farnos and Pigasya
Farnos and Pigasya, the red-nosed drunks, by Jacques Callot (c. 1592-1635)
Russian woodcut with watercolors

Two Fools of Carnival, artist unknown

Print by Franz Isaac Brun (1555-1610)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


This lemon honey bee cake was my sweet offering at our family Easter party. The cake recipe is Ina Garten's, or the Barefoot Contessa's,  Lemon pound cake recipe. I put my own little little twist on it by baking it in a honey beehive pan (doesn't everyone have one?), then adding a judicious drizzle of honey to the final top glaze. It was BEE-licious.

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Here is the same Lemon pound cake recipe
except I also added in some fresh lemon thyme, 
and garnished with candied lemon slices and lemon balm leaves.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The fox + the bumblebee

I made this little fox paintings today. She's quite obviously a drifter and a dreamer, just like me. I always take a big gulp before making a dark background on a painting, as I did for my pig portrait (see at end of this post), but I wanted the little bumblebee to show up well. I will tweak the background more in a day or so when he oils dry a bit. Here is the progression of the painting, from a rough sketch to a framed piece. 


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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Color Inspiration—Seaweed 2

[partial bits from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's] 


When descends on the Atlantic 
The gigantic 
Storm-wind of the equinox, 
Landward in his wrath he scourges 
The toiling surges, 
Laden with seaweed from the rocks

From Bermuda's reefs; from edges 
Of sunken ledges, 
In some far-off, bright Azore; 
From Bahama, and the dashing, 
Surges of San Salvador; 

From the tumbling surf, that buries...

Ever drifting, drifting, drifting 
On the shifting 
Currents of the restless main; 
Till in sheltered coves, and reaches 
Of sandy beaches, 
All have found repose again. 

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To see more colors, click on the red "color inspirationlabel below.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Color Inspiration—Delacroix's Lion Hunt

March—in like a lion... 
This is a detail of Eugène Delacroix's, Lion Hunt. Just look at the sumptuous colors that he used in this painting, created in 1861. I am in awe of the colors and brushwork, and energy, not to mention the dramatic lion scene. The subject of felines in the wild was one that really interested Delacroix. I've seen this painting at the Art Institute of Chicago—it's quite spectacular.

To see more colors, click on the red "color inspirationlabel below.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Color Inspiration—shades of winter

Impressionist Alfred Sisley died on this day in 1899.  He was a landscape painter who worked in the style of Pissaro and Monet. This painting—The Watering Place at Marly-le-Roi—uses colors that we see throughout the winter. Gray and somber to some, I think the colors are lovely.

To see more colors, click on the red "color inspirationlabel below.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

In my happy place

Who would think I could walk through my favorite woods in February? This path at Bradley Palmer state park—deep in the shade of pine trees and usually covered in snow, ice, or both at this time of year—is bare due to our snow deficit. Sad really. When the snow gets too deep I have other special places I walk, but while I can, and now that the days are getting longer, I'll sneak into these lush woods after work for a bit of heavenly bliss. And I hope we get some snow soon!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Citrus season!

Hooray for citrus season!!  I am loving all those tangy zesty fruits that are showing up in the market, like these Satsuma oranges. 

You might like to try making this 
delicious citrus sauce for a piece of sautéed 
chicken or fish. Click below for the recipe.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year...

Find ecstasy in life; 
the mere sense of living is joy enough.

—Emily Dickenson

Friday, December 25, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve Meditation

Winslow Homer's Sleigh Ride 

Christmas Eve Meditation

There is a hush that comes on Christmas Eve—
Life's hurry and its stress grow far away; 
And something in the silence seems to weave 
A mood akin to sadness, yet we say 
A "Merry Christmas" to the friends we meet, 
And all the while we feel that mystic spell, 
As if the Christ Child came on noiseless feet, 
With something old, yet ever new, to tell 
The eyes grow misty, yet they shed no tear, 
And those that we have lost, somehow seem near.

by Margaret E Bruner (1886-1970)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy winter solstice!

At Midwinter—also known as the Winter Solstice—it's time to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. We bid farewell to the Holly King and welcome the Oak King (that's him in the illustration above). With him we welcome the return of the sun and green (eventually) begins to envelope the earth. After today—the shortest day of the year—the earth begins to wake up from its slumber, then the days start getting longer and warmer ... but before all that it gets snowier here in the Northeast!

At Midsummer—also known as the Summer Solstice—the Holly King slays the Oak King to rule over the winter months. The days become shorter as we say farewell to the sun until the Winter Solstice comes around again on December 21st, when  mother nature shuts down for her winter slumber. This almost doesn't make sense when you consider those warm summer days, but there you have it.

Both solstices are symbolic of an eternal cycle of fertility, growth, death and rebirth. Happy winter solstice, and hooray for longer days!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

What becomes a legend most?

Not enough words... 

Glad you are with your love—somewhere over the rainbow. 
I will miss you.

M. H.  

Friday, December 18, 2015

An awfully big adventure

 I think Peter Pan got it right—it's all just a big adventure!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dahlia madness

It's not too early to plan for next year's garden... is it?? Surely not! I have already ordered a dozen (3 each of 4 different varieties) spectacular magenta and shell pink colored dahlias... all influenced by my neighbor Robin, who has the most enchanting cottage garden ever. This year her fenced-in front yard garden was—among other flowers—a riot of pink and yellow dahlias, and pink cosmos. She grew this one particular dinner plate dahlia called Emory Paul, which I coveted and simply had to have. There's Robin in the photo below, hiding behind one of her glorious, Emory Paul dahlias! The dahlia shown above is called Pretty in Pink. We've got a long way to go until next spring, but I am glad I bought my dahlias before they sold out. Quick—go order some dahlias too!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The juice bar is open!

Happy December! Time to detox from the T-day indulgences with some super healthy juices. Shown here are a fabby-fab mix of fruit and veggies to inject my cells with vitamin goodness. These juices make a great, one-day juice blast. Starting on the far left:

• Carrot, orange and sweet potato juice

• Lemony chicken broth with a dash of turmeric

• Lemony green and lemongrass tea

• Kale lemonade, made with lemon, green apples, kiwi, parsley ginger and avocado

• Blackberry and blueberry with a little coconut milk, splash of pom juice and splash of water

• Red beets, raspberries, fresh cranberries, a bit of freshly grated ginger, a smidge of honey, a splash of pom juice and water.

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