Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter to all!

I watched the Miss Potter film this week. Twice. It's the story of the lovely, creative, and somewhat eccentric Beatrix Potter, who created of all the darling Peter Rabbit and friends books. I have to say after viewing the film, that Beatrix was one hell of a woman. I deeply adore her passion and commitment and have most definitely invited her to my dinner party in heaven... whenever I get there. (The list is getting longer every year, I am going to need a large table!)


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Room Interiors— #2

I love a sunny, yellow living room. This is the 2nd in a series watercolor sketches of room interiors. My own living room walls just happens to be yellow, but not nearly this formal, or as spacious. The yellow on yellow colors in the living room remind me of one of my favorite paintings, The Yellow Scale, painted by Chezk painter František Kupka. Aren't the colors in his painting divine?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hello Spring!

There's more snow in the forecast, but the calendar
insists that it is spring!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Room Interiors— #1

Inspired by the pages of Veranda, Elle Decor and Traditional Home magazines, here is the first in a series watercolor sketches of room interiors. I am always so enchanted by slick pages of generously spacious rooms filled with interesting furniture, various colors and textures and gorgeous artwork, which is far from my small and cluttered little "Mouse House! A girl can dream, can't she?

Back in 2009 I made 365 little watercolor paintings of chairs and journaled them on my blog called Chair Du Jour. Click here for the link! I am not quite that ambitious these days to do a daily watercolor sketch, so I will have to settle for an occasional room interior, when the mood strikes. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Daydreaming of spring

Three wicked New England Nor'easters in less than two week's time has me day dreaming of the glorious spring ahead. Here is how the wisteria that covers our pergola looked yesterday in a snowy blizzard—its branches, a nasty Medusa like tangle—and below is how the wisteria looks in May.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Frank + Marie's buffalo chicken soup

Here is a quick and tasty soup. Actually, it's a flavor explosion of a soup, with big, sassy flavors. It's spicy, creamy and delicious. Here is how you make it.

1 tsp. oil
2 tsp butter
1 package of Al Fresco brand buffalo chicken sausages (browned and sliced into rounds)
1 medium onion, large dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup of Frank's Hot Sauce (it's gotta be Frank's brand)
1/4 blue cheese dressing (such as Marie's brand)
2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin rounds
1 stick of celery, cut into half moons
1 can of canellini beans (drained)
salt and pepper to taste

To top, when serving
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese 
1/4 cup baby spinach leaves

In a saucepan, brown the sausages in a dash of the veg. oil and remove. Pull out the sausages and set aside. Add onions and garlic to the saucepan and simmer until clear. Pull out onion garlic mixture and set aside. Add the butter into the saucepan and melt, then add in 2 tsp flour. Stir for about a minute to cook the flour, then add in the the chicken stock. Bring to a low boil and whisk continuously for several minutes until the sauce is smooth and thickened a bit. Add in 1/4 cup of Franks's hot sauce and 1/4 of blue cheese dressing. Whisk again. Add the cooked onions, garlic, chopped carrots, celery, canellini beans and sliced sausages. Add salt and pepper to taste, and stir. Simmer for about ten minutes.

To serve
Ladle into bowls. Top with baby spinach and crumbled blue cheese.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mon dieu—Paris under snow!

Medici garden in the Jardin du Luxembourg 
(our secret magical place)

As if Paris wasn't beautiful enough—imagine Paris under a freshly fallen blanket of snow? Apparently snow is pretty rare in Paris, but this year it's gotten several magical dustings of the white stuff. One of these years Dan and I will travel to Paris in the wintertime, but for now these photos will have to hold us over.

The tree-lined Cours la Reine

Sacré Coeur, looking particularly enchanting

la tour eiffel

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!

The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus. He had two faces so he could see both the future and the past. He was also the god of doors, and so my New Year’s wish for you all is that many doors open for you this year—let the joy in!  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Soliloquy for a winter’s day

Soliloquy for a winter’s day  30" x 36"

In the quiet stillness of winter—somewhere in between all of those holiday parties and getting back to work—I managed to find some time to myself to paint. This painting has been swirling around in my head for many months now and all I needed was a sunny afternoon to get it down onto canvas. It was painted for a specific client and space—for moi and for a particular corner of my living room. I like the contrast between the classic old world and the avant garde, and so I wanted a modern piece of art to hang behind these statue statues. My hope is that this painting expresses the joy and gratitude that I am feeling as this glorious year is coming to an end.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Horse and hound sketchbook: Thanksgiving Day Hunt

The Myopia Thanksgiving Day Hunt at Appleton Farms—a great way to start the day's festivities! Here's a super quick sketch. I will revisit this subject matter when I have more time. Cheers! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Clouds over Crane's Beach

Clouds over Crane's  10 x 10"

This painting of the marshes in Essex, MA (with Crane's Beach in the background) and 4 others works of mine will be shown at the Montserrat College of Art alumni sale—happening this weekend! The show helps support the next generation of students. Be there or be square.
Detail of the impasto sky

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Grand Allée at Castle Hill

The Grand Allée at Castle Hill  5 x 7"

This magnificent scene is from a few years ago. The large rows of trees that are flanking each side of the allée have since been cut down and replanted. You can read more about this restoration process by clicking on this link:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Morning Saunter

'Morning Saunter'   10 x 14"

New work painted yesterday for the upcoming Castle Hill show. (details to come.) Love our beautiful North Shore marshes!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Egrets at Dawn

'Egrets at Dawn'    Diptych—each panel  20" x 60"

Well this was a bit of fun. I painted these large canvases for the upcoming Castle Hill show (details to come). When I came up with the idea for the painting I had a vision of the background being gold-leafed in the style of a Japanese screen panel, but then I nixed that idea as I was painting it. Then I thought perhaps I should antique the paintings to give it a more ancient look, but then I nixed that idea as well. So here are the wrapped canvases (meaning the paint wraps around the edge and doesn't require a frame) which gives them a more modern look. My hope is that someone will buy them them to flank a grand entranceway or fireplace in a seaside home. We'll see where they end up.

My egrets did not sell at the show, but they were voted as the People's Choice Award winner! Just being included among so many gifted and talended artists who show their work at this annual art show is an honor in itself, but receiving this award is is incredibly humbling (and thrilling!) So, the egrets are still available for sale.

Here are some details:

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Paris Sketchbook: Soufflé avec Grand Marnier


This sketch pays homage to the delightfully ethereal soufflé that was the punctuation mark of our anniversary dinner. Pass the , please.

Paris Sketchbook: Pont Alexandre III Bridge


The magnificent Beaux-Arts style Pont Alexandre III Bridge spans the Seine River in Paris. The Art Nouveau lanterns that stand like soldiers along both sides of the bridge are works of art alone, never mind all the other amazing details. Here is the backside of one of the nymphs—with her golden laurel wreath and torch—looking towards the Eiffel tower. Cherubs and nymphs and winged horses—oh my!

Paris Sketchbook: Sweet treats

Paris Sketchbook: We are home from Paris, but I can't stop sketching this beautiful city. Here are some of our favorite pâtisserie treats that we indulged in. Four sweet reasons to go back!

Paris Sketchbook: La tour Eiffel

The greenspace at the Parc du Champ de Mars in the 7th arrondissement is a lovely respite from the hustle of the city proper. You can see the École Militaire way off in the distance, below the Eiffel tower. The park is a gorgeous spot for a picnic—a little wine, bread and cheese.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Paris Sketchbook: View of the Louvre

Here's a pretty view of the Louvre from the banks of the Seine, from in front of the Orsay museum. It was early morning and we enjoyed our patisserie treats here, before the crowds set in.

That's me! Where are all the other tourists?


Paris Sketchbook: Louvre classics

Johannes Vermeer's 'Milkmaid.'

We toured the Delacroix and Louvre museums yesterday and are heading back to the Orsay today for some more ahhhht.  These fun sketches were inspired by these magnificent classic paintings from the Louvre—old friends that I never miss seeing when I visit Paris. I had fun sketching some of my favorite Masterpieces. Above is Vermeer's 'Milkmaid.'

Jacques-Louis David's 'Portrait of Madame Rèclaimer.'

Jacques–Louis David's 'Napoleon Crossing the Alps.'

Rigaud's 'Portrait of King Louis XIV.' The man, the myth, the legend...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Paris Sketchbook—sculptures, Musée du Louvre


We were enchanted, once again by these three favorite sculptures—and many others—at the Louvre Museum today. Each time we view them—with different lighting or from various angles—t produces a spine-tingling result.