Saturday, October 1, 2016

October garden bounty

It's delightful that my garden is still producing—even in October—when the high sunshine days are long gone. I adore the golden Patty Pan squashes. I hollow out and fill the larger ones with scrumptious goodies (corn, onion, Gruyere cheese, thyme, and a squeeze of lemon. etc.) then bake in the oven, and the large Bradywine tomatoes are smashing in a BLT, but it's the explosively sweet flavor of those little Sun Gold tomatoes that have absolutely seduced me this year. And they're super easy to grow. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Color Inspiration—greens + irises

I really do see the world in colors. It's thrilling to me when I come across two seemingly disparate images within a few days' time—in this case, a photo of edible greens and a painting of a patch of irises in a garden—that both comprise a very similar color palette. In my next garden painting, I'll just have to use these sublime colors. 
Claude Monet's 'Irises'

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Monday, June 20, 2016

I have kissed the summer dawn

Sun Leaving III, 1971 - Jon Schueler (1916–1992) 

J'ai embrassé l'aube d'été. 
{ I have kissed the summer dawn. }

This luscious painting screams summer solstice to me. I can feel the heat radiating from those warm, yellow and gold ochre colors, with Turner-eque splashes of red. Mmm. Enjoy these long, languid, golden days of summer.

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Gone fifty years this August...

My father, when he was young,
rode upon the waves, 
and danced upon the sea.


Rudolph Carnevale 1932–1966

Monday, June 6, 2016

Art in the Barn, 2016

View to Hog Island  20 x 30"

Here is a sneak peek at the three oil paintings I have in the annual juried  Essex County Greenbelt's 'Art in the Barn' show, happening this weekend. I am honored to support our North Shore green space through this organization, and have been contributing my artwork to this show for the past 6 years. The ECG is "...the region’s most effective champion of land conservation, working to conserve the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes of Essex County, " so any art that you buy supports the beautiful ECGA open spaces of the North Shore, where we can all walk and play in. 

The group show is three days only—Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 10–12. There will be loads of paintings, pottery, jewelry, and huge yard sculptures to peruse and purchase. And if that isn't all cool enough, there will be a wine and cheese reception Friday night with live music, beer and a taqueria truck. Hope you can make it!

Tous les Matins du Monde  5 x 7" 

Drifting Fog   6 x 9" 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A rapturous animated kaleidoscope

I was thrilled to see German filmmaker extraordinaire Lotte Reiniger on the Google home page this morning. Born with magical hands, Lotte was a self-taught artist skilled in the ancient folk art of shadow plays, and master of her craft—paper cut-out silhouettes. Not just flat cut-outs either. If a figure needed to make complex or even supple movements, Reiniger would make 25 or 50 separate silhouette pieces and join them together with lead wire hinges. Oh pioneer! She made dozens films using these intricate cutouts in an achingly long process of stop-action photography, but my most favorite film is her 1926 Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed, or The Adventures of Prince Achmed

This is the oldest surviving animated film!

Sometimes you can catch this film on Turner Classic Movies channel, or if you're a film geek like me, you can just buy the DVD. The magical film us made entirely of these complex paper cutouts with dramatically tinted backdrops behind the shadows. Click here to see how her work was made in the Art of Lotte Reiniger.

Some fairy tales are more magical than others, and this is one of them. I envy you if you have never seen this astoundingly beautiful film. Critic Wesley Morris called this film "a rapturous animated kaleidoscope." Watch a little sneak peek here, and prepare to be dazzled!

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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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.

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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.

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Monday, February 8, 2016