Monday, April 30, 2012

Clouds and rain add up to APRIL SHOWERS.
The little bronze looks like he's stepped onto a thorn.

THESE are catalog varieties
from Jackson and Perkins.
B. grows them in the
lee of the house out of the salt wind.

Fine colors to have with morning coffee.

Monday, April 23, 2012

'WHATTA" good dog!

Artist buddy Maggie Ruley
has nudged me back into printmaking.

Here are two new monoprints
(from a group of 9)
that show the variations
in 'moods' and color.
The one below has a little moon shape added;
it seemed like a twilight setting to me.

Acrylic monoprints on paper. 9 X 12 inches.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

relaxed during a very wet Saturday.
Has she fallen under the
snake-charmer's spell?
Some call her pose
as in "dead cockroach."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Keeper of the Faun

Mr. Bill
cleans our little faun every year at
low tide.
He uses a paste wax on the bronze.
The statue has seen its share
of rough water
and has been
in some hurricanes.
But it's never fallen over!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Charming Ghost Story

Sometimes , I just need the companionship of British actors and their accents.
I stumbled across this series on Youtube. It's a perfect friend
when I am working in the studio. Great young actors, too.

Here is the house where
was filmed in the 1980's.

Here is Daphne Oxenford as Granny.

And here's Alec Christie as Tolly.

Coming soon on Netflix,
we will have a new Granny in

The original book series was written by
Lucy M. Boston.

Click on the header/link to start the story.

Stamping on tissue

Maggie gave me some flexible eraser-like printing blocks, too. Here on deli-wrap with left-over acrylic paint.

The blocks can be carved on both sides.

Here's an emerging seascape
with stylized wave form
hitting the rocks.

Notice the deli paper hanging
over the edge of the foam core board.


Artist /Neighbor Maggie Ruley has turned me on to deli-wrap paper. That’s the acrylic-sized, translucent  wrap for cheese and sandwiches. 500 sheets to the box. I use it for a pallette and then mix the left over paints to create tissues for collage. Here on larger scraps of foam-core board.

 The papers are brushed down to the surface with acrylic gel medium. Here, random designs with added acrylic paint. But see the definte owl shape emerging on its branch.

Orinthogalum Dubium in afternoon light.

This South African bulb stood out amongst all the white Easter lillies at the market.
In fact it was surrounded in the display (at the check-out counter!) by lavender. Wish I had had my camera for that complimentary arrangement.

It seems happy in its pot (65 f./ bright indirect light) and is sending up new blossom spikes.
This pic makes it look chilly outside but the AC’s on this mild evening.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Blond(er) on a roller coaster

Here again in a different color way.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


for Illustration Friday.

Monday, April 2, 2012


It's Sandy's birthday.
13 today with a 
congratulatory sniff from Dori.
The smile indicates there
are cookies in the air.


Are you SURE it won't be catered?