Monday, October 31, 2011

Drawing A Day 305

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Felice Navidad de Maita

Bringing up a painting inspired by a birthday in Spain, 1984. So many things to celebrate this weekend. Friends, family, sunshine. I feel so humbled by all the love. 

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Drawing A Day 304

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Man with Palm
Freezing temperatures here in October make me think of the cabana's on the Caribbean, tall thin glasses of rum punch and sunny warm days. At least the gas company will be happy with these record lows.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Drawing A Day 303

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Momentary Waves

Nothing like a quick citing of the ocean to give me joy. Spent the day with my Mom and big brother; sharing stories, laughter, good food and miles of highway. Living in the moment. Feeling the love. 

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Drawing A Day 302

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One Fine Rose
The winter chill begins and a few last roses hold on through the big gusty winds. Yellow, pink, coral. Roses, mums, a few zinnia and marigolds still left standing in the garden. One good frost and off they go too. Supposed to get snow flurries tomorrow. What??? It's only the end of October. 

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Drawing A Day 301

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Closeup Monster Portrait
Just whimsy on a rainy day. New silk blouse inspired these colors.  Setting my intention for playful and easy going energy.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Drawing A Day 300

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On the Path


My journey lately has been full of abundance. So many choices and only 24 hours in the day. Setting my intention this morning to find balance and joy in every moment. Enjoying the last of the green this month as the leaves drop off and become dirt. Ode to the life of a leaf. 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Drawing A Day 299

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Raging Waters
Sending healing and hope to my friends in need. Sometimes we get thrown a really hard ball and feel like we're going to sink from the power of it. Lost in our struggle we forget our strategies for staying balanced; breathe, sing out, drawn, listen to a bird chirping. smell fresh baked cookies. Here's to ease and for making time to remember yourselves. 


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Monday, October 24, 2011

Drawing A Day 298

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One of  A Kind
Each leaf has it's own very personal color theme. And combined with how the sun light hits and the color of the sky as background changes the nuance of that color as well. Ah, Mother Nature. Always proving that the possibilities for beauty in nature are endless. Mix some colors today and see your possibilities.


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Drawing A Day 297

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Speckled Mountains 

Heading out for a walk in the colorful forest along the canal. Here's to a sunny day on the weekend!! 

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Drawing A Day 296

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Three Views
Repetition in shape, use of white line on dark background; old techniques to uncover and begin to make use of again. Spent many studio class days drawing from a model, would be fun to go back to a studio class and draw from life again. 
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Drawing A Day 295

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Red Blouse Camouflage

Happy Anniversary to the National Center for Creative Aging. 10 years ago an artist had a vision to create an organization to support research and best practices in the aging community. To bring the importance of how engaging in art making helps improve your physical and mental well being. And now the NCCA continues to lead the charge to awaken government leadership and support the myriad of innovative creativity programs across the nation. Check them out at creativeaging.org

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Drawing A Day 294

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Changing Landscape
Crisp cooler air prevails. Colors changing on leaves and grass. Great weather for biking and walking in this palette of warm colors. Enjoy! 


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Drawing A Day 293

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Moon Waning
Beautiful sky moments. Then wake to full rain. Feels more like spring than fall. Hope to see some of you at the Young at Heart concert tomorrow, Thursday, October 20th 8 pm, at the Warner Theater. A great way to support Iona Senior Services and hang out with me!! 
Go to iona.org to buy tickets.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Drawing A Day 292

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She Thinks She Knows

What gives us confidence of our knowledge? How do we know what we know? What is the best possible answer? Filled with queries today. With an abundant number of ways to make things better in the world, why do we keep missing the mark? Read the front pages of the Washington Post and counted the violent deaths. What can we do to stop this action and shift into a more peaceful quality of life?

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Drawing A Day 291

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Purple Bark Tree

Appreciating the stars in the early morning hours as the wake up time doesn't seem to coincide with the sunrise anymore. Today, I begin my countdown til spring and the sun bursting through my window to nudge me from slumber. 

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Drawing A Day 290

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Notes of Pure Joy

The sound of happiness when she sings. That's what gives balance to the stress.  As long as there is tune within reach I know she will be all right. 
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Drawing A Day 289

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They Dance 

Late night with the band. Watching how folks dance and engage around a neighborhood bar while listening to the band play. Used to bring my drawing tools with me and sit off in a corner and document. Now I just let my "hard drive" remember til I get to a computer. Don't know which I like better. 

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Drawing A Day 288

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Blue Bear Healing Arts Studio and Gallery
It is with great pleasure that I name this old house. Built in 1947, as part of a slow urban growth from farmland to housing, it has seen three additions and grown from a humble Cape Cod to an odd barnish shape. Ah, but it's not the exterior that counts. Since we've had this house, it has been the shelter for many a foreign exchange student, several international curators, a few struggling homeless citizens and a host of family and friends. All welcome to share food and shelter, love and healing. A five year tradition of celebrating the full moon with potluck, music, poetry and fire pit continues to bring new friends from far and wide. 
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Drawing A Day 287

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Mountain Mirage

More rain, more puddles to jump into. Like for Bert, the sidewalk chalk painter, each puddle is a potential fantasy journey. Hop in and go for an adventure. 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Drawing A Day 286

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Early Morning Light

Back to waking up in the dark. Is this a natural process. My preference is to be awoken by the sun flooding my bedroom with warm orange light. Big appreciations to the farmers and medical staff and police and all the other over night shifts that keep these hours. I wonder what percentage of our work force this represents.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Drawing A Day 285

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Last of the Cone Flowers

It's time to trim the hedges and clean out the dead leaves from the tropicals before bringing them inside. Looking around the studio I see so many orphan paintings´╗┐ wanting to be enjoyed on walls in yet unknown places. It's time to reset your indoor space for the onset of winter. If you can create a space for a painting now is a great time to purchase one from my studio. Sizes range from 9 x7 feet to 8 x10 inches. In the spirit of retail I offer 70% discounts from today through November 10th, 2011. A great time to plan for holiday and year end gifts as well. Call and plan a studio visit soon.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Drawing A Day 284

Don't Miss the Purples

Take time to enjoy the splendor that Mother Nature offers everyday in her gallery called Earth. The leaves begin to change colors, the sky and stars on these crisp nights. I'm sure by now New England must be in full red/orange ranges. Those big mountains aglow with fall colors.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Drawing A Day 283

Beach Bird from my Notebook
Catching up with my technology learning curve. No computer to draw with so reverted back to pen and paper. Awkward and also a sense of relief. Our generation is always being pushed to re learn, re tool to stay up to date with technology. There must be a drawing app on my smart phone, but haven't found one yet. Suggestions? And will I be able to draw with such a small screen. Going from 9 x 7 foot paper to 18 x 24 inch paper to a mouse with a laptop and now to a 3 inch screen! Yikes. Maybe I need to be shrinking too.


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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Drawing A Day 282

Sail Away
Letting go of preconceptions, finding the merits and being more present. Lofty goals for the the new year. Allowing myself the time to let go, sail away with the love.


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Friday, October 7, 2011

Drawing A Day 281

Tall Sturdy Tree in My Venue

Surprises of support and kindness abound. I appreciate the effort, the love and the thoughtful intentions. 


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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Drawing A Day 280

One Step at a Time


I often reflect on Margaret Meade's words, We must 
remember that one determined person can make a significant difference. Every time I feel like my work is too small or not reaching out far enough, I go back to this thought. Tonight is the 2nd Annual Lollipop Kids Foundation Gala Fundraiser. Raising awareness and funds to support children with disabilities and their families. Join me and hear the inspiring words of Juliette Rizzo, Ms. Wheelchair America, listen to the sounds of musician, Steve Little and of course enjoy good food and wine. More information is available at lollipopkidsfoundation.org. My hats off to Debbie Sahlin, Founder and Executive Director, for putting Margaret Meade's words into play. 


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Drawing A Day 279

Gourds and Pumpkins in the Green
Slowly the greens of summer are giving way to browns and oranges and reds of fall. The crisp air, catching sight of those first falling leaves, and a crystal clear blue sky. Time to make soup, sit around a blazing fire pit and sip deep red wines. 


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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Drawing A Day 278

Vessels of Beauty
Early in my art education, I was told by my teacher, that every line created by a pencil can be found on the human body. That the human form is the road map for all drawing. Study the body carefully and you can draw anything. Been a long time since I had the opportunity to draw from a nude model. But those early lessons still ring in my head. My drawings come from life models in everyday settings, usually clothed!


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Monday, October 3, 2011

Drawing A Day 277

Miles of Purple Mountain Majesty


Sometimes it's better to take the long view. Stop worrying about the minutiae and look down the road. Of course that's a balancing act of being present and reaching for the gold ring. I can remember my Mom and Dad sitting around the kitchen table discussing the "five year plan" and the "twenty year plan". Those goals helped our family stay connected and supported. As my older daughter heads to 21 I begin to see how all of the small nudges and moments of wisdom that I imparted to her have become valuable. Take time to celebrate the passing of the milestone planning marks. 


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Drawing A Day 276

The Theme Was Purple
Appreciating the fall in a forced way. Lamenting the fact that shoes and socks are necessary, that four blankets just about kept me warm last night. Hoping that we'll get another warm spell before I have to put the duvet on the bed. Transitional times stretch my abilities. Keeping this old affirmation in front: I embrace change. 


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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Drawing A Day 275

Self Portrait in Tutu

I thought it might be fun to share some of my older original paintings on paper with you. This painting was created in 1984 while living in a remote village in southern Spain. I bought lovely drawing paper and gouache locally and then had more paints and brushes shipped. 


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