Friday, July 30, 2010

golden moments...

Was thinking about my parents today and found this photo. (What ever did we do in the days before scanning?)  It was taken on such a happy day over 23 years ago. My parents were a) both alive b) looking great and c) appearing so happy. How I long for a moment like that again, but it's not to be. Dad passed on a long time ago. Mom hasn't been herself for many years and lives in a nursing home now, not recognizing any of us, but seems to be doing OK. I love this picture of my parents with my daughter, Kate, who was my sister's flower girl during her wedding. The one thing that still remains is the smile on Kate's face...could light up a room! 

This reminds me how important it is to take photos along life's journey because when memories fade, people leave us, and time marches on as it inevitably will, we still have those happy moments captured for all eternity. Cherish the golden moments...and record them. :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

friday, friday....

All day rain, soaking into the garden...begging me to take a trip to my favorite bookseller and settle in with a cup of tea and my back to the window. Want to join me?

...was thinking this might be a good time to exchange titles for fun summer reading. With all the non-fiction reading we do around here, I enjoy the change of pace that summer brings and dipping into something light-hearted and fun...real vacation material. What are you reading right now?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

juried group show in Sheffield...

If you're in the area between now and August 8th, check out the annual Housatonic Valley Art League's juried show at Dewey Hall on Route 7 in Sheffield, Mass. An artists' reception is being held tomorrow (Friday, July 16th) from 4:30-6:30.

My painting entitled "Home" will be in the exhibit along with a variety of other paintings, more representational I dare say than this bold abstract. It's the mood I was in, what can I tell you? :)

Friday, July 9, 2010


So many of my artist friends are very busy with summer shows, outdoor art festivals and all the last minute preparations that go hand in hand with that. This year I've opted for a quieter, more relaxed summer. Having had Kate's wedding to prepare for and my new part-time job to learn during the first half of this year, I found little time for painting in the past few months. As you've probably picked up on, the time I spent with my daughter, Kate, and her sister preparing for the wedding was priceless...lots of laughs, creativity, love and a few tears along the way, too.

Recently I dug this book out from my overburdened bookshelves and am sketching just for fun of it, without it being a step before painting. I used to spend time this way, but haven't for some time. It's pure fun and summertime is the perfect time to enjoy some of the simple pleasures that nourish our souls.

Summer is such a short, but glorious season here and I want to enjoy every moment of it. Oh, and I haven't given up on painting, not by a long shot, just taking it slow and enjoying the summer!

How are you spending your summer this year?