Monday, January 20, 2020

TY Jeff

My brother Jeff came for a visit at Christmas, and that was the best gift of all.  The little painting for the thank you card is the castle at Connemara, Ireland.  He brought me a letter opener from Connemara.  He loves Ireland and all things Irish.  He also brought me a gift card for Amazon.  I thought just painting this little Irish scene was more interesting than a letter opener (though it is very pretty) or a gift card. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Owlet in the Rain

This was my bird for "Draw a Bird" day January 8th.  I found the picture online and it just appealed to me.  He seems related to the hummingbird sheltered by a leaf that I did a couple of months ago. 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

January 4 TY Louisa

I got a bunch of very creative stickers from "Santa" in my stocking.  I'm guessing Louisa put them there.  The one above is a woman's power symbol.  With flowery stuff instead of black in the design.  I just liked it, and used it as inspiration for my thank you card. I added the watery black background.  Some of the other ones were fun, too, like one that says "When I was your age, Pluto was a planet" and a couple of ones featuring Van Gogh.   One made me cry a little "The mountains are calling and I must go" because it reminded me of's on the trail sign for his trail. 

There was more from Louisa and her family, including some magnets for poems about DC.  That should be entertaining.  The big gift was a book about Black Mountain College. I just didn't want to make a painting of it, but I love the book.

Friday, January 3, 2020

January 1,2,3

I began 2020 by making a commitment to paint at least 15 minutes everyday.  It's part of a group challenge called Art 365.  I know, 2020 has 366 days, but that's not something to worry about.  I started with thank you cards. 

January 1 was a thank you to Nancy, who sent me a great dishtowel with an Oregon watercolor.  I just painted the barista coffee and included the green background.

January 2 features a pin from Jan that looks like my cat Jerry.  She also sent me a very fun Starbucks ornament, but I only painted the cat.

January 3 was a challenge.  I get Moravian cookies every year from my sister and brother-in-law.  My sister-in-law and my late husband, were raised as Moravians, so that is an acknowledgement of that.  And they are delicious.   I have painted the cookie tin, a Moravian star, churches, and cookies in previous years.  This  time I went on-line to find a picture of a woman in traditional Moravian dress.  At least, that is my belief---I can't read the language,  It was fun to keep it simple.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hiroshima August 6

This is a painting that reflects back to my trip to Hiroshima, Japan, a few years ago.  Every year, on August 6, the anniversary of the bombing, there is a big commemoration.  It really is huge and the Mayor of Hiroshima issues a call for the end of nuclear weapons and of war.  In the evening, people gather at the river and send out handmade paper lanterns.  Hope for Peace indeed.

The building is called the Peace Dome and it was very near the epicenter.  It mostly survived. The Peace Park is nearby with many memorials to those who perished.   Being there was truly a moving experience.  True confession: I did this painting from a photograph.  The family I was staying with in Hiroshima wanted to have a sushi dinner and show family photos on the night of the observance.  We went to the daytime events and saw Caroline Kennedy, so that was interesting.  Well, I put family first, so didn't actually see this lantern ceremony in person.

By the way, the people I met in Hiroshima welcomed Americans.  Why?  Because we stayed true to a promise to help them rebuild after the War.  It was an enlightenment to me.

I'm posting this now because I recently finished the painting and because it will be in an upcoming show at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW).  Reception is December 14 at 5;30-7:30.  I did the painting as part of the Wednesday Studio at CHAW.  I am grateful to be part of that group, and than Ellen Cornett who is an amazing teacher. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Pinocchio Snowgirl

This is the snowperson I plan to use for this year's holiday cards.  My big travel this year was a trip to Rome and that is where I was inspired to think about the Pinocchio story.  As a snowperson, the girl just came out....even though she has a smoking pipe.  I guess it's just another smart trick!  She is in the show at Velocity Condomiums and seems happy to join the other snowpeople and two penguins.  It's fun to see them all together.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Go Nats! Velocity Solo Show

This is one of two snowpeople I did this year.  This one is a version of a Washington Nationals baseball player.  If you didn't know it by now, the won the World Series this year!

I have installed (with the help of Louisa and Peter Smith) a solo show of snowpeople in the conference room of Velocity Condominiums nearby.  Velocity is about two blocks from the Nationals baseball stadium, so I expect there are many Nationals fans there.

Tomorrow is a Wine Wednesday reception from 6-8:30 and I expect to be there talking about the various snowpeople and talking baseball.  Guests are invited.  I'll have some snowpeople cards for sale.

The solo show includes many of the snowpeople I have done over the years....for more than two decades! 

I'll post about the second snowperson I did this year in the next few days.  I just wanted this "Nat" to have a chance to shine....without melting!