Monday, March 13, 2017

Yellow Slicker Meets Monet's 'Red Kerchief'


Yellow Slicker Meets Monet's 'Red Kerchief'
Oil on Wood
8"X10"

Last week I took time out from all the sadness at hand to step back in time at the Legion of Honor, taking in "Monet: The Early Years." "The Red Kerchief" has stayed with me. She is so alive in her bright red against the winter chill, fleeting past the window, so like life. The lady in her yellow hat and slicker carrying a red purse is stopped in her tracks. "All part of life's rich colorful pageant" as my dear friend once said. Now you see her. Now you don't. Gone, but not forgotten.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A.A. Milne and E.B. White


A.A. Milne and E.B. White
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

In an effort to escape the news of these days, I have been seeking out books that will do for me now what I remember "Winnie the Pooh" and "Now We Are Six" doing for me in childhood. Anything by E.B. White is as relevant now as it was when it was written.  Like seeing an old friend, his words warm the soul. Thankfully, Book Passage has come to Sausalito.  Today I picked up George Saunders' "Tenth of December" because I loved his answers to the "By the Book" questions in the February 19th New York Times Book Review
Question. "What moves you most in a work of literature?"
Answer. "Depictions of goodness that are not fraudulent or sentimental."
Bring on "depictions of goodness" in art and literature, and then let's hope life imitates art.

Monday, February 27, 2017

E.B. White on Top


E.B. White on Top
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

 E. B. White's way with words, his wit and his wisdom are needed now more than ever. Keeping him close along with other old favorites.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sonoma Spring


Sonoma Spring
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

SOLD

The vineyards are green, streams are gushing, water water everywhere. Given the constant distraction of man-made disruption, it is positively soothing to be inundated by natural phenomena.  The mystery and beauty of water in all its forms has been a welcome companion in recent weeks. 
I have also noticed perfect strangers going way out of their way to be nice these days. Like the men who stopped to tell my sister she had a flat tire and then insisted on changing it for her. In the rain. And wouldn't accept payment. Small acts of kindness are powerful antidotes to the cruel mandates emminating from our government. I am holding onto hope. But just barely.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Sign of Spring


First Sign of Spring
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

The first daffodils are blooming on our hillside and despite being pounded by heavy rains, they persevere.  A welcome sign of hope in an otherwise dark time.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Splish Splash


Splish Splash
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Available for sale online HERE.

It's still raining. And we are still lapping it up.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Filling the Void


Filling the Void
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Yesterday being Valentine's Day, we made a pink and red dinner for dear friends. They brought a big bouquet of light pink roses, the sweet fragrance of which has filled the house and lifted my mood all day. Despite the distressing news that invades every hour, along with doing what I can to effect change, I am choosing to focus on the sweetness of friendship, the deep love of family, and the mundane moments of joy that punctuate every day.

Last weekend I took time to savor every word of Kathryn Schulz's beautifully written, "When Things Go Missing" an achingly moving meditation on loss; loss of all kinds, from keys to loved ones.
Lesson learned. Again.
In the end, all we have is each other and this moment.