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.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Waiting to Read


Waiting to Read
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

With rain continuing to fall, my plan is to curl up with a good book or two. Reading, writing, creating are known cures for malaise, along with everything else that ails us.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

On the Road in the Rain


Seeing Red in the Rain
Oil on Wood
16"X20"

It blew hard all night and rain is streaming down the streets. The gutters look like rapids and everything is a shade of grey. The power was out this morning. High tide caused flooding at the north end of town, and rock slides closed roads on south side. It's a sign of the times that the ravages of extreme weather come as a welcome relief from recent events in Washington.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Required Reading


Required Reading
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Stick with the facts. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Seeing What You See in Stella


Seeing What you See in Stella ('Great Jones Street')
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

After days of distraction from political upheaval, it is a relief to return to the world of Art. Frank Stella's Retrospective at the De Young Museum is still with me. And his statement, "What you see is what you see" is one of my favorite statements by a painter about his art.  It is also applicable to current events. Our eyes are open, and what we see is what we see. Don't look away.