Friday, June 28, 2024

Sweet Peas


 Sweet Peas
Oil on Wood
6"X8"

Friends gathered around my table at noon, another belated birthday celebration. Carol brought sweet peas from her garden. Their beauty and aroma fills my house still, a reminder of the goodness of friendships that light up our lives in the midst of darkness.
We are the lucky ones to have each other.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Library of Light


 Library of Light
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

I am still celebrating my birthday a week after the actual day. Lunch dates, family visits, reading Sy Montgomery's, "How to be a Good Creature" sent by my dear friend, a reminder that we are all just mammals trying to survive. Painting, and filling the studio with Handel's "Alexanders Feast."
Creature comforts.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Pleasure Reading


 Pleasure Reading
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Summertime = Long afternoons with a good book. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

First Bloom, May 2024


 First Bloom, May 2024
Oil on Wood
6"X6"

The first blooms are exuberant, and hopeful especially as darkness envelops the world. 
Staying buoyant. 
To love, and be loved.
That's it.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

One of a Kind


One of a Kind
Oil on Wood
6"X 8"

In memory of Steve Albini.

As my daughter wrote today:
"He was loved deeply for both the music he made and the person he was.
We have all benefited from the 61 years he spent on this planet making this place a little bit weirder and cooler and more beautiful."

I weep for the loss of his independent spirit, dedication to his art, his goodness, and I weep for my cousin whose son he was.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Entering Stella's Space

 


Entering Stella's Space, 2017
Oil on Wood
10"X10"

Frank Stella - May 12, 1936 -May 4, 2024

Inspiration lives on.

This is what I wrote when I made this painting:

To escape the real world, I took myself to see "Frank Stella: A Retrospective," at the de Young Museum last week. I remembered exactly where I was in my college library thumbing through "ArtForum" magazine when I first saw Stella's paintings which were catching everyone's eye at the time. Knocked my socks off. New rules. No rules. It was the 60s. Anything was possible. It was inspiring then. And it is inspiring now. It was just the blast of light I needed to give this dark time a little perspective. Never give up Hope.


Thursday, May 2, 2024

Pacific Avenue


 Pacific Avenue
Oil on Wood
12"X12"

Inspiration is in the air.

I delivered my painting, "Scott Street" to Studio Gallery for their "City Streets" show this week.  It is Spring in San Francisco, my home town, green and gorgeous, and all lit up. 
In these dark times, light is everything.
I watched "Falling for Figaro" and have been listening to Mozart's "Figaro" and "Cosi fan Tutte" non stop ever since. 
I highly recommend it as palette cleanser from the news.