•February 14, 2013 • 8 Comments
First I would like to wish my family and friends a very Happy Valentine’s Day! The symbol that holds this day in high regard is the one I love to create with most often. “Put your heart into everything” is what I always try to do. The heart gives me the feeling of liveliness, warmth, love, hope and peace. It is a symbol that stands for comfort, kinda like your favorite comfort food. Have fun and enjoy the company of who you’re with
On another note, it will be a year ago, that we all lost a dear friend of ours, Janet Langella. She was truly a special friend that had a kind heart. I miss her smile and her optimism. Her encouragement to others was infinite. Even looking at a bag of M&M’s reminds me of the smile she would have when she ate them. Trips to the beach to find shell’s, and other jewels reminded me of Janet sharing her finds first thing in the morning at school. What an awesome friend! So Janet, here is a creation, in this heart, of where you loved to be the most.
AND Thank you for being a guardian angel to all of us!
•January 1, 2013 • 6 Comments
I had such a great time creating this piece for a gentleman that wanted to give this to his wife for Christmas. The personality of this painting matched up to the happiness of the dog in real life. I am very content with the outcome of this creation. This is a 11 x 14 pastel painting
•December 31, 2012 • 6 Comments
Happy New Year (2013) to Family and Friends!
I wrote an acrostic of what I thought this coming year should be like for me. Although I haven’t been active in writing on my blog this year; it is my hope to challenge myself to write and create more. Both mediums are very therapeutic to me and balance my life out.
This painting “Weathered” was created a few months ago. The idea was taken at an antique show in Massachusetts. I was drawn to this setup because of my love for the garden, the ocean and antique accents. The colors that attracted me to this picture gave me a sense of what has been used in the past, but is very welcomed, for some, in our lives today. Most of us cherish aged pieces from the past; it gives us comfort and can remind us of situations or people who were once in our lives, (warm fuzzies). In most instances I can’t agree with the saying “Out with the Old and In with the New”. Some things have emotional ties, maybe an attachment to the past, or just a warm memory you’ve created yourself. It is all in the hands of the individual. So, I will end this with my creative writing piece, enjoy the New Year with lots of love, health and happiness!
Happy, Healthy, and Heartfelt
Attitude is everything
Prosper with my creativity
“Yes” to a brand new year!
New Beginnings with family and Friends
Every day will be a new gift
Work to make a difference with everyone I see
“You”, my family friends & students, are my sunshine
Energetic for health
Artistic license renewal
Risk taking is a must!
•December 30, 2012 • 1 Comment
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.
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•August 14, 2012 • 5 Comments
So, we celebrated my sister’s birthday yesterday by visiting, The Beach Pea , which is in Kittery, ME. Let me tell you…this place has some amazing food! Every once in a while we visit this place to purchase a bread called “Fougasse”. It is a flat bread with an incredible aroma of Rosemary and olive oil. Sea salt tops the bread for a finishing touch; as well as, a finished flavor. I would consider this a friendship or family kind of bread, because everyone in a group just pulls off an appropriate sized piece of bread to their liking. You don’t need olive oil for dipping because the right consistency compliments this bread. Napkins are definitely needed and the olive oil could definitely condition your hands. Now, the olive oil is not dripping off the bread, but it is just enough to keep the bread soft and fresh. It’s just the best bread ever! Thank you Beach Pea!!!
I was inspired to do a little primitive painting of a Fougasse. It is an artisan bread ; therefore, I felt the need to sketch a special painting. When looking at this bread, then painting it, I couldn’t help to think, that if you rearranged all the pieces within my drawing, that it could be transformed into a sand dollar (ha ha). Isn’t it funny that this cute little restaurant/bread place is near the ocean and I just happen to love sand dollars? Yeah, I think my thinking has gone outside the box. <3 That’s not a bad thing!
Happy Birthday to my sister Nancy!, and Mom, I’m so glad you are feeling better and look better too!!! Maddy…we can try “Wing Its” next time …I’m kind of curious about that place
Enjoy your day everyone!
•June 29, 2012 • 7 Comments
This painting is with no doubt my most favorite painting I have done yet! I am so excited to be sharing this with everyone. People have asked me, “Why did you do the back of the sunflower and not the front?” and I said, “Why not?” We always see the front of a sunflower and its beautiful designs that are on display for all the outdoor critters to see and eat. I feel it is important to see an object all the way around and inside out. You wouldn’t judge a book by its cover; nor would you just look at some parts of a person to get to know them. You want to see the whole person and his or her beauty, Right? One has to investigate every avenue and search for its beauty; and that is what I did with this painting! Love it!!!
I learned a lot from this painting. It was tough for me to get the petals to look translucent and to get the leaves to look natural and not stiff. Layers and layers of pastel ( of all colors) cover the sanded paper that holds my creation. I can put up to 25 layers of color on this type of paper, but sometimes I lose tooth on the paper because I push a little too hard to get more color on there. In that case I can have a bald spot in the middle of my paper. I have switched to mostly soft pastels in order to avoid “baldness”. It does help a great deal. So, play around with pastel, it’s forgiving, you can blend well with them and if you don’t like what you see…cover it!
Hope all of you have a great 4th of July!