Golden, Sweet and Heavenly Take-out

A Golden Comfort Food

“The Golden Egg”, in Portsmouth NH, was an inspiration for this painting.  It has inspired me to paint other comfort foods that will add to the collection of my “Coffee Talk” series. This restaurant always has  several delectable desserts, sitting underneath glass pedestals, at their counters. The staff is always friendly and very accommodating to their patrons.

My husband and I will always stop at this restaurant after a morning of walking along the beach picking up sand dollars, searching for sea glass, or just to take in the salty air from the ocean.  It has been a habit of ours, after we’ve eaten a great breakfast, to order these coffee rolls to go.  What caught my eye for such a tasty treat?  Well, I scanned the menu and saw “Big Coffee Roll”, I believe.   I thought, “I haven’t had one of them in a while!”, so I ordered one for each my husband and I.  The next morning as we were getting ready for the day, I heated the coffee rolls and set them on the table for us to eat, but before we ate them, I had to do one last thing…take a picture of the coffee roll so I could paint it.  (It isn’t uncommon for me to take pictures of everything, especially food!  My family would agree.)  ;) THEY WERE HEAVENLY!, better than I have ever tasted!  To this day, we always order coffee rolls to go and we always enjoy these treats as if it were our last.  It’s great to have special treat made with TLC and I consider it a great gift for them to share.

Old Glory on a Weathered Foundation

American Flag in Pond

When I go to visit my family in Rochester; I travel Route 125.  It takes me about 45 minutes to arrive at my point of destination.  When driving, I’m observing everything along the road, while listening to my 70’s tunes on my iPhone. I see everything from roadkill to pimped out cars passing me.  I love taking it all in, but the only thing I don’t like is being behind a tractor-trailer, with trash, going 35 miles per hour, when the speed limit is 50, but what this does do, is slow me down to take notice of different landmarks along the way.

There is always one place I pass every time I go to Rochester.  On route 125, in Epping NH, there is a  small, but discreet little pond, that sets off the left side of the road.  In the middle of this small body of water stands an old weathered stump, and on that stump, proudly sits an American flag.  Pretty neat to see a flag in this quaint and inconspicuous place, right?  I thought so!  I wonder sometimes who placed that flag out there. Was it a family member in memory of a son or daughter, or someone from the military? Is it a person grateful he can fish or just have the freedom to paddle around the pond for solitude? Is it because we often see the American flag in the high traffic areas and not the private areas?  I’m not sure of the reason ,but I felt I had to have my camera ready to shoot this area of refuge.  Questions always enter my mind when I pass this place.

We do have many freedoms in this country, unlike other countries. I am very proud of the men and women that fight for our country and give us the freedoms, and beautiful views, we have today.  Don’t get me wrong,  we all have contributions to this great place, whether we are in the military or not, but because I saw this flag,  it inspired me to write this entry and encourage everyone to take the time to look around.   There are always small areas of beauty we can recognize everyday. :)

Pastel and Poetry

Seaside Treasure

A Glimpse in Time

A walk along a sandy beach

with footprints of every size.

The waves move forth to catch the prints,

and bring them back in time.

Odd little pieces of driftwood,

and colored nuggets of glass.

Contribute to my understanding,

through nature’s casual past.

Every granule of sandy beach,

represents a whole of life.

A shell, a bottle, a piece of rock,

or a plank from a ship in plight.

A heart-shaped stone so smooth and weathered,

Can measure the ocean’s caress.

Green seaweed hangs upon the rocks,

As a symbol of duress.

The tide pool is playground,

for crabs and starfish too.

The periwinkles stick around,

to keep the company true.

Nature has its beauty,

in every glimpse you take,

the sea, the shore, the sandy beach,

It gives you inner strength.

Debby Frisella 08/2013




A Valentine’s Day with a Memory in Mind


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!


Happy Dog

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

Out with the Old and In with the New?


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!

My 2013

Happy, Healthy, and Heartfelt

Attitude is everything

Practice patience

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!


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

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.

Click here to see the complete report.


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