Monday, April 8, 2024

Thursday, March 21, 2024

1962 An Adventure in France

Link to the books blog if you don't want to but the book.  So no, you don’t have to buy the book, but it would be more fun to read on paper. My real hope is that you become inspired to write a little of your own memoir as it was one of the most satisfying is things I have ever done

Last summer by brother Mark challenged me to I write and illustrate a story about our family trip to France in 1962 which was the summer I turned 5 years old. He was only 3 years old that summer so I was safe knowing my memories were going to trump his! Plus we had a lot of photos to help jog my memory. I thought it would take me about a month to complete.  Well 8- months later, I am finally pleased to announce the book is complete and in two languages thanks to my cousin Henri who translated it into French. It is just 44 pages long and available on Amazon, here is the link. Link to buy the book. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

New tenants

Sarah took the trail by the old stone wall which was a nice short cut to the Olmsted farmhouse who housed three new tenants, Kathryn and William and baby Kevin. Sara’s backpack bulged with goodies. She hoped the freshly baked bread, sausage and apples would make a good welcome gift. It had been a while since she’d held a baby and so her arms were itching for a cuddle.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Mist and Snow

I've been working on misty fog in the mountains using Paynes gray and arches paper. The birds were added on procreate. 

Here I took the same painting and added a ski scene instead using procreate. I am enjoying mixing the two mediums.

This one is 100%  Paynes gray water color  and arches paper. What I don't like is the way that the grid separates us from the birds. But perhaps if it is accompanied by a story of an old man looking out his cabin window it would work. 

This one is 100%  Paynes gray water color  and arches paper.  I added a series of skiers to suggest a blustery ski day. 

I hope to do a few more. But this time pay attention to the shadows, sun direction and story line. 


Friday, February 9, 2024


This was fun on so many levels. I used oil pastels to fill a page with color and then cut up squares, circles and bits of paper. The papers were rearrange to form this collage. 

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Kenny Barron at Jazz Alley tonight

 At Jazz Alley last night listening to great music. I had to respond with pen and ink. It was dark so I did it blind while responding to the music.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024



Alex and I decided to try our hands at dancing last year.  

This was our first time on stage. It was a riot near wracking fun but I would do it all over again!

Here we are in rehearsal. 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

A value study.

My French cousin Lucie took this photo for me while on vacation during the holidays. I tried to reproduce it as simply as possible. It was really flat so I set about adding a little shading and texture. It was fun to experiment. I mixed 8 different shades of gray ahead of time and then added the donkey at the end. My hope was to have the white trees a focal point.  


Saturday, January 27, 2024

A walk in the woods

Practice makes better, not perfect. But I am in the right direction as so that feels good. These are mostly watercolors but I ended with some gouache to help place light in the dark areas.  I have been painting two at a time while attempting to make the same painting. But a you can see, no two are alike. Which do you like better? One or two. 


Saturday, January 20, 2024

The whole is greater

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Aristotle

 I love this quote. It has so many different meanings. This morning I related it to the making of art. We take bits and piece of materials. And play with all the parts in a unique way hoping to form a whole.