What to Wear? What to Wear?


My art show is tomorrow!  I’m finding it hard to sleep…nerves are kicking in.

So of course there’s always one more worry…WHAT TO WEAR?

Do I go classy & sophisticated?  …nah, people wouldn’t recognize me?

Do I go simple and understated?   …nah, I’d probably actually get picked on!

No, I need something bright, possibly borderline obnoxious.  You know, that person who loves color so much she just can’t stop at the brightly colored dress?  You know, that woman who loves sparkle so much she needs something dangling from every single appendage?  And why would you stop accessorizing there, when you could add a headband and floral shoes to boot?

Yes, this seems fittin’

Those who’ve grown to know me and even kind of love me will understand.

I just can’t help it!


Pear in Shadow

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This painting looks large on-screen, but in actuality it measures a mere 2 x 2 inches!

I have one of those ceramic berry containers that are meant to look like the plastic pints you get from the farmer’s market.

I tell you, no matter what I put in the container it winds up looking special.

Even a simple old pear.

The light and shadows fall through the vessel just like magic.

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 Then you add a frame and a painting that once looked cute, now looks splendid!

Maybe I’m lost in my own little world, but little things like this

just make me happy


Hens & Chics

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I think of these little plants as “green roses”.  They are little jewels that hide between my other plants and occasionally show themselves.  I love to study their petals and fleshiness which is quite similar to aloe.  There are just so many cool things to study in the great outdoors.

This is another mini.  It’s a 5×7″ watercolor in an 8×10″ frame.

My stepmother is addicted to my mini paintings.  She keeps trying to take them before my art show!

Sorry Meme, I need to have a few little goodies at a great price point for the big event!

;) See you there!

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Gingham and Primroses 5×7′ watercolor in an 8×10″ frame.

I thought everyone could use a little bit of sunshine on a day like today.  It’s foggy and dreary here in Rhode Island.

I’m back from vacation and trying to remember where I left off a week ago.

I need to clear my own mental fog and get prepping for my art show this weekend!





 Here’s another landscape from Jamestown, RI.  In the fall as the sea grasses dry out, they turn this amazing orange color. This painting was actually from my 365 challenge, but I am only getting around to framing it now.

I’ve had positive feedback from my hand-painted picture frames, so I thought I’d share my process with you.

First, I begin with a completely unfinished pine picture frame.  I decide which colors I’d like to pull from my artwork and select paints accordingly.  I never want the frame to match perfectly.  Matchy-matchy bothers me personally.  I like to go with shades lighter or darker or sometimes even choose a color that compliments but is not actually in my artwork.


OK.  So for this frame I decided I wanted it to be predominantly white.  In order to achieve this, I need to paint a coat of white in between each layer of the other colors.  I begin with a layer of white, next a dark shade in the burnt sienna family, followed by more white…


…then a shade of metallic periwinkle and finally another layer of white acrylic paint.


At this point I have about 5 layers of paint on the frame.

To be more efficient, I generally work on 6 frames at once so that I am always painting one frame while another frame is drying.  For this frame, I put it outside in the hot sun and added a paint layer once every half hour.  The rest of the time was spent picture framing other works of art.


Now, at this point, the frame is dry, I’ve added the colors in a sequential order that I am happy with which means it’s time to pull out the electric sander. I use a heavy grit sand paper and tear through the many layers of paint.

The water-based paints make the grains of the wood swell up.  This is perfect because the sander hits the raised wood grains first unearthing my featured colors while still leaving the white in the lower non-grain areas. All of the knots and wood imperfections make the frame even better!

I complete the process by selecting a clear coat of acrylic polyurethane in either high gloss or matte finish depending on the artwork.


Now not everyone likes “rustic décor”, but I sure do.  It reminds me of the peeling paint on old New England homes, the driftwood and nautical remnants I find on the beach and of furniture well-worn and well-loved.

I will be the first to admit that my artwork is SUPER DUPER BRIGHT;  So, a lot of times these soft, worn frames are the perfect juxtaposition.

Alright, now all of you head down into your basements and check your garages.

I’m sure there is something you can practice on!