Friday, April 30, 2010


After a late blizzard on Wednesday, the sun is shining, the snow is melted and the tulips, grape hyacinths, primrose and daffodils appear to be recovering and reaching their heads to the sun. On days like today, I like to hang sheets and towels on the clothesline to dry. I open windows, and as the air current moves across the room, the dust bunnies skitter across the bare wood floors like tumbleweeds, which I go after with the dust buster.

Every spring, I vow to paint each of the flowers in my cottage garden as they bloom. My intentions are good, but by June, there are so many I can't keep up. I recently made a little 5x7 handbound book with exposed stitching that I am going to record my flowers in. I used canvas boards for the covers and collaged a color copy of a hollyhock painting on the front. I also made a larger version of the book, and used 300# watercolor paper for the covers. It is 7.5X11 - I am thinking of using it for mixed media portraits, which I don't often do, but have been inspired by some of the artists I've met at Squam Art Workshops, notably Gail Stoughton, Misty Mawn and Judy Wise (who I'm signed up with for a journal workshop in September). If I fill it with faces, I'll call it my Face Book (get it?).

Tomorrow, I will draw three names from the 15 who visited my blog, and announce the winners of three of my little collages!

Favorite Things Friday

Thursday, April 29, 2010


These 3 mini-collages on wood will be given away to 3 winners who have left a comment on my blog. Good Luck!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Prayer Flag Workshop at Littleton Studio School

I will be teaching a Prayer Flag workshop at Littleton Studio School on Saturday, April 24 from 9-12. These are not traditional Tibetan prayer flags, but a contemporary interpretation in mixed media.

Snow in northern New Hampshire

I'm so glad I got to spend a beautiful spring day in Boston this week. I woke up this morning to heavy, wet snow! I guess there is some benefit to it though, as it's called "poor man's fertilizer" when it falls this late in the spring.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hanging Nasturtiums

Tuesday I drove to Boston to see my daughter Felicity. We walked to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, past flowering redbud, forsythia, crabapple, dogwood and pear trees, tulips and daffodils. At the Museum, we saw the 20 foot long hanging nasturtiums flowing out of the 3rd floor balconies into the courtyard - BEAUTIFUL! They are displayed every April, in honor of Mrs. Gardner's birthday. Photography is not allowed, so the image here is from a card I purchased in the gift shop, to send to my mom.

Friday, April 2, 2010


To celebrate the launching of my blog, Painting in Pajamas, I will be giving away 3 collages to followers of my blog. Just leave a comment, and your name will be entered into a drawing on May 1, 2010.

Art Prize

Art Prize

Art Prize