Thursday, October 30, 2008

MOTHER'S HELPER


















I've been fretting. I lost my beloved camera, a Nikon Coolpix S10 somewhere in North Carolina. I'm lost without it. I am bereft. I'm experimenting with a new one, be patient if my photos aren't what they should be (some of you view larger images of these posts) I'll work it out.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

To help my cousin Artie.




"The Wishing Pond" is a 10x16 framed oil on board. Retail value $2700.00.




"Two Lilies" (you may remember the smaller 5x7 study of this) is a 12x16 framed pastel on Pastelbord. Retail value $1700.00.








My cousin, Art Phinney (Artie to us), served on the Albany, NY, police department for 27 years. He suffered a heart attack in June, while attending Bike Week in Laconia, NH, and underwent 5-way bypass two days later in Manchester, NH. His wife, Chris, traveled between Albany and New Hampshire for over a month, cutting into the family's savings. On July 30, Artie and Chris flew home on a medical transport helicopter that was not covered by the family's health insurance.

This coming Sunday, there will be a benefit at the Albany Elks' Lodge at 25 S. Allen Street, Albany, NY, from noon to 6 p.m. to help defray the family's extraordinary costs. "The Wishing Pond" and a "Two Lilies" will be part of the auction.

If any of you are in the Albany area, and are interested in helping, email my niece Shannon at awp.benefit@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

SHARING THE BOAT




Sharing the Boat is a 5x7 pastel on Pastelbord. Bidding starts at $100.


These sweet little boys are Lisa's. Lisa's the model in the red chiffon. I have this sailboat, which I thought would make a wonderful prop for paintings. So I brought it over to Lisa's and placed it in her living room, knowing that her two little boys would soon discover it. Within minutes Isaiah and Noah appeared from nowhere, and silently inspected it in awe -- but not touching it. I said, go ahead, you can play with it. Thus, these charming little pieces.

THE NEW SAILBOAT, sold




"The New Sailboat" is a 5x7 pastel on Pastelbord. Bidding starts at $100, or buy now for $450.


If any of one's been wondering where I've been, I've been teaching in the Asheville area. Two full workshops (18 students each). And the whole time I'm holding these workshops I'm terrified that I'll oversleep and 18 people will be standing around tapping their feet, looking at their watches, wondering where the teacher is. So I wake up on the hour every night to check the clock. Needless to say, after 7 days I was exhausted. So I slept when I got home, dealt with 500 emails (490 of which were offers to enlarge...never mind), waded through all my mail (most of which were new credit card offers).

So I'm back, trying get some work done in the studio, trying to figure out how I can make time to get my little 4 year old grandson to come play, and trying to enjoy this beautiful fall. All of the sudden there's beautiful texture all around me. Something I never noticed all summer long. Makes me want to paint it, but I'd never be able to capture it. Better just enjoy it.