Friday, September 7, 2018


Growing Shapes

September is here but in Arizona it really doesn't feel like it. Although I will say it is a bit cooler. Especially in the early morning and the late evening. For the first time I no longer have to worry about going back to work, buying school supplies or freaking out over winter coming.

I have been slowly getting back to my artwork. Here are a couple of collages I did this week. Also, the top piece is a painting I did last year but it never felt finished. So I added some collage to it and now it feels finished.

I had an interesting day today. My neighbor, who is also an artist, invited me to a meeting of an arts organization called CASA.  It was a very interesting experience for me. I have been isolated in my studio for many years now with little to no contact with other artists. The last time I was part of an arts community was when I lived in Key West.

In Boston there really isn't a cohesive arts community like there is here. I am not sure why since there are many artists in the Boston area. Or maybe I just never found it. I am not sure.

At any rate, it was an interesting meeting with a presentation afterwards of a technique called "acrylic pouring". I have only tried making acrylic skins before but this is acrylic skins on steroids! The results look rather like paper marbling. I don't think it is anything I will attempt but it was a great opportunity to learn a new art technique as well as meet other local artists and connect with people.

I am slowly realizing that when you no longer have a day to day job out in the world you really have to get out of the studio once in a while and meet and connect with people. There seem to be many like minded people here in Tucson and I look forward to getting out and meeting them.

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Finally I am back in my studio! Hooray! It has been many, many, months. I am still sharing my studio with the workmen as they need someplace to park all their tools but at least I have my new closet and a corner to work in and set up my scanner.

I decided to take a couple of classes in order to get me moving in a direction again. When I am away from my art for such a long period of time I have trouble getting going again. The only thing I can be sure of is that I will be going in a different direction than the one I last ended on. It is just the way I am.

The first class I am taking is a collage class with Randal Plowman. He has a great following and I already have his book so I feel like this will be a good start for me. And I love collage and I still have a ton of old gelatin prints I can use as collage fodder.

I have also signed up for a painting class with Este Macleod which will begin in October. So I think that between the two classes I will have the opportunity to gather new ideas and get moving again.

The second lesson of the class with Randall was to make a series of collages using just one color.  The two pieces above are from that lesson.

Have a lovely long weekend everyone!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


I know it has been a few weeks since I last wrote anything but honestly, there isn't much to tell. I still do not have my studio yet. I can't paint or work outside as it is much too hot. So I am biding my time.

Also, tomorrow I leave to go back to Boston to visit my mom who is ailing. I am planning to stay until Monday but I cannot be certain of anything right now.

I hate the idea of spending 2 days in airports and planes. I was hoping I would be done with all that back and forth traveling but who was I kidding?  There is a price to pay when you move 2600 miles away from family.  I really hate to leave here even for a long weekend. I am just so at home here and going back to Boston I will have to stay in a hotel and spend $$$ on Uber getting around.

But I am trying to make the best of it. Hopefully when I get back here my studio will be all ready for me and I can paint again. It has literally been months now since I have painted. A very long time. Too long. I have been making mandalas and things like that but I am antsy for paint and knives and brushes. As well as mixing my own colors again. Something you cannot do with pens and markers.

When I return I hope to get back to my studio practice.

Saturday, August 4, 2018


The porch is finally finished! What a difference the extra 3 feet make! Now we can fit our table over on this side of the porch and we have room for the grill and my bike on the other side. They did a really great job. We couldn't be happier. I love being outside. Especially in the shade since I can't and wouldn't want to spend too much time in the sun. There are two ceiling fans out here so in the summer you can usually sit out until noon. And since it is right outside my studio I can bring my art out to the table if I choose to paint outside!

Outside table and chairs on new floor.

The rest of the work on the condo continues. My studio is getting a new tile floor next week or the week after and then I can bring out my paints and supplies again. Until then I continue to draw and make flowers and mandalas. The geometry is keeping me busy!

Here is one of my recent geometric mandalas:

That is all I have for now! Have a great week!

Friday, July 20, 2018


Saguaro outside my porch

I know I have been a bit remiss in my blogging since I moved out to Arizona and so I wanted to pop in and say hello!

My artwork is on the back burner now that the construction on my condo has begun.  My studio is totally dismantled. It is getting a new ceiling, a new ceiling fan and a new tile floor. So all the furniture and scanner etc. is out in the living room. I expect the work to take most of the summer so I will just be doing some drawing on the kitchen table. No painting. But that is fine. I am focusing on other things right now.

I am especially focused on losing weight. The last three years I have gained so much weight that no clothes fit me at all. It was bad and it was unhealthy. But now I am riding my bike every morning and trying to increase the miles I ride. I am only up to 4 miles right now because of the heat. Even at 7AM it is getting hot so I ride until about 8AM and that is about it. But I am losing weight. My clothes are fitting better and I am wearing shorts again. I hadn't worn them in years.

And I just feel so good. The stress I was under for so long is gone now. Poof! Just like that! I am finally able to live in the moment and I cannot tell you how great that feels.  I am enjoying peace of mind for the first time in many, many years.

Close up of my Saguaro

Bird feeder with Purple Finch

Friday, July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018

I have been playing around with some new floral designs lately. These are done with Arteza water color brush pens which I really like a lot. The colors are lovely and they are more like a brush than a marker.

I have discovered that the "Seed of Life", which is the basic construct of a mandala can be taken out of the mandala context and used in other motifs. I seem to have fallen down the rabbit hole with these as you can see.

And another.

Still enjoying the warmth of the desert. And all the little creatures running around everywhere.

Saturday, June 30, 2018


We are settling into our new home. Getting used to the high temperatures and going out in the morning and evening. Doing a lot of resting and relaxing.

And I have been working in my studio again finally. Although I am not picking up where I left off from actual painting all those months ago when I packed away my paints. I seem to be gravitating towards watercolors again. Not sure how that happened! But I have learned to go where it takes me and not to question things. I tried to get the acrylics out a few days ago but they seemed thick and gooey and I didn't enjoy them. I rather enjoy watching the paint flow with water. The only thing about watercolors is that the paper gets very wrinkly. You really need to stretch the paper. It is a tedious task to say the least.

I used to stretch many papers at a time in the bathtub. Let's just say it is a process and one I don't enjoy. I am going to try and gesso the paper first and see if that gives the same results as the stretching process. I am not sure if that will work or not. Otherwise I suppose I could use the acrylics as a water medium with some matte medium instead of water. Then the paper won't buckle.

We shall see.

In the meantime, enjoy your Fourth of July everyone!