Thursday, March 31, 2011


Scilla or Siberian Squill does actually grow in Siberia.  This tiny but very hardy flower is probably coming up somewhere in your yard if you have some property in the North East.  It not only comes up every year but spreads in mysterious ways all over the place.  I look forward to discovering what new place it will pop up every year.  Last evening I passed a front yard completely covered in blue.  What a treat.

Monday, March 28, 2011


It isn't just the flowers that greet the new season with a sense of triumph.  All the new leaves are bursting with life.  These tulip leaves seem to be dancing in time to some universal rhythm.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011


These delicate little beauties are popping up all over.  There is an interesting entry in Wikipedia about them.  Here is part of it under ACTIVE SUBSTANCES.

It was suggested by Duvoisin in 1983 that the mysterious magical herb moly that appears in Homer's Odyssey is actually snowdrop. An active substance in snowdrop is called galantamine, which, as anticholinesterase, could have acted as an antidote to Circe's poisons.[8] Galantamine (or galanthamine) can be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, though it is not a cure; the substance also occurs naturally in daffodils and other narcissi.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


My needle felted piece SECRETS is hanging in a show called UNCOMMON THREADS at the ARTWORKS GALLERY in Trenton.  To read about needle felting click HERE. To read about SECRETS click HERE.  The show is there from March 26th to April 15th.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


The Blog Daily Paintworks is sponsoring a challenge to artists and collectors.  Artists are donating their work to be auctioned off to benefit the people of Japan.  The theme is appropriately "home" and what it means to you.  I have donated my painting TULIPS IN FEBRUARY to the challenge because flowers in the house always give me the feeling that everything is okay.  I wish I could give that feeling to the people in Japan who have lost everything but since that is impossible this token will have to do.  You can bid on it, or any other of the many paintings donated so far.  I will donate the profits of the sale of my painting to SAVE THE CHILDREN as it seems children, our most vulnerable, are often the most hard hit by these tragedies.
Please go to Daily Paintworks for more information and to bid or donate art work.

Friday, March 18, 2011


This week I have only posted one painting as I ran out of canvas panels, but I have been busy planning for next week.
Meanwhile in my spare time I have been translating a piece of music to color using my "tuned set" of colors.  This is a project I have been working on for years in both two dimensions and with animations made in Bliss Paint or with Flash.  You can read all about it if you are interested on my web site.  Here is the latest piece REVERANCE.  The music is a piece by Offenbach played by Tatyana Featherman from the CD STEP UP. (The piece repeats automatically - haven't figured out how to control that yet).
In this piece I leave the colors on the screen to complete a 'phrase'.  Each time I animate a piece I try something slightly different to see which things seem to hold together in the mind best.  You can check some of the other pieces out to see what you think if you have time. "Having time" - what an interesting expression that is.  How much time do you have - the ultimate question.
Tatyana Featherman often accompanies the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet classes in Narberth.  This is a real gem in our community...and they have adult beginner classes! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Right before all the leaves fall to the ground, the tulip really is quite magnificent.  I'm not sure if this show attracts pollinators, as the info on line is not clear.  It seems tulips may self pollinate or the wind blows the pollen around.  Anybody know?  It seems this lovely show must have a purpose. One thing is sure, the pollinator, if there is one must, is diurnal as the tulips close up at night.

Friday, March 11, 2011


Since I have been painting the light as it appears in dazzling displays around my house, I have become aware of light patterns I never saw before.  Just shows what a  large role our attention plays in what we actually see.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


This month I traveled to Cape Town, South Africa looking for a spot to paint for the VIRTUAL PAINT OUT.  These palm trees caught my eye as, along with the pastel architecture, they correspond to what I imagine it is like live in this balmy port. According to Wikipedia, the city has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world and is home to a total of 19 different vegatation types, of which several are completely endemic to the city and occur nowhere else in the world.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Okay here's something for everyone that may seem off track and may make you cry.  The latin form of Croci reminded me of Jim Croce.  I saw him once in a little coffee house in Philly.  There used to be places where you could actully go and have a cup of coffee or two and listen to live performances for hours.  
He was wonderful.  I loved his songs and his sincere and really moving performances.  Unfortunlately he died in 1973 at the tender age of 30 in a plane crash.  While looking up his music on youtube I was struck by the number of young people who bemoaned the loss of performances like his in the comments.  No electronic back up, no lip synching, just a guy with a guitar and a couple of back up players making their own music. 
So here is a link to one of his best known and most poignant pieces.  There is more to mourn than a talent lost young in this saga. LINK  If you really want to cry check out some of this other songs with him playing.


The crucusses (or croci if you want to be true to the latin form) are gloriously covering the banks of the stream that runs through Merion park and spreading their joyful faces in blankets of pale purple under the trees.  From now until July for me is the best time of the year.  Everyday something new arrives to brighten the heart.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Today is International Women's Day and this year marks its 100th anniversary.  I am participating in a show in Canada of art work by and about women from around the world at Ayrspace.  I contributed a 24" x 24" version of my work SHE WHO WATCHES. (Click on the title to see the work after you read about it) I thought it would be appropriate for an American contribution to be at least tangentially from American indians.  There is also a group of 100 artists exhibiting on the International Women's Day sight. 

Monday, March 7, 2011


My neighbor's garage is such a simple old structure that it calls out to be painted and I have painted it many times.  This time I have opted for a very clean controlled vision.  Here are some of the other paintings done on the spot. I was surprised to note that these very same shadows were the subject of a painting done many years ago.





Friday, March 4, 2011


In Merion Park these beauties are lighting up the banks of the stream allready.  Here is a link to last year's version of the same subject. (scroll down to March 17th)  You'll note quite a difference in style between the two paintings.  I "stumbled" upon this link to Japanese posters in the 20's and 30's and tried to keep that elegant line in mind while painting this one.  Check out STUMBLE if you like to surf the net but don't want to waste too much time.  They select things that you might like based on some computer digging that is probably better not thought about.  Every once in a while I get an email from them that is packed with items I really like, so they do a good job.