Looking for Spring


On my daily walks with our dog, I saw some crocuses. Spring is just around the corner. So fun when all the color bursts out of the ground and from the trees! It made me want to do a loose, free painting.

I liked that one so much I did another!

I love just swinging the brush around!! Splash, swipe, sketch, sketch….voila!!

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Illustrations for my book


I’ve been working on and off on this book for months. Maybe it’s been a year or more, I’ve lost track. In any case, I have the bulk of it done but can’t help but add and subtract pictures. My husband, desperately trying to learn In-design, cringes every time I want to make a change. I’m so sorry, really I am.

The book is an easy reader, for ages 7 to 9. Most of the time publishers don’t want illustrations for that age or if they do, drawings are simple. Since I haven’t found an agent or publisher, I’m doing this on my own and not paying attention to publishing guidelines (standard me behavior).

Here is the problem. I started with a picture like the one below. At first making a simple magnifying glass, then deciding I could make it a little more interesting. And so it goes…one picture after the other.

What that means is that, if nothing else I’m enjoying the process.

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5 day – 5 Bl&Wh photos


I’ve been challenged (all my life). This time by a photo opportunity. It’s five days with one black and white photo a day. Day 1 and I had several choices I wanted to post but this one struck me. Shooting both inside and out (freezing out there) this is the one that felt like it created questions or had a story to go along with it.

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Rusting


Max was the consummate rust collector. For as long as I can remember my Uncle collected rusted objects from his island in Maine and brought some of  them to his stone courtyard in NYC. I’ve gotten the bug too, always looking down on city streets or in junk piles hoping to find the coolest rusted shape buried and thought of as trash. Thus the reason for some of my embroideries embellished with rusted bottle caps and other chunks of oxidized metal. Here is only one out of hundreds of pieces in the courtyard. Not only is the piece itself engaging but the rust running down the white makes for a complete story of texture, color and shape. I’ll post more one at a time….:

Coils Against Brick

Going With Purple


Couldn’t resit the purple denim for the background.

White Peacock

image size 8″x10″:

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 Snow Day

Snow Day

Hearty Winter Soup – Mom’s Favorite


2 Leeks

1 Large Onion

1 Cup of Mung Beans (Dahl or split peas will work too)

1 Large sweet potato

1 large zucchini

4 scallions

1 Package of chicken sausage with herbs or with sun dried tomato

¼ Cabbage shredded, I had Bok Choy on hand that had to be used up and worked too

Olive oil to cover the bottom of a heavy, large, stock pot

2 Tablespoons of Better Than Bouillon chicken base

2 Pints of water

Salt if needed

Ground Pepper before serving

a drop of Sherry or a dollop of sour cream a the end.

Cut leeks in half and wash under running water to get all the sand out. Trim bottom and cut thin moon shapes out of the whole thing including the green. Put in stock pot with olive oil add chopped onion and sauté until the onion caramelizes.

Add the four sausages also cut in half length wise and then into little moons. Sauté with the onions and leeks.

Add the chicken base and water

Peel and cut up the sweet potato and add that to stock pot along with the mung beans and cabbage.

cook until mung beans are soft and mushy. You can add water to this as needed to make it soupy or leave it thick and stew like.

15 minutes before you serve add the zucchini