I am so happy to be back in the Studio after a wonderful trip and feeling very inspired and focused.
My husband and I celebrated our 30th Anniversary and had a wonderful time at Miraval Spa in Arizona. There were so many activities and classes to choose from along with an incredible staff and magnificent nourishing food. One of the parting assignments was to send yourself a letter with an “Aha” moment. It was great to take the time to really feel so connected, nurtured, pampered and challenged every day as we wanted to mark such a significant milestone together.
The last leg of our trip, we visited our son who is based in Tacoma, Washington. It was our first time in the State of Washington and we were enamored by the evergreens and Mt. Ranier that finally showed up the day before we left. The clouds were hiding her majesty from us, but when she appeared, we were in awe of her beauty.
Before I left for our trip, I needed to have a few “head shots” and booked a session with Monica Shulman who did an excellent job of making me feel so at home in my studio. I am looking forward to having more photo sessions with her as I share my passion for living artfully.
Today marks the first day of Fall and also the Autumn Equinox. It is a time of inward reflection and also for sharing one’s love as we look forward to many fun celebrations in the coming months. Take a moment today to bid Summer adieu and Greet Fall with something special. It’s always fun to celebrate the start of something new with a bonfire and s’mores.
My Mother gave me her cast iron skillet which I adore. She made the best fried chicken in that skillet and knew how much I adored that skillet. I feel like she is with me when I use it.
It happens to be a permanent fixture atop my stove as if it were on display. I use it often. One dish that I love is “Summer Succotash.” Chopped onion, garlic, corn, lima beans into the skillet and the okra dredged in cornmeal and roasted on a pan in the oven for 25-30 minutes. You then add the cherry tomatoes and the okra to the skillet and fresh herbs, basil and arugula and a splash of apple cider vinegar and you have the best supper.
It’s been a week full of emotions and a time to remember New York’s Nine-Eleven. Between that and Hurricane Irma and Harvey, I know that each of us is feeling vulnerable. It is incredible to see the outpouring of support and kindness during these tragedies be they caused by Mother Nature or Man kind. We can all agree that how we react and our own state of mind plays a significant role in the future. When I find myself feeling anxious or afraid, I go to places that make me feel calm. Painting has always calmed me and then the waters of the Boat House in New York also brings me peace. Watching the children be entertained by the beautiful sail boats and all ages circle the pond brings me serenity. Where do you go to get into a good state of mind?
Bonjour Paris. It’s always a good idea to say “Hello” in every language but especially in French. There’s so much to love. The Fashion, the food and the everyday elegance that each Parisian lives with. A friend returned from Paris and said, “My posture is better and I am dressing like I truly care.” What are you saying “Bonjour” to in your life? Think about saying “Bonjour” to a friend in your best French accent and see how they react.
This land of mine is truly home of the brave. While we all take a moment of silence to remember that day, sixteen years ago – let us honor all those in harms way and all the first responders committed to serving others. To all the courageous families and individuals with brave hearts, we shall never forget you. Let us all hold hands, love one another and come together as a nation undivided.
Today is a day of fresh starts for many. Back-to-schoolers hop on the bus ready with excitement to begin a brand new school year. I can still smell the new shoes my Mother bought me. They were Mary-Jane’s with buckles and I just loved them. September is symbolic of starts and new beginnings. Take a moment out of your day to smile at a Teacher, a student, a bus driver or someone you know that is starting a brand new grade.
This is one of my favorite times of year, even if I no longer have to wake a child up for school or see them to the bus stop. I wish every student a year full of learning and making new friends along the way. The yellow school buses are out so slow down, wave hello and remember that September is a time of fresh starts.
I just finished writing my daughter a note to hand to her when I leave her at her University. It’s all about trusting that the Universe shall provide and when it does not, then that’s when her parents come in. But, seriously, the Universe does provide and I am a firm believer in this. I keep telling myself this as I am about to embark on a new territory which is called the “empty nest!” I will be giving myself some time to adjust and to adapt to the empty nest. I do have a list of projects and then some. My artwork has kept me motivated and given me so much purpose over the years, just as my children have and will continue to do so. In hopes that each of you will be patient with me during this time of change and new beginnings for my daughter and for our family.
I must admit that I have only had “boy” dogs in my life but every now and then I am asked to illustrate “good girls!” Meet Lucy. Is she not the sweetest thing ever. I really loved working on this commission. Look at her sweet face and that darling pink bone name tag and pink collar. Wishing each of you a good day and great weekend. As always, Thanks for popping in.
August air is different. We are all feeling that Summer is winding down and many of us are preparing for a new year of school or sending off spring back to school or in my case to University. How can my baby be heading to College, already? Last week, we enjoyed a few days together and I asked my daughter if there was one thing she thought I should do when she was gone to College, she said, “Paint bigger!” I hugged her and said, I will paint bigger. As things will change for many, we can always challenge ourselves to change and be bigger than we were. Perhaps the New Lunar Moon is also a sign for new and bigger things. Hope your August is good to you.