statue portrait

Garden near Lucca, water-colour by John Singer Sargent 1910

To live with Sargents water-colours is to live with sunshine captured and held, with the luster of a bright and legible world, ‘the refluent shade’ and ‘the Ambient ardours of the noon.’”


This has to be one of my favorite water-colours by Sargent. 

( Mind you this is one of 2,000 paintings.)

I never tire his use of color, shadow and the looseness of brush.

I love the way this garden statue has been captured and cascade of flowers 

trailing down.  Did you ever think a statue could be treated like a portrait?

whatever comes my way

I adore this talented gal full of whimsy and whatever.  Her shop was filled and lickety-split, everything was gone in a click.  I bought this cute little t-shirt for my daughter and when it arrived she wore it right away!

These things make me smile,
rainbows
swedish fish
hand-made things
clean sheets
my dog’s sweet smile
lemon drops
clean water

whatever comes my way

I adore this talented gal full of whimsy and whatever.  Her shop was filled and lickety-split, everything was gone in a click.  I bought this cute little t-shirt for my daughter and when it arrived she wore it right away!

These things make me smile,
rainbows
swedish fish
hand-made things
clean sheets
my dog’s sweet smile
lemon drops
clean water

pool house

A recent commission work of art for a proposed “pool house” caused me to do a little search and gather some of my favorite images of pool houses.  Note the outdoor shower on the side, for a quick rinse.

A variety of planters adds a special touch to this chic pool house.
A Rectangular pool for swimming laps comes in handy too.

Perhaps you prefer to swim around in circles.
What would your pool house look like?
I think my pool house would soon become an art-studio-go-to!

pool house

A recent commission work of art for a proposed “pool house” caused me to do a little search and gather some of my favorite images of pool houses.  Note the outdoor shower on the side, for a quick rinse.

A variety of planters adds a special touch to this chic pool house.
A Rectangular pool for swimming laps comes in handy too.

Perhaps you prefer to swim around in circles.
What would your pool house look like?
I think my pool house would soon become an art-studio-go-to!

Julienne


pve design illustration done for a private client
There is something so appealing about the word “Julienne.” The word conjures up images of thin strips of leeks or carrots. The long and lean strips just look so appetizing served on a simple plate. Do you “julienne” – “slice and dice” or “chop” vegetables to add an elegant touch to a summer lunch or supper?  Perhaps there is a sweet little bistro with the name “Julienne’s” near you to stroll to and be served a plate of julienned veggies.
I shall be julienning some veggies for a little aperitif on the patio.
Happy Julienning!

Julienne


pve design illustration done for a private client
There is something so appealing about the word “Julienne.” The word conjures up images of thin strips of leeks or carrots. The long and lean strips just look so appetizing served on a simple plate. Do you “julienne” – “slice and dice” or “chop” vegetables to add an elegant touch to a summer lunch or supper?  Perhaps there is a sweet little bistro with the name “Julienne’s” near you to stroll to and be served a plate of julienned veggies.
I shall be julienning some veggies for a little aperitif on the patio.
Happy Julienning!

voila!

At long last, my dear friend has a site and it has launched.  I invite each of you to take a look at her wonderful work.  She has a gift to see, to photograph and create fine art.  I was fortunate enough to have the above photograph of me taken several years ago.  There were laughs and shrills of delight when the photos arrived.  Voila, Elizabeth Belliveau has a web site, voici!

squash blossoms


my summer squash, in my garden
My Father would be proud of my garden, the summer squash and the squash blossoms. Tonight I shall prepare a favorite meal, summer squash, fresh fish and some spinach.  Slice summer squash and layer in a baking dish, drizzle some olive oil, sprinkle some parmesan cheese and bake til tender.  Toss a pile of clean, fresh spinach in a dish with lemon, olive oil and garlic and you know it is ready when it starts to wilt.  While that is baking, saute a fresh piece of fish, and serve.  There is nothing better than enjoying the freshness of summer from one’s own garden.  A squeeze of fresh lemon or lime can add zest to a dish too.  How is your garden growing?

squash blossoms


my summer squash, in my garden
My Father would be proud of my garden, the summer squash and the squash blossoms. Tonight I shall prepare a favorite meal, summer squash, fresh fish and some spinach.  Slice summer squash and layer in a baking dish, drizzle some olive oil, sprinkle some parmesan cheese and bake til tender.  Toss a pile of clean, fresh spinach in a dish with lemon, olive oil and garlic and you know it is ready when it starts to wilt.  While that is baking, saute a fresh piece of fish, and serve.  There is nothing better than enjoying the freshness of summer from one’s own garden.  A squeeze of fresh lemon or lime can add zest to a dish too.  How is your garden growing?