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Monday, December 24, 2012

Fwingle Zibs!!

(I did not make this video someone named ellenprutske did. :) )

My friend and I are trying to find the Simlish lyrics because this is just SO. GOOD.
Happy holidays!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Best Holiday Greetings

Natural Pigments just sent out the best ever holiday email.  It's so good I have to re-post it here.

I'm dreaming of a Lead White Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the highlights glisten,
And the paintings hasten
To dry in time for the art show.
I'm dreaming of a lead white Christmas
With every portrait that I paint
May your paint be stringy and bright
And may all your Christmases be lead white.

May your Holidays and New Year be flaky lead white! guess that doesn't sound so great to most people but a lot of oil painters would appreciate it!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Turtle Pond

 Turtle Pond 6x8 oil on panel, about an hour and a half

I was standing on the dock behind Belvedere Castle. I really wanted to paint the castle, as a week ago I got all set up then the rain started- way earlier than the hourly forecast said it would-  of course I didn't have my umbrella. I would have stayed except the paint wouldn't adhere to my panel, I was so mad. So last Friday I went back to the same spot but the angle of the sun made the castle I painted Turtle Pond instead.

I think I dropped something in the pond by accident but I'm not sure what...I thought it was one of my solvent jar lids- the ones that Ben Haggett packs with his boxes...turns out it wasn't, thankfully- whatever it was sank so fast I couldn't tell what it was....nothing seems to be missing so hopefully it was just an old crusty oil paint-laden paper towel.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Newtown CT

What can I possibly say about what happened in Newtown today?  It is just beyond inhuman and unimaginable.

Newtown CT is my hometown, I haven't been there for years but even so it is definitely one of my most favorite places on the planet. It is a wonderful beautiful peaceful pre-Revolutionary war New England town. Nothing ever happens there, and I am in such shock and grief about what happened today. Every time I hear about one of these tragic shootings I am sad but today I am really grieving, it's hit a very personal nerve. Especially since I have a daughter in second grade.  It's too close to home because, well, it is home. Newtown doesn't deserve to go down in history for something so infamous and offensive to humanity.

I just can't stop thinking about all those families who lost children.

Sunday, December 09, 2012


Here is my portrait swap for this year. This is Clive, he lives in New Zealand.

9x12 pastel on panel