Friday, October 23, 2009


The studio is swept and clean. Ready for the next round of work. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Passing of a Friend

On a personal note, I wanted to mention the loss of our beloved greyhound Soprano. I know that I've mentioned him on this blog before. We adopted Soprano from Greyt Expectations, an organization based in Maryland. He was almost 5 years old when we brought him home to live with us, which is quite old for a retired racer. Two years ago Soprano moved across country with us, and I like to think that he enjoyed his last years of retirement out here in California. This last summer he would go out on the deck to bask in the sun, then come back indoors to find a nice cool spot to doze. He was really starting to show his age & was slowing down, but after we got our Lab puppy Bella, Soprano found new energy. Bella showed him how to play, run and bark at neighbor dogs again, which was so great to see. We'll miss our gentle boy.

Taking It Outside

It's been crazy busy the last few weeks. Life has gotten hectic with both planned events and the unexpected curveballs that usually come flying out of nowhere when one is already feeling maxed out. Things are looking up though, and I'm anticipating some much needed studio time coming up. I love this time of year, before the rush of the holidays start displacing studio time.

I did have the opportunity to dust off my little French easel and take it out on site. A friend and I packed a lunch and headed out to a favorite spot of mine. It was gorgeous and we vowed to come back as soon as we could. It got me back into the practice of painting outdoors again, which I really love. There's something about the immediacy of Plein Air painting that resonates with me, and it was nice to reconnect with that.