Tuesday, June 30, 2009


It's peaceful. Just got back from the studio, where I'm working on a large version of "Hello Hopper". I know that name sounds like what you'd say the day after a long night on the town, but....no. If you check out the mini's on my website, you'll see the painting (pass the mouse over the paintings for the title). The mini just made me think of a Hopper painting, hence the name. It was my favorite of all of them and it sold today. I'm doing a larger one because I just love the house and the shadows, and it just plain old gives me a good feeling to look at. (Terrible sentence structure there, sorry.)

So, the mini's are selling. This Saturday is ST. PETER'S ART SHOW on the FOURTH of JULY! Whew! Lewes ought to be nuts. I hope to get there at the a** crack of dawn to set up so I'm not stuck in the crazy traffic. I'm terrible at setting up for art shows, especially if I have to do it alone. I don't have a mechanical bone in my body, so that tent is a gigantic pain in the butt for me. Then there's the setting up of the art panels - UGH. But it'll get done, one way or the other. I will have the mini's at the show and some new originals as well. There are shuttles running from the ninth grade academy on Savannah Road. Park there, shuttle in, and check it out. It's a wonderful art show.

Time to paint some wine glasses for the gallery - those things sell like hotcakes!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Stolen from Stacy Caldwell...finish the sentence.

Okay Stacy - I'm stealing from you!

Outside my window...darkness with a few streetlights. Tree frogs and breeze.

I am thinking...when am I not thinking? I'm worrying about disappointing people while trying to make myself happy.

I am thankful for...healthy children, family, friends, two hands to paint with, my new home, and a heart that is amazingly resilient.

From the kitchen... the sound of Dustin on the phone.

I am wearing... capris and a green shirt....like anyone cares...about any of this probably.

I am creating... my summer stock - painting like crazy.

I am going... to figure out a way to make all this confusing, wrenching but beautiful stuff out.

I am reading... haven't read a book in two months, after being on a total book tear for a while. Just getting back to reading the newspaper. This must change.

I am hoping... for things I can't say out loud.

I am hearing... distant traffic and a dog barking.

Around the house... household noises - Dustin in the silverware drawer, music from Haley's room.

One of my favorite things... my new house.

A few plans for the rest of the week...work, painting, kids, LottoHeart preview, B.A.S.E. grand opening.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Some pics, finally

The mini-show opening

Haley's middle school graduation

My nephew Jeffrey - they "graduated together"
My other graduate - Dusty's Cape graduation

A shot of the interior of the new house

Michelle - lining my shelves. What a great friend!

The new car and the new house - aaaahhhh

Now that EVERYTHING computer(ish) is hooked up, I can finally post some photos.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Benjamin Button

“We were meant to lose people. How else would we know how important they are?”

I only got to watch 2 hours of this movie, but loved what I saw (it's 3 hours long!) I will have to catch the last hour...that's when Brad Pitt gets hot-looking anyway. :)

That quote really struck me. Found it to be very true. But isn't it nice when they come back?

Second week of Stinkin' Rich this weekend. Almost a sell-out!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


So, I total my car in April, buy a new one....and today someone SIDESWIPES IT while PARKED in the Kennedy Gallery space behind the Gallery and LEAVE NO NOTE!!! AAAAARrrrrgh! WTF?

Monday, June 15, 2009

A new week

Whew! I feel like I'm finally able to come up for air, at least somewhat. I've never experienced anything like what has transpired over the last two months. It's been like being sucked down into a crazy whirpool and finally getting spit out miles away.

The mini show opened without a hitch. I do have pictures, but have to find my power cord for my printer in order to download them to the computer. (ugh!) "Stinkin' Rich" went well for its first weekend, with lots of laughs and a couple of standing o's. (Always nice). Today I finished the second 5 x 7 for the "Lotto Heart" event for Camp Rehoboth taking place on July 3. It was due TODAY, and I started and finished it within two hours. Speed painting! Now the next deadline is for the "Facades" show, which is taking the place of the plein aire event this year. It's being held at the Bellmoor.....third weekend of June? Not sure of the date, just know that the second painting is due Monday. Putting in Camp Rehoboth and a large Blue Moon painting as well. After that, it's time to get ready for St. Peters. I have a feeling that this summer is going to be spent working. After this crappy winter and spring, that's a damn shame!

A few more paintings sold from Cafe Sole - a very good thing. Time to get more framed up.

So, off to the Y for a workout, then back HERE to clean the house. Still so much to do (and way too little time).

Sunday, June 7, 2009

This, that and the other.

So - some ramblings on a quiet, cool June night.

It's not raining, this is good.

It's 66 degrees out, so great sleeping weather. I have no blinds in my new house yet, so I've bought temporary (paper) blinds till the real ones arrive. These paper blinds fell off my windows at about 3 a.m. last night, causing me to jump probably six feet out of my bed. They made a lot of noise for paper.

I'm exhausted. Yet, it's midnight and I'm still awake. No kids, just me and the nice breeze from the window. Some car sounds from Plantations Road. Not obnoxious, just slight.

A couple of purple martins have built a nest RIGHT OUTSIDE MY FRONT DOOR. These are the same birds I've been trying to get to nest in a bird house at the old house. No luck, until right before I moved. These birds are great for eating mosquitos, and are pretty cool in general - however, they dive bomb you if you get within spitting distance of their nest. So, you see that their building a nest right outside my front door is a bit...uh, inconvenient. They have come within inches of my head - like they're protesting me coming out of my own house! You know if I had a big ol' purple martin house in the backyard, they'd probably ignore it and still build their nest where they did. My mom says "tear the nest down". No, can't do it mom. I'll just duck and run.

Rehearsal went till 10:30 tonight. Ugh. Tech week begins. Next week should be lighter, as far as "things to do" goes. I plan on having as much FUN as humanly possible when the mini's are done and opening weekend is over. And I'm looking for someone to have said fun with, so if you know of anyone.... :)

I really should go to bed. So I think I will. Night all.

Friday, June 5, 2009

8 days....

till the mini show. Oh....I am very behind. Hope to crank out at least five tomorrow. Still have to get the display ready and get the rest of the mini's coated with Liquin and wired for hanging.

Plus....I have to do this...and THAT....and oh yeah, better write that down too.

Enjoy the beautiful weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Stinkin' Rich

Did I mention that on top of all the other chaotic mess that has been going on in my crazy life that I'm also in a play that opens next weekend? (Great timing Kim!) Somehow, in the midst of it all, I managed to memorize my lines. Snuck that in between tears and drama and car accidents and house sales and purchases and moves. I personally believe God intended for me to be as busy as possible, that way my mind couldn't dwell and end up getting me into trouble.

Anyway, the play opens next weekend (June 12) and runs that weekend and the following. It's a remake of Moliere's "The Miser" and it's called "Stinkin' Rich". It's being held at Possum Point Theatre in Georgetown DE. 302-856-5400. I think that's the ticket number. If not, check the phone book. Come out and see it - it's a comedy, and we need ticket sales.

Time to rest these tired eyes, tomorrow is another crazy-busy day.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Reconnection and relocation.

Okay, I'm in the house, but far from settled. Boxes everywhere (again) and it seems like everytime I unpack one, the ones in the corner start to mate and multiply. Though I know I can take my time unpacking - to a certain degree - the mess is making me nuts.

The kids like the new place, which is a big relief, especially with my daughter. I think we're going to be very happy there. She claims it to be "creepy-free". :)