Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thank you thank you thank you

For the SUN Lord! And not just one day, but numerous days! In a row! Thank you!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Audition. Everyone's had one like this.


This photo is from, and illustrates what I'd like to do when the sun finally comes out again. Grab it, hold it, not let it go. It needs to stick around for a while to dry us all out and perk us all up.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I still think this is what happens, but I picture more of a chess board. I remember an old "Far Side" cartoon, where God was making the earth and he had jars on a shelf that held animals, people, etc. One jar was labeled "jerks" and he was sprinkling it liberally on the planet. The caption was "just to keep it interesting."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

And once again

this goes out to the newest idiot...Jesse James. Oh, and the person who hit my car too.

Shameless Self Promotion - How to promote yourself online

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Nooooo way.

Remember the three hit and runs this year? On the 2009 Altima purchased last April (read....owned less than one year). Add another hit and run. Total of FOUR in 11 months. WOW. Parked outside of Starbucks. Someone sideswiped me (was not in the car) and left. Probably another $1000 worth of damage. What's wrong with people? Do me a favor, and I'll do one for you. If you hit someone's parked car (or not parked car) please take responsibility. Leave a note. Suck it up. I have to pay a $250 deductible each time an irresponsible, selfish person does this and runs like a coward.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

You look like, and you don't look like

Okay, so I do identify with this Post Secret, though it's not mine. And I imagine it's not a rare phenomenon, in fact not a "phenomenon" at all. I look nothing like my family, because I'm adopted. I have heard everything from - "oh, you look just like your Dad..and sometimes have heard it about my mom, which is very strange because, really...we look nothing like each other. My Dad at least has dark hair. My brothers look just like each other - to "Oh, you must be the milkman's" because I look nothing like any of them. Really, I don't care much. However, when I did meet my biological mother and sister, it was extremely bizarre to look exactly like my mother and somewhat like my sister. I'm talking Twilight Zone time. Very, very weird. I had spent my whole life not seeing a family resemblance, then saw it face-to-face many years later. Genetics are pretty fascinating.

So, what a great weekend. Great weather, and managed to have some fun too. Went to the beach for a few hours on Saturday, went out Saturday night, and got some exercise and outside time today. Lots of people working on the yards and looking very happy about it too. Got some studio time in today also and will post an updated shot of "No Loitering" later.

Off to a non-profit seminar at the U of D Monday and Tuesday. Should be fun.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dolce and Gabbana

This image was on the back of a Sky Mall flyer in the seat pocket in front of me on the way back from St. John. We chatted for hours. I think he's selling cologne. Maybe it's lima beans, I dunno.


Flowers are popping up all over. So exciting! (Seriously!)These purple crocus were on the Art League grounds today. So hopeful and pretty.

On a not so pretty note, what is UP with Jesse James?? What is up with men and having beautiful, smart, successful wives, but feel the need to sleep with hookers, cocktail waitresses, strippers, and THIS?

I mean come on! Here's Sandra Bullock.....

and once again, here's the woman he was running around with while his wife was out shooting her Ocar winning performance in "Blindside".

If it wasn't so plainly pathetic, it would be funny. But it's not. Sandra girl....I hope you had a pre-nup and I hope you take a long hot shower in Clorox.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tom Carper

Senator Carper and Representative Pete Schwartzkopf (sp?) were at the Art League this week to view our Young at Art exhibit.

This pic includes artwork by Jeremie Winbrow, a Derickson Award winner.

Members of our Board with our visitors and staff.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

No Loitering

This is the latest in-progress, with the colors just getting blocked in. "No Loitering", 14 x 18 oil. Going to be a fun one too.

So, what a day...turned out to be really beautiful right about lunchtime. Daffodils are starting to pop up, which always makes me smile. There's not a whole lot of prettier things then when they're all blooming in nice sunny yellow and white patches. And the air smells so good, with all the ground starting to warm and the little buds starting to open. Birds are singing....I do think spring is my favorite season, or at least neck and neck with summer. And after this winter, I think people are just about ready to weep at the sight of it on its way.

Turned in my application for the Plein Air Paint Out in Rehoboth in May. A two-day event all over the streets of Rehoboth. Hope to get in, had a real fun time when I participated two years ago. Really gearing up for art show season and running season as well. Hoping to fit a lot of both in.

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Nothing but a Miracle

Couldn't embed the video, but this is a video by Diane Birch. Beautiful woman, beautiful song, moving video.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Case in point

Today's Post Secret. Art school didn't make me hate art, but it did make me hate perspective, and Tuesdays with Mr. Klinefeldt. Ugh.

Studio is re-organized and clean, and so is my garage. My house is next, if I can stay awake.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Post Secret and blogs in general is one of my favorite websites. Every Sunday, they print a batch of people's "secrets" that are anonymously mailed in on very interesting post cards, usually homemade. And every Sunday I enjoy looking through them and picking out a favorite. The favorite doesn't necessarily mean anything to me...after all, it's not MY secret, it's someone else's. It just means I liked it, for whatever reason. Just wanted to make that clear, as my understanding is that some people have thought that either a) the Post Secret's were my creation or b) I was sending out some kind of personal message through someone else's secret. Not so in either case. Sometimes my favorites are really racy or vulgar, and even though they may be my favorite that week, I don't put them on my blog.

This blog often seems like just a way to journal - throwing random thoughts out into the cyber universe, and then I remember that some people actually read it. If you're one of those, take it for what it is. Primarily an art blog with the occasional rant, music video, song lyric, post secret or occasional angst.

Sherry and I are going to dissassemble/reassemble the studio today. We're going to "fung shui" it. I have no idea if that is spelled right. But anyway, it needs it. We have been so busy just working in there, that it has become a mess. Time for a good spring cleaning. Then paint, paint, paint.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

St. John

Here's a few shots from St. John. Still more to post when there's more time. This is one of the many gorgeous beaches there. Think this was Honeymoon Bay.

This is the tent!
And the "kitchen". A propane stove and a cooler. :)
Chickens on the beach, chickens on the street....cracked me up.

British Virgin Islands as seen from a sunset sail.
Boardwalk that took you to the different tents, the beach...everywhere at Maho Bay.

And the latest in-progress painting, called "Tag"

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Vocabulary for the day

Sociopath: Antisocial-type personality, pleasure-seeking, remorseless, and not bound by law, code, trust, or friendship.

Hotchkiss's seven deadly sins of narcissism
Hotchkiss[16] identified what she called the seven deadly sins of narcissism:

Shamelessness - Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways.
Magical thinking - Narcissists see themselves as perfect using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking. They also use projection to dump shame onto others.
Arrogance - A narcissist who is feeling deflated may reinflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else.
Envy - A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person's ability by using contempt to minimize the other person.
Entitlement - Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves uniquely special. Any failure to comply will be considered an attack on their superiority and the perpetrator is considered to be an "awkward" or "difficult" person. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage.
Exploitation - can take many forms but always involves the using of others without regards for their feelings or interests. Often the other is in a subservient position where resistance would be difficult or even impossible. Sometimes the subservience is not so much real as assumed.
Bad Boundaries - narcissists do not recognize that they have boundaries and that others are separate and are not extensions of themselves. Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all. Those who provide narcissistic supply to the narcissist will be treated as if they are part of the narcissist and be expected to live up to those expectations. In the mind of a narcissist, there is no boundary between self and other.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Wow,this was a pretty nice day. People actually looked happy walking around town. Seemed like everyone had their dog out, and were getting as much vitamin D as they could, in case it left again for a while. This has been such a difficult winter, weather-wise. Ran on the Junction Breakwater trail today, and it was a mess! Trees down, areas that were impassible due to standing water, pinecones and branches all over. I've never seen it that bad. But it still felt great to get out there and run it. It's been almost a year since I've run the trail, which is so weird, considering I used to run it 3 or 4 times a week when I lived in the old house. It's kind of like my old life got turned upside down - the things I did, I stopped doing, and replaced them with other things. It's been kind of interesting, but now it feels like I may be settling a little; finding some kind of middle-ground that's new but familiar as well. I think I just had to go in the opposite direction of where I was headed before in order to re-find myself and figure out where I wanted to go.

Wow, deep.

Yeah, no.

Haley and I just had chinese food followed by Coldstone. I haven't had Coldstone in probably a year either. Man, that sweet cream flavor is the bomb. I like stirring it in the cup until it's like a milkshake. While I was doing that, I realized I probably should have just gotten a milkshake. Hmm.

The clocks spring forward next weekend. THANK THE LORD! I absolute detest the short days and long nights of winter. Probably even more than I hate the cold weather. I am so so so looking forward to it. I don't even care about losing the hour of sleep, I'll just go to bed early. No prob!

Still haven't posted my vaca pics. Yeesh. This week was so damned busy, and it flew by. Then this weekend was crazy busy too. Hopefully this week will be quieter and I can get them on here.

Happy SUNday.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Why Buy Art?

courtesy of Swiss Miss blog.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Return to winter

Well, it's not as cold here as it was when I left, but it sure ain't 85 degrees either. St. John was fabulous. As soon as I upload the pics, I'll blog some info about the island and all the wild, crazy fun. In the meantime, post-secret, 3 days later.