Newness and IPS 3 Opening tonight at Artstream

I took this photo a few weeks ago at Rachel's place. I was so mesmerized by the banner she made, it's really even nicer in person. She has four gorgeous prints (including one of my all time favorites) in the Incredible Print Show 3 opening tonight with the Newness show at Artstream. Yay Rach!
Susan and her team (at Artstream) have done an amazing job, they always do, at arranging the gallery and placing the work. And the way they dressed the windows for winter simply sparkles! I smile looking at this photo of Lisa's work and mine together and here's my wall of oil paintings. If you want to see more photos of the show visit the Newness photo set. Plus all the work is available for purchase in their online shop.

Silent Monday

This morning we took the preschoolers to The Festival of the Trees to see all the trees and to find the one they made. Each year many groups of people make, decorate and donate a tree to be auctioned as a benefit for The Shelter. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of our arts-based preschool program, our tree is very silvery and of course very glittery. Going there with the children and walking among the beautiful, creative and sometimes unusual trees always fills me with a bit of Christmas spirit.

Last night I read the article A Yuletide Gift of Kindness in Smithsonian magazine. It seems appropriate on a day like today when our email inboxes are infiltrated with specials and deals.

One, (jelly glass with cosmos), oil on canvas, framed 12 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in.
The painting above will also be part of the Newness Show opening at Artstream this weekend, Dec. 3&4. I am happy to have nine of my new works on canvas in the show and still have a few more to share with you here.


About light and water, (jelly glass with crabapple stem), oil on canvas, 6 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in.

I don't know about you, but life has been a little on the stressful side around here lately and when I get stressed I really have to work on my attitude. So to combat the internal pity parties I'm trying to think, "Ok so how can we make this situation better?" And I'm finding even making little changes help; like dusting one shelf, or putting out new candles and a strand of twinkle lights (inspired by Rachel's), you know small stuff like that. These changes take little time and really help keep it all from piling up. However the one I'm really having to work on is how can we have Thanksgiving with no oven? My favorite dishes to make all require an oven. Even so, I think I'll try making mini pumpkin muffins in the toaster oven, because I just have to have those!

Above is another painting that will be at Artstream next week. This is one of my favorites of the bunch. :)

And did you see Gracia & Louise have new work in their shop?

New oil paintings

Two (generations), oil on canvas, 9 in. x 9 in.

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing my new oil paintings from the "Vessels" series. These will be part of the Newness show at Artstream Studios in Rochester, NH, along with work from Lisa Solomon and Jen Garrido. The show opens Dec. 3 and the work will be available on their website.

Here's a list I began early in the week of a few current picks to see and read:

> Reading new Anthology Magazine.
> Sweet Paul Magazine, Holiday Issue.
> Almost finished reading About Grace by Anthony Doerr.


I just listed these brand new little stump tags to my shop. You may recognize the stump from here or here. I like them blind debossed on these tags as well. Hope you like them too!

We're under a winter weather watch so I'm fixing some veggie chili, which may be the first batch of the season. Yesterday I made a couple loaves of cinnamon swirl bread so of course we'll have that on the side. Here's my recipe I posted last year. {on the exact same day, woah!}  Rachel made this bread today and it came out looking perfect.

} Over the weekend the new show at Artstream opened.  Go check it out.
} And on my wish list is Shari & Jen's new book, City:Country. It looks so beautiful doesn't it?

Good evening!