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Three Orange Circles

25 April 2016

There are reoccurring themes in my works - and the circle - oh my ! The almighty circle .... always charges me with tingling happiness.  So - I paint them - and as of late, I'm really attracted to orange.  

 

 

Wilkes-Barre Area Practical Nursing School Mural

13 March 2016

 

 

 

I have been working away on this mural for the Wilkes Barre Area Practical Nursing school.  The director of the school,  Mary Beth Pacuska, saw me working on the mural I did for Steve Taren's building Wet Paint in Wilkes Barre.  The school being newly spiffed up, had a long hallway which Mary Beth felt needed something.... a mural, perhaps?    We worked together coming up with the idea to depict the history of nursing visually.   Working in sections on cloth all winter in my studio, it was  adhered it to the wall on Thursday.  The students came out of class to a transformed hallway which they really apprecatied!  I really enjoyed learning about nursing - some strong woman - Florence  Nightingale and Clara Barton.... and meeting another one -  Mary Beth : ) 

 

 

 

 

 

New Mural for Practical Nursing School in Wilkes-Barre

13 March 2016

I have been working away on this mural for the Wilkes Barre Area Practical Nursing school.  The director of the school,  Mary Beth Pacuska, saw me working on the mural I did last summer for Steve Tarens building Wet Paint in Wilkes Barre.  The school being newly spiffed up, had a long hallway which Mary Beth felt needed something.... a mural, perhaps?    We worked together coming up with the idea to depict the history of nursing visually.   I worked on it on cloth in my studio and we adhered it to the wall on Thursday.  The students came out of class astonished!  I really enjoyed learning about nursing - some stong woman - Florence  Nightengale and Clara Barton.... and meeting Mary Beth, the staff and great students.  

 

LaLa's Eiffel's Tower

26 February 2016

A couple of years ago I did five very large Eiffel Towers for a new French restaurant called the Manhattan Bistro that is in Wilkes-Barre.  A student of mine saw them and asked me to do one for her mom affectionately called LaLa.  She gave me a list of LaLa 'isms' - like "We are sisters by birth and friends thanks to Prozac'.   Lanie asked me to make it colorful, like her mom who being from Alabama is I'm sure just like her Mom... a beautiful, warm, colorful bundle of good energy and love.  

 

 

 

La La's Eiffel Tower

26 February 2016

A couple of years ago I did five very large Eiffel Towers for a new French restaurant called the Manhattan Bistro that is in Wilkes-Barre.  A student of mine saw them and asked me to do one for her mom affectionately called LaLa.  She gave me a list of LaLa 'isms' - like "We are sisters by birth and friends thanks to Prozac'.   Lanie asked me to make it colorful, like her mom who being from Alabama is I'm sure just like her Mom... a beautiful, warm, colorful bundle of good energy and love.  

 

Take yourself on a date

15 January 2016

 

                                              From my molskine sketchbook - one a day ....!!!

Julia Cameron suggests going on artists date once a week by yourself.  Take yourself on a date!  It could be going to a movie, a museum or as simple as going to a rug store to look at colors and textures from another country, and art store or a coffee shop in one town over.

Matt Kahn says creativity is what we are all striving for - all spirituality is aimed towards one thing - and that is, creativity.

How do you manifest creativity?  By doing something different.  Go a different way to work, brush your teeth with your opposite hand, eat something you don't usually eat, pay more compliments, ask someone you don't really know to lunch, take a different class.  And then, congratulate yourself and get ready to create.  Create your own reality.  Create the life you want.  

2016 MORE

02 January 2016

MORE  has OM in it (backwards)!

 

 2016 - More consciousness, more connection, more clarity, more creating, more calm.

 

 

AHHHHHHHHMEN.

May You Be Blessed

17 December 2015

It's hard to believe 2015 is coming to an end.  So appreciate of clean air to breathe, woods to walk in, family and friends who care for me,  being able to do what I love to do everyday, for the teachers I have had and for the students who come to me, for Eloise who breathes life into my days just by being who she is, for the abiltiy to walk and run and skip and swim and bike through this thing called life.  Yes, I am blessed.  And so are you.  

 

 

Group Show Opening Tomorrow Night- Marquis Art And Frame WB

19 November 2015

Tomorrow there is a group show I am part of at Marquis art and Frame in WB.  It is artists response to the Back Mountain Bloomers event in the summer.  It will be a good night to be out and about - so please come and enjoy - colors, shapes, textures and or course there will be some gooooood foooood~!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Like a Tree you have Deep Roots

22 October 2015

 

Today I finished my first mural in Pittston - making it their SIXTH!  The amount of ART in a few blocks in this fast growing city is astonishing and refreshing.  Mike Lombardo and Rose Randazza have made a once depressed town into a destination point! 

The tree and figure were decided as a calming spot as the building is located in a grotto.

The eagle which symbolizing freedom, healing and wisdom flew about me last week.... asking to be included - of course.   

Life is Easy Simple and...... Fun

01 October 2015

 

 

 

 

My friend Sean says this a lot ... Life is Easy Simple and Fun - it really kicks the 'Life is Good' out of the water!  So, I decided to do some fun pillows.  My student, Lola's grandma who brings her to art lessons saw them and thought to get one.  She couldn't make up her mind... and ended up with.... well, let's just say... more then one!  And after show and tell, Ms. Eloise was quite happy to have her couch back - and 'her' pillow given to her by Auntie Rame. 

Third Mural at Wet Paint Wilkes-Barre, Pa

22 September 2015

 

 

 

Steve Taren came with an idea to have a peloton speeding down, along and up the wall constrasted with a woman on an everyday bike slowly going on her merry way with baguette, wine and flowers.  We worked to fine tune the design spanning over the 8' x 40' wall resulting to the final image. 

In his words: 'I painted a picture with words (that's all I got) and Leigh Pawling did the rest. Thank you, thank you, thank you...you listened to every word.

The appreciation from the passerbys on foot, car, bike, motorcycle was so positive.  Everyone was so glad to have some attention focused on ART! Thanks to Steve and all the employees at Wet Paint - it really was a group effort! 

 

Second Mural at the New Wet Paint Building

22 August 2015

 

The sun was off the building at around 12 last week which made painting the second mural at Wet Paint bearable with perhaps the last 'heat wave' of the summer.  Passersby seem delighted with the changes Steve Taren is making with the building which hereto before was run down, abandoned, and pilfered.  Now it is breathing life and vibrancy.  Here is what one described as "whimsical" - dog, cat, dove... doing what I like to do - PAINT!   And next week I start an 8' x 40' mural on the same building.  Stay tuned!

July/ August ...oh summer summer I do Love you

17 August 2015

My oh my summer is zipping.  July was teaching at Marywood University for Arts Alive - the kids had a great exhibition after four weeks of painting, mixed media, pottery and jewelry.  The first photo is some of the instuctors and one talented teacher who took the class for continuing ed.  Second shot is a wall of the kids works - grades 5-11 .... so proud of them - they got all dressed up for their exhibiton - music, friends and family - they were thrilled.

Next is a commission piece--- do you know where this is??? I did - oh yes - Nepa is so wonderfully close to Philly and NYC. 

And now - to get up to speed, I'm working on a mural for Steve Taren who owns Wet Paint - a very busy place in South Wilkes-Barre specializing in life size cut outs as well as many other things.  Check out their site www.wetpaintprinting.com.  It's a FUN building that's transforming the block - I"m so thankful to be part of it's expansion.  And I get to paint my dog!  I mean, really, does it get any better then this?

 

 

 

What Gives You Joy

29 June 2015

"The Clearing" began yesterday .... in the closet ..... the question posed to each article of clothing "Does it Bring Me Joy?' If not - Get Rid of It.... then move to the kithen - do I really need two spatulas?  Do I really need five sets of salt and pepper shakers?  NO!  So, now Salvation Army has one big Element load of things that I don't need or want. 

Know what I did keep, what did bring me joy?  All the handmade things my nieces gave me and  the artworks from fellow artists friends.  The things that last are the the things that are made by hand. Period. 

What Bring Joy

29 June 2015

 

'The Clearing' began yesterday - in the closet.  The question asked for every single article of clothing, "Does it Bring Me Joy?'  Then I moved to the kitchen, do I need three sets of salt and pepper shakers? No.  And so it went, drawer to drawer... I'm not done yet - but, what did and does bring me joy are the things made by hand.  The hand carved spoon my niece made at sleep away camp, the artwork that adorns my walls from fellow artist friends.  So if the question begins there - it can continue throughout my day - does this bring me joy?  So thanks Juna Bobby and Robin Giacomo who, got this ball rolling.

A "CNP" Celebration

23 June 2015

What:  Exhibition of flower artworks in conjunction with the Back Mountain  Bloomer      Garden Tour.

            

When: Saturday June 27th 9am - 4pm

 

Why:  Our Mom was an original Back Mountain Bloomer and we were asked to show Ramah's flower garden and my artwork in honor of her.

For more information about aquiring tickets please go to: -http://www.backmountainbloomers.org/pdfs/bloomers_garden_tour_brochure_2015.pdf

Balance Yoga Expands!

22 May 2015

                       Balance Yoga Window Before

                              Balance Yoga Studio Window After

Balance Yoga Wellness Center is a "high vibration" place - I'm so fortunate to have been asked to do a handstand figure on glass by the new ower Corinne Farrell.  She, like her predecessor, Jen Ciarimboli appreciates the inclusion of fine art to add to any environment. 

Arts Longa, Vita Brevis ---- Art is Long, Life is Short

20 March 2015

April is soon approaching and I have been gearing up for a show in Tunkhannock with fellow artist and teacher Skip Sensbach.  The show opens March 29 with the reception being April 12, 2-4 ----- so put it on your calendar!

Winter Wonder Wander-scapes 2015

05 February 2015

 

 

I am finding inspiration through my windows and daily romps in the woods with Eloise.   I am going to do thirty three of them.  Three across and eleven down - framed individually in white.  Here are some so far.