What is Next??? It's All in the Sketchbook ----

12 January 2013

It's a new year - I'm in a new studio... and I have lots and lots of empty canvases and surfaces waiting ..... this is the hardest part of the process - there is a whole ritual of ridiculous behavior which goes on before settling down and looking at that blank surface square in the face and ... beginning.  My Molskine journals pave the way... always.

Zach -

28 December 2012

He said " I want to give her something beyond the ordinary for Christmas this year..."  - The solution? -    A portrait of their son done in pencil.  Did it work?  Yep......

Peloton -

21 December 2012

When I was asked to do this commission years ago, I didn't grasp the concept of working as a team to get to a higher ground.  In a peloton, one leads for awhile and then when tired another biker rides up to take the on wind  for the good of the group.  I understand more and more the idea of sharing life with others, of asking for help when needed as opposed to doing it all alone.  So many people help me on a daily basis and I am so grateful.  This season when it's dark and cold the light we share with one another is, to me, what the season is all about.

E.H Shepard for Anna Katherine

19 November 2012
E.H.Shepard illustrated the original Winnie the Pooh book.  Today I finished a mural for the nursery of the soon to be Anna Katherine who will be arriving on the scene in February.  While painting her mural I was able to look out the window and see the similar colors Shepard used - although Winnie, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Kanga, Tigger and good ol, Christopher weren't included... .they're there in spirit and I have a feeling will be presented in other ways in her room.

Hanging and Speaking

16 November 2012

Here are the four flowers hanging - emanating the energy of each girl - or so the mother says....

Four Flowers for Four Girls

10 November 2012

Have you ever heard the question - "if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?"  Well, this is the question that popped in my head but slightly differently.  My lastest commission has come to fruition based on this quesion: "if each of your four girls were a flower, what kind of flower would they be?"  The answer came back - Calla lilly for the oldest daugther, Dahlia and sunflower for the middle girls and tulip for the youngest.  Pretty cool answer and pretty cool installation that took ... eight hours to hang.  Thanks to Marquis art and frame and four awesome guys who helped hang these over eight feet paintings.  Stay tuned for the completed installation... coming to your computer soon...... : )!

Sunflower for Marywood

11 October 2012

The colorful mural of the sunflower I did in Tunkhannock, inspired me to do a black and white 41"x76" acrylic painting on paper.  It is one of six that will be hung in the group show at Marywood a week from Saturday.  Opening reception is from 6-8 - a great fall event!!

Renovation Project Completed!

01 October 2012

Last night I got the word that the scaffolding was taken down and this picture was sent showing the building in Tunkhannock -standing tall and proud - with all the love and dedication given to it in the past two months.  The sunflower which is seen on the original cornice gave Carlos Penedos the idea to have me paint one with butterflies.
Certainly it will add some life to a busy corner - brightening the days of many a passerby.

He Said "I would like a painting ....

11 September 2012

He said " I would like a painting of the spot were my future son-in-law proposed to my daughter  to give them as a wedding present."

The spot - familiar to many who have seen the paintings while in my studio immediately say "that's Rickett's Glen!"  We're lucky to have such a beautiful spot - and what an idyllic place to say 'yes'! 

It's Started!

06 September 2012

It's started - I'm way up on scaffolding... Foreman Dave said " No flip flops tomorrow" hmmmm.... it's just nice to dangle my legs off the edge with no shoes on while painting.......

Coming Soon to a Wall Near You!!

04 September 2012

Keep your eyes PEELED nepa!  Soon coming to a Wall Near You!!!   I start tomorrow working on this beautiful sunflower with butterflies to boot - It's going to be big and in a prime spot... but.....nooone will see it --- till it's all done - finito!

Mural Manifestation

02 September 2012

Visualization, vision boards, and writing your dreams down are powerful tools for manifestation.  A couple years ago I did a study for a mural never actualized which illustrates the nine wolf rules from Clarissa Pinkola Estes book 'Women who Run with Wolves".  The rules tell how to regain or maintain a sense of balance and are as follows:  Eat, Rest, Rove in Between, Render Loyalty, Love the Children, Cavil in Moonlight, Tend to the Bones, Make Love, and Howl Often. 
If all goes well there is  a chance the study may become a reality due to a good friend who now works in Santa Monica for a humanitarian agency wanting a mural to support their vision.  We'll see - it's in writing as to what I want ....  oh, and the Universe likes speed!


22 August 2012

                         Karma bracelet by Mary-Beth Korutz-Killian.  Turquoise farthest right
My niece Gabby is heading back to school Saturday - she was able to fit me into her schedule for lunch giving me the opportunity to give her a Karma bracelet by Mary-Beth Korutz- Killian.  She loved it ----!

Eight years old and All is Well

14 August 2012

The theme for Ruby's eighth birthday was mermaids - so, with the help of Google Images I recreated a mermaid in a circular canvas to present to her on her celebration. Having six nieces is one of the my greatest joys... their walls are art-filled as I've given them artwork by me or fellow artists for their Christmas and birthday presents since they were born.

Pa Artisans Exhibit Opening

11 August 2012

Last night was a great opportunity to meet some fellow Pa artisans from outside the area.  The Shulman Gallery is a beautiful space to exhibit and Kelly (on right in photo) does a wonderful job curating the shows. 

Tools that help tools...

07 August 2012

Tools surround me - I just have to pick them up and use them.... these books are tools which help me to pick up and use the tools of creation... I my case... brushes.  Thanks be to this day.

Rebecca Zelinski at AFA

04 August 2012

There's a great new show that opened at AFA in Scranton yesterday by Rebecca Zelinski - her work inspired me in many ways - the simplicity and texture.  The works are encaustic which is using wax with paint creating amazing textural effects.  I'm showing a work I purchased and am so excited to hang it amongst my other favorite artists!

Pennsylvania Artisans Exhibit

02 August 2012

August 10 - September 6, 2012 with an opening reception Friday August 10, 2012 , 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Artists:  Mark Chuck, Thomas Colbert, Paul Kicklighter, Earl Lehman, George Manns, Ben Manns, Susan Obaza, Leigh Pawling, Linda Schwartz, Bonnie Shanas, Ellen Silberlicht, Rachel Van Tassel, Jan Winemiller, Charles Gregory Wood


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Pediatric Mural

01 July 2012

Going to the doctor or dentist is never at the top of ones list of favorite things to do -  however, when I do go, I take in the reception area - and artwork helps the visit immensely.  It amazes me the power of art - it truly can heal - in more ways than one..... hopefully this new mural in a local pediatric hospital will have such an impact.

She said 'Make his Shirt Blue"

26 June 2012

Here's a comissioned  portrait of a man - she said "make the shirt blue'.   What a treat to get out my oils as I've been using acrylics mostly.  Opening my box brought back memories of New York - the smell of oils in my studio was wonderful.