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Day 29 – Leaving “Well Enough Alone”


This photo is the final version of a previously better draft, which is only history now. Luckily, I took a photo of it before I impulsively painted over her… I feel sick to my stomach, like I do when I lash out with words, or look at an old photo of my children and wish cleaning the house hadn’t been so important in those days. Will I ever learn?

Now, look at her again, before I show you the better version, now a layer of her, her former self. It is a painting, like life, changed forever by the stroke of my brush; a reminder of how one decision can change everything. One “Yes” or one “No” or one Slip of the tongue” or a lie or not following your gut.

20140129-205249.jpg We always start out better and change, so there. Here she is.

Now look at the new girl, the new baby. It’s almost like when as a child, I thought about, “I wonder what I’d look like if Mom had married someone else — or if Dad had married someone else”. An odd thing to wonder; but I wondered about much weirder things, believe me. Maybe she is the identical twin I had in moms birth canal but who never lived to see the day, neck snapped in delivery. I like her better now, having thought that… The second version of a fabulous woman (hahaha). Her lost soulmate.


The change has merit, with that last thought in mind. Next time, maybe ill remind myself to, “Step AWAY from the canvas, Jane. step away from the canvas.” Anyway, she’s still there; she’s just underneath. I DO Iove the new girl, anyway, and the new baby.

Another day of painting; another lesson. Which do you prefer, version 1 or Version 2 of “Well Enough Alone”. Lesson: not moving on something is always my best tack, as impulse differs from my gut. I probably won’t stop me, though.

Day 28 – Sleepy-eyed Madonna and Child

I cannot believe this palette! Beautiful spring colors again… And she is as tired as I am… Eye strain and up all night painting, perhaps. I wonder which caused her look and stance. $275

I’m looking hoping for an early Spring.

Moving back to New England was tough for me, after living in NC. I remember that first winter of 2007. I was living in Seekonk, MA, and had a slate floor in my studio there… A very cold room, with three sides of windows with a door to the rear yard, where I brought in hundreds of logs to burn that season.

As a matter of fact, I just loaded this “Seasons of Change” landscape onto my pile to take to the show at the Unitarian Church (opening, Feb 9th from 5-7pm; located at One Benevolent Street). And I’ll share it, because I’d like someone to buy it ($400 includes a great frame; it won an award at BAM) AND because it shares the color scheme of today’s painting. Here is the photo:

The night I painted this landscape (see it here), I was literally wrapped in a blanket while I painted it — freezing cold, with only one arm exposed to deal with the brush. I was so upset by yet another snow storm and decided to paint the tree line, as it was that night.

The upper portion is what I saw in the yard, leading to the reservoir: drifts of snow, an owl or coyote (I had both), and deep dark wilderness on a frigid night. I was not a happy camper about my cold surroundings; so I abruptly added the North Carolina landscape below it, to remind me of what I left behind there; with a cross-slashed pink line to separate them.

The house I lived in, as a caretaker for my family, was so cool. We eventually sold it — but it was nice while it lasted (even as cold and drafty as it was, I’d hoped to keep it). Life goes on though; and at the end of it, I won’t be thinking about this house (photo)

Now it’s time for this sleepy-Eyed Madonna to go home to sleep before my trip to Providence…


Day 27 – Small Mother



It’s after 2 AM but I finished this at about ten thirty yesterday (4 hours ago). I got a late start, after waiting for hot water. The new hot water heater was installed today at home, after the hassle that was a frozen water main break in a vacant condo nearby… A mess. But it is finally over, officially, with all repairs done. Somehow, invigorating 40 degree water was not part of my shower plans today.

This “Small Mother” is a nice surprise, totally unplanned and delightful in so many ways, as I study her now. Anatomically, she is three or four years old, based on the “number of heads tall” she is. I never plan them and that happens sometimes. Subconsciously, I must have planned it to be a toddler with a doll or a small person. She has one foot turned out which shows some confidence; but I do think she looks a tad timid and she is holding the child with great care. The spring greens and petal pinks and carrot oranges are the gentle colors of Spring. And I watered down the many layers that comprise the background of this acrylic painting, using the medium as a light watercolor wash. This is one of my very favorite paintings, to date in 2014. She is perfectly protective and a very good mama to her baby. I just noticed that their auras are pink and gold, by the way, spiritual and regal. I think she has an old soul, from the look on her face… It’s no surprise that she reminds me of my granddaughter Anahata, in her expression. She too, must be a good mama to her babies.

Things are wrapping up with the film… I know! You’ve heard about this since October; but it takes that long to plan and properly implement a Kickstarter campaign; and AS soon as it is approved, I will post the link to this blog. It shouldn’t be long and I only have a few more pieces to write for the static part of the post. The budget is the scariest part, as I have to price everything i need for the year in advance. Describing donor gifts and calculating shipping costs to other countries is difficult — and very expensive if I price things incorrectly. It’s more complicated than you’d think. Just try to imagine how you would calculate studio costs and material costs for 365 paintings. I’ve just completed a few more than 28 in 28 days, and it is costly. I’m running out of canvas again.

I will catch some sleep before I drive to Providence for 10am this morning. I am dropping off several of my Madonnas for a three person exhibit at the First Unitarian Church on Benefit Street in Providence (the Opening Reception is on Friday, February 7, 2014, from 5pm to 7pm) so come if you can. Everyone is invited to this show. If you have mentioned that you want a painting, please call by phone. I need to get definite answers today if possible, so that I don’t hang a piece that you definitely want to buy. All pricing is negotiable before the other project begins. I need to make room for 365 paintings! Yikes. That is a lot of Madonna love!

I will close with a photo of my granddaughter, the photo I thought of when I saw this Madonna’s expression… A lot alike, I think. She definitely has an old soul, too — and she is precious.


Day 26 – “Flip Side Orange Aura” on back of “Silver Light Fantastic” & framing today


Day 26 – “Flip Side Orange Aura”

I started this painting at the Gallery last year and just added final touches today… Unfortunately, I painted “Silver Light Fantastic” on the back of it impulsively. Now looking at this Orange Aura more closely, I am torn between the two and may have to frame it so that they are seen from both sides and can be switched back and forth — somehow.


These are both great candidates for Gicle prints, too, so you will see more of both, with possible paintings on top of the prints to enhance the prints. Whoever buys one will get both, TWO GEMS. I’m in the painting ZONE on Day 26, grabbing boards and painting, paper, canvas, you name it; a bit crazy at times, too, with (even) TWO-sided pieces to show for it!

All in all, it was a busy and fun day. It started with a cold shower (new hot water heater arrives tomorrow), church in Providence where I bought two homemade empanadas after church (yum; they sell them in the corridor after Mass), then had a coffee at CAV while I waited for Jerry’s Artarama to open next door (a very pretty setting for a $2 cup of coffee!) Lowes Hardware was next, where i found a very patient clerk to cut all different sizes from the 4 foot slats that i selected for a new hanging system project. From there I headed back to the Studio to add final touches to today’s painting, I matted and framed, “Summer Rose Madonna”, then jumped into my project.

With the help of the cut plywood slats and Gorilla Glue, I attached spacers to the backs of my Masonite pieces, an alternative to framing. Applying spacers this way, holds the unframed boards away from the wall by 5/8″ with a great overall effect! My friend John Irwin, (a painter, whom I featured at the old Alta Luna Gallery over the summer) used this technique well; and I decided to try it. Unfettered by framing, this simple hanging style adds impact without drawing attention away from the image. All total, I readied about ten new pieces today, leaving time for dinner at my brother’s house (we had a blast).

The cold shower and early start allowed me time to worship, time to work at the studio; and I had nice balance in my day, without frantic rushing to do it all

EVENT: I’d like to invite all of you to attend my next art show opening on February 7, 2014, at the First Unitarian Church on Benefit Street in Providence from 5pm to 7pm. I will be one of three featured artists! Thanks to Elizabeth O’Connell, a talented water colorist, I was invited to be part of this exhibit in February. I’ll also have three pieces at the RI State House long term loan Exhibit soon (yay)… As well as a small exhibit at Sage Cafe in Riverside (5 or 6 pieces)…

I hope you love this new painting, and the photo of my nephew holding one of my old tiles, Rasta Mama 2. He is the youngest of my parents grandchildren, so I feel old as he turns 24 tomorrow. This tired Auntie Jane is ready to sleep now at 10:46 pm! Goodnight.

Day 24 – “Old Photos” 1.24.14

In the midst of chaos, comes this beautiful mother — drawn with Graphite on paper. She reminds me of one of my Boston Artist friends, actually; funny when that happens.

1.23.14 started on a great note, with my friend having a successful surgery with an invitation to attend a show at 2nd Story Theater to look forward to at the end of the day…

An accident — burst pipes above us — made the end of the day unfortunate, with plans cancelled and a litany of strangers walking through our home. The flood damage drenched everything in the storage closet. It could have been FAR worse, as the flooding was limited to that one room; but the work it caused is upsetting… police and firemen with dirty boots on moms white carpets, a set of silk drapes drenched, my cherry chest of drawers drenched, and ALL of my photo albums are soaked through — the worst part. I spread them all out to dry, with more to lay out…

The look on the face of this Madonna is probably telling, as the photos I laid out (to dry) were my day ended with reminders of
Life I had years ago when my children were young.