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3rd in the Series

July 10, 2016

As you probably have noticed, I don’t do figures often. When in art school, way, way back in the day, I loved figure drawing classes. But since then, I lost the passion. I enjoy painting lonely landscapes. Sans people. Once in a while, I will put a figure into a piece only if it is absolutely necessary.

ANYHOW, this piece screamed to be painted. I thought about it for a month, and decided it was time to tackle a piece where the figures were the focal point. Thank god it was a night painting! I love to do night paintings.


I had been out on that patio, observing and eavesdropping. Bad me. But I knew it was a real opportunity, and I had to seize it. And, I had the perfect size canvas, sitting on my easel, waiting for the right painting.

It was the most fun I have had in a long time. I painted all hours of night and day, because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I couldn’t sleep, and barely cooked during this time.  It was all consuming, way outside my comfort zone, and hot as hell. No matter. I did it, and I like it.

It measures 30″ x 36″. Oil on canvas.

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Second painting in new series

July 7, 2016



This painting has a totally different presence and energy than the first piece. In prior reference to my comment about Gemini people, which I am, this painting is kind of wild and frenetic. The opposite of the first piece. This painting is busy, and full of life, motion and color. Hints of ghosts, shadows, the mystery of night, and the energy of what had been happening: live music on the back patio. It was a wonderful evening, with all kinds of energy and particles colliding. In a good way.
This one measures 20″ x 24″.

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Starting a New Series

July 4, 2016

I have been busy recently. I did this painting, which in turn inspired me to do a series. So far I have finished three pieces. Hope to do a couple more. Let’s see how it goes. I like this painting. It represents one side of my Gemini self. The quiet side. PS. Those are laser lights up in the tree. They are just beautiful and magical when you get to see them on location.


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New Landscape

July 1, 2016

I am getting a little more used to the area. This is the latest landscape that I have completed. I love the sky, the clouds, the way the clouds hover and obscure the mountains. The extreme light making its way through the dense clouds is heavenly, so to speak.

Now that summer is here, there is so much more color to work with. (Although this is more of a late spring piece.)



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Up on Mesa

June 2, 2016

I have not been writing or posting lately. Sorry. Here is a piece that had to be painted. It felt good the whole way through. Am I finally catching some rhythm?



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Update on First Colorado Painting

March 9, 2016

After looking at the painting I had agonized over, and spent boatloads of time on, I knew I had to fix it. There was a critical part of the painting that was really bugging me, but I kept putting off the corrections. Why? Well, the painting was still pretty wet, I got really sick (three weeks of torture, and, well, that’s good enough). I started and finished my next painting, and then felt comfortable going back to correct the problem. The telephone wires!

It’s much better now. Phew!



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Process of a New Painting

February 4, 2016

I hadn’t painted in months. We were moving from NY state to Colorado. All my time was spent getting rid of my possessions of the last twenty three years. Packing a few things, I took only what I might need at the other end. And all that would have to fit in a POD. Hence, it didn’t make sense to start anything new, and have paintings smearing all over the place. So I just didn’t paint. It was sad.

Eventually, we arrived in Colorado Springs just before Thanksgiving. Time to find an apartment. It took three weeks, but we found a nifty little place in the West End. And this painting was done in my dining room, looking out the big window that faces west. Every morning I get to look at Pike’s Peak. And every day it is different. The light on the mountains changes every minute. The mountains take on different colors constantly. And the clouds are amazing. The color of a cloudless sky is amazing. Working on this painting was torture! Because everything changes so rapidly. And I was rusty. The terrain is other worldly for me, and I struggled all the way through this piece. I wanted a heavier paint surface this time, and a playfulness to the piece. I got bogged down a few times, but it came out pretty darn close to what I wanted. Whew! Now I am through the hardest part. Time to discover Colorado with my art.

Here is how the painting evolved:








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A New Year!

January 2, 2016

Today is January 1st, 2016. Amazing. I never thought I would make it this long. When you’re young, sixty sounds so old. And here I am, having just moved (across the country) for the 1st time in 23 years. And I certainly don’t feel sixty.

Our new neighborhood is interesting. Kind of cool, kind of funky, a little dumpy. I am not used to alleys. And alleys are a big thing here. They are used all the time. Our entrance is off the alley. Our address is 2428 1/2. Yup. Don’t put .5. The P.O. doesn’t like it. Anyhow, up here, in our little tower at 2428 1/2, we look out at Pike’s Peak and the rest of the mountain range. The sun dipped behind the mountains just before 3:45 today. Sometimes I wake up at night, and when walking around at 2:30 A.M., I see squares of light on the floor in the living room. And looking straight up, there is the moon coming through the skylights. Very cool. It makes this place feel bigger. It gives me a good feeling- this place is talking to me.

We are now part of a community who is proud of their neighborhood; the West Enders. It is an affectionate term. People just love it here. And I am really enjoying it. Two blocks over, on Main Street, which is really Colorado Ave, are all kinds of cool shops and restaurants. It is a busy, thriving, walkable main street complete with a nice park. There is a chocolate shop on the corner of main and 25th street where you see women standing in the front windows stirring chocolate in big copper bowls. Then there is a French Bakery Bistro that is hard to stay out of. Their beef burgundy stew is to die for, and oh, the eclairs! The next door over is the Thunder and Buttons restaurant pub, which has a lot of amusing history, and across the street is a quirky restaurant called Cucuru. The place started out as a gallery in an old house, and has become a restaurant (different Spanish influences), gallery, jazz place, and has tango lessons on Monday nights. The owner is an amazing man who loves to entertain, talk and takes such delight as he presents his delicious food. We are there much too often! The library is on the back side of the park, and there is a painters’ co-operative that I have yet to work up the courage to explore. 17 studios on two floors right there by the park.

It is three weeks today since we moved in here. That is not enough time to really get to know a place. But so far, so good. We are hiking in the local parks a lot, and getting used to the altitude. That is major. It has been pretty cold and snowy since we arrived. The locals are blaming us. This is more snow than they have had in a while. And back in NY, it has been downright balmy up until a few days ago. Trees, flowers, lawns, all confused by the 65-70 degree weather. I can honestly say I am glad I am not there. Because of the humidity and mold. I miss my friends, my neighbors, and the whole circle of people I became familiar with in those 23 years. That’s hard.

But since we have left that area, my health has improved tremendously. And that is a good reason to start all over again, on a new path, exploring new places, while I still can. My easel is set up, and the tarps are down to protect the carpets in this place. It is time to start painting again, and I couldn’t be more excited.





The light is fading. The mountains are dark and looming, and the sky is almost dark now. I have stuffed cabbage in the oven as a humble meal for the start of the New Year. Stuffed cabbage is a lot of work, but boy, is it worth it. Since I’m in Colorado, I am using local meat- elk and bison. With the rice, some cheese, and two types of cabbage. This is my version of a favorite comfort food.

I wish everyone a wonderful, creative, prosperous and healthy new year. Be well, be happy!

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Story #4 Being New to Colorado Springs

December 17, 2015

Looking back now, it was a huge thing for us arriving in a new city that we had never seen, knew nothing about. We were a bit overwhelmed. Plus, it was two days before Thanksgiving, and every store was packed, the roads were congested, and we were trying to find grocery stores with our gps. Thank goodness for cell phones with navigation!

Since we were in a Residence Inn in the north end of Colorado Springs, the view was fabulous, and we had a “one bedroom suite”. That meant a small kitchen with pots and pans, silverware, etc. So we found a nice grocery store called Sprouts, and I bought an organic chicken to put in the oven on Thanksgiving. And bought organic avocados for a $1.oo apiece. Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, Amish butter, and everything we would need for a meal. I felt secure.

On Wednesday, it clouded up, and sure enough, the snow came. The roads were horrible. They don’t plow here! I am not kidding. They just don’t plow, because well, it will melt soon. Oh boy. On Thanksgiving day, there were accidents everywhere! Most people here, aren’t from here. And they don’t always drive well. Lots of accidents all the time, people texting on their cellphones, blabbing on their cellphones, not paying attention. Pow! Bam, crash. People drive fast. The speed limit is 75 on the highway. The Air Force Academy is here. Lots of people on the move. Coming and going. So anyhow, Thursday, as I started to prepare dinner, I went to put the chicken in the oven, and realized I didn’t have an oven! Oh No!!! Damn. Well, plan B. Cut the chicken into quarters, and put it in the Le Creuset on the stove. I was glad I had that pot, and my good kitchen knives. Seared the bird, and put the carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic and lemon in the pot instead of in the chicken cavity. Fresh herbs, salt and pepper, and oh yeah! What a good meal. Happy Thanksgiving, with much to be thankful for. A good trip, a new place, a new start.

By Saturday, the sun was out, and the ice and snow melted, like everyone said it would. Ok. Now it was time to start looking for an apartment. We drove around, looking at different neighborhoods. But it seemed so unfamiliar, and so not what we were hoping for. Huge housing developments, condo developments, one after another. Then open space. Then more endless cramped housing. Oceans of rooftops, crammed into developments, homes with no real yards, no landscaping, just families crowded together like sardines. Man, this is not what we had hoped for. A little bit of depression started to set in. One night, I realized that I was seriously bummed, and wondering if we should just get back in the car and move on. I knew that my energy had gotten bad, and I needed to change it.

The next day I got up, and found a place on line that looked different, cool, modern, and not what I was looking for. It might fit the bill. I called, made an appointment, and we went to a part of town that we had not known about. And there it was. Our new home. A one bedroom octagonal apartment. Wow. It was nice. It is built over a garage, which would be ours to use, it had a loft space. It was bright, open, high ceilings, beautiful kitchen. Ok. Can we manage it? Will we pass all the credit checks? Will they take two cats?

Answer, yes. It is ours, and we prepared to moved in. And so our new life begins.


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The Drive. Story #3

December 13, 2015

After a wonderful pizza party at Cathie’s on Friday night, we loaded up our car early Saturday morning. A few things in the car: important papers, a week’s worth of clothes, my Miyabi Knives, a couple of Le Creuset pots, blankets, flashlight, 2 cats in carriers, a litter box and music. Music. Now, I must tell you, that one week before departure date, our car, a 2002 bimmer station wagon (touring), decided it did not want to make this trip. It acted like a spoiled child. Alright then, as we were faced with safety and reliability, this was not good. We researched, talked to our trusted mechanic, and the consensus was, get a new vehicle. Damn! We found that Toyota of Newburgh was our best bet, and we traded in our car, and got a 2012, certified used Toyota Highlander. It was the best move we have made in a while. We did that whole thing in one day. Walked off the lot with every single thing taken care of.  It was officially ours, with the same plates I had from my Toyota pickup truck, and the bimmer. Now, we were ready.

Saturday morning was a beautiful sunny day. We said goodbye to our neighbors, and drove away. It was hard. I couldn’t look back. We cried, and then we just went. Put on some driving music, and off on our adventure. On The Road Again. Remember that one? We played it every morning, first thing, to get into the trip. Canned Heat, 1968! What a great song. The cats knew what that meant. A long day of driving.

So the first day, we only got through Pennsylvania. Driving driving driving. Lots of beautiful fields of green, nice farms, it was pretty. Which was different from NY. NY is beautiful, but was well into the fall season, and past peak leaf time. Pennsylvania was still looking pretty verdant. The cats, Buzzy and Fuzzy, were in their carriers, trying to make sense of it all. Fuzzy, little miss nosey, just curled up and said ok. Buzzy, Mr. Big Stuff, was pitiful. He gets motion sickness, and we had gotten anti nausea  medicine for him. Well, forget it. That didn’t work. He drooled and vomited the whole day. Cried, moaned, and was entirely miserable.

As we got to the eastern side of Pennsylvania, I was driving, and there were quite a few tunnels to go through. These were blasted out of the mountains, so it was really fascinating. We stopped somewhere, as the sun was directly in front of us, setting in the west, right in my line of vision. That was it. Time to stop. And that was how we drove every day. Until we couldn’t see, because of the setting sun.

We snuck the cats into our room, and fortunately they didn’t meow or say anything. They kept quiet, and we covered their carriers with jackets and stuff and put them on a luggage carrier, that we wheeled through the lobbies to our room. What a riot. We felt like thieves.

Day two, we discovered that the music on the radio had a huge effect on the cats. Especially Buzzy. We found that stuff like the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, that kind of stuff soothed the cats. Buzz settled right down once we put on the station with all that old music that I like. America, Michael MacDonald, you know what I mean.  We just zenned. Thank goodness. I will have to write to my vet back in Newburgh, and tell him to forget the medicine. Music is where its at!

Day two, we made it as far as Terre Haute, Indiana. Found a fantastic Mexican Restaurant, and had a wonderful dinner. But oh man, the next morning, my back went out. Yikes. I knew that was a serious digestive problem. I couldn’t even put my socks on. Arghhh. I took a bunch of Advil, and gradually it subsided. Wow. On the Road Again!

Day three, we got about an hour past Kansas City, Missouri. Getting through Kansas City was like driving through Hartford, Conn. times 10. What a road. Exits on the left, on the right, lots of curves, packs of motorcycles taking up lots of lanes, wow. It was intimidating. But that would be our last night on the road. We knew that the next day, Tuesday, was the big push. Make it through Kansas, and into Colorado. Wow. What a concept. We had no idea of what to expect.

Day four, we were ON THE ROAD AGAIN! The cats were a little fussy that morning, but we put on their music and spoke in singsong tones, and they settled in for the long haul. And it was, a long, long haul. Kansas was beautiful for a while, and then came the wind turbines. Oceans of turbines, as far as you could see. And fields, huge farms, big Agriculture farms that send the message of Big Business and corporate money. Unsettling! The grain storage buildings that look like cities. Then came the oil rigs. Then came the monotony. After 2 1/2 hours I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I couldn’t focus, so Terry had to drive again. But we made it. We got to the Colorado line, and hey, wait! It was this little sign, that said, of course, Welcome to Colorado. But it was small, and we just whizzed by and said hey, thats it????? Yup. And the terrain was still the same. How disappointing. No mountains in sight, still flat as hell, but here we are. The clocks didn’t automatically change, and we kept watching to see when in fact, they would change. It took at least an hour. And then we noticed we were ever so gradually going up. It was sneaky. You really didn’t know for sure, but yeah, my ears started popping. We stayed on the highway as far as Limon, and then got off onto route 24. That would save us about two hours. Rather than go to Denver and come down route 25 to Colorado Springs, route 24 cut off lots of time and we saw the real local scenery. Bison farms, prong horned antelope on some ranches, and lots of Black Angus. And so we came to our destination about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Colorado Springs. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The Tuesday before the Black Friday Shootings. The Tuesday before the snow and ice storm that hit Colorado Springs on Thanksgiving Day. Well, here we are! Wow! Look at those mountains!

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