Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunrise Over Greenwich Bay, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Literally, dusted the cobwebs off my easel. As Anne of Green Gables would say... it is nice to have a bed room that faces east. As a late night, artist type, I caught very few sunrises before we lived here.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


My friend Kristin encouraged us to get drawing again. We pick a word and then we draw what comes to mind. The days word was "sleepy." Yay, Kristin.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lice! Stop the lousey buggers. An infographic.

Our family has had lice twice in seven years, once in Texas, and now once in Rhode Island. Thanks to that experience, I feel like a bit of an expert. So I've simplified all the complicated things I've learned into one  easy to follow infographic. Stop the lousey buggers! Click to enlarage.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

My 40th Trip Around the Sun | Day 1 | My Birthday

Today is my 39th birthday, or as my Dad would say, it's the day I entered my 40th year.

It's funny how one year can change a person. Last year, the birth of my second daughter and death of my grandmother were my biggest life alterations. The second event sparked my quick exit out of Austin and move back home to Rhode Island.

This birthday I was blessed with surfing, family, and friends.

Top Birthday Memories:
1. Waking next to my two girls
2. Surfing with my husband and his new stand-up paddle board
3. Making my mom laugh talking about my skinny self and still fat belly
4. Hearing Aunty Lou tell me she was
feeling great and "ready to get out" with her cute laugh
5. My lunch and still warm free bday cookie from the "Picnic Basket"
6. The smell of the beach
7. My kids and their cousins and the bday whoopie cushion laughter
8. Seeing my Pop play 9/5 with my Dad, Husband, and Brother-in-law
9. Seeing my youngest still in her swimsuit, after our return from surfing
10. My niece singing and saying "Happy Birthday" a million times with balloons
11. My many txts and emails from friends and family
12. My oldest daughter's bday excitement, insisting on making me a special fruit dessert before bed, feeding me a chocolate chip and strawberry together, telling me, "you have to try this"
13. My pop telling me how much yard work he left me for tomorrow after his week of digging around the pool looking for leaks
14. Seeing my sister eat ice cream cake and making us all laugh about kids and ear infections
15. Confucious banter with my husband on the ride home from the beach

So here we are, on another go around.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

a rainbow, a unicorn, heart flowers, clouds, and rain drops

Hi everyone, I had my second daughter, Rell, in late January. I now fit in my clothes again, so I figured that meant it was time to get the paints out. My daughter Annalee, was my first client. She commissioned a big painting which needed to include: a rainbow, a unicorn, heart flowers, clouds, and rain drops. We worked on this together. It was her genius idea to ad buttons to the unicorn.

Friday, January 14, 2011


My belly now measures 41" around at its widest point and as of tomorrow I will be 41 weeks pregnant.
Can't be long now.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Living Far From "Home"

I'm just back from a short trip to Rhode Island for my mom's 60th birthday. My mom really enjoyed her birthday and it was such a gift to be there in person for the event.

My little family and I have been in Austin, Texas for 4 years now, and whenever we return from one of our many Rhode Island trips I ask my daughter if she's glad to be back in Texas, I never ask if she's glad to be home. This was the first trip where she answered in the affirmative.

My spirit often feels divided in two living far from my east coast family and friends, but it's most difficult before and after a trip there. Here is that feeling in abstract form.I wonder if giving birth in Texas will change any of that?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

34" of Belly

My friend who gave birth to twins noticed that at some point in her pregnancy the circumference of her belly was equal to her height. I have about 2.5 months left before my due date and my belly is now 34" around. Here it is in the abstract.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Weighed Down

After a night without much sleep and a morning with many to dos in front of me, I often spend some portion of the day feeling like I don't measure up. In this illustration I tried to illustrate the feeling. I'm the black bar on the bottom, with loved ones that I feel some responsibility for above me. What a blessing it is to have done this illustration and see that later that same day, I'm just fine, and everything that needed doing got done.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Scatter Brained

When I was young I was often labeled a "day dreamer" and "scatter brained." Today I felt like my mind was wondering all over, and it was healing to illustrate the feeling, that so often brought me shame as a youngster.

This illustration is my fuzzy chow chow who's been under the weather in the middle, me and my pregnant belly on the outside, and dots for all friends and family that I think about most often.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Abstract Monday "Sunday Afternoon with Annalee"

I was quite tired this weekend, and needed lots of rest. I have 3 months left till the end of the pregnancy and it seems that I can't get a night of uninterrupted sleep. I have trouble being kind to myself when I need rest. There was one moment on Sunday when I sat down and painted with my daughter. I felt great joy to be with her, painting with her. I felt calm and hopeful. I had some lingering sadness over my tired state, so I drew some of the rainbow above the smile and some below. I explained the painting to my daughter. Later that day she painted one more painting, of her smile and mine, with rainbows all around. It was awesome.

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of Kindergarten

I dropped my daughter off for her first day of kindergarten this morning. Texas is full day kindergarten (7:45-2:45 my goodness). It has been an emotional day for me and many of my friends. There is a beautiful Dar Williams song called "End of Summer," one line that I keep thinking of today: "It's the end of summer, when you send your children to the moon..."

As I shopped for school clothes for my daughter that seemed unnecessary because in Texas it's still 100 degrees and summer clothes will do just fine, I thought of the many trips to the outlets with my mom, sister, best friend Stacy, and her mom, picking out every color Levi's cords they had and sweaters lots of sweaters, readying for the cold RI fall to come.

The older my daughter gets the more I appreciate and understand all that my parents did for me growing up. My mom could walk and drive then, I'm grateful for the memory of her as young and independent.

I had a lovely end of summer, one trip to the California mountains and one to Rhode Island, both with family. This is my "Abstract Monday" for this first day of kindergarten, the end of summer.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tired as All Getout

Sometimes, when I'm super tired and have things that need doing, it feels like my happy parts and doing parts are being held down by something heavy. A nap is usually the answer, even if for a mere 2 minutes, and occasionally some tea.

Girl or Boy

We found out yesterday that we are having a girl. I had a little guessing contest on facebook for a free abstract to one right guesser. My friend Ly Ann won.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sequoia Lake, Sequoia National Park, CA

We are just back from a week at YMCA Family Camp Sequoia with my husband's side of the family. It was lovely and fun, and it's hard to be back in the Texas summer heat.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Late vs. Early

Diamonds as Best Friends

"Diamonds are a girl's best friend" wiki says, "The song was listed as the 12th most important movie song of all time by the American Film Institute."

Monday, July 26, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Austin Train Bridge, Big Texas, Little Painting

I went to the little beach yesterday morning and painted two more tiny paintings. This one is 2" x 4." There were red ants all over one part of the beach, the part I sat on the first time, so I moved slightly to the right and just in front of the tree they were busy with. That seemed to do the trick. The tree I sat under weeps and drops acorns, the cicadas were making their electronic music, and it was hot, but a little cooler by the lake. My husband brought me some cold water.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Monarch, Train Bridge, and Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas

The train bridge in Austin, where it crosses the Lake is quite a site. I set out today hoping to get a good painting in from beneath the bridge, I aimed for my usual spot and found it completely filled in with all manner of vegetation. I searched around just a bit and found what felt like my own private one person beach, which I will call Kimma Beach. I sat down on my towel on the sand with lake waves lapping up next to me and painted this 20 x 20" painting for 2.5 hours. It was the first time in all these free days that I didn't feel rushed. The train came by twice, so I was able to place it in the painting. The Monarch Condo across the way is beautiful but a complete pain to paint.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Secret to Happiness

It's abstract Monday again, and here is my abstract piece of art for the day. It's called "The Secret to Happiness." I'm personally happiest when I live in the now. What you are seeing: one line of music, the infinity sign, the "you are here" dot from maps, and the repeat sign. Happiness, done.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

360 Condo, Seaholm, Frost, Austin, Texas

I made some time to paint today. I sat by the Lamar bridge in the Austin summer sun, heat index 105, for one hour, and managed one larger painting 20 x 20 of the scene I've been studying in the smaller paintings.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sun Rainbow Repeat

My daughter includes a rainbow in all her art and they always look great. So I'm following her lead.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Austin, Texas, Skyline from Lamar Bridge

This is a watercolor of the Austin skyline. Watercolors ad their own atmosphere to a painting, but when you mess up there is little you can do to fix it.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pregnant Lady Good Day

Here's a bit of news, I'm 11 weeks pregnant and due on 1/1/11. Here is a little abstract painting based on that. The baby is 5.4cm and already has arms, legs, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Most importantly the doctor said, "A little butt and big head. " Funny.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Abstract Monday, Calm Confrontation

Monday is such a strange day, that I will post my abstracts on Monday. This one is called calm confrontation. It's the visual for how one might feel when trying stay calm during a disagreement.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Austin, Texas 360 Condo from Auditorium Shores, Mini Painting

Here is the other mini painting I worked on from Thursday's outing at Auditorium shores. These mini paintings are so small that they are more fun in person.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Austin, Texas from Auditorium Shores, Mini Painting

I found the cutest tiny canvases on Wednesday and painted two of them with my tiniest brush yesterday morning. I found a new spot, under the blue gazebo at Auditorium Shores. Nice and shady, with a great view of the condos and the water. One squirrel was a bit friendlier than expected, but I survived. This canvas is 2" x 3". My husband says I should market these tiny paintings as cubicle desk paintings. He may be right, because I like seeing them on my desk.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

360 Condo, Austin, Texas, Close Up

Here is another painting from yesterday's outing. I will head out later this morning to work on some others. I bought these tiny little 1" canvases, I'm dying to see if I can actually get a painting on them.
I'm also working on my Etsy store, so it should be simpler soon to buy any paintings you may fancy.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

360 Condo Austin Texas Stage Left

Yesterday was my second day with a chunk of free time in the morning. I grabbed my paints and set a goal: 3 paintings. I started at 9am. It was already so hot at 9 and by 11 when I finished I was ready for cold water and AC. This is the first of my paintings. I sat on the stone steps off the Lamar Bridge.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

View from Lamar Foot Bridge, Lady Bird Lake, Train Bridge, Austin, Texas

My daughter has summer camp mornings 5 days a week. I work 3 days a week. Yesterday, I had my first morning off from mommy work and work work, in 5 years. I grabbed my paints and sat on a bench on the Lamar Foot Bridge and did a little painting. I miss the ocean and RI more in the summer, so it was nice to spend some time staring at the lake.