Monday, October 1, 2018


The colorful pottery of Homer Laughlin makes me happy. I've been collecting for about 30 years. Most of my collection is post 1990 but I have some old pieces, too. So naturally I've started to use it in some of my paintings. The first painting includes a bright yellow pitcher which is not Fiestaware but it sure is just as cheerful as any piece I've ever collected.
The peppers in the second painting came from the Waverly Farmers Market in Baltimore, MD. And the tiny bowl is really a berry bowl probably from the 1940s.
"Yellow Pitcher and Fiestaware cups" oil on Raymar (11" x 14")

"Peppers and Fiestaware" oil on gessobord™ (6" x 6")

Saturday, September 22, 2018


My modest collection of vintage toys includes some beloved roly poly dolls. I think their appeal, besides the colors and texture,  is that they always pop back up no matter how many times they are knocked down. From time to time I like to paint this particular toy. Many are impressed and a few say they are "creeped out"by the piece.  This makes the world go around, I guess. There's always room to learn about what others are trying to say with their reactions to art.
"Roly Poly" oil on gessobord™ {6" x 8")

Thursday, September 20, 2018


A dear friend, knowing that I collect vintage mid-century domestic appliances, generously gave me an old General Electric Iron. It is a challenging model with its space age design and complicated angles. It is quite heavy too. The women who ironed in this decade did not need to go to the gym for their many metal appliances were equivalent to lifting weights when in use.
General Elecric Iron oil on canvas paper (9" x 12")

Friday, February 2, 2018


"Abandoned Tractor-Morvan Region, France" oil on panel (12" x 24")

My husband and I spent some time in a gîte in the Morvan region of France where a family friend has a  scenic farm with several houses to rent. In between family members' visits, we took day trips into the mountains to view the scenery.  This lonely little tractor was sitting in a beautiful field all by itself. I had to stop and take a photo. Finally, I've been able to paint this little relic of vintage farm equipment. I hope more paintings can come out of this unforgettable trip.