The deed is done, the cake is delicious, and the berries didn't melt through the bottom of the cake.
Hurricane Irma will certainly bring a long power outage to my home and studio.
Since Tuesday, we've been covering windows, finding safe shelter for many many potted plants, and trying to waterproof our large house windows. Who knows if the wind and rain will spare us.
My studio is totally out of commission for quite a while, serving as the storage area for everything we had to bring in from outdoors. But there are other creative things to do.......cooking.
One big job has been to deal with the food in our freezer that is sure to defrost. Certainly can't eat it all at once. At least, shouldn't.
In July I found the most delicious large blueberries and froze a couple of quarts of them to use in the winter when the berries would make everyone smile.
WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THOSE BERRIES WHEN THEY DEFROST DURING THE POWER OUTAGE DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA!!!!!
So before the power goes out, I baked a favorite bundt cake recipe with the blueberries. Not too much sugar, some lemon juice, cinnamon, and orange marmelade because I had no orange juice.
YUM! What a way to wait out the hurricane. I also baked the cake to celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, September 10th, since a festive day out is not an option this year.
Whirlwind Irma has decided to celebrate our special day in quite another way. So we'll be marking the day with cold soup and wine in a candlelit room, the rain and wind dancing outside around our pool.
It's summertime again! Hot doesn't even describe the weather this year in many parts of the US. So a beach scene is in order for the season, with flowers, of course.
"Beach Flowers" highlights the gaillardia flowers that blanket many seashore areas on the east coast, giving the blooms one of their common names....blanket flower. I've created the image as an etching with added watercolor, sized at about 5"h x 4"w. A "cool" place.
The 2017 Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee gave me an Award of Distinction this year!! After over 30 years of doing outdoor art festivals, awards are always a surprise. Recognition of my work in this way has given me encouragement to continue exploring the subjects that have been my focus over all these years...botanical imagery, landscapes, and, in general, the natural world. In retrospect, these images represent the theme and variations, rhythm and counterpoint I see in the landscapes around us.
So, here again, the retirement question comes up. Am I going to do any more outdoor shows? Right now the answer is "maybe with no specific schedule in mind". Certainly, the Chain of Parks show and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival are on my calendar for 2018. I'll wait and see if I decide to do others, and I'll post them here in the future along with new images.
The 2017 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival awarded me the $5,000 Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award. The piece they selected is the image described in my post below...."Roots." What an amazing honor!! I am so pleased that the judges felt that my etching of a live oak tree fit the philosophy of the Foundation and its endeavors. Naturally, I'm still overwhelmed by receiving this prize. The photo is of the Foundation President David Odahowski and me. Plus the ribbon, of course.
So, I guess this wasn't my last art show. I'll be at this show again next year. Perhaps I'll also do a few more shows here and there as the spirit moves me. If I do, the shows will be posted here. Or if you wish to be on my email list, send me the information and a message through the contact link above.
My thanks to everyone who came to my booth at the show and purchased a piece of my artwork. I hope it gives you as much joy as I had in creating it.
For some time now, I have been sharing thoughts of sabbatical, time out, retirement from shows (oh no!). This spring there will be two shows I will do as you see in the listings to the right. After that, I'm not sure in which direction I will go. After 32 years of doing art shows, it's time to branch out (no pun) into other fun projects. However, painting will continue to be a big part of my fun. Just maybe not so many shows. Or maybe just one every so often. Or maybe not any shows at all anymore given the physical toll it is taking.
Kindly make the trek to see me at these (so far) last two outdoor art shows I will do. If you'd like to make a purchase, there will be some specials (please remind me I said this) and some hugs too.
Certainly I will miss all of my many longtime customers and friends who gave me encouragement and support over the years. Please do keep in touch through this website, or emails and phone calls. New Images will continue to be posted here too.
"Roots" is an image I have had in my mind's eye since childhood. Whenever I was in a park or on a hike in the mountains, I had the idea that these tall, very old, trees always would be there on my next expedition. As I grew older, this symbol of continuity became more certain for me when other events in life became less so. So, 'roots' can mean reliability, grounding, wisdom, family, ancestors, security, or whatever you can point to as an anchor in your life.
A different oak inspired my original idea, but the particular tree I chose is the Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, with limbs that will reach out no matter how gnarled and wrinkled. Its height can reach 60 feet and limbs can spread to over 50 feet. Indeed a spectacular shade tree. Each year this tree loses many leaves to make room for new ones. And did I mention thousands of acorns and flowers to sweep up? An evergreen tree, the Live Oak is found mostly in the southern coastal plain of the US and along the Gulf Coast to Mexico.
I created the image as an original limited edition etching. After hand printing it on an etching press, I used watercolors and acrylics to complete the rendering in paint. Details can be found under the Etchings tab above.
Of course I grew up in Brooklyn, as many of you know. Quintessentially urban.
But much of my free time when I was young was spent hiking in the woods and wild areas far from the city. This etching reflects those days.
This serene landscape image is a classic scene from many the American wetland escapes I visit on a regular basis.
The Four Seasons etching series combines seasonal botanical images with a central seasonal landscape. Each one is depicted as a 4" x 6" image with line etching, acquatint, embossing, and colored inks. The plates are cut into three sections, with the outer part showcasing seasonal foliage, the crescent shaped part depicting the sky, and the inner part showing a landscape with a border of other plants. There are 16 different colors of etching inks used to complete the four images.
As of April 2015, printing is complete for all four editions of the seasons and the plates are now cancelled (corners cut off). They have each been framed accompanied by the last piece in each edition #50/50. Framing is unfinished pale poplar wood with a museum rag mat.
The price for the framed set of four is $1,400, shipping and tax are extra. The set of four with mats but no frames is $1,225. Look under the "Etchings" tab to view the images in the series. I do have photos of the framed pieces I can send, but they will have some reflections from the plate and the glass. Please send any questions using the email contact on this site.
Please contact me if you are interested in buying one of 'Seasons.'