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December

Annual December madness is upon me…I’m not spending enough time at the studio and too much time at the post office…not memorizing the wanted posters as you might think, but mailing packages and buying stamps just in case I manage to get out holiday cards this year.   I didn’t manage to do that last year or the year before and I’m pretty sure not the year before that, so the perfect, carefully chosen cards will soon be candidates for the Antiques Road Show.

Star Dust & Cookie Crumbs

Star Dust & Cookie Crumbs

When I do go to the studio I pack a little, then paint a little, and then pack a little more.  These two paintings are both acrylic on canvas.  Winter Bouquet is a small painting ( 20″ x 16″)  and obviously (although not so obvious to me when I was painting it) influenced by the twinkling  Christmas lights… or perhaps the twinkling sugar on Christmas cookies… or perhaps the twinkling in the always pleasant Mr. T’s eyes as he happily plans my Christmas morning surprise.

Winter Bouquet

Winter Bouquet

Wishing joyous twinkling to you all this holiday season!

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After more than two weeks of the temperatures dropping below freezing, a tiny but nasty bit of snow and ice (hopefully the last of the season) and  blustery winds from the north I’ve decided to really and finally and at last move my studio south…to lovely Burien By The Sea.  I truly hate the thought of moving the studio since I love the SoDo location, but adding anther space heater (the fourth!) into my unheated and un-insulated studio only managed to raise the temperature to 65 after several hours and to that I say, “Ah, phooey!”  My new studio space has lower ceilings (too bad!) and equally bad lighting, but is slightly larger and very, very much warmer…but having to say good-bye to coffee-and-a-cookie at the incredible Macrina Bakery is going to break my heart.  I’m starting the  Pack Or Toss now, but will make the actual move in January when it will, most certainly,  be dark, cold…and raining.

The Snow Falling On Our Skin

The Snow Falling On Our Skin

This is the third oil on Yupo.  It started out a tad more romantic, but I was temperature-influenced and sorely cold-bit while painting.   I envisioned this painting as a sweet little (well, not so little since the Yupo measures  28″ x 40″, but definitely sweet) valentine but regretfully it morphed into a survivalist statement.  Sometimes paintings have a mind of their own.

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