Monthly Archives: January 2016

The world’s greatest numpty

No, I cannot figure out how to embed this in my website. That’s why I put it here. While I’m tentatively trying to outsource some of my support work, one thing I’m stuck doing is my website. Furthermore, it has to be done in HTML. I am married to a programmer and my daughter is […]

Paint Beautiful Acadia

I told you I’d give you the details of my workshop before anyone else gets them: Paint beautiful Acadia August 7-19, 2016 Now expanded to two weeks! Download a paper registration form. Register online here. Dramatic, inspirational Schoodic Peninsula in Maine’s Acadia National Park will be our base for a second year. By popular demand, […]

Black stovepipes and blacker dogs

I am out of small toned canvases, so I took a 9X12 with me to paint my quick sketch at Rockport harbor. It’s, well, sketchy, but I needed to be done by noon. As I painted, I watched a man playing fetch with his dog, a tiny little ball of black fur named Moose. As I was packing […]

Why I never get anything done

Imagine the housewife in, say, 1910, making her morning coffee. She comes down the back stairs to empty the ashes from the woodstove and stir what coals are left. After coaxing the embers into life, she might hazard the inside pump, or, if she is a fatalist, she just goes for the jug of water […]

Mary never said it had to be good

Everyone has their own organizational system. My friend Dawn uses Flylady. My friend Toby is currently enraptured with KonMari. My system can be described as “put it exactly where I tell you and I won’t kill you.” I’ve been married 35 years; I like things neat and my husband (who doesn’t read this blog) doesn’t […]