Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I hope your holidays have been wonderful! 

If you are looking for something interesting to see, along with all of the other holiday activities offered at Tunkhannock's Dietrich Theater, there is also a beautiful, interactive holiday display that is delightful for children and adults alike.  

This display was designed and created by Stephen Hendrickson, who is the production designer for the television show, "The Good Wife."  My photographs of the display were featured in an article which ran on the front page of the Lifestyle Section of the Scranton Times-Tribune. 

You can read the article here.

Here are some of the detail shots of the display, "On Christmas Eve, Who Let The Monkeys In?"

If you are in the Tunkhannock area, and get a chance, stop in at the Dietrich and take a look. 

Have a Happy New Year!

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Some images just don't need words...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How Do You Spell Adorable?


I recently had the pleasure of photographing this sweet little one-year-old and her family.  Just look at those beautiful blue eyes!

We postponed this session hoping for warmer weather, and I was glad we did!  I knew her parents wanted some outdoor portraits in addition to the indoor ones, and I learned long ago that it's much easier to keep a toddler happy when they're not shivering!  We ended up with a gorgeous day that was absolutely worth waiting for.

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Beginnings

I have not posted here in a L-O-O-O-NG time.  I don't think I've painted since my last post.  My boys keep me running -- all of them, including my husband! 

I have not lost my creative spirit, however!  Lucky for me, I still have photography, and that has really blossomed in the last year.  I've continued to photograph all kinds of things that inspire me, but have found myself doing some portrait work, and have found that to be inspiring as well!

The portrait work was kind of accidental...sort of.  I've always loved capturing kids and families with my camera.  I've always found myself striving to push my technical limits in order to create better portraits.  I had decided I'd like to make it my career path as my kids got older, but did not have a definite time frame in mind. 

Then, last summer, a friend of mine wanted a portrait done of her children with all their cousins.  I am delighted to say that I have been getting calls through word of mouth ever since!  It has been so much fun!

Here are a couple photographs from the session that got me started: 

I am so grateful to my friend for giving me the push that got me started moving down this path...

...and I'm sure I'll find time to paint again eventually!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Jurista Road

"Jurista Road"
12" x 9"
While visiting their grandmother, we took the boys up to a neighboring farm to pick sweet corn. It was a sunny, clear, beautiful day. When we turned around to leave, this is the scene that greeted me...I have not been able to get that beautiful view out of my head since.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

At Summer's End

Can it be that summer is nearly over? I apologize for neglecting this blog over the summer months. It seems that when you are busiest and have the most to say, you have the least amount of time to write.

Between visits from relatives, a long roadtrip with my boys, home renovations and soccer season starting, I have been consumed by an abundance of activity...unfortunately, most of it has NOT involved painting.

I have, however, taken many, many photographs over this busy, busy summer, and things should begin settling down enough for me to pick up my pastels and watercolors once again.

So, I'm back! Here are some of my favorite photographs from the summer...I hope you will enjoy them!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Work In Progress: Newton

This painting is still in progress, but it's getting close to finished. I think I need to add some more darks in a few places so it doesn't look quite so much like he's "floating" above the moss. This will be a birthday present for my son's 6th birthday. He has asked for more "real" paintings to hang in his room.

This is a salamander (actually a red-spotted newt) which we found in our yard last summer. We kept him for about 2 weeks, and then let him go where we found him. I don't know if it was his vibrant color, or the surprise at how rough his skin felt (he didn't LOOK rough!), but he really captured the imaginations of my boys. They still talk about him!

I haven't done much in the way of painting animals, but I am having SO much fun with this one, I may have to do more!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Fiery Reds

12" x 18"
These brilliant red tulips were crying out to be captured forever! I preserved them in a photograph, but they really wanted to be painted, as well. I hope I've done them justice!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Vacations and Kitchen Renovations, Oh My!

We just recently got back from a fun family trip to Chicago. There is so much cool stuff to see there! Here are a couple of my favorite "public art" works there, both from Millenium Park along the lake.

This fountain is sometimes a face just looking serious and it looks simply like an electronic "sculpture" of sorts. Then, the eyes close, the lips pucker up, and suddenly, it's spitting a large stream of water out onto the walkway, much to the delight of any children (including grown-up children!) who run and splash barefoot in the water.

Another really cool public sculpture is also found in Millenium Park...its official name is "Cloud Gate," but many Chicagoans simply call it "The Bean."

Here's a fun photo I took standing underneath "Cloud Gate."

I know I do lots of floral paintings and photography, so for those of you who enjoy that, here's a Chicago flower for you!

Anyway, we loved visiting Chicago, my home for 14 years (and my husband's for most of his life), and sharing it with our kids. It was great fun!

Now that we are back, we are in the midst of a kitchen renovation. I've had very little time to post to my blog, or get much painting done, for that matter! Things should start to settle back into some kind of routine after this next least I HOPE so!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How We Celebrated Earth Day

Photographing the beauty Earth is offering at the moment, of course! The world is coming alive with color once again, and I felt compelled to get out my camera and capture as much of it as I could! I collected a lot of painting inspiration...but I think some of the photos really stood on their own merits, too. Here are a few of my favorites:

My sons wanted to get in on the action, too. Here is one of my junior photographers at work:

And, I can't leave the other one out, can I?