Friday, March 30, 2012


When a painting doesn't turn out the way I want it to, I shelve it until I learn something new -- some way to improve it.  This was one of those cases.  I took my original portrait into Photoshop and turned it into a fiery goddess.  Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis enhances her power.   

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Those Lusty Canterbury Tales

Oh, how the heart stirs to hear the bawdy tales of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.  Enjoy this animated video:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

NEVER a Damsel in Distress

These earrings are designed for “blue stockings”— women, who in the original meaning, “support each other in intellectual endeavors such as reading, artwork, and writing.”   You can buy them at:

Charlotte's Jane Eyre, and Emily's Wuthering Heights were released in 1847 after their long search to secure publishers. The novels attracted great critical attention and steadily became best-sellers.  They caused a sensation when they were first published and were subsequently accepted into the canon of great English literature.

These bits of ephemera whirled me back into the 19th century.  I could almost hear the sound of horses’ hooves and carriage wheels as we sped toward the manor.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


 Abstract art has a magic of its own.  Like all other forms of painting, it needs lights and darks, movement to draw the eye around the work, and depth is important, too.  Unless you are painting flat geometric shapes, there should be a foreground, a middle ground and a background.  You can purchase this original painting at

Enjoy Brazilian musician, Eliane Elias—a favorite of mine—adds the dimension of sound to my “Blue Samba”.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It's That Look of Love

Her eyes say everything.  They are filled with love for you.  Remember when eyes looked at you like that?  I doubt if we ever forget that expression.  If you'd like this Fine Art print, you can buy it from me at .

He Ate Your Heart???

Oh, dear Thomas Hardy, poet of the Englishmen, why did your cat eat your heart?

Hardy died in Dorchester, Dorset, on January 11, 1928. Eva Dugtale washed his body and prepared it for burial. Hardy's ashes were cremated in Dorchester and buried with impressive ceremonies in the Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. According to a literary anecdote his heart was to be buried in Stinsford, his birthplace. All went according to plan, until a cat belonging to the poet's sister snatched the heart off the kitchen table, where it was temporarily kept, and irreverently ate it.

Here is Cindy Dulfer and her sax wailing out a tune called "Wish You Were Here".

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


"Lover, one lovely day,
Love came, planning to stay;
Green Dolphin Street supplied the setting,
The setting for nights beyond forgetting..."

Green Dolphin Street (1947) is a historic drama film starring Lana Turner that was based on the historical novel Green Dolphin Country (1944) by Elizabeth Goudge. The title song "Green Dolphin Street" (sometimes given as "On Green Dolphin Street") is a song written for the film by Bronislaw Kaper and Ned Washington. This song has become a jazz standard.