Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sunflowers - and Hnngghhh!

Kari's Sunflowers
Oil on canvas, 10x10

Peter came home the other day laughing. He'd gone to the vegetable stand down the road and bought tomatoes and something else, some kind of sweet potato that he'd never seen before. 

He asked the person selling the veggies what it was, and she said, "Hnnggh!" 

"What is it?" Peter said. "Pardon?"

"Hnngghh!" she said. 

And my dear husband, who pretty clearly was never going to understand what that woman was saying, just gave up and bought the hnngghh, two of them, actually. He brought them home, and cooked them, and they were delicious. 

So today, I talked to my friend Pat, who's lived here all her life - so far. 

She said that hngghh are haymen, an Eastern Shore delicacy. And there's apparently a very distinct way to treat, cook and enjoy the haymen. I took a video of Pat explaining. Click here to see it on YouTube.

On the Easel

It's a commission, 24x72, and I'm really excited about it!

Dog of the Day

Hahahaha! Aren't goats wonderful and STRANGE? 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Oil on canvas, 12x12

Another beautiful dog! I absolutely love that in doing all this painting, I have the chance to make portraits of people's beloved pets.

Carrot, whom I've had the great fortune to meet, was a rescue, and it showed, in the early photos of her. She is a serious dog, still, and probably always will be, but she's come miles from how she looked when she arrived at her forever home.


I THINK THAT maybe, in another life, I was a dog.

I'm pretty happy most of the time, and pretty trusting. I love to eat and sleep. I protect my home and family and friends fiercely.

And I have that dog thing that George Carlin described as believing that whatever is happening at the moment is going to go on... forever! Sad? Gonna be sad forever. Hungry? Gonna be hungry forever. Joyous? Yup - forever.

And I DO love to stick my head out the window when I drive.

I DROVE TO Virginia Beach today - the Big City! Here are a couple scenes I saw on my way...

Dog of the Day
Here are Gypsy and Shadow, Heather and Joe's beautiful dog and cat. 
They have special people in their hearts today - and every day. 

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Chloe and Roxie - and a Successful Art/Yard Sale

 Chloe and Roxie, both 12x12 commissions, live together and are the best of friends. 

Want a painting of your pet? Check the pet-portrait page on Jacobson Arts

I've been really enjoying my time here in Wachapreague. It's a pleasure to work my way through commissions that have been waiting for me, and to have the time to go out in this beautiful fall weather and paint this landscape that I love. 


MY DAILY PAINTWORKS auctions end Tuesday at 8 p.m. Two 10x10 paintings are up for sale. 

Click here to bid on October Afternoon (minimum bid $85) and here to bid on "Autumn's Best of Cheer," which currently has a $90 bid.  You can also click on the Daily Paintworks auction icon just to the right of this blog post! 


THIS PAST WEEKEND,  Wachapreague held the first of what it hopes will be the annual yard sale and art show. The plan at first was that Peter would do the yard sale and I would set my art up in the town park, but in the end, I set up my art in the driveway, along with the yard sale, and that was fine. Three paintings sold - one a new one, and two old ones on deep discount - and that's better than I did at some shows this summer. On top of that, we transferred a tremendous amount of our junk to other people. And best of all, we met lots of neighbors. 

Dog of the Day

This is Tamara Gonda's old girl, Flossie. These days, Flossie, who is 14,
 is having trouble getting up and down (who isn't?). But she loves her walks, 
and you can tell from looking at her that she's a wonderful old dog. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Miss You Already, Lou Reed

Miss You Already, Lou Reed
Oil on canvas, 10x10

Lou Reed has died, and I find myself darkly, deeply sad.

I always loved the guy, for what he did, what he said, what he meant. Lots of his songs didn't really do it for me, but his music, in general, always did, if that makes any sense. I could tell a Lou Reed song a mile away - and that's something I can't say for a lot of musicians.

Far as I could tell, Lou Reed never wanted to be anything other than Lou Reed. He never seemed to want to be cute, or a star, or commercial. He wanted to be himself, and to express himself, and if the world didn't like it, too bad.

Brian Eno said that though the first Velvet Underground album only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." You can count me in that 30,000. My little band, Petite Mal, couldn't have been more unlike any of Lou Reed's bands - except that, in its soul, it was. We never wanted to be anything but what we were, good, bad or indifferent.

Peter and I had the good fortune to see Lou Reed not so many years ago, in Kingston, NY. We were in the second or third row, and Reed gave a great performance. He was weathered, and yes, he was dark, but he had that rock and roll gleam in his eye, and he sang his heart and his soul, and you just knew he'd lived the way he wanted to live.

Far as I could tell, Lou Reed tried pretty much everything that crossed his path, and he was unapologetic about all of it. Everything he did, everything he took, everything he sampled colored his life and his music. And in the end, that's what got him. His liver gave out, and complications from the transplant took his life today, Oct. 27, 2013.

The world is just not as good a place without Lou Reed in it. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Autumn's Best of Cheer - and Pull Right in to the Drink-N-Drive

Autumn's Best of Cheer
Oil on canvas, 10x10

I know that autumn is inevitable, but every year, it excites me. And now that I paint, it excites me even more. But it's more than the colors in the fields and in the trees. It's the pleasure of kicking through fallen, drying leaves; the thrilling snap of a frosty morning on my cheeks and in my nose; the way the stars gleam sharp and brilliant in these clear and chilly nights. 

But painting the fall is the best, and this scene is sort of the quintessential autumn painting for me. It's a study for a larger painting I am doing as a commission. And for anyone living in the mid-Hudson Valley, yes, it does look familiar. It's on Route 17A, on the left as you're heading into Florida. 

I took the title of the painting from a poem by Helen Hunt Jackson. You can click here to read the entire poem; the stanza I lifted the title from is right here: 

    By all these lovely tokens
    September days are here,
    With summer's best of weather,
    And autumn's best of cheer.

This painting and another new painting are up for auction at Daily Paintworks. The opening bid on each is $90.

You can see my gallery and place bids by clicking here: - or by clicking on the Daily Paintworks icon on the right-hand side of the blog here!


HERE'S A GREAT knife-holder dreamed up by my friend Heather MacLeod. Isn't it fun? Check out more of her stuff at her website,


HEATHER ALSO SENT this photo, which absolutely made me howl. When we went to Canada together on a painting trip (see my blog entries from June 2010), we saw a series of mailboxes mounted on lawnmowers. After a while, we realized that they were probably the mailboxes of people who lived in the area in the summer, and were tired of putting their mailboxes back up after they'd been knocked over by the winter plows. And the other day, Heather saw a similar mailbox arrangement somewhere in Maine!

YES. IT'S A liquor store IN a gas station. Peter calls it the Drink 'n' Drive.

Dog of the Day 

I don't know his hame, but he was hanging around Willis Wharf the other afternoon, and he was soaking wet, and he was having about as good a time as a dog can have.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October Afternoon - and Horrible-Looking Bug

October Afternoon
Oil on canvas, 10x10

These autumn days are great for painting - and great for living,  too. For reasons I don't understand, the light gathers up a clear, round quality that, to my eyes, enriches all the colors, all the shapes, all the shadows of the earth. 

The wind blows cool and crisp through the sun-warmed afternoons, and on Virginia's Eastern Shore, the world turns yellow and bronze and gold. Here and there, I see a crimson tree, a flare of orange in a pine-green wood - the merest whisper of New England's loud October voice. 

Yesterday, Jojo and I spent pretty much the whole day in the studio, painting. I'm addressing a lovely series of commissions, and it is a joy to be able to paint dogs and cats and landscapes with the doors open, the October breeze blowing through, and my faithful companion at my side. 
    This painting and another new one are on auction at Daily Paintworks. To see my gallery, click on the icon on the right of this posting, or click here:

    The auctions end on Monday at 8 p.m. 


    WHILE JOJO HAS protected me from pirates, vandals and marauders, she has clearly not kept me safe from huge, disgusting bugs, as you can see below:

    I don't know WHAT this thing is, but it was about 3 inches from stem to stern, prehistoric looking, and pretty darn frightening. However, it seemed harmless enough. I put an empty paper towel roll in front of it, and it climbed aboard, and then happily (?) climbed onto a leaf outside - far away from the studio. 

    Dog of the Day

    I met Pam at the Stockley Gardens show in Norfolk in the spring. It was a good show for me, and lots of fun. Between then and now, Pam and her fam got Pemba. She's a golden doodle, and Pam says Pemba will fetch sticks all day from the Elizabeth River - no matter how chilly the day. 

    Want your pet to be Dog of the Day? Send a jpg to me at

    Monday, October 21, 2013


    Oil on canvas, 12x12

    Years ago, a lifetime ago, I had the chance to become the editor of The Carroll County Times in Westminster, MD. I'd wanted to be the editor since I'd started in newspaper 10 years earlier, and I'd worked hard to make it happen.

    So I left a great job - copy desk chief of The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, VA - and took the leap.

    It quickly became dispiritingly clear that running a newsroom was just not for me. It was a terrible fit with my personality. And the publisher of the Carroll County Times made being the editor there an even worse fit.

    But I loved my editors and my staff, and one of the people at the top of that list was Toni Guagenti, a vivacious, energetic reporter who strove to do her best, every story, every time. She was smart and kind and funny. She loved dogs. And she extended a hand of friendship to me during what was a very, very tough stretch of life.

    In time, Toni and I both left Carroll County. After a brief stay at the Washington Times, she was hired by The Virginian-Pilot, where she worked until relatively recently, when a round of layoffs eliminated her position.

    She freelances in Hampton Roads now, and we have been in touch since I moved to Wachapreague last year. And when a dear friend of hers, Corinne, lost her beloved cat this summer, Toni got the two of us together.

    On Saturday, Toni and Corinne came to Wachapreague to collect the painting of Rio, and to take me out. We had a great time, talking and laughing, catching up, getting to know each other - and having a delicious lunch at The Island House, to boot!

    Today, the morning dawned crisp and clear, with a cool autumn wind blowing in from the north.

    Winter is coming, with its gray days and early sunsets. But as I write this, I'm cooking homefries with lots of onions, the sun is out and the day is full of promise. Peter is in the other room, tying flies and planning his day's fishing. I'm listening to the dogs bark and feeling lucky to have a family I love, friends new and old, and people in my life who enrich me spiritually, challenge me intellectually and help me live my dreams.

    ONE OF THOSE people is Lori Chozik, who owns Center Framing & Art in West Hartford Center, CT. My brother introduced me to Lori, and she was the first gallery owner to want to represent me. On Friday, she hung a whole bunch of my paintings in the window.

    I think it looks great! If you're in or near West Hartford Center, take a stroll by, and poke your nose in the gallery and say hello.

    AS FOR THE houses or coffee cups question, opinions are just about evenly split, with some folks offering different ideas (dogs, trees)... and most people saying just do something that will amuse me. So I am still trying things. And still open to ideas!

    Dog of the Day
    This dog and her people were dining on the deck at the Island House on Saturday. 

    Saturday, October 19, 2013

    Cottages or Coffee Cups?


    Atlantic Avenue Triptych
    Oil on three 5x5 canvases

    I had a great time at the shows this summer, and I did well. But I am glad as can be that they're over and done with, at least for a couple months. I have commissions to paint, I have ideas to pursue, I have a trip to plan! 

    I want to have a project, too - and am hoping you will help. 

    Last winter, I thought about painting all the houses in Wachapreague - or at least all the streets in town. So that remains one possible project - and the triptych above is an example of how it might look. I want to do all small paintings, but 5x5 feels a little small. Might go for 6x6s. 

    My other idea is modeled on Scott Coleman's cupcake blog - This would be a daily painting, 5x5 or 6x6, of a coffee cup, with or without coffee, with or without additional coffee-related items, like this:  

    Coffee Cup No. 1
    Oil on canvas, 6x6

    So, what do you think? The pieces will sell for $50 or $60 each, plus shipping. Just send me an email with your choice, or put it in the comments below. 

    Here are photos of Atlantic Ave: 


    Here are two scenes you'd have seen yesterday evening, if you lived in one of those houses, 
    and looked out your window as the sun was going down: 

    Dog of the Day

    Here are Linda Fugate's dogs Holly and Buddy, all the way from Ohio! Want your pets to be the Dog of the Day? Send a jpg of them to me at


    Don't forget about the 2014 Year in Pets calendar, and the Year in Paintings calendar, too! At $19.99 each, they're fun for giving and for having!
    And as always, thank you so very much for reading my blog! 

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    Salt Marsh Sunrise - and Calendars Again

    Salt Marsh Sunrise
    Oil on canvas, 10x10

    Thanks to everyone who sent me their get-well wishes. I am getting well! Finally!

    My brother and I were emailing about how a temporary downturn like this, a head cold/fever/whatever that would not go away, can make everything look gloomy. And you think you'll never be well, and life will be gray and dim forever, and your energy, verve, intelligence and optimism are just gone.

    And boo-hoo, poor me, in the wide view of things, this was just nothing. This wasn't cancer or diabetes or MS or a back injury, or a bad hip, or any of the terrible things that could befall any of us at any time. This was just a head cold, with an extra dollop of something, stirred over a fire of exhaustion and physical depletion.

    I will do my best to remember, the next time this happens, that it will be over, it will go away, and the only way through it is, well, through it.


    IN MY ILLNESS-INDUCED stupor, I failed to link correctly from the icons of my Two New 2014 Calendars! This time, if you click on the icon, you'll actually be taken to the page where you can see all the pages and place an order!

    Just in case you don't like clicking on photos, here's the link for the landscape painting calendar

    And here's the link for the pet portrait calendar

    The calendars are $19.99 each, plus shipping. They're beautiful and fun - you should buy them for all your friend and family members! If you want 10 or more, please contact me for a bulk price.

    I'm also working on a hardcover book of paintings and writing, which should be done and available by the end of the week. Exciting!

    Dog of the Day

    My friend Patty Kiersten, a dear woman and talented painter, sent me this photo of Jack (on the bottom) and Honey, astride him. Honey, who died days after this photo was taken, had neurological problems and was only happy and comfortable when she was on top of Jack like this. He was fine with it, and I am sure that between Patty and Jack, Honey had as much love as any dog ever had.

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Velcro - and the Perfect Holiday Gift!

    Oil on canvas, 12x12

    After doing a lot of sitting around feeling sorry for myself, watching reruns on TV and, slowly, ever so slowly, starting to get well (yay!), I managed to haul my recovering butt up to the kitchen table and make two calendars for 2014. 

    THE FIRST CALENDAR is a collection of paintings from 2013. They're paintings of the Eastern Shore, of beautiful stuff I saw the Tubac trip, and of various other gorgeous scenes near and far. Click here, and you'll be taken directly to my page on Lulu. You'll also find the click-through image at the top of this blog, in the right-hand column, and on my website,
    THE SECOND CALENDAR is a collection of paintings of dogs, cats and one parrot, mostly done in 2013. Some of my favorite paintings are in here. Some of my favorite paintings are not in here, but I suppose that leaves room for 2015. Click here, and it should take you right to the preview area on Lulu, where you can see all the pages. You'll also find the click-through image at the top of this blog, in the right-hand column, and on my website,
    Each calendar is $19.99, plus shipping and handling. They're really fun, and they'd make great holiday presents. 
    YES! IT IS EARLY! But it's not that early. I bet some of you are already done with your holiday shopping, aren't you? The rest of you can be done today - Buy calendars for everyone! 

    Dog of the Day

    This is Virginia, who spent her entire life with my friend Debbie Ingoglio. 
    Virginia died in May. Debbie says she was the best dog, and she does look like a dear. 

    Want your pet to be Dog of the Day? Send a jpg to me at

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    We Need the Storm - and Withdrawing from Another Show

    We Need the Storm
    Oil on canvas, 10x10

    It's been raining and blowing for days here in Wachapreague. The tide's been high enough to wash marsh grass up onto the road. The wind has been strong enough to blow branches down all over town. 

    I have not been strong enough to do anything, and have withdrawn from this weekend's show in Reston, VA. I feel terrible about this for all sorts of reasons, but it is the only thing to do, and it is done. 

    I will ride out the storm, on this line between summer and autumn, and I will ride out this tenacious illness, and everything will be fine. I'm on the mend, for sure, and it is nothing serious - just overwhelming and dispiriting.  

    Here's my painting in the landscape. I made this piece in August, but the sky looks much the same. I lifted the title from "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" an address by Frederick Douglass. Here's the context: 

    For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. 
    We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. 
    The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; 
    the propriety of the nation must be startled; 
    the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; 
    and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.

    Dog of the Day

    I met this guy on the ferry from Orient Point to New London in July. 
    He was with the cutest Yorkie I've ever seen. 
    Want your pet to be the Dog of the Day? Send a jpg to me at

    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Two Paintings of Olana ... (Well, Really, Three)

    Update: I've pulled out of the pound ridge fine arts fest. It's a great show, and if you were planning on going, please go! I just feel too sick. Sorry! 

    Oil on canvas, 12x12
    At auction Saturday at Olana, in Hudson, NY

    I painted for five hours Thursday at Olana, the home of Frederic Church, in Hudson, NY. The high point of the day was a visit by Kathy and Jonathan, who came from Cromwell, CT, to visit the site and watch me and other painters do our thing. It was so great to see Kathy and meet her husband - I only wish I'd been feeling better. 

    I painted these pieces, and then just sort of collapsed. I don't know whether I'll paint today (Friday), or just head to Pound Ridge, NY, to set up for the Pound Ridge Fine Arts Festival this weekend. If I am not feeling good enough, I will pull out of that show. If you're thinking of coming, and my not being there would make a difference, please email me at or text/call me at 860-442-0246 and I'll let you know my status. I've gotten in, paid for my booth space and reserved a room, so chances are, I will be at the show. And I'm feeling better this morning than yesterday! 

    Here is the auction painting in the landscape

     And here's the other piece I did on Thursday, a diptych.

    Oil on canvas, 8x24x2
    Please contact me for price and delivery info

    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    Autumn on the Ridge

    Autumn on the Ridge
    Oil on canvas, 20x20

    As I drove north in New York, the colors brightened and deepened, the sky opened out, and fields and farms replaced streets and residential neighborhoods. 

    And as I drove, a cold I picked up somewhere grew more and more intense, and I began feeling worse and worse. 

    Thursday and part of Friday, I've been selected to paint en plein air at Olana, the home of Frederic Church, of the Hudson River School. Saturday and Sunday, I'm in a show at Pound Ridge, NY. 

    So keep your fingers crossed that I will not just dissolve into a little puddle of icky, coughing goo. 

    My painting in the landscape


    Isn't this plant amazing? The leaves must have been three and a half feet long! 
    Dog of the Day

    Saw these cats while in Warwick, NY!