Trying something new from an old idea…

I have always loved hand-painted tableware – since my mother had a “Vera” pattern cloth in the 1950’s.  From 1968-2000, I had Italian made plates with bright red and yellow poppies. I find that many of my watercolor paintings are patterns, so when I bought a light-weight canvas tablecloth last week in preparation for a summer party, I found the temptation irresistible to try a “stain painting” on this surface. I had done stain paintings years ago – before I used brushes. Pouring paint on an un-gessoed canvas and drawing into the paint with black paint from a squeeze bottle is very freeing. Swish! and there is your permanent mark! I did one 15′ raw canvas in 1996 that is still used to cover a window seat and pillows. This past week I set up my drop cloth (Important! the paint will stain the floor, too), watery paints, brushes and Whosh! I have a new tablecloth. The paint is acrylic so it won’t fade or run. Here is my first tablecloth! (Meanwhile, the painting that I’m working on goes unfinished, still.)

Stain painted tablecloth

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Welcome to my notes on painting. As I work on ideas, I may post images in process or thoughts on museums I have visited.

This web site includes (mostly) paintings created since my move to Vermont in 2000. Before then, I had a studio at the former Waltham Watch Factory in Waltham, MA for 11 years. While there, I produced ceramics, (hand-built and slip-cast), papier mache furniture, monotypes (single image prints) that may show up on this blog from time to time.

From the paintings now on line, I can replicate most in a smaller size, put an image on cups or stationery. Just ask.

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Recent Paintings

Mama Corona
Corona Party Goer
Not Socially Distancing


BCA Center
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
New Art Center of Newton
Shelburne Museum