Steve Jobs passed away yesterday. When I first heard the news, I reacted much the same way I did when I first learned that John Lennon had died. I knew Jobs had been battling cancer and had stepped down from his CEO position at Apple just this past August. Yet, the loss was still stunning and unexpected to me. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer Inc. They started tooling around together in a garage that belonged to Jobs' parents in 1976. That's when computers were large … [Read more...] about My Thanks to Steve Jobs and His Vision
On August 4, we held our 3rd annual Art at the Market, at the Belmont Farmers' Market. It's become a popular activity that kids and parents alike look forward to. Jeanne Mooney and her daughter, Frances, found last year's supplies in their basement (thank goodness!) and, once again, set up everything. The 3 of us are like a well-oiled machine, working together smoothly and enthusiastically. There was a steady stream of children and adults creating artwork for 2 solid hours. It seemed like … [Read more...] about Art at the Market: Kids Love It!
I've traveled a fair amount and a friend once asked me what my favorite places in the world were. Traveling teaches me so much about people, the land, and how diverse we are. Much of my inspiration comes from traveling, too. Here's my top 10 list of favorite places: Hawaii — Hawaii is the most beautiful tropical location I've ever visited. I've been there twice, spending time on Maui, Kauai, and The Big Island. The combination of rain forest, gorgeous beaches, and amazing hikes makes … [Read more...] about Top 10 Favorite Places to Visit
This is the 100th International Women's Day! For this special day, I came up with a list of 8 women who have inspired me: My mother, Louise, of course! She's been a great role model throughout my life. She taught me how to stand on my own 2 feet, think for myself, and stay organized. I also continue to learn a lot about love and life from her. Sojourner Truth — Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree, she changed her name (what a great name!) after Emancipation and began speaking about … [Read more...] about 8 Women Who Have Inspired Me
There are so many great graphic design books in the world! My top 9 are those that I consider to be must-haves. Some are terrific introductions to the field, while others are wonderful life-long references. The Elements of Typographic Style, by Robert Bringhurst This is a comprehensive book that should be on every designer's shelf. An expert typographer and an eloquent writer, Bringhurst has given us a gift that Herman Zapf hopes will become the "Typographers' Bible." Bringhurst's language … [Read more...] about Top 9 Graphic Design Books
The Belmont Gallery of Art is a beautiful gallery in one of the town buildings in Belmont Center. Curated lovingly and meticulously for years by Nan Rogers, it has attracted a steady number of local and not-so-local artists. Yesterday, Nan began the preparations for the upcoming Small Works Holiday Show & Sale: she figured out where each piece would go and started to hang the art. This morning, another artist, Kimberly Becker, and I joined forces and together we completed the job. It was … [Read more...] about Treasure Chest of Art
In August, I spent a weekend painting and relaxing at Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, NY. I started 3 paintings that weekend, and now I'll share with you the process of finishing those paintings when I returned home. Sometimes, I'm able to start and finish a painting in 1 sitting, but it's not a common practice for me. Whether it's because I paint "slowly" (whatever that means!) or because I need to take a break, 2 to 3 hours is my "standard" block of time for a painting session. When I travel, … [Read more...] about Omega Weekend Paintings Finished!
On August 19, we had our second annual Art at the Market activity at the Belmont Farmers' Market. It was a big hit last year and we were looking forward to doing it again. Market organizers put up the tent in the center of the market, so we were visible from all angles. Jeanne Mooney and her daughter, Frances, set up EVERYTHING else: chairs, tables, and supplies. They also brought their own special brand of enthusiasm and joy. Here's a big shout-out of THANKS to each of them! We again … [Read more...] about Art at the Market: Another Fun Day!