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Monday, November 15, 2010

November Days

You will have to visit my flickr account to see what has been happening. I was given a wonderful birthday party by my husband with the help of my wonderful family and friends. A beautiful Pinocchio cake. [Pinocchio and I have aged together another 10 years.] Music was made by Larry Velanni and friends plus a special song prepared by my granddaughter, Hannah Jackson. Younger granddaughters were not to be outdone and they and my little neice from NJ performed a "chicken "dance. The day for me was truly a gift.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Halloween has always been a special day for the Gwinnett family. Our middle child was born in Brooklyn on October 31st. The birthday parties were always the most fun. My husband and I have attended many costumed Halloween parties over the years. We have gone as Gunger Din and Queen Victoria, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, {I still have the dress} and Toulouse Lautrec and a Moulin Rouge dance girl. My recent attire has been my favorite Pinocchio puppet.
I had a wonderful attendance to the Alamance Co Studio tour. Made some sales and found out how many paintings I have. Friends and family were a great help with the 70 visitors.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Almost ready.

Just six days away from the first Alamance County Studio Tour. I am almost ready. Found so many paintings to put out for sale, there will be deep discounts at my house. Maybe some freebies as well. Here are some images of my " gallery displays."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Getting Ready (Click)

Busy getting ready for Alamance County's first Studio Tour, which is a month away. Today I framed some small paintings and working on list of addresses for brochure mailing. My fractured foot is still giving me pain when I'm on it too long....... It will be 6 weeks tomorrow since my fall. Much too much to do!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Celebrated our wedding anniversary at "Il Palio" a restaurant in the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill. It was a little connection to the time spent in Siena. My meal was a wonderful veal picata. Was unable to locate the wonderful palio painting that hung in the restaurant. We were told the hotel was sold to new owners two years ago. \Here is a watercolor I have painted from our visit.

Saturday, August 07, 2010


Not the happiest of weeks for me. There must have been ten deaths of friends and acquaintances I've heard about in the last two weeks. This week read of the passing of a former art student of mine. This lovely lady was such a joy to have in my oil painting class.

On Thursday I was on my way to another man's funeral mass, when I tumbled off the steps of my back door. My foot immediately swelled from the ankle down. Been hobbling around with a walker and keeping the foot raised. Sorting through my folders of paintings on the computer and playing Farmville.

My Dad's birthday was last week. It is 10 years since he is gone and he would be 93 years old.
ABOVE is an image of the watercolor painting I did of his violin.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Upcoming art show

" Hat Boxes at the Window"
Another cloudy day, but not complaining if the weather stays cooler. Receiving titles from my art students for our "Window Views" exhibit. About thirty paintings will be on display through the months of September and October at the "Two For Tea" restaurant in Burlington NC. It will be the first time some of these emerging artists will be exhibiting their art work.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Every thing is green again

More framing of window paintings yesterday, and cleaning out trash on my two studio tables. The paper shredder has been busy.
My husband just found his missing avocado for the humus he is making, while I re-potted an orchid plant I hope will bloom again.
This is an image I painted about 20 years ago. I don't know what happend to the painting.
Rained like crazy last night. Everything looks green again.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Working week

Painting in Acrylics this week. Completed "Forest in the Woods" and "Flowers in the City."
I also worked on a series of fountain paintings. Earlier in the week framed some watercolors in my "Window" series.
Fun times, celebrating dinner, then fireworks with Italian friends. Surprised by son and three little granddaughters coming to the fireworks display in Burlington City Park. Couldn't have happened without cell phones.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Days

Summer upon us.Trying to stay cool.Spending some time studying my Italian.
Worked up architectual sketch for expansion of my son's home.

Preparing for next exhibit with he students of my watercolor class of the Alamance Community College. I am planning to base the exhibit around a window theme.

Headed to Chapel Hill today to see some new galleries.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Yesterday in Alamance County

Had a delightful day on Wednesday. Shared wonderful luncheon with friends at the ACC culinary department. Smoked duck for appetizer and a cassoulet for the starter.The main course was a Beef Wellington in a Bordelaise sauce. I chose the lemon parfait for dessert.

I later delivered my watercolor of "The House in Vins sur Caramy" to its new owner. The transaction pulled at my heart a bit, as I recalled sitting in the little Provence village when painting the image.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday Evening.

Worked in garden again for two hours. Came across peony plant that had flowered, but we never saw the booms because of the weeds. My hydrangea bush is blooming. First time in about 6 years. Rains do wondrous things.
Scanned some new paintings into the computer in preparation for October's Studio Tour publications.
I have three opportunities to exhibit some work the first weekend in June. Can I do all three?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The rain has stopped in Alamance County

The rain has stopped and it was a perfect morning to work out in the garden. Although I was weeding on a hill I was soon covered with mud. I know I prefer moving plants around on "Farmville." No mud.

Thank you all who came out to visit me and see my new paintings at Art on the Vine. Although it was a little muggy, we were all thankful the rain held off both days. The painting that received the most admirers was the "Strings in the Woods." Since it was not sold, I think I might reframe it.
Will be traveling, with three artist friends, to Siler City NC tomorrow. Their main street has been turned into an art district, filled with studios and galleries.
In the evening, I will be in Winston Salem to attend granddaughter Hannah's concert at Mt Tabor High.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Remembering April.

Hello all,

April flew by, but it was an exciting month. I have been painting watercolors of Italy [Roma and Firenze.] I took my watercolor class to the paint on the beautiful grounds of the Alamance Co Historical Museum. Although the weather kept changing we all did some lovely work.
My husband and I also had a wonderful day at the new North Carolina Museum of Art. It was such fun seeing familiar art pieces in new spacious surroundings and see many pieces that have been in storage. The Rodin sculpture gallery and gardens are awesome.

I had a great day at the Raffaldini Vineyard on the 23rd. My invited patrons agreed with the words in my invitation that it would be like a day spent in Tuscany.

Above is the watercolor I did of the Villa Raffaldini. It was purchased by a member of the Raffaldini family, although I have also been selling 11x15 matted prints of the villa.

Monday, March 01, 2010

" Disastro"

Many disasters which I don't know how to resolve, but I am working from my new computer. If I am reaching Mary who was interested in prints of ROME, FLORENCE and Barcelona, I lost your email! Another loss is my Front page installation disk. Don't know how I will be able to adjust my website if I don't find it..
Lots of prayers have been going out from this house in Burlington.
My class requested sea shore subjects for tomorrow lesson. I will dream I am at the beach tonight.

Friday, February 19, 2010

New Computer

New computer on its way. After it was ordered my old computer crashed with a virus. Sending this from husband's.

Friday, February 12, 2010

I am exhibiting with the Watercolor Society of North Carolina at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex North Carolina. This painting was inspired by my first trip to Britain. The B& B, I visited with my daughter, had a plate collection of the ceramacist, Clarice Cliff.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Happy New Year

I hope we don't see any more snow here in Carolina. Here is the image I sent out on my Christmas cards. It depicts Saint Mathews in Walsal England. I visited there in the early 90's, with my daughter Elizabeth, to do research of the Gwinnett's family history.

Not liking the cold weather, especially when having this horrible cold. Today I have been working on my computer, cleaning out the mail box, moving picture files around etc.

This week, I rejoined the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. I was a member in the 80's. Some how I got too busy to participate. The format has changed some in the organization, as there are now some local events in different regions of the state. More about this later.

Putting some time into my Italian language books again. I hope I soon will be well enough to attend the little Italian get-togethers at Elon U.

Full class signed up for my watercolor class this week at the Community class. I always enjoy meeting new students. "Painting Texture " will be the emphasis in this session. .