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My gift to the birds is to provide them with plenty of seed to eat.

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Their gift to me is to plant the seed.

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When we allow it, the universe works in perfect harmony.


This is one of my largest lessons in life, control.

“I want this to happen…I really don’t want that to happen…I need to think harder…work harder…make things happen!”

I work very hard at attempting to manipulate my piece of the universe.

…but guess what?  It’s not working too well! 

I just wind up exhausted and empty.

When will we learn to get out of our heads and trust that everything is exactly how it should be?

Without our TOTAL CONTROL, the world just seems to be a better place.

I’m thankful for this beautiful flower. It is yet another reminder.

…that quite simply,  I have nothing to do with it :)


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OK. I don’t want any messages telling me you like the green better!

_aaa (1)There is no way a true color enthusiast could own a drab green house….there’s just too many other wonderful colors to choose from!

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I picked yellow because although the house is quite large with an addition off the back, from the outside, my house looks tiny.  To me it looks like a cottage.  I always loved yellow cottages when I was a kid. I thought happy people must live there.  It’s always sunny at their house!

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My childhood home was white with black shutters.

My first home we ever purchased was white with black shutters.

I was pretty sure there was no way I’d ever live in a house that wasn’t white with black shutters!

I’ve lived in this house for three years.  The house was drab green and it always felt like it still belonged to the family that lived here before me.

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Now that the house is a radiant yellow.  It feels like it is my house. Mary’s house.  Crazy bright Mary’s house.

I am going to make a sign and give the house a name.

I am going to call it “Sunnyside Cottage“.

My happy place.

Thank you. Plain and Simple. Thank you.


Reporting from the art front, I am pretty sure I can officially declare myself –exhausted!

I am still trying to catch my breath from my amazing art show Saturday. As you can see, I am only now getting all of the photographs loaded and finding that quiet moment to reflect.


That is the word. That is the emotion I am feeling, GRATITUDE.

Now of course there was the tremendous amount of art…


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And there was beautiful flowers and food….


But really, what made the show beautiful, WERE THE PEOPLE!

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My gorgeous girlfriend Elisa Lucia, staged props throughout the entire venue from her home-staging business.  Pretty vignettes that look like the very things I love to paint, were interspersed throughout my work.

My Aunt & Uncle and cousins came to support me even thought they already showed their support at my New York show!

I had other cousins with newborn children who set the date and came to see my show. Even though that had to be quite difficult for them and quite a distance to travel.

Then there’s my local friends and family here in RI, that POWER BLASTED Facebook for me.  They invited their friends to come and join and spread the word in the most creative ways. I am so very lucky to have these people in my life.

My biggest thank you goes to my mother.  Her energy and boundless creativity put me to shame!  My mom framed, hung both shows and promoted her heart out with not one single complaint.  Hours and hours of work went into these art shows and she was with me every step of the way. To nurture me and also to push me out of the nest.  There are no words to describe how lucky I am to have her.

I had over a hundred people come visit Saturday.  Each person followed me through the entire journey, they watched day after day, night after night, cheering me on and letting me know that they were there.

What one might consider a lonely experience was actually anything but…

I know it sounds crazy, maybe even a bit cliché, but truly, what will I take from this entire 365 experience?

The people, the gathering, the community, the positivity, the nurturing, the enthusiasm, the support.

For if a tree falls in the forest, and there is no one to hear it, does it make a sound?

I can create and create and create, but if I have no one to share it with…

There’d simply be no joy.


What to Wear? What to Wear?


My art show is tomorrow!  I’m finding it hard to sleep…nerves are kicking in.

So of course there’s always one more worry…WHAT TO WEAR?

Do I go classy & sophisticated?  …nah, people wouldn’t recognize me?

Do I go simple and understated?   …nah, I’d probably actually get picked on!

No, I need something bright, possibly borderline obnoxious.  You know, that person who loves color so much she just can’t stop at the brightly colored dress?  You know, that woman who loves sparkle so much she needs something dangling from every single appendage?  And why would you stop accessorizing there, when you could add a headband and floral shoes to boot?

Yes, this seems fittin’

Those who’ve grown to know me and even kind of love me will understand.

I just can’t help it!


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This painting looks large on-screen, but in actuality it measures a mere 2 x 2 inches!

I have one of those ceramic berry containers that are meant to look like the plastic pints you get from the farmer’s market.

I tell you, no matter what I put in the container it winds up looking special.

Even a simple old pear.

The light and shadows fall through the vessel just like magic.

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 Then you add a frame and a painting that once looked cute, now looks splendid!

Maybe I’m lost in my own little world, but little things like this

just make me happy


Hens & Chics

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I think of these little plants as “green roses”.  They are little jewels that hide between my other plants and occasionally show themselves.  I love to study their petals and fleshiness which is quite similar to aloe.  There are just so many cool things to study in the great outdoors.

This is another mini.  It’s a 5×7″ watercolor in an 8×10″ frame.

My stepmother is addicted to my mini paintings.  She keeps trying to take them before my art show!

Sorry Meme, I need to have a few little goodies at a great price point for the big event!

;) See you there!

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