"The Great Gulf," Watercolor on paper, 8.5"x21", December 2014.The Presidential Range is a highlight of the White Mountain National Forest where trails lead over, around, and through the Great Gulf. The weather can change in the blink of an eye."White Mtn Mini 4: A-Z Trail," Watercolor on paper, 5"x5", January 2015.The view downstream through the Zealand Valley in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Above, beavers have dammed the stream, creating a swamp below.
At last: Spring! After the most pernicious and unending winter I’ve witnessed living in Boston, the grass is green again and the crabapples up on Peter’s Hill are in bloom! Mother’s day is approaching (great time to get your outdoorsy mama some mountain art, btw) and the gardening season is in full-swing. Pretty soon we’ll have a farmer’s market on our hands and Saturday mornings will once again be about food shopping and socializing in Roslindale Square.
May is a busy month for me starting with a 200-mile running relay from Hull to Provincetown, Massachusetts this weekend (gulp!) A group of twelve work colleagues and friends-of-friends will run legs of various distances all day and all night. By the end we will have traversed the South Shore and Cape Cod in this crazy event by the Ragnar Relay Series. It’s challenging but extremely fun. I’ve done one in the past and I can’t wait to do it all again!
"White Mtn Mini 7: Star Lake," Watercolor on paper, 5.5", March 2015.Lovely Star Lake, perched on the edge of the Great Gulf between Mounts Madison and Adams is home to the best patch of cottongrass I know. Next up is Dedham Open Studios on Sunday, May 17th where I will again have the pleasure of showing my art at the Heart of the Square (right beside the movie theater on High Street in Dedham). It’s a ridiculously charming shop full of goodies with the best hostess I could wish for in owner and designer Diana Gaikazova. She just magically draws people in with the welcoming atmosphere she has created. I’ll have lots of original artwork, prints, and greeting cards on hand, so stop by and pick up something nice!
In the meantime I’ve been framing small items and leaving the big, custom mat-cutting and framing tasks to my lovely and dedicated husband Stu, who can cut large panes of glass and assemble finished pieces without catastrophe. He’s also the one to scan small works, coordinate photography for the big stuff, and do finance-type-things (ugh!).
"White Mtn Mini 6: Great Gulf," Watercolor on paper, 5"x5", January 2015.Clouds roll over the summits of New Hampshire's Presidential Range before descending into the Great Gulf below.
It’s also time to start planning for the summer hiking season. I have big plans for another week-long hike in the White Mountains that have a special, historical twist. Stay tuned!
Here’s to the return of warm weather!