Afternoon recess


I have lived next to Wing Luke Elementary school for over 30 years now. We cut through its fields, we make snowmen there when it snows. It is a part of our life. Twenty five years ago, I was awarded a grant for improvements and planted a variety of additional trees on the grounds. Today, all of the trees are mature and beautiful and they provide me with much material for paintings. Painting this scene today brings back memories of a poem Donald wrote six years ago.

Afternoon Recess – by Donald Boothby

The air is warm
Neighborhood sounds drift about the quiet house.
The bell rings.

Slowly at first, then increasing rapidly, the sounds of children fills the air.
Girls screaming in delight
Balls bouncing against the building
Swings squeaking in offset rhythms.
Boys yelling out their adventures.
The sounds run together into a sweet autumn melody.
School is back.
The children are back.

I lie here in the solace of my home, surrounded by a lifetime of memories.
As I listen, my mind drifts back to those days so long ago.
I smile and let the children’s song carry me into my dreams.

Again, the bell rings.

Slowly at first, then increasing rapidly, the sound of the children fades to silence.
An airplane flies overhead.
A bird sings.
A gentle breeze drifts through the house, and the wind chimes bring me back to now.

My heart is full.

9 September 2011
This painting, on fine Arches paper and painted with Daniel Smith watercolors measures 15″ X 22″ and is for sale. I’m asking $350.00 and all proceeds for this painting will go to Endangered species conservation and study.

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Mulberry and Red Maples

In Homage to Vincent VanGogh (and to all the artists who created the film Loving Vincent) I have been experimenting with the play between yellow and blue that Vincent did so well. We’ve been treated to a little bit of late October sunshine, which intensifies at dawn and dusk, this is from my window.This painting is for sale $175.00 and it’s yours. It measures 10 x 14 inches, and all proceeds go to endangered species conservation.

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Autumn view from my window

Autumn for me is a series of searing brilliant images every day for weeks. Each one blows me away, I can’t believe what I am seeing, the vivid colors saturate my vision. Being a little lazy, I don’t get much plein aire done, but lucky for me, I have windows to look out. This is my attempt at capturing what was outside today.

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Bisnonna – Antonia Cavaliere

I never knew her, she died when my mother was a little girl. All that I know of her are from stories. Stories my mother told me about how affectionate she was, in her childhood where she got little affection. Stories my grandmother told me of a woman who was clever, but didn’t speak English, learning how to barter and dicker in the USA for the things she needed to buy. The woman who could spin a tale from a time when the only entertainment after dark were stories told around the fire. She had several books memorized, and their hearth was a favorite in the neighborhood. She could sew, cook, raise vegetables and livestock. I wore a nightgown she made for her trousseau once, she was really good with a needle. She died when she was 62 years old, younger than I am now. Sometimes I wish she and I could sit down and talk.

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Two views of Jensen Point, Vashon Island


Yesterday I had the rare opportunity to paint en plein aire on Vashon Island. The day started completely grey and rainy, but we took a chance and the day changed dramatically. The sky broke open, and wonderful blue spread across the sky while huge puffy dark clouds encroached on it. Computer monitors and electronic photography does not capture the subtleties of the blues in the sky.

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