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Sailing Away, Beverly Hills

Woke up at 7am Sunday morning to fill my car with flowers and meet my client at Il Cielo, Beverly Hills to set up for the party. White ceramic vases spilling over with giant succulents, seashells, anemones, white hydrangeas and thistle cheered on this sweet mother-to-be in her final stages of pregnancy. Fortunately the rain barely came trickling from the sky above as the ladies sipped on white wine and smoked salmon appetizers.


Eugene, Oregon

One of my favorite things to do is visit my Uncle Hank Murrow(master potter) and Aunt Beverly Murrow(the queen of quilt making) in August. The wildflowers are in full bloom-pears, peaches, strawberries and blackberries are ripening too.  The days are long and the sun is hot…enjoy your travels this summer! Explore, create, saturate, meet and mingle!                            Go Out Doors…..





The weekend

Started a new painting this weekend.

On Abbot Kinny- a favorite after work bar. So many of our friends we used to meet here all moved away. Funny how that works. In memory of the good times we shared together we took this photo and sent it to them.

A gorgeous day for a walk in Santa Monica.

Revisiting this duck painting I made many years ago in the Venice canals. Having had some time away from it I realize the shadows on the ground needed to be a lighter in the distance.

Reading “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert in Santa Monica overlooking the Pacific ocean.

Art of Thank You

When I began planning and hosting alumni events for RISD/LA 5 years ago, I just wanted to bring like minded people together and build community here in Los Angeles. My cohort, Liz Lanphear and I have hosted lectures at the Hammer Museum, private tours of the Getty Center, LACE and the Haas Brothers studio just to name a few. Yesterday, my friend and RISD Trustee, Erica Di Bona lectured at Beyond Baroque about her specialty, Thank you notes. She shared with us how to write a note for a gift you don’t really like, such as the striped tights her Father picked up at Costco. The key to writing a great thank you note: tell a little story to bring the reader into what you have to say. Finish with thank you- As Erica claims, “Life needs more thank yous”!  Check out her exciting website here-http://artofthankyou.com