Day-glo pink, gold + tangerine


My painting in process

I like drawing, the feeling of the line that pours out of a wet paintbrush, black and inky.

I like day-glo pink against tangerine, with maybe a splash of turquoise, just the right shade.

I don’t like misspelled words.

I like the stars in a black sky in the country and the electric buzz of insects. I like the curve of Nico’s ear and the plumpness of his thighs.

I like extra virgin olive oil eyes and freckles sprinkled like glitter on cheeks.

I like my new pants– soft + squishy like sweats, but still stylish enough for these parts.

I like the magic hour and how the light looks just after a rain. When there are charcoal clouds in the sky and a burst of sunshine spills through. I like the streaks of pink and grey in the sky that hang over Monterey Market at night.

I like listening to (+ singing) that song from Frozen, Human, really loud in the car by myself.

I like being in the car with my boys and pulling up to our house but not turning off the radio- all of us rapt, making a silent agreement that you don’t turn off a good song even if you have arrived at your destination.

I like the ritual of vacuuming the house and setting the chairs out on Thursday mornings before writing class. I like setting out the mugs for tea, burning the sage and saying a special blessing to prepare the space.

I like painting on Wednesday nights with Mati and noticing how girly I’ve become in my art making – flowers, gold doilies, hot pink and polka dots.

I like the way I have softened over the last year, how I am learning to take in the love coming my way; how I am learning, slowly, how to allow more and more love to move through me.



  1. Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m a little envious of your weekly painting date. I’ve got to find a way to make that happen in my life!

  2. susan
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    You sure are paying attention.
    It was so very nice to read..

  3. Posted February 14, 2014 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Love this print-colors and design. Glad you are taking things in!!!

  4. Rachel
    Posted February 14, 2014 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    This took my breathe away.

  5. Sue
    Posted February 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    So… was Monet girly when he painted flowers? What about all those glorious Dutch still life painters? (Why is painting flowers girly?)

  6. Susan
    Posted February 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I like submerging myself in the deep end of the pool after a long swim, suspended if just for a second or two, listening to nothing.
    I like that my teenage daughter still needs my hugs and holds my hand.
    I like that both my kids have a scent unique unto them.
    I like eating my husband’s homemade pizza.
    I like people with good manners.

    I have been in the pit of winter doldrums these last few weeks…too much snow, no sun, trials and tribulations, blah!…so thanks for reminding me to think of “my likes.” ?

  7. Posted February 16, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    That painting is radiant. My eyes are drawn to it.

  8. Posted February 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I like this post and all that it represents.

    Thank you.


  9. Posted February 19, 2014 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    Great post!! very informative.
    Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.

  10. Posted March 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    I love your pink and purple and tangerine! Your painting feeds my color hunger. I can’t wait to sling some tangerine and turquoise together!

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