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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll 2012

Me, in my studio, with my "paintings a day," NoteCards & more

Haven't had a chance to post photos from this year's Downtown Milford Holiday Stroll. It was so much fun, as always with the streets closed to traffic, the downtown decked out festively, shops open, offering hot cocoa, wine and cookies, carolers dressed in Victorian clothes and generally great holiday cheer!

Heavy rain put an early end to the festivities but it was still fun.

If you didn't make it, put it on your calendar for next year. It's one of my favorite events of the year and takes place on the first Friday of December.

For more information about upcoming downtown events, visit Downtown Milford Inc. And do come downtown before all the beautiful decorations come down!

Beth Gilbert of Beth's Whimsicality - handmade jewelry

Betsy Rybczynski of StudiO-K, prints and paintings

Our downtown starting to fill up - horse & carriage going past

Joan Mulholland, The Pearl Lady, custom designed freshwater pearls

Nutcracker Ballet dancers stopped by!

"Painting a Day" paintings hung up like Christmas stockings!

We offered wine and hot cider, cookies and more!

Paul Jones, Paul Jones Studio, oil paintings

Bob's photograph on display in the studio

The "painting a day" paintings were placed on the shelves 

The front room of the The Studios Upstairs was very festive!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

As you can see from this photo, we did not suffer much damage from Hurricane Sandy. Lots of rain and wind but the hurricane turned north of us and we, and our little town of Milford, Delaware were spared.

Not so fortunate were folks living in New York and New Jersey who really got the brunt of it.

St. Bart's Church photo - from their website
We've tried to help by adding our donations to those of our neighbors who brought a truck-load of coats, blankets, hats etc in those early days right after the storm.

I thought I'd tell you about one of the things my brother is doing and share it with you. I am not affiliated with St. Bart's Church in NYC, but my brother is a member. Since his semi-retirement he has also become quite a good amateur photographer. I'm really impressed with what he has been doing - he has a great eye for composition and has made some truly remarkable images. He has always been a meticulous and detail oriented person, so it was natural I suppose that after a stellar career in media and technology consulting that he would be good at whatever he put his mind too.  

Well, he approached St. Bart's with the idea of putting together a calendar of photographs of this gem of Byzantine art and architecture as a fundraiser for the church. 50% of all proceeds will go towards helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. The calendar includes photographs by my brother and I believe 3 other photographers/members of St. Bart's. The beautiful calendar he designed is now available for $17 + shipping and handling - Click here for more information.

Here's another link for you, regarding Sandy: ABC News story on Helping Sandy Victims

New! Waterlily Notecards

I had such a wonderful time at Longwood Gardens one day this past year when the waterlilies were blooming. So many colors! So many different varieties. And it was an overcast day so even the night bloomers were open! I snapped many photos and had a great time.

I then used these photos as reference for my "Painting a Day" paintings.

And now I've created a new assortment of NoteCards - reproductions of these original watercolors - (hint: perfect for gift giving - think Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Teacher, Friend...or Yourself!) Each assortment contains one each, with a different one on top, just for variety! (FYI, the originals - unmatted, unframed - are $145, 4-card sets $12.50 + S+H)

Hope you like them! I will have them all for sale the night of the Holiday Stroll and on our website.