November 5, 2014

Good Swan

The good swan. As fragile as crystal. As pure as the white she wore. Lia Cirio of Boston Ballet, who performed last weekend, was the best swan I have ever seen dance the parts of Odette and Odile. 
As delicate as her white swan was- her black swan was fiery, 
look-you-in-the-eye passionate, athletic, and energetic. 
A standing ovation well deserved. 
Feathers aloft.

Pastel, 7 x 5 SOLD

October 20, 2014

Surprise Glacier, Alaska, watercolor, Bohoy

It's a glacier.
An ice sculpture framed by the mountains. Groaning, cracking, spouting, melting- calving into the sound. Baby blue reflected from the sky above.
Chunks of ice swim over to greet us. Little ships built by hundreds of years of compressed snow- now set sail.
A wonder of nature before our eyes.
[Surprise Glacier, Alaska].

Watercolor, 20 x 16, unframed  $500.

October 1, 2014

Alaska watch

Out come the cameras and phones. Almost tipping the boat into waves. Capturing mountains and glaciers ahead. And a humpback? an otter? an Orca? a seal?
Sights to see and send home.
Heading to Surprise Glacier, Alaska

Pastel, 10 x 8, $175. 

September 17, 2014

Hatcher Pass, Alaska, pastel Bohoy

"There's gold in them thar hills." 
Hatcher Pass, Alaska. Through the rolling hills and roiling mist a shrouded vestige of the past appears. Peaks of red that sheltered the miners of the Alaska Pacific Mining Company dot the velvety green pass. Ghostly mists and fog and clouds hover above, all secretly holding the stories of the men seeking their fortunes that came to a halt during WWII. Eerily beautiful.

Pastel board, 16 x 20, $400.

August 19, 2014

Lavender Fields, Sequim, Bohoy pastel

Lavender Fields forever.
A little bit of Provence on an island off of Seattle- a town called Sequim.
Mounds of purple, lavender, blues and violets line up on the farms like soldiers ready for battle to clean and permeate the air with its herbal, sweet scent. 
[The name comes from lavandus a Latin word that means to wash and its aromatherapy properties soothe one's head, body and soul.]
It did.

Pastel, 8x10, $150.

August 3, 2014

Peony Seller, Pike's Mkt Seattle, Bohoy

Peony Seller at Pike's Market in Seattle:
Pale pink balls of heavenly aroma arranged in buckets for sale.
Like puffy little petticoats.
How can nature create such petals of perfection?

8 x10, mixed media.

June 23, 2014

Flower "girl"

This pastel I painted a 
while ago reminds me of 
my two old college friends. 
"Earth Mother" Oksana,
and Janie the herb grower.
I can picture either of them
doing just this-gliding 
through fields of flowers
and herbs, bathed by the
sun, in solitude, picking up
gifts from the earth.

Pastel 8x10, framed 
SOLD New York

June 11, 2014

Father's Day, pastel, Bohoy

Happy Father's Day 
Poppy, Pop, Papa, 
Grandpa, Gramps, 
Dad, Father...

Pastel, 5x7, $50.

May 30, 2014


In spring-
A dip in the ocean will turn you blue.
So the teal of a swimming pool calls for you. 
Chlorine, not sea smells, burn your nose.
No shells, just tiles lay under your toes. 
Warm but cool- 
it will have to do.
Swim little mermaid.

Watercolor, 8 x 10, $200.

May 7, 2014

Day of Reflection

Today is my birthday. May 7.
A day of reflection- always.
I did this art recently of my friend Zoe for the header of her blog  and it seems to appropriately fit this day.

Our friendship began when, as college women, we were both selected as Mademoiselle Magazine Guest Editors joining the ranks of accomplished "GEs" such as writers Slyvia Plath, Tama Janowitz, Joan Didion, Ann Beattie, Janet Burroway, Mona Simpson [Steve Jobs sister], Carol Brightman,  Francine du Plessix Gray; journalist Lynn Sherr, NY Times food critic Gael Greene, Fashionistas Betsy Johnson, Linda Allard, Bonnie August, NY Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis, and actress Ali McGraw. 

A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We all went on to live our lives in different ways- some obviously more successful than others, but most of us are now at that age of reflection. Looking back, looking ahead, working on making ourselves beautiful beyond 50; inside and out. 
Today I will commence my next year of doing just that.

"Zoe in mirror", pastel 5 x 7, commission.