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Very Peri – 2022 Pantone Color of the Year

One of my all-time favorite shades is this year’s choice. Very Peri – 2022 Pantone Color of the Year isn’t for everyone. So many people don’t enjoy purple. And this particular shade is an unusual one. Last year I ignored the Pantone color of the year. Actually there were two — Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, an insipid yellow. Grey (my […]

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Painting birds

It started with scraps. A few years ago I discovered Arches oil painting paper. And it was the perfect match for my painting style. I started buying big sheets and tearing them up to paint my autumn leaves.  Sometimes I’d have little pieces of paper left over. Well, I was not about to waste these precious bits of expensive paper! […]

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Board games and giggles

“Mommy, I’m bored.” What mom hasn’t heard that? When my daughter was little, I made up “board” games to play with her. I quickly sketched something out on scrap pieces of paper, and we played. Over and over. She’d giggle, and demand, “Again!” Nothing fancy, but loads of fun. It doesn’t take much to please a little kid. It’s not […]

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Classic blue

Pantone’s 2020 color of the year Classic blue — the choice seemed underwhelming. At first. But then I thought about it in terms of my own painting.    I realized, there’s always blue on my palette. Especially a shade like “Classic blue.” And with blue’s friends yellow, red, green, and white, I can mix the most glorious shades of turquoise. […]

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My 34-year old piece of watercolor paper

Here I am writing about my 34-year old piece of watercolor paper in a way I could never have imagined then. Not in a million years.  Who could have envisioned the World Wide Web 34 years ago? (No one, except maybe Tim Berners-Lee.) 1985 The future founders of Google were finishing up elementary school. Madonna was “Crazy for You,” and […]

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Harriet

I painted Harriet, but she looked confused, squinting at me, almost. So I gave her a pair of cool glasses. (She tried on several colors, but we both agreed these were the most flattering.) Harriet wanted to go places with me, but how could I take her? She was on a canvas and in my computer. Stuck, if you will. […]

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Once upon a dream

Once upon a dream, I was making abstract paintings. Huge canvases that might hang in a hotel lobby or a big, sparse, and modern living room. The stuff you see in Dwell Magazine, or Architectural Digest. (I’m thinking big, in more ways than one!) I was holding a brush in my hand and standing in front of a giant canvas. […]

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Love letter

On, May 6, 1919, at 11PM, my grandmother wrote a love letter in English to her fiancée — my grandfather. It seems from the letter they were apart for a short time due to a family obligation. Armenian was their primary language, but my grandparents corresponded in English and French. This is the only letter in English, a couple more […]

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The art of decluttering

According to Marie Kondo, the art of decluttering means getting rid of things in your life that don’t “spark joy.” A couple of years ago, I read her bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” I enjoyed the book but wasn’t interested in “tidying.” (It was like reading a cookbook with no intention of making the recipes. But I […]

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Pantone’s choice

Every year Pantone chooses a color of the year. How do they decide? Pantone studies recent trends and moods in design, fashion and home goods. After that, they select a color, which will influence those areas of production for some time. Pantone’s choice for 2019 is “living coral.” (Click here for Pantone’s announcement.) Pantone’s choice is popping up everywhere. Some years […]

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A decade-long love affair

September, 2009 A love affair begins. It was a pleasant, sunny morning. A perfect day to enjoy a walk and admire colorful autumn foliage. I’d never driven somewhere in the country to go “leaf peeping” but I enjoyed watching the trees change color. Who wouldn’t? It’s gorgeous. So that day, I walked and admired the colors of the many varieties […]

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Fork it over

Can I have the recipe? One bite, and you’re addicted. This recipe is a must. You need these cookies in your life! Little bites of chocolate happiness Make these cookies when you’re having people over and have nothing in the house. They’ll only take you about 15-20 minutes, not counting the washing up. Simple and elegant at the same time. […]

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