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Gargoyle overlooking the solarium pool on Adventure of the Seas

Gargoyle overlooking the solarium pool on Adventure of the Seas

I returned from my cruise through the Southern Caribbean last week just in time to get back to the reality of a full week of work. No complaints from me, though. We had a wonderful time: travelling with good friends; celebrating Valentine’s Day in San Juan, Puerto Rico; great ports of call (Aruba-though it poured!-, Curacao, St. Martin and St. Thomas) to safe and smooth flights to and from and a chance to escape the cold and snow. I was lucky have the chance to go so I won’t grumble about being back.

Promanade Sketches on board during a rainy stop in Orangestaad, Aruba

Promanade Sketches on board during a rainy stop in Orangestaad, Aruba

I have gotten a bit better about taking and actually using my sketch book when I travel. So here are a few thumbnails from the voyage and we have a great many wonderful photos as well.

I look forward to my next vacation break at home with a chance to re-organize the studio and start some Caribbean- flavored paintings from the trip.

Bikini Beach, St. Martin

Bikini Beach, St. Martin

On an unrelated, but time-sensitive, note I want to let everyone know about a bit of local “performance art” taking place this week for a very good cause. As was covered in the Cape Cod Times earlier this week, the Harwich Fire Department, their extended brotherhood and the local community of Harwich have been banding together to raise funds for one of our own, Robert Johnson, a long-time Harwich fire fighter who is fighting his own battle against a brain tumor now.

My husband Richard, a local Realtor http//:www.waystack.com issued a challenge that he would shave his head bald if they could raise an

Even Richard Simmons couldn't resist him with hair.  Who will still love him after Bald for Bobby Friday?

Even Richard Simmons couldn't resist him with hair. Who will still love him after Bald for Bobby Friday?

additional $2000 for it to be done.He either has a lot of friends or a lot of enemies in town—-I’m not sure which. But the end result is he’s taking it all off on Friday, March 6 at noon, downtown inHarwich Port in front of his office. I’ve assured him I will still love him, though I will love him more when his hair, no matter how prematurely gray it is, grows back!

For more information on this and other events for this very worthy cause you can check out the Friends of Bobby J page on Facebook.

This link is so long it probably directly here. Go to Facebook and search for Friends of Bobby J. It’s well worth your time and effort.

http://www.facebook.com/s.php?init=q&q=Friend+of+Bobby+J&ref=ts&sid=11fda777d26e88fe429df16f271dcecb

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His Favorite Place, pastel 16" x 20"

His Favorite Place, pastel 16" x 20"

I am very fortunate that in less than 24 hours (yes a 2 AM departure time) I am heading to the airport and a flight to Puerto Rico. I will be cruising the southern Caribbean for the next 7 days and nights so this will the the only post for more than a week.

unison-tropical-ocean I recently purchased a yummy set of Unison Pastels that are the Tropical Ocean collection of colors. I also bought the polar ocean set but let’s not think about that now.

I had the beginnings of a painting sketched out on the easel right which I started last summer without the

On the drawing board

On the drawing board

new pastels. But I will be bringing home fresh inspirations from this trip during the cold New England weather. So once I have completed “re-entry” I’ll start working out some glimpses of paradise to help me through till the summer.  I’ll be back and posting sometime soon after my return.  Till then stay warm wherever you are, fix yourself a Magarita or pina colada and put on your Hawaiian shirt and some Jimmy Buffet.   Imagine yourself under a rustling palm at sunset and you can be there in spirit if not reality.

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A busy week and weekend has all but come to a close and I hadn’t gotten around to this week’s post. Yes, I am revising my goal now to be one per week. I made a commitment to do 2 a week for 30 days as recommended in The Huffington Post Guide to Blogging which inspired my New Year’s resolution. But I knew from the start that I will be a better blogger if I have one a week and have been slowly dropping into that pattern.

So sometime over the weekends I will get one out and can be fairly sure to be consistent that way, which is the most important thing for anyone who may be interested in reading and following.

This is a “quickie” after another weekend of work on the condo project and another week of teaching looming ahead.

I have been working on my spiritual direction as the new year began as well as my blogging. I had a couple of very insightful conversations regarding painting as a prayerful, meditative process and the concept of being co-creators with our Higher Power/God -however one may acknowlege it. (By the way, if you are an atheist, please feel free to ignore or disregard these thoughts but don’t bother to respond to tell me I have no right to them.)

Some of the best work I do comes seemingly without effort on my part and is undoubtably the spirit working through me… when I remember to let it. Below is an example, a figure that I painting last June in a life drawing session. Every time I see it, it stills fills me with excitement and pleases me so much. It came together so much easier than so many of my works do. I can honestly say it is one of my best, and not out of any conceit. In fact most of the time I am rather critical and unsure of my own work. I think many artists share this but it is a painful and perplexing conundrum. Why do we feel compelled to do this and why? Maybe I just need to do more often what I feel I must and “let go and let God” as they say. The best seems to come through me when I relinquish control and open up to the grace within.

I have been reading a new novel (seems I read more than I paint, doesn’t it? That may well be true). I have had a habit for more than a year now of collecting quotes about art that I find inspiring or moving in some way. Here is one from The Miracles of Prato about Fra Filippo Lippi, the Renaissance monk and painter:

God made the world so beautiful. There’s no shame in finding the world beautiful, and celebrating that beauty.”….The holiest of men have known this world is a speculum majus, a mirror of the Lord’s kingdom. The beauty we find here and the beauty we make here pleases God, for it makes our world closer to His.”

Attributed to Fra Filippo Lippi in The Miracles of Prato

"Il Dolce Far Niente", pastel by Bernadette C. Wastack

"Il Dolce Far Niente", pastel by Bernadette C. Wastack

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The Beach House, oil on canvas, 20"x16"
The Beach House, oil on canvas, 20″x16″
Education Assistant Andrew Cushing & Graphic Designer and Assistant Education Director, Christy King make sure the food and wine are flowing for guests.
Education Assistant Andrew Cushing & Graphic Designer and Assistant Education Director, Christy King make sure the food and wine are flowing for guests.

Here at last are some shots from the recent opening reception for “Teaching Art/Creating Art” currently on exhibit at Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis through February 22nd.

Me with my two pieces, The Beachhouse (left) and Morning Marshlight (right)
Me with my two pieces, The Beachhouse (left) and Morning Marshlight (right)

This show is a juried exhibition of art work by art teachers from all over Cape Cod and the Islands, featuring pottery, paintings, printmaking, pastels and more. Many of these artist/teachers also exhibit professionally in galleries across the Cape.

A great turn out for the opening.
A great turn out for the opening.
Chatting with fellow artist educators Marcia Simpson and Peter Mann.
Chatting with fellow artist educators Marcia Simpson and Peter Mann.
Morning Marshlight, pastel, 16"x16"

Morning Marshlight, pastel, 16"x16"

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Good art won’t match your sofa.

Fred C.Babb

Arrrghhh!!!!

If I hear about the Starving Artist’s “Art” sale once more I’ll blow a gasket. I thought they were all over as of last weekend. Sofa-sized paintings as low as $19.00 and NO admission fee. Cool! You don’t have to pay to go look at ,and buy crap, that you shouldn’t take for free anyway.

The Beach House, oil on canvas

The Beach House, oil on canvas

Fortunately here on Cape Cod we are blessed with an antidote: an abundance of quality local art and what I really wanted to mention in this post are 2 shows currently on exhibit to which I am connected.

Opening tomorrow and running through February 22nd at the Cape Cod Museum of Art is “Teaching Art/Creating Art”, a juried show of work by members of the Cape Cod & Islands Art Educators Association. Two of my paintings were selected for this exhibit and the reception for the show is Thursday,

Morning Marshlight, pastel

Morning Marshlight, pastel

January 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Also running until January 18th at Provincetown Art Association and Museum is a student exhibition called “Art on the Edge”. This is the culmination of 12 Saturdays of work from a free middle school art program. Several of my current students at Harwich Middle School participated and their work is now on display at PAAM. There will be a pot-luck reception on Friday, January 16, 2009 from 6-8 PM to which all are welcome.

On Tuesday of this week, we had mounted our annual Gr.8 field trip to PAAM as part of my curriculum of study on the history of the art colony. This year’s trip was especially important as the entire class got to see the work of two of their peers on display along with all of the other shows currently running.

HMS 8th Graders invade PAAM

HMS 8th Graders invade PAAM

My next post will feature some scenes from the trip and a little information about the program of study I designed and implemented.

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Take 2

pastel, 18\Okay, I missed the class last week but so many folks from What’s Your Story Cape Cod raved about the blog class.  I started a blog about 8 or 9 months back linked to my website.  I updated my website so frequently that I really didn’t need both.  One of the most interesting nuggets from the first session of WYSCC was that there can be separate but intertwined functions for both.  Static information that doesn’t change on the website and use the blog to update new information:shows, new work, etc.

I have undergone new changes everywhere in the last 2 weeks, revised my website, changing my business, domain and working names and started sharing it with my collaborating partner in a new shared studio, etc.  So I have launched the blog with the idea of linking it to the website (www.innerpearlstudio.com  by the way). 

I am usually very prompt, particular and professional about what PR I put out there on the web and all. But I am just getting the studio up and functioning,need new business cards, etc.,etc, etc, so I will be back here to add more ASAP ….but don’t hold your breath, folks-and I’ve got a “day job” too.

The painting above is called Twilight: Skaket Flats I.  It was part of a recent show of new work and was sold last week.

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