Miss Blanchette’s Painting

I found this painting while searching through a box of old photos the other day. It was gifted to me by Albina Blanchette, an artist and resident of a convalescent home I worked at in high school. When she discovered I was interested in art, she broke out some of her pieces and talked about them.

Her method was dipping a palette knife in paint and dragging it across a sheet of paper. Miss Blanchette would look at the results – this appeared to be a landscape – she then went back in with a brush and worked on it. The final, which was about the size of a business card – was cropped, glued to a piece of paper, and signed. I adore the beachy vibe of this composition. This technique of painting is looking for what I refer to as “Happy Accidents”, and could easily be a rainy day project with kids.

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Tuesday Doodle – Not Fast Enough

Forager Versus Atomic WarriorToday’s doodle is another one I did sitting on the couch while watching television. It was drawn in a 6 inch by 9 inch sketchbook manufactured in India for Ticonderoga and was sold at Target. It’s got a wire binding which I prefer and an unusual heavy plastic cover that does a pretty good job protecting it. It’s lousy for wet media but good for pencils. All in all, it’s not a bad sketchbook as cheap sketchbooks go. I may have to get another one.

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Plum Cake

The temperatures are beginning to drop a little, which means that fall will be here before you know it. Arrivederci to the peaches, strawberries, and blueberries that graced my pies, cakes, and muffins this summer – I’m looking forward to stone fruits, apples, and pears. This plum cake is simple to make, delicious, and I’m loving the jewel toned fruit on top! Continue reading

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Never Forget


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Taking a snooze on the sofa.

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Friday Five – Number One Hundred Twenty Three

One hundred twenty third in a continued series creating a collage using five elements.

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Doodles on the Couch

I’m back to doodling on the couch in an inexpensive but halfway decent sketchbook and watching my favorite streaming channel Tubi. Yes, Tubi is supported by advertising, but the commercials are a lot less obtrusive than the other streamers and the political campaigns haven’t spoiled it, at least not yet. Continue reading

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Tiled Entryway on South 10th Street

It’s been a while since I last put up a post showcasing some of South Philly’s tiled entryways. This example on South 10th Street is a little worse for wear, but I love the waves around the perimeter!

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Lemon Loaf

This lemon loaf is perfection with a cup of coffee or tea. It was a big hit at the old homestead, delicious for breakfast or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert! Continue reading

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I wonder what Valerie Perrine is up to

March 1981A buddy of mine has been haunting flea markets and online auctions looking to feed his unquenchable hunger for old comic books and magazines. He managed to score this issue of Playgirl’s Games for Lovers from March of 1981 as part of a lot of several mouldering mags from around the same era. Beyond the cover, there’s not much to recommend this particular publication. It’s a collection of puzzles, coloring book pages, throw-away articles and paper dolls all printed on cheap newsprint which has long since yellowed. It’s remarkable that somebody bought it and held on to it for forty-some years.

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Friday Five – Number One Hundred Twenty Two

One hundred twenty second in a continued series creating a collage using five elements.


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AAAAAY! Wear the Fonz!

This Fonz T Shirt ad appeared in Justice League of America No. 138 published by DC comics in 1977. Continue reading

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Angel’s Trumpet

An Angel’s Trumpet folded up in late afternoon.

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