Holiday Goodies

A Merry Christmas to All Here's a few treats for you to make the Season bright.  Enjoy this beautifully told tale of friendship, gifts and shared holidays: My Christmas message at Clearwell's blog bears repeating here, if you can forgive the pun. Please watch this sweetly beautiful animated tale of Bear & Hare, dear friends who have …

More Summer Painting

I've been busy, too busy outside slurping up all the delicious low-humidity summertime that August has brought to Southern Maryland to post work I've been doing, so here are a few things I've been working on. click images for larger view      Solstice Sunrise, oil on canvas, 14 x 11"  6am, June 21, 2105 ©Patrise

Crochet Coral Reef

We've heard about multiple hazards threatening the well-being of our ocean, from a profusion of plastic junk to rising temperatures to excess CO2 - but what have you done about it?  No, this is not your typical tree-hugger guilt trip! I want to amaze you with the creativity and cross-cultural genius of this particular project: The Crochet Coral Reef Margaret Wertheim is …

Strange Magic

Dreaming of spring, the mind turns to flowers, butterflies, fairies and... bugs? Well, yes, if you life in southern Maryland. Although it's been frozen into silence lately, we have a buzzingly diverse ecosystem here in the coastal plains and wetlands, rich in the insect life that supports the abundant bird and fish populations we're known …

Help a teacher, artist, mom save her home

I'm shouting out for an artist friend who's in a tough spot, and really needs help to save her home.  Meet Rana Raeuchle , teacher, artist and mother, currently working in South Korea. Her son Allen, now grown,  keeps the home fires burning until Rana completes her contract later this year.   Long story short: Young artist and mother, left by …