Change always comes bearing gifts. ~Price Pritchett

“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.”  ― Emily Dickinson        


Today is my 38th Birthday.  To be exact, I turned 38 about one hour and 30 minutes ago. So far, it has been a good year 🙂

Change is something I have almost always welcomed in my life…but after walking through the pre-change muck for nearly 6 months,  the last week has taught me a lot about what it is I need to change (5 days in the hospital eating only ice-chips can do that to a girl).

But today I mark the change…and to start the moss ball rolling, I decided to change the name of my blog to something more fitting.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have a family brunch, some apple picking, and a nice night of snickerdoodle cake and sitting around the fire to celebrate.





I have been sitting here on the deck for 10 minutes drinking coffee and listening to the birds, and my neighbors pond (with my favorite big fat bull-frog friends croaking noisily away…

Morning coffee on the deck before any other neighbors are awake, and when the Avenue is still quiet is probably one of my favorite times of day. My head hasn’t had a chance to start worrying over everything swirling around in it yet, and with my dog sitting next to me, nuzzling my shoulder for one more round of head scratching…nothing seems wrong in the world.

morning paws

morning paws

Soon the to-do lists will start. Teaching a class at 8:30, picking up art in Baltimore…working at the gallery a little bit if I have it in me today. Then the worries will flood in and take over…will I ever make enough money…what if I promised somebody something I can’t do…Why did I SAY that?…what if the next show is a flop…When am I finally going to make the changes I need to make (which is a completely other list)…I need to get to yoga today..or tomorrow…if I don’t get that painting finished today/that idea on paper/that commission completed on time….or some day soon before I go crazy…and it goes on and on…And you know what? It’s ok. These are the things that keep me going…maybe a little too much at times. But I love my life. I love being busy, I cherish the times I am not busy and have some alone time. I love my family and my friends…and the fact that as I’ve gotten older I lost my filter and my worries about what other people will think of me. So in the end, if I can find my perspective for a moment, I realize that it’s all going to get done. As long as I don’t try to hurt anyone purposefully along the way and I do my best to meet commitments and apologize when I can’t…if I say what’s on my mind at least it’s out there…if nobody comes to the show, there is always next month…and a long, but short, lifetime of next months.


And another early morning on the deck with coffee and my dog to ground again.




catharsis on a tuesday night


Catharsis [ kə tháarssiss ], by one definition is emotional release brought about by an emotional experience, especially by expressing it in an art form.

For me, painting is a form of catharsis…second to that would be music and movies. Last night I needed an emotional release. Like, a big time emotional release…my fabulous neighbor cooked me dinner, one of my best friends came over to chat and eat with us….it was a cozy night after a long and tiring day. Then…well, then the proverbial shit hit the fan.

I tried to settle down for the evening (after nearly ‘concussing’ myself horsing around with my friends daughter…yep….instant swollen nose, half a black eye and dizziness)…but I have been burning the candle at both ends and in the middle for SO many weeks now that I couldn’t settle down. I couldn’t release. And then it hit me…Reality Bites! And then it hit me again…Reality Bites the movie is on HBO on demand right now (we don’t have cable but because of my movie addiction we have HBO…I pay for it..I need it)…

I know, what a cliché. But this movie came out at a very pivotal point in my life….the summer I left home, very green, and went to college. With all of it’s pop culture references, witty banter,and, not to mention that it exemplied some of the career and lifestyle choices faced by (gulp) my generation…and still does. I guess, even if it is looked at as a cheese-ball hipster movie by many viewers and critics, this movie always make me feel better. I laugh, I cry…I understand.

I just feel better after I watch it…especially when I get up to dance around the room when they play “My Sharona” during the gas station scene! It reminds me of college…when I had a gas credit card and I used to buy my groceries on it…sorry Dad…I was so poor, I think I lived on cranberry juice , peanutbutter crackers, yogurt and mac-n-cheese for at least two years.

So I will end this post with the dialogue from my favorite scene…cuz afterall, wouldn’t life be great  if it all we needed was “You and me and five bucks.”

“You see, this is where Troy was fired…

from his eleventh job.

He was an illustrious office cleaner.

Now if you’ll come this way, please…

we will continue our short but happy walking tour…

of the career of Troy Dyer.

And here we have the newsstand…

where Troy dared to ask the question…

Are employee snacks subsidized?

The answer… tragically, no.

In total, he has been fired…

from… yes, count them… twelve jobs.

Twelve? Ouch.

So you shouldn’t feel so bad.

One of these mornings, I’m going to wake up before noon and…

Ha ha. Yeah, right.

And I’m gonna turn on the TV…

and there Bryant Gumbel will be, and he’ll say…

“Today we have with us…

“the Pulitzer Prize winning documentarian Lelaina Pierce.

“Lelaina, after your first film, Why Barbie Is Bad… “

“You seem to have forgotten all about…

“your best friend, Troy Dyer. “

Troy who?

What was that name again?

Oh, right through the heart.

I’ll probably be working at the Whole Foods…

playing warehouses…

hanging around places like the Radio Shack…

screaming that I used to know you…

and you’ll be there in the lights…

and you’ll be all beautiful and shit.

Oh, Troy. No, no, no. That’ll never happen.

They would never hire you at Whole Foods.

You see, Lainie, this is all we need…

a couple of smokes, a cup of coffee…

And a little bit of conversation.

You and me and five bucks.

You got it.”

And the soundtrack…

“My Sharona” – The Knack
“Spin the Bottle” – Juliana Hatfield Three
“Bed of Roses” – The Indians
“When You Come Back to Me” – World Party
“Going, Going, Gone” – The Posies
“Stay (I Missed You)” – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
“All I Want Is You” – U2
“Locked Out” – Crowded House
“Spinning Around Over You” – Lenny Kravitz
“I’m Nuthin'” – Ethan Hawke
“Turnip Farm” – Dinosaur Jr.
“Revival!” – Me Phi Me
“Tempted” – Squeeze
“Baby, I Love Your Way” – Big Mountain
10th Anniversary Edition bonus tracks
“Stay (I Missed You)” (Living Room mix) – Lisa Loeb
“Add It Up” – Ethan Hawke (Violent Femmes cover)
“Confusion” – New Order
“Disco Inferno” – The Trammps
“Give a Man a Fish” – Arrested Development
“Fools Like Me” – Lisa Loeb



I feel like a shift is starting…”every seven years”, so this is just about the right time.Trying to make time for everyone and everything has been exhausting. I have been feeling like half-a-person for months…Focus is changing…good things on the horizon with HIVE and PRIME.

Comfort and Laughter today. An evening spent with a good friend who I don’t get to see nearly enough…Thanks A.! I needed that. A sweet gift from another friend. Surprises make me giddy.

I’m solo again this week. Something I am getting used to now. Something that would probably make me more down if I wasn’t  surrounded by so many amazing friends.

This is all very vague…but that’s how I’m feeling. Sleepy and not quite making sentences (that could be the wine)…

Just trying to ignore the lows and concentrate on all of the highs and small joys right now…good things are coming.


Trying to remember what it was like to be 7 years old again and see the world with open eyes…unclouded by judgement or expectation. meditation. open fields.

Good night, world.

Thank You.


the longest days…

Wednesday seemed to stetch for hours and hours.

I rarely have a day off, and I have to say it was well spent.

Thank you to my businesss partener at PRIME Art Supply, for spending two long hours at the bank so we could get all of out banking done for the new store..and, of course, Mike at First Cap for feeding and watering me….

For various friends that stopped by with good converations to make the day even more meaningful.

Thursday was another long day at my real job, followed by a fun night of class ( which ended up being more of a street guitar jam with friends)


I didn’t get any art accomplished, but my heart is full.


Today comes the paint.

IMG_2504(“a visit from my grandpa…”)


Lavender Honey Lemonade

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a blog…but as of late, I have been finding so many things I want to share (or just keep track of for myself). I hope you find some inspiration here…some fun recipes…some good quotes….I can’t promise anything. I’m a visual artist because I’m not good  at writing…but here goes…


I found this recipie and it looks so refreshing for the summer heat we’ve been having…



Lavender Honey Lemonade

1 cup honey
5 cups w
1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender (or 1/4 cup fresh lavender blossoms)
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, strained
Ice cubes
Lavender sprigs for garnish

Combine honey with 2 1/2 cups water in a medium pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the honey.

Add the lavender to the honey water, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand at least 20 minutes (and up to several hours).

Strain mixture and discard lavender. Pour infusion into a glass pitcher. Add lemon juice and another 2 1/2 cups of cold water. Stir well.

Refrigerate until ready to use, or pour into tall glasses half-filled with ice, then garnish with lavender sprigs.