Sunday, May 24, 2015


I am grateful for our Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.
Many thanks to you and your families.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Southampton Historical Museum

There is an entrance to the Southampton Historical Museum on main street in Southampton that also doubles as an outdoor dining area for Sant Abroeus Ristorante. In the summer, Hamptonites enjoying their al fresco luncheon may intimidate you from entering the museum this way.  Ignore this. In fact, you may see a famous face halfway down the passageway. Stare the maitre de in the eye, smile and say, "I'm going to the museum" and walk on through. This is a public space.
The passageway was designed by George C. Lynch.
The museum's home is the historic Rogers Mansion.
To commemorate the town of Southampton's 375th anniversary, the museum has rearranged its main floor rooms to depict the life of the families that lived here beginning in 1650.
The Rogers family established a farm in this location in 1648.
Rogers best parlor, 1850.
Dr. John Nugent's family lived here 1889-1899.
Nugget family tea, 1895.
Portrait of Mary Rogers (1839 - 1919) 
by Frederick R. Spenser
Parrish music parlor, 1920.
Samuel L. Parrish purchased the mansion in 1899. A New York City lawyer, he summered here with his family until his death in 1932. He is the founder of the Parrish Art Museum. The original Grosvenor Atterbury designed art museum building is situated just down the street. It was built to house Parrish's own extensive art collection.
In the front parlor, paintings of local landscapes by Pat Garrity.
Sudden Change by Pat Garrity
oil 24" x 30" via
Dusk at Scallop Pond by Pat Garrity
oil 12" x 24" via
Light Reflections by Pat Garrity
oil 12" x 16" via
Pat Garrity's beautiful local landscapes are another great reason to stop by the Rogers Mansion.
There is a great museum shop.
There are historic buildings on the museum's grounds.
I'll go back to see Patton Miller's paintings in the newly renovated Sayre barn. All of the current exhibits are up until the fall. 
Southampton Historical Museum
website here

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Artist Studios

Artist studios fascinate me.  A home offers a look into private life. A studio offers a glimpse into an artist's creative life.  I always look forward to a chance to visit an artist in their studio. Studio images offer clues to the artist's methods and interests.A favorite book on this topic is Studios by the Sea, a 2002 book by Bob Colacello and Jonathan Becker featuring East End artists from Southampton to Montauk.
The photograph below of Robert Dash from Studios by the Sea gives a glimpse into the studio that Dash inhabited within his intricately composed garden. The garden, Madoo, is open to the public, a living growing tribute to Robert Dash's creativity. Madoo is currently open Fridays and Saturdays. Check their web site for special events.
Robert Dash in his studio at Madoo
Photograph by Jonathan Becker 2002
Robert Dash at Madoo
Photograph by Brent Sterling Nemetz 2009 via
Artist Gail Toma's studio is in a moss covered garden shed.
I visited Gail Toma's' studio in Southampton last June. Her home and studio are both filled with her paintings, designs and fashion work.
Gail Toma
I could spend entirely too much time looking at images of studios on Pinterest. A few of the images below were found there.
Amy Bouse studio
Photograph by Amy Bouse 2012 via
Claire Basler is an artist discovered on Pinterest. 
Just gorgeous.
Claire Basler in her studio
Photograph by Mads Mogensen via
Elle D├ęcor October 19, 2012
Claire Basler's Studio
William Merritt Chase had the best of both worlds. Summer in Shinnecock and a winter studio which doubled as a salon on Manhattan's 10th street. Photos and William Merritt Chase’s own paintings attest to its opulence.
William Merritt Chase, 10th Street Studio c.1880
Photograph by George Collins Cox
Smithsonian Institution via
A Corner of My Studio, c.1895 William Merritt Chase
de Young Museum
The vintage carpets in Jacqueline Rufus-Isaacs studio add just the right "Chase-ian" touch.
Jacqueline Rufus-Isaacs Studio
Photograph by Sarah Hogan via
UK House and Garden September 2014
Jacqueline Rufus-Isaacs Studio
Photograph by Sarah Hogan via
UK House and Garden September 2014
Hugh and I are fortunate to have a painting studio which we share. The wooden easels are near each other in the center of the room. Everything else rotates around them. On the wooden easel above, is a painting of short beach that Hugh is working on. On the easel below, my Potato Fields currently hanging in the Guild Hall show next to a sailboat plein air from last summer.
Across from my wooden easel is a metal easel and still life set up area. Two stools on top of each other bring set ups to eye level. The arrangement below has been in progress this winter. 
I took a break to paint a view of the right hand corner of the set up for the Springs Mystery Art sale.
Apple for an Art Teacher by Gail Gallagher
oil on canvas 5" x 7"
 My winter months are spent painting indoors and dreaming of studio projects. Once summer arrives all is forgotten as I carry the easel outdoors to paint en plein air. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Long Beach Plums

I bought some lovely beach plum jam last summer. While enjoying it I thought, "It would be nice to  make my own beach plum jam. I'll have to remember to look for the plum blossoms in the spring, so I know where to find beach plums." I spotted the telltale white blossoms along Long Beach this weekend.
There are clumps of white blossoms.
Look here for a beach plum harvest. 
Beach Plum prunus maritima
Beach plum jam recipe by Justine Hand at Gardenista here