Tagged Under the Palm Tree


— Until I established this blog, admittedly later than many but earlier than Grandma Moses, I had no idea what it’s content should be, or it’s slant, or even WHY I should do it.

Then I started to view some fine examples of what this medium is so good at representing and providing. I’d go back to see what made them stand out and make me want to bookmark them for fear of losing them in the Bermuda Triangle of ” oh no, where did that go and how will I ever find it again?!”.

They had to, of course, be visually stimulating, which for me is often an eclectic selection. I knew I didn’t want my blog to be about my every thought, how I like my coffee or a journal of self promoting blather. I wanted to find models of intelligence, generosity of information, wit and kick butt inspiration.

There are hundreds, probably thousands of blog sites belonging to incredibly talented artists, so for now and until someone takes the Gregorian Calendar and adds 2 private months to it that no one knows about but me, I want to acknowledge with a loud tip of the brush, the artists here, whose sites are wonderful and whose insights are just as grand.

The deliciously expressive and masterfully hued figuratives and landscapes of Brad Bisbey . He’s shared so much information about color mixing and technique with me. Most of all, he’s reminded me to listen to my own voice.

Karin Jurick- a favorite on so many blog lists and I share those opinions. Her small jewels of paintings within paintings and everyday subjects are rendered with dazzling beauty.

The beautiful portraiture, and light filled landscapes of Nancy Moskovitz whose succinct and snappy writing exemplifies what I’ve been writing about here.

Drawing the MotMot– wouldn’t that turn your beak if you loved birds?
Debby Kaspari is the impressive artist of birds, and so much more. She writes with great humor and devotion to her art and love of the natural world.I was drawn in by the title of her blog and have stayed ever since.

Ancient Artist- Developing an Art Career after 50- the wisdom and creativity of Sue Smith. Sue has taken this model and shown us so many templates for pursuing with smarts, talent and vigor, the business of our craft.

A bit of an iconoclast, I thought rules were only suggestions but I like the rules of tagging here.

Not on my profile but should you want to know more, ( even though it does contradict rule #4….) here they are:

Things you didn’t know about me.

1. Since moving to St. Croix, my tolerance level for insects has grown proportionately to the length of time I’ve been here.
When I first arrived, a fruit fly in my nightstand water glass received a nocturnal heave-ho down the drain and the glass’s contents immediately replaced. ( Even the glass was rinsed out with soap )
Now, if I can’t feel it on my lips, down it goes.
Guess I’ve been here long enough.

2. So far as I know, I’ve coined the phrase, “ Outside Begins With OW”. Living in this environment, danger lurks everywhere, band-aids are the new fashion accessory and scars are the new liposuction.

3. The first chapter in the book of the above named coined phrase, will be “ I Used to Have a Concierge, But Now I Have a Machete “. Not a term often used in New York City. I may or may not get to the book, if I keep at this blog and squeeze in an occasional painting.

4. As I’ve reached a certain age, I prefer to listen more than I prefer to talk about myself. It’s become the foundation of some great friendships.

5. Someone recognized me three years ago from 2nd grade! Said he’d recognize me anywhere, and that I hadn’t changed! ( That was 47 years ago ).
Perhaps HIS eyeglass prescription hadn’t changed either!

6. I disbelieve most everything I read in the newspaper, or hear on the evening news -especially when it’s reported by spineless anchors with plastic grins.

7. I teeter on the fine fencepost of live for today and plan for tomorrow. How’s everyone else doing with that equation?

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5 Responses to “Tagged Under the Palm Tree”

  1. reghunnicutt Says:

    Fantastic picture. Maybe we can cross paths in the next few weeks.

  2. carolking Says:

    A short time blogging and you are the belle of the veritable “blogging ball” Miss popularity! LOL! Love the photo of the palm tree, did you take it? And of course you know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the phrase: “Outside begins with OW” which I’ve shamelessly stolen and used as my own on occasion!!!!!!

    I also love the title of your book! One time Matt was working and had to deal with a crazy naked guy with a machete on Kings Highway in Brooklyn! Who knew we would have so many machete references as native New Yorkers. (yes, TWO is a lot of machete references as far as I’m concerned!)

    Blog on Bonnie, Blog on!

  3. suecsmith Says:

    Bonnie, thank you for your very kind words regarding Ancient Artist, which — despite the name — isn’t that old and still hasn’t quite found it’s path, so I just keep writing about the things that interest me. As for the “fine fence post of live for today”, it’s hard enough for me to stay balanced up there without falling, so I don’t do much advance planning anymore. Life is more fun that way. Keep up the great blogging and fantastic painting…we’ll be in touch.

  4. judylobo Says:

    I am so proud of you. To think that it was not even three months ago when I helped you start this wonderful St Croixnicity blog. You have mastered the medium and I look forward to reading everyone of your entries and am delighted where this outlet has taken you (and us). I am kvelling.

  5. Noel Luria Says:

    I am glad the fruit was able to stop fidgeting long enough to paint them. It seems clear to me that your artistic block has been smashed…..go get em!



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