A visit to Trintje’s

Every year Trintje Jansen invites me down to her wonderful house on the river in Westport.  Before I knew Trintje, I had never been to Westport or known about it.  It’s the last town on the south coast of Massachusetts before the Rhode Island border, and Trintje lives on the west side of the Westport River, the very last bit of southern Massachusetts. In fact, you have to drive through the tiny village of Adamsville, RI to get to Trintje’s house.

When I went last weekend, Trintje was preparing for the South Coast Artists Open Studios on August 20-21.  One of the first things I always do when I arrive is look at the work in Trintje’s studio.

Trintje makes clay reliefs of landscapes and riverscapes inspired by her lifelong love of Westport, with its long fields bounded by stone walls, the river and islands, birds and fish. When she started this work in the 1980s, she painted with glazes, but now she paints directly on the fired clay reliefs with acrylic paints.  Trintje uses various perspectives; some of the scenes are viewed from above; some are cross-sections that show the sky, the water, the fish under the water.  Most of the places in the pieces are imaginary, although of course they are saturated with the imagery of Trintje’s Westport surroundings.

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My tea party for the Boston Globe

Tea and Roses
Recently Jane Dornbusch of the Boston Globe came to tea at my home. See her article. Read the full post »

Bowl of mystery


Inspired by a lesson our alumna Kate Jellinghaus used in her program Artistic Noise, I made a bowl that holds words.  Story bowls were part of the exhibition Kate curated in the Arnheim Gallery in September. Actually, I didn’t make the bowl itself, as the program participants did; I used a glass bowl I had around the house.

The central photo, hand colored, is from the  memorial stone of Caedmon, the first English poet, in Whitby on the Yorkshire coast.  I glued it to the bottom of the bowl, then glued the mauve and lavender handmade papers over it, to cover the underside of the glass bowl.  I typed my text and cut it into phrases, which I glued on the top surface of the bowl, spiraling around from the rim toward the center of the bowl.  Lastly, I covered the interior of the bowl with three layers of gel medium.

The piece can be used for quiet meditation.  I am hoping guests will pick it up and turn it round and round to read the words.


My favorite goat

Deep Peace over Penobscot Bay

The cottage we rented in Bayside, Maine this June for my big birthday was a really special one, right on the shore of Penobscot Bay.   Our week there was heaven.

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