Wednesday, November 30, 2016


I've wanted to try something a bit different - it's intimidating!
I tried to paint on a different color panel but it didn't work for me. Tomorrow 
I plan to redo this image but keep the original as a study. I like the
idea but have to work on it a bit more. I am shooting for 6 new paintings for January 
it may be a bit ambitious - we'll see how it goes.
Thanks for taking a look. 
If you can stand one more view on the election check out Dan Rather link

Thursday, November 24, 2016


If you haven't seen the 21 Medals of Freedom ceremony click the link above.
I sincerely hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving - wishing you a
fun weekend. I've got a few busy days ahead not sure when the next post will
happen. Thanks for waiting. MB

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


I forgot to celebrate my blogs 4th Anniversary in November!
I started my blog 4 years ago producing 100 paintings in 100 days.
My Thanksgiving troll was on day 20. 
Thanks to everyone who has stuck by my side through thick and thin.
I couldn't do it without the support. 
I give thanks for all of you!
Wishing you all the best this holiday. MB

Friday, November 18, 2016


I read an artists blog yesterday and she mentioned that her blog was an art
blog and nothing else. I guess my blog started out as an art blog with just paintings
and ideas in my head but then I added my new copper roof and other odd events. 
So what started as a painting platform has evolved into something else from time to time.
It's hard for me to pretend that nothing has happened. I'm not sure how this is going to shake out but I feel a need to
voice my thoughts. So if it's not your cup of tea you might want to check back periodically and see how things are going.
 This is my process for now. Thanks for everything. MB
 Sophie Theallet - Fashion Designer 
Meg Griffin - radio host of the Loft program on XM radio played this song by Tom Russell
yesterday.  For some reason it made me happy so I thought I would share his song.
An interview between Tom Russell and NPR is below if you're interested.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016


 It's been a tough week - has it really only been a week?
My need for Kerrygold Irish butter has grown exponentially this election season. 
I gotta STOP! My pants are getting kind of tight. Comfort food has been my salvation 
as well as good music. I'm so lucky I can enjoy The Loft on my XM radio while I paint.
It keeps me going. Today Meg Griffin played a lot of Leon Russell while I painted Butter.
LEON RUSSELL passed away this week.
 Leon Russell was an American musician and songwriter who recorded as a session musician and sideman and maintained a solo career. 
He had 31 albums to his credit and recorded about 430 songs
Here's my favorite ONE MORE LOVE SONG it's not his most famous but it makes me feel good!
This is really the end of my post if you feel like reading further it's your thing. I'm getting through my grief.
Thanks for liking my rabbits. You guys are the best.
 I gotta tell ya I also wrote some letters this week. I wrote to Warren Buffett and the Spotlight reporters at the Boston Globe. 
Warren Buffett was asking us to support the Donald so I thought I should tell him why that is so difficult.
Warren gets 300 emails a day so I'm pretty sure he never saw mine but it felt good anyway to voice an opinion.
Here's my letter
Dear Warren Buffett: I understand your plea for unity in these difficult times. I appreciate your support for Hillary Clinton as well. But - and there's a big BUT - the reality is that Donald Trump denies climate change(at my expense and our children's expense) yet he wants to build a wall at his exclusive golf course. 

Donald Trump appears to be interested in protecting his personal investments and interests at any cost. 
Where as, President Obama shows concern for the country and the world as a whole. 
Trump does not embrace these Presidential responsibilities to the world and the country. 
It's difficult to show support for a Presidential candidate with such contradictory, self serving views.

Please see attached:
Trump acknowledges climate change -at his golf course

Thank you for your kind consideration and understanding 
MB Warner & Jim Weishaar 
This campaign poster is circulating and it kind of made my day.
Thanks! Another thing if you can stand it and you're still reading.  2018 Mid-terms will be more important than ever. The voting public dislikes mid-terms and are usually complacent but 2018 will be the next opportunity  to implement great change. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016



I've been thinking about The Lovin' Spoonful while creating my paintings "Leap of Faith I & II"

Thought it might be fun to revisit 1965, The Lovin' Spoonful and bring in some light!

Leap of Faith I
Leap of Faith II

And for those of you who are still lost in feelings of grief here's a link


Friday, November 11, 2016

ZEKE & PERCY(no kidding!)

It’s not always readily apparent which songs are going to become standards. Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” didn’t seem to have much chance of becoming one when the Canadian singer-songwriter, who passed away Thursday at age 82, introduced it on his 
1984 album VariousPositions. Neither the song nor the album hit the Billboard charts that year or received a Grammy nomination. 
It took Leonard Cohen 5 years to write "Hallelujah!" 
He was a great song writer - look him up and give him a listen it will make your day.
It took 15 years for Hallelujah to become a standard - it's been recorded 142 times by various artists and each version has its own unique twist. 
 Here's another version of "HALLELUJAH" 

Thursday, November 10, 2016


People filled the overflow section of the Javits People filled the overflow section of the Javits Center where Hillary Clinton is holding her election night event in New YPeople filled the overflow section of the Javits Center where Hillary Clinton is holding her election night event in New York City. 
Todd People filled the overflow section of the Javits Center where Hillary Clinton is holding her election night event in New York City. CreditTodd Heisler/The New York TimesPeople filled the overflow section of the Javits Center where Hillary Clinton is holding her election night event in New York City. CreditTodd Heisler/The New York TimesThe N ew York Timesork City. CreditTodPhoto Wethet
  People filled the overflow section of the Davits Center where Hillary Clinton is holding her election night event in New York City.   Paul Krugman: Our Unknown Country We still don't know who will win the electoral college, although as I write this it looks -- incredibly, horribly -- as if the odds now favor Donald J. Trump. What we do know is that people like me, and probably like most readers of The New York Times, truly didn't understand the country we live in. We thought that our fellow citizens would not, in the end, vote for a candidate so manifestly unqualified for high office, so temperamentally unsound, so scary yet ludicrous. We thought that the nation, while far from having transcended racial prejudice and misogyny, had become vastly more open and tolerant over time. We thought that the great majority of Americans valued democratic norms and the rule of law. It turns out that we were wrong. There turn out to be a huge number of people -- white people, living mainly in rural areas -- who don't share at all our idea of what America is about. for them, it is about blood and soil, about traditional patriarchy and racial hierarchy. And there were many other people who might not share those anti-democratic values, but who nonetheless were willing to vote for anyone bearing the Republican label. I don't know how we go forward from here. Is America a failed state and society? It looks truly possible. I guess we have to pick ourselves up and try to find a way forward, but this has been a night of terrible revelations, and I don't think it's self-indulgent to feel quite a lot of despair. David Brooks- LET'S NOT DO THIS AGAIN

Tuesday, November 8, 2016



Here's Monte's story - he was one lucky dog!

 A little about Monte: My step mom had picked him up from a litter when he was just a little ball of white cottony fur. The most heart melting, adorable ball you could have ever seen in your life maybe! He lived an amazing doggy life, roaming freely, he loved to adventure playing as often as he could in the water, mud, and his all time favorite poop piles. I will never forget upon every arrival, his whole body wiggling with excitement to greet new and old friends. Then his sad and concerned face as he sat in the middle of the driveway and watched you leave, every time, in your review mirror. He was possibly the most loving and kind soul who only ever cared to be by your side, and hoped you might throw his ball one more time. With age, his hips had gotten worse, and soon he wouldn't even get up to eat. We knew it was his time. Monte passed in the last days of September of this year, laying comfortably in his bed on the porch, on an exceptionally beautiful fall day, with all his loving family near to wish him luck on his way. 

Sweet eyes!
Thanks for taking a look. 

Monday, November 7, 2016


JC that's all I know about this corgi! I've never seen a corgi with a blue eye either.
Process photo below. Thanks - MB

Friday, November 4, 2016


I'm so relieved the Tucker is finished. Woohoo! 
Thanks for hanging in and have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

NICE RACK! As the Donald would say

This painting is like the election - Will it ever end?
Thanks for all the comments. Later MB

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Tuesday's progress. I never thought this little 18" X 18" painting would take this
much time to complete. It's a mystery. I was suppose to be finished by Tuesday and now it's 
Wednesday - I think there are at least two days left if not three. Go figure.
Thanks a bunch, MB

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Going to the dogs! 
Monday painting progress. Slow going for sure.
Thanks for taking a look.