Sunday began as a happy, happy day. My friend and colleague, Lisa Daria Kennedy, was due to paint her 1000th consecutive painting for her blog! We got together at Kennedy's (no relation) Gardens, a beautiful nursery in Scituate, MA. I was late (no surprise there) and arrived just as they toasted Lisa's painting. Check out her cheeky, fun and exuberant blog HERE. I had about 1/2 hour to set up and get a painting done. So I basically did an acrylic sketch of Lisa. She doesn't really look like an elf. She's gorgeous, funny and a fabulous painter. Then we went to dinner at PJ's Country House where we drank (I mean ate) dinner. We dominated the bar area - we did makeovers, shared lipsticks and played "I'll have what SHE's having..." In short, a MEMORABLE evening.
When I got back to Sally's house and checked my email, however, I found that my friend, teacher and hero, Ros Farbush, had passed away. She was almost 84, and still painting every day. It hit me like a ton of bricks, as Paula Villanova and I had gone out with her the night before she left for her 3 month snowbird trip to Arizona. We made plans to hit a nice Deli in Brookline this Spring, and agreed to have yet another Jeep Trip to Provincetown with Mary Sheehan Winn. There seemed so much to DO with Ros this year. Paula and I had visited Ros 3 times in San Miguel, MX for painting trips. We all went to Holland, so Ros could paint the tulip fields. Our blog about it, which we nicknamed "Schlepping Ros" (and she LOVED that title) is HERE. Below are shot of Ros with Valerie Vitali, Lynn Rizotto, and Paula more, on our many, many painting days:
Ros and Paula on our last Jeep Trip...
Me, Ros and Valerie enjoying Ros' favorite Bloody Marys
We cared little for fashion when we were baking in the Ptown sun, painting...
At Ros's condo, Ros painting the Red Sox game, and (Lynn in background)
While we all painted Ros (this was mine - she laughed!)