Friday, August 30, 2013

Sweet Georgia Brown

Dear fellow foodies,

If you long for the comforts of Southern food as I do, then head on over to Georgia Brown's in Washington,DC, for some elevated soul food. You will not be disappointed  by the gumbo, the fried green tomatoes, or the cornbread with honey butter. Lordy!!
Scrumptious Seafood Gumbo
Sampler plate- a vegetarian entree'

Sunday, August 25, 2013

In Flux: Betwixt and Between

Dear Imaginary Friends,

This painting of an apple branch was begun a week and a half ago, and this Wednesday, I added the lemon compote to the upper right hand corner. It was looking a little empty and a little boring. Every painting needs to involve the viewer with more than one focus of interest.
And now that I have started editing it, I wonder if it needs more. Perhaps a pitcher to replace the left hand draped box?
Still pondering!

Your imaginary ruminator,


Tuesday, August 13, 2013


The Fig Arbor, 9 x 12", for sale, $250, by moi

Dear Figgy Friends,

August brings to mind fig season, as I am an avid fig grower. Oddly enough, I dislike eating them. I just like growing them!
This is a quest of man vs. beast, as I try to bring my thousands of figs to ripe perfection before the birds can nibble a chunk out of each one.

Frustrating? Yes! Who usually wins? Me 70% of the time. What does it take to outsmart birds, who might have IQ's of negative twenty? Persistence and vigilance. Picture this: Me checking my trees three times a day during fig season.
Game on, my fine-feathered friends!!!

The Farmer Who Won't Quit, with an IQ possibly higher than negative twenty

Monday, August 12, 2013

Just One Year Ago

One year ago, I was hanging my one woman art show at River Farm,  the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society, along the verdant banks of the Potomac River.

Which leads me to pondering my next show there, in two years... It takes years to develop a new body of work, good enough technically and interesting enough.  The minute that show was hung, I started producing new work. This year, I have already produced at least 12-18 new oil paintings that will be suitable for hanging. Some of them have sold. So I just keep churning out new work, to keep up. It is exciting; it is fun; and it is draining. But most good things in life are!

I love having a goal, an end game. A huge show in which I hang 80 paintings is a real challenge, but ultimately doable.
Sorry, but I have to stop typing and resume painting!

Your Imaginary Friend,


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Day Is Done, For This Day Lily

Dear imaginary friends,

I have written before that I was struggling to finish this painting, and now, I can finally say that it is done.
Reminds me of the song, "Taps".

Day (lily)
Is done...
Gone the sun!

So, time for a frame!

Your imaginary friend,

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rolling Hills, 5 x 7", $200 at the Art League This Month

The beautiful rolling hills of Virginia

Dear Imaginary Friends,

This oil painting has been accepted into the 'Scapes Landscape show at the Art League this month. The opening is this Thursday, 6:30-8 pm. I hope that you will join me! The show runs through September 2.

Your imaginary artist,

Sunday, August 4, 2013

What's Cookin', Good Lookin'?

What's cookin' in Del Ray is A Show of Hands! Gifts galore, fine arts by Patricia Uchello as well as many fine crafts will satisfy your every gift-giving need. On display currently are eleven of my paintings with themes of summer, including sunflowers, peaches, cantaloupe, and much more.
A Show of Hands is open daily except on Mondays.
 It is a vibrant, happy store, showcasing all local artists and craftspeople.
Please visit!

Your Imaginary Friend,