Denise Dances: A Return to Perfect Health - Body, Mind & Spirit!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Get Fit!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! If you can't be with the one you love on this special day, take care of yourself! Watch a mushy movie on TV this Sunday! Buy lots of chocolate to indulge in; while you watch TV! Pamper yourself! Lotions, creams, body wash, bubble bath; you name it. What I am most thankful for at this time of year is the increased amount of daylight, and the chance to be outdoors, enjoying the local, snow-laden parks -- all in the name of physical fitness! Poquonnock Plains Park and the Poquonnock Riverwalk are beautiful this time of year. Old Mystick Village is barren but beautiful --go talk to the ducks at the historic duck pond -- they would be glad for your company. Stop being a "human doing" -- begin being a human being again! (I read this somewhere -- in a brochure about chronic fatigue syndrome a few years back). In my own over-booked schedule, of my own doing these days, I wonder now: what happened to those carefree days when I didn't make a to-do list every day that I had to stick to? what happened to the old Denise who used to get in the car and think nothing of driving to The Cove Restaurant on Route 1, just past Mystic? to Wilcox Park in downtown Westerly? and to the deserted beaches at Watch Hill, RI in winter? How long has it been since I've done any of those things; indeed anything -- spur of the moment? and more locally, the wine & cheese receptions on Sunday afternoons at Cummings Arts Center on the grounds of Connecticut College? and how much longer can I go on being a "doing" before my body gives out -- for good? How much longer? how much longer? how long?(Today, I would like to thank my faithful readers, 18 hits to my blog yesterday! Thanx for reading! I must be doing something right! (Denise...Denise Dances...2010)...Does it come as no surprise to now...that I mean what I saaaay...when I say...that I would consider a return to perfect health payment enough???...* * * :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Mystic Art Festival

Aftermath of the Midwinter Artist Reception / Family Housewarming; Williams Park Apts; Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. Next, I would like to concentrate on physical fitness and fresh air! COMING SOON: "On the Rocks" and "Seagulls All Around," the final two panels in the series "Mural of Long Island Sound" in seven panels, 16x20. Thank Goooood! (Who says I don't work?) Past mid March, I would like to attempt my rendering of the "Echinacea Purpurea" at Ocean Beach last summer, where my cousin Pat encouraged me, in late August, to turn my colored pencil drawings under the hot sun into NOTECARDS! -- Hoping to draw inspiration from the life and watercolor paintings of artist Georgia O'Keefe, I will attempt a different medium, using my new pastel crayons which the artist Janice Causey suggested and to use watercolor paints for the background. In April, I plan to render my colored / pencil sketches of April 2009, "Backyard Scenes" into Gouache, Watercolor, and Acylic paintings. In May and June, I plan to take it outside and create Impressionist style beach scenes! With the aid of my studies of French Impressionist painters, Renoir and Monet! If my sisters and my niece Julia are available for a sitting, I would be inpsired to paint them in Victorian dress (Renoir-style)! I still have ideas for August and the Fall, but Summer Gardening will take over at Williams Park Apts! For my latest creations, go to:


"Sisters," by Danielle Steele, my current read. Can't complain about the sun being too bright, as I enjoy reading a novel for an hour on most mornings now, due to a South /SE exposure where I live. After I just finished reading, "Light of the Moon," by Luanne Rice, a tortured novel about the painful choices adults are forced to make, which is often devastating to the children -- (do I have wrinkles around my eyes yet?) -- I have re-started "Sisters," a novel about four very different young women, different in temperament and career and life choices. And now, I would like to present "Making the Mark." Please go to my sister's website, to view a slide show of sorts of the work of the Stonington Printmakers Society" at the gallery beside Slater Museum in Norwich, CT. This exhibit is followed closely by the Sewell Sillman Exhibit at the Gris in Old Lyme, showing now until April 2. Also, I would like to say thanks to the fifteen readers (anonymous hits) whom I attracted to my blog yesterday. Had to be the Duck Tales!!! (Denise...Denise Dances...2010.)


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Pushing Limits

PUSHING LIMITS Now showing at Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT. Artist: Sewell Sillman. Adults: $9.00 Admission to tour the gallery, the grounds, and the Flo Gris House. That's all I've got for ya until the weather breaks enough for me to drive my "horsey" up there! For more info, go to:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Half Time!

HALF TIME Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 Lah..lah, la, la, la,...lah, la, la! Lah, la, la, la...lah, la, la! Da-dah, da-dum! Da-duh, da=dum! Da-dah, da-dum! The guy plodded through the desert, across mountain passes to drink a bottle of Coke. Admittedly, the commercial -- post half time -- of the 44th annual Superbowl Games didn't do the song justice -- that is -- do you recognize it? The strains of the opera "Carmen" by Bizet! You know, starts off slowly...softly...faintly...but a rhythmic beat...building up momentum...over a period of a climactic finish! Very humble beginnings -- having taken many crossroads -- veered off on many meanderings. Better with age! I am happy to let the dust settle on my new home at Williams Park Apartments as my family enjoyed the first fruits of my labors; my "Mural of Long Island Sound" in seven panels at my Midwinter Artist Reception / Family Housewarming this weekend. "Now I can relax." Yeah, right! Well, isn't that what this blog is about? And should it still come as no surprise...even to now...that I mean what I saaaay...when I saaaay...that I would consider a return to perfect health payment enough???...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2010) For more info, go to:

Duck Tales

DUCK TALES ...Village Cinema 1-2-3...Ten Clams Burgers - Seafood - Ice Cream - Lunch - Dinner...the Yankee Silversmith, ltd. (handcrafted jewelry)...IMAGINE (Recapture the 60s)...Raining Cats & Dogs...Angel Haven (Heavenly Gifts)...Carolyn's Cats...Silk Road Imports...Sofia's Mystical Christmas...Del Sol ("Come in and see how everything changes color in the sun")......Gray Goose Cookery...Munson's Chocolates (Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas)...St. Matthias Anglican Church (The Meeting House)...Kelley's Pace (Running and Leisurewear)..."Quintessentially -- quint-essential!" DUCK TALES: Bread & Crackers Are Not Good Food For Ducks. People Food makes ducks sick. A Duck Diet includes: aquatic insects, roots, seeds, stems of sedges, grasses, pond weeds, acorns and tree seeds, as well as insects, crustaceans, mollusks, tadpoles, frogs, earthworms, and small fish. (COMING SOON: Photos. Guess that means I'll have to go back soon!)

Power Couple!

POWER COUPLE M M1 TIC 135709 02/09/10 THE YOUNG V Mystic Vill 1 02:20 1 1349 040 $7.00 Everywhere she looked...She could trust not a one./ Wicked old men...Hellbent to keep her from gaining her Throne./ "I'm stronger than I look," she said;-- Attempting to go it alone./ It was her birthright, she declared -- And allowed no one -- not even her mother -- To keep her from gaining the Throne./ Falling in love at first glance...He was eager to win her hand...And thus learned to dance...The Waltz and attend the Opera and the Symphony -- It was a true romance!/ Writing letters to each other, They expressed their thoughts and true feelings -- Yet it was but a while/ Before their love came into being./ She couldn't rule alone -- She needed someone to guide her -- Through the storms who would be right there beside her./ She took on a husband/ Her dear Prince Albert/ And together they promoted Social Reform./ Together they reigned for twenty years/ Until the Typhoid took him; Leaving her in tears./ Beloved so much; She laid out his clothes each morning/ And ruled England until her eighties Every day dawning./ She loved her Prince Albert -- She knew there would never be another! She is the longest ruling Sovereign to date -- She is the Queen Victoria! (By Denise Hickey, Mystic Village Art Cinemas, Tues., Feb. 9, 2010)...(Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant???...* * * :) SOS 3:6)

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Missing Link

THE MISSING LINK New London, CT. For the complete story on the HYGIENIC XXXI Exhibit, now showing on Bank Street in downtown New London, go to: