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

Friday, April 30, 2010

"Backyard Scenes"

BACKYARD SCENES Whoever thought that I would find happiness in my own back yard??? It started last April at The Residence. Stay tuned and you will see "Backyard Scenes 2009: Portrait of Paula" (a watercolor pencil sketch, re-created from life, a scene familiar to me last Spring) and accompanying poem. Uh, oh. Open Mike Nite at the Poetry Slam, Bean & Leaf??? (Sundays) This is too much for me to THINK about! I have to get into character first! I've been stuck in my head with all of my artwork all winter long! How am I supposed to DO this? (Answer: If Booth and Bones can get up and sing as a rock 'n roll duet, well then....wasn't that cool?) The Bean & Leaf has become a home port, of sorts, which replaces: Subway-Waterford (Fall 2009), which replaced Pequot Cafe-Groton (Sept. 2007-May 2009), which replaced Ocean Pizza-NL (2006). The B&L is where I meet weekly with my WO-MENSA GROUP on Saturday mornings. Next, you will find me taking OASIS outdoors with my watercolor pencil sketch of Robin in Red Maple Tree, next week, if this wind ever dies down. Yes, there is a red maple tree in Williams (Memorial) Park, just as there was a red maple in back of The Residence, just as there is a red maple on the Mini Golf Course at Ocean Beach! And finally, before wrapping it up for the Mystic Art Festival by June 30th, I will take OASIS to Ocean Beach for those Renoir-style Summer Beach Scenes in Gouache on Canvas board. First up, Four Seagulls On a Rock. Honeeeeey, see you at the beeeeaaaaach!!!...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2010) -- Little Miss Can't Do Wrong.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? Montville, CT. 5/23/95 Garden Tally 6 (6)Tomato, beefsteak - crowded, huge tomatoes 6 (6) Sun Cherry - Lots! 6 (6) Roma VF Tomatoes - Plum! - lots! 6 (6) Super Chili Hot Peppers - Ariba! 10 (9) Lady Bell Sweet Peppers - small, crowded 4 (4) Green Peppers - smaller or no yield 6 (0) Lettuce - zilch (6 heads started) 3 (0) Red Lettuce - zilch (3 heads started) 6 (4) Celery - munched 6 (6) Scallions (thrived in June) 6 (1) Cucumber- one if lucky - munched 6 (6) Squash Zucchini - lots! 15 (15) Marigolds - Beautiful! * * * OWL * * * Good job! 8 - Well 5 - Poor 13 items.

"Fool's Gold" Book Blog

FOOL'S GOLD BOOK BLOG...May 23, 2008: Birth of my blog, "Denise Dances..." June-July 2009: Birth of new venture, Making Art Affordable to the Public, and resultant website... April 27, 2010: Birth of my new Book Blog, "Fool's Gold!" (For more info, go to: On Monday evening, April 19, 2010, I attended my first meeting of Southeastern Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association (SE-CAPA) at the Groton Public Library. For more info, go to: Guest speaker, Annie Philbrick, co-owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, discussed the future of the indie bookseller versus current trends such as e-books. Upon reading the monthly newsletter, The Authority, I took the advice of starting a "book blog" for my copyrighted yet never before published novel, "Fool's Gold." My new book blog, "Fool's Gold" will feature excerpts from the book as well as frequently updated posts on my journey through the world of Book Publishing and future trends. I am allowed to attend one more meeting of SECAPA free of charge before I decide to become a full-fledged member and pay my dues, possibly in October 2010. (I have to make time for the beeeeeaaaach!) Meetings are held the third Monday of each month, usually in the Groton Public Library. They often feature prominent, local guest speakers with pertinent topics. Come and follow my new blog as I bring you more excerpts from "Fool's Gold" and decide its future, whether to find a publisher and how to market my new book! (Wish me luck!!!...* * * :) Denise...Denise Dances...2010.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Live in Downtown New London!
Opening Reception: 4/24/10
APRIL 24-MAY 22, 2010
Gallery Open: Thurs. 11-3, Fri. & Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-3
For more info, go to:
On Saturday night, I made a new friend, met a mentor. Unexpected places, new faces. About a half hour before the Exhibit officially opened, I officiously drove downtown, in my old car. Downtown New London has become a hub of activity, trendy restaurants, up-and-coming art exhibits. Inside, I had the pleasure to meet Edeltraud Huller, originally from Germany, who has only a trace of an accent. "Are you one of the artists?" she asked. With delight, I exclaimed yes, smiled, and walked her to my oil painting, "On the Rocks." Selected by guest juror, Sharon Butler, award winning painter, ECSU Professor, and art blogger / writer, she chose to select my unframed painting, declaring fancy frames detract from the essence of the artwork. Seeming to admire my rendition of the rocks at Ocean Beach in early winter, with its Impressionistic feel and sense of purity and cleanliness -- she encouraged me. "I had to make sacrifices," she said, in order to practice her art. "With your health?" No. In order to do art, you have to LIVE MODESTLY, she said. She revealed her conservative outfit, in good taste: wide leg, dark rinse jeans, a white tee top, a neutral sweater which covered her hips. "It looks great!" Admittedly, she hadn't shopped for clothes in three years. Yeah, I know. She admired my outfit, bedecked in black. "Black goes with everything," she said. "I love black! I lived in New York." When I arrived home, exhausted as usual, (from NOT living modestly); my mother called. She had returned home from a stroll in Mystic Village with my father, a much-needed stroll in the fresh, Spring air. On Sunday, my sister Kelley called. Come soon, everyone! For more info, go to:

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Behold, a sower went forth to sow
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside,
and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Some fell upon stony places,Bold where they had not much earth:
and forthwith they sprung up,
because they had no deepness of earth:
And when the Sun was up, they were scorched;
and because they had no root, they withered away [W.G., 2008]...
And some fell among thorns;
and the thorns sprung up, and choked them;
But other fell into good ground,
and brought forth fruit,
some an hundredfold, some sistyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
PEAS, LETTUCE: Plant seeds in early Spring. Sow directly into the Earth.
PEPPERS, HOT PEPPERS, TOMATOES, CHERRY TOMATOES, EGGPLANT: Start seeds indoors, six to eight weeks before date of last frost, depending on your planting zone. Transplant seedlings into the Earth after May 15. Seeds can also be sown into the Earth after May 15.
BASIL, GREEN ONIONS, ZUCCHINI, SQUASH, CARROTS, CUCUMBERS: Seeds can be started indoors, 6-8 weeks before date of last frost, or sowed into the Earth after May 15.
Zucchini Bread...Carrot Cake...Salsa... live at WILLIAMS PARK APARTMENTS. How does YOUR garden grow???...* * * :) (Denise...Denise Dances...2010)