The Thinking Woman's Almanac

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Tulip season: Setting up a still life for watercolor class

        (photo: Megan Gilbert)

Spring Greetings!


It is always reassuring to be invited back to someplace one has been invited to before. My fourth solo exhibition at the Huntington Public Library in Suffolk County is a slightly revised version of Animals Real and Imagined: Printings, Prints and Drawings, which returned to the barn last month after its recent outing to the New Amsterdam Branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan.

Opening a year later than we had originally scheduled, thanks to COVID, the Huntington Library exhibition now includes some new pieces not previously exhibited, as well as many of the favorites included in the city version. 

Empress and her Retinue: Washington Square Park

Lunch Break: Central Park

Green Dragon

Carousel Horse: Central Park

The show will remain on view through April 2022 The library is at 338 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743;; 631-427-5165. 

My video to the Huntington show


I'm happy to have two pieces in the club's Spring Auction Exhibition. 

Exuberance!, oil stick on canvas, 24" x 12"

The oil stick medium was perfectly suited to my subject here, a bouquet of peach and gold roses that brightened winter days during some of the worst days of our pandemic.

Rattitude, monotype, 1/2, 6" x 8"

You don't need to be a hard-boiled New Yorker to appreciate the resourcefulness and intelligence of rats. This one was done at a monotype party held at the Salmagundi Club of New York in the Year of the Rat. I haven't yet made my Year of the Tiger specimen, but we're now able to resume monotype parties on the first Tuesdays of each month; non-members may participate as well

F O U R  W A Y S  T O  B I D

  1. Live in Salmagundi’s skylight gallery | RSVP for Friday and Saturday
  2. Online on Live Auctioneers : How it works | Bidding live
  3. By Absentee Bid Form that can be faxed to (646) 349-2275 or emailed to
  4. By phone. Call (212) 255-7740 in advance to register to bid from wherever you are. We will call you during the auction just prior to your lot coming to the block.

A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases.

see: calendar for particulars


'I'm pleased to announce that my watercolor, "Reading," has been selected for an online exhibition sponsored by the National Association of Women Artists, I Am Where I Want To Be. The quilt in the foreground is my own His and Hers Matrimonial Quilt, from 1996. When the quilt is fully visible, undistorted by linear perspective, its blue, or traditionally male section, seven squares wide, out-occupies the the pink, or female, section, only five squares in width. The inspiration was a conversation with a colleague who was describing the imbalances in her own marriage as manifested by who had a specific chair in the living room (her husband) and whose professional office also doubled as the guest bedroom (hers). The composition as a whole was inspired in part by the tranquility I currently enjoy in my own household. 

Exhibition dates: April 15-May 31; online reception April 21, 2022, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.


These are two very recent animal portraits in oil, commissioned as holiday gifts by the "uncle" of each of the dogs. Part of the success of these paintings derives from the very endearing multiple source photographs provided by their humans, which made my part in the enterprise much easier. 

Cleo, oil on canvas, 5" x 7"

Maya, oil on canvas, 12," x 12"

If you'd like to discuss a commissioned animal portrait for yourself or as a gift, please contact me directly, at


Wanda Noonan has made a new series of videos about the Mulberry Street Library exhibition; the Landscape/ Cityscape exhibition at the Salmagundi Club; the processes involved in making a commissioned animal portrait; and the first half of a series about individual colors best described as semi-autobiographical; All are available on my YouTube channel.  

 "Hints of Color: Blue"



I continue to offer very small group classes at my Bond Street studio. We're never more than five in the double-cube room: 11' x 22' x 11;' high ceiling, with good light and ventilation. A few student openings available. COVID precautions observed.


Tea is always served at break-time.


Please feel free to get in touch

at 212-464-7519


Current schedule:

Monday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Wednesday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Beginning May 2, I will be available for studio visits at my Bond Street location. Please contact one of my assistants, Wanda Noonan or Megan Gilbert, at, to schedule an appointment. 

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“I’m slow with everything manual. I mean, the only things I do fast are probably drink fluid and correct people’s English!”

- Annie Shaver-Crandell on the intentionality of painting.