A blast from the past & ART FOR SALE

While organizing my storage area I ran across a couple of older paintings I did 44 years ago. Wow! I was so surprised because I thought I lost all my old paintings and sketches (many I just threw out). Hopefully I have improved over the years, even though I didn’t paint anything for 30-40 years, I did keep drawing (here and there) when I got the chance.

In organizing I find that I am running out of room to keep all the paintings, drawings, other crafts I have done over the years. Every possible wall in my home is taken now and besides the ones hidden behind the couch, under the bed and in the back closets – I’m out of room!

Normally I would seek out some Art Shows and Art Sales Outlets to sell some of my paintings, but due to Covid all those have been canceled or delayed until next year (God willing)… so I have gone ahead and put some reasonable prices on some of my paintings and they are officially for sale from this website. Prices do not include shipping charges (if shipping is necessary, the cost varies by weight but runs anywhere from $10 to $25).

I will give wicked big discounts to my family and close friends (just pay shipping, okay?) But only if you really want my painting hanging in your home (no pity buys, please – I don’t need the attention). I would love to share my joy if you like it. Just email, text or call me.

ritabohan@gmail.com 508-340-2911

Here are the Oldies I found: Painted 44 years ago in Massachusetts.

Sketching

Catching a subject in a limited time with pencil and paper….

The Tree (I have a poem I wrote years ago about a magnificent tree in our backyard in MA that I will look for to put here)… I totally enjoyed doing this sketch.
Crousant with jelly ….

Girl with long neck …

Lots of lead on this one …. broke two pencils (I could have done a better job)

Working from an image on the ipad

Looking back at ya!

Work spaces …

So many years I sought out a well lit workspace to paint where I could just leave it set up and walk away – without success. After retirement, I found a great spot in my Florida Room. The Florida Room is just off the Living Room and is totally windowed and air conditioned. I soon became “The Studio”.

Oh yeah, I’m a messy painter. I love just walking away and leaving the mess until I feel like tidying up. I leave so many paintings started for finishing later. After years of trying to convert the kitchen table or dining room table, this place is surely my paradise.

My “studio” is great for watercolor painting but I wanted an “outdoor space” to do my oil painting … so I converted part of our Lania into another work space. Many days it’s too hot to work out there for very long even though I have an overhead fan. . .and night work is not that great because of the lack of lighting. So, my oil painting usually takes a backseat.

Before I got a better chair…
One of the classrooms at North Port Art Center

Oil Painting Portraits with Laura Pommier @ North Port Art Center (this was the first class)

My Photographs

Most of these photos are from my phone but some are from my digital camera…

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My Lake

Myaka River .,,,

Hello Summer in Florida!

So here we are loving the heat and rain.  Tom starting to grow his beard – I have a really short haircut.  We were on our friends Stan and Betty’s new boat out on the Myakka River behind their house.  LIFE IS GOOD !

2018 Art Show was a great success

We ended our “season” with an Art Exhibit – I have humbly included my 2018 submissions.  They were fun to paint and I will miss my painting peeps until next “season”…..in the meantime I’ve promised to keep painting and stay out of trouble.   I will miss every one of them…..a group of very talented lovely people.

What is retirement?

Is it a resting time or a rebirth?   In my case it’s both.  We gave up the “big house” with all it’s stuff and lawns, etc. and make our new “little house” work for us, and it truly does.  It’s not fancy, but it’s comfortable and easy to keep.  Someone else does the lawn mowing and we keep changing the flowers in our pots when they die (that’s what we call upkeep) so everyday life is simpler.  Cooking for me is an act of love when the person (or persons) you are feeding appreciate your efforts.  God blessed me when he gave me Tom.  Tom thinks I am the best cook ever, says I can sing beautifully, loves my paintings and proudly hangs them all over ou r  little house for all to see and he still cannot see any gray hair on  my head (probably needs new glasses)….so, life is good with us.  I spend my days being quite busy.  I stll cook a lot and we do a lot of entertaining (then there are so many potlucks and invitations to “bring something”) so I get a chance to try a lot of new things.

I bowl in the Lady’s Monday morning league and have become much better with those BIG bowling balls ( grew up bowling with the small ones – candlepin), I am involved in lots of classes put on by the Artisian’s here.  Besides watercolor and oil painting, I have done glass mosaics, fusions and jewelry making, a member of the photography club, I have won prizes in the annual photo contest for the past two years, but did not submit anything this year.

I am a Director on our private Real Estate board and volunteer at the office one day a week besides showing homes for sale. I have let my Massachusetts Real Estate Broker’s license expire (I had enough of that fun).

I go to a place close by to sing Karaoke with my “singing buddies” and we have a blast.  I ran a Karaoke Happy Hour for the community last Summer.  I found it was a lot of work but a fun time was had by all.  I have taken my Karaoke to private parties and have had many a fun evening here at our little house with others.. Note:  Invite the neighbors and they won’t ever complain.

Tom and I go to pretty much every dance they offer here and we stay on the dance floor most of the evening.  We ride our bikes to the pool and swim every other day and walk almost every evening (stopping along the way to chat with neighbors), so you can assume we get plenty of excersize to balance out all the extra eating and drinking.  Tom built two websites that are used by our community which keeps him on his toes. He is quite involved here and is on the HOA Board so he is pretty busy too.   He is the most social he has ever been!

Yes, after we do all this, WE septuagenarians REST !

Hello world!

Welcome to my world.   Quite a change from 22 years of Real Estate sales.   Since I have this page, I might as well use it – Right?