Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gail Toma - Artist in Our Midst

I met Gail Toma purely by chance while visiting Prince of Scots in Water Mill. Prince of Scots is the place to go for Gail Toma scarves, art prints and home furnishings in the Hamptons. 
I had to smile when co-owner Tim Danser said, "Gail meet GAIL!" She graciously took the time to show me her collection, piece by piece, complete with style and scarf wearing tips.
We clicked as two "Gails" should. Of course I asked to visit her studio.
Gail Toma is an artist, designer, educator and author. Her book Strategic Planning for Designers is curiculum material for students entering the design field.  Her own creative process is inspired by the beauty of life around her in the Hamptons and abroad. Nature and the sea inspires her. Above the hearth of her Southampton living room is a painting inspired by a regatta at the Port Washington Yacht Club.
Stormy by Gail Toma
Gail's home is filled with colorful accents of her own design.
Montauk oysters inspired the print on her dining area chairs.
Gail wears one of her scarves belted with a pair of skinny jeans. The blouse is also one of her designs.
Transparency limited edition print by Gail Toma
One of a series of bathing beauties by Gail Toma
Vintage fashion and old school glamour also inspire.
A trip to Italy inspired Gail's Hibiscus design.
Hibiscus began as a watercolor of a Positano hilltop garden.
After numerous watercolor sketches, Gail arrives at the hibiscus theme. She digitizes each design layout manually.
Hibiscus curtains.
Hibiscus limited edition print
Gail Toma in her studio.
Silk and suede ideas for pillows.
Large scale designs for home furnishings.
The skylit studio opens to the summer breezes.
In the kitchen, a beautiful repast.
Thank you Gail for an inspiring visit to your studio and home.
Gail Toma's work is available at:
Gail Toma website
Prince of Scots here
on Amazon here

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Art and Roses in Southampton

On Saturday morning, while running errands I noticed a sign in front of the Rogers Memorial Library announcing that the Southampton Rose Society was having a show. I turned in to have a look.
I stuck my head into the room where the roses were on display, but got a disaproving look from one of the judges.  They were still reviewing the contestants and the show wasn't open to the public for another two hours. Rats. It was pure serendipity that I discovered paintings by the Southampton Artists Association on display in the entrance gallery.
A few of the works below. Stop by the library to see them all.
Perfect Day by Linda Capello
 Jobs Lane and Main St. by Jean Mahoney
Pavilion in the Dunes by Pamela Thomson
Optical Turrets Dark #11 by Fred Brandes
A Hampton Classic by Michele Murray
Yesterday or Today by Aura Levitas
A Fisherman's Shack by Joseph Citrone
To Read or Not to Read by Pam Vossen
Driftwood by Susanne Corbelletta
Summertime by Jo-Ann Corretti
Ice on Sand by Helen Giaquinto
Barn Scene by Dom Lamontanaro
Fruit by the Sea by Maureen Travers
We are so fortunate to have great library facilities in the Hamptons. Rogers Memorial Library was founded in 1893 and has been an important supporter of the educational and cultural needs of the community ever since. Check out their events calendar here
photo via
The Southampton Rose Society designed and maintains a rose garden on the library grounds. Read Portrait of a Rose Garden by Adeline Christie here for the story of the garden's creation. I didn't get to view the Rose Society's member event, but I did get to see their contribution to the community, a beautiful public garden. 
It was looking and smelling spectacular.
Some of the best adventures are unplanned ones.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Plein Air Noyack Creek-Clam Island

The long awaited summer has arrived. Plein air painting perfection.
Hugh discovered a beautiful spot.
An ideal place to harbor a sailboat or launch a kayak.
A perfect spot for two easels.
The clouds were gorgeous. After a rough sketch, that's where I began.
While we were painting we observed a paddle board launch near a family of mallards. A married couple navigated Noyack Creek. It wasn't an easy sail. Sound carries well over water. They earned their lunch!
If painting isn't your thing there are opportunities nearby for kayak and paddle board rental. Sag Harbor Sailing is one spot and there is also a kayak rental in the marina behind the Bell and Anchor restaurant. It is so wonderful just to get out there and enjoy. A great day!