… Dotted by Leslie
When my husband and I moved to Dorchester eight years ago, we came across a painting of the the bridge near Adam’s Village. We swore to one another that someday we’d buy that painting. As my husband’s birthday approached this past weekend, I found myself in a panic to find the ‘perfect gift’. We’ve been together for 16 birthdays, so naturally, I’m running out of ideas. But then I remembered that painting and through some super-sleuth detective work ( aka Google) I found Vincent Crotty; a Dorchester-based Irish-born landscape and figurative painter. Vincent graciously informed me that the painting in question had long since been sold. However, he happened to have a smaller painting of the same bridge that he’d be willing to finish and frame for me in time for our celebration.
‘The Bridge’, as it now appears in our dining room … does anyone know it’s name?
… Dotted by Leslie
My husband is a map collector … I think we might need to add this one to our growing collection.
“I’d like to generate map tiles that give you that same dizzy feeling you get when you look down at a city at night, from an airplane. We’ve spent so long fussing over the relentless details in cartography that we’ve sort of forgotten what things (should) look like at a distance. “ – Arron Straup Cope.
prettymaps (boston) by Aaron Straup Cope courtesy of 20 x 200
…dotted by Meghann*
One of our Ashmont "T" coasters in action
We recently received these fabulous “T” station coasters from dear friends; they know how much we love living on Ashmont Hill – and how desperately we needed coasters. Aren’t they great? They make me smile every time I use them.
Available for every line on the “T” — even for those *gasp* living outside the confines of lovely Dot — you can give these hostess/thank-you/birthday/house-warming/graduation, etc. gifts with the click of a mouse. Just visit MBTAgifts.com, select the line of your choice, and you’re ready to sit back and enjoy the admiration of your friends and colleagues.
Like the concept but not into coasters? Don’t worry; they’ve got t-shirts, mugs, magnets, greeting cards, and even authentic antique station signs.
Now that I’ve shared the secret, I’m going to sign off and enjoy the delicious vodka & soda (and 2 limes) resting on my lovely gift…Cheers!
Thanks to the Perrotti family for such a cool gift and great idea! xx
Lunder was commissioned by MGH and now resides in the Neurology Department's lobby
One of the most surprising things I’ve learned about Dorchester since moving here is that it is a mecca for artists of all kinds. In the past two years I’ve met a multitude of successful photographers, painters, designers, woodworkers, architects, stylists, writers…you name it, they’re here.
One such person is painter Patricia Burson. Her work is — in a word (ok two) — absolutely stunning.
She captures light so beautifully that the play of sun and shadow literally seems to skip across the canvas. Her trees, often painted from the perspective of one standing at the trunk base looking up, encompass a lovely duality: they are at once inert and full of movement. Drawn with uncluttered, confident strokes that could practically stand on their own, folded together they read as a precisely-rendered whole.
Pitch Pine, 36" x 48"
Schoodic #3, 60" x 40"
Pat Burson working on Dawn Birches, now installed at a NH law firm
But I have to say that my personal favorites are her landscapes. Whether they are the ones that she’s done of the dunes of Provincetown or of a winter river…
C-Scape, 36" x 48"
Dryad Naiad, 40"x 60"
Big South Pools, 40"x 30"
North Pools #1, 18"x 20"
…I am immediately drawn into the calming quiet that seems to saturate each one.