Flights of Fancy

08.25.2015, Comments Off on Flights of Fancy, Living in the Hamptons, by .

This year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse to benefit Southampton Hospital is at a new construction in Bridgehampton. We visited the house in anticipation of seeing some over the top decor and were not disappointed. It’s wonderful to see the atmosphere each designer creates and live vicariously through their imaginations. The house is open every day 11:00 – 5:00 until September 7th. Just a few photos:
Pool House Cabana by Crickets Crush
Love this chandelier!
Covered Terrace by Madcap Cottage
The terrace draperies were the perfect touch.
You know I love these deep blues.
Master Bedroom by Dyfari Interiors
Lalique bathroom by Baltimore Design Group
I could picture this room with a glamorous occupant.
Why keep your kayak in the garage?
There is a lot more to see, for a good cause:
presented by Traditional Home
to benefit Southampton Hospital

Chasean Vistas

08.22.2015, Comments Off on Chasean Vistas, Living in the Hamptons, by .

The Southampton Historical Museum is celebrating Southampton’s 375th Anniversary through a series of lectures. Hugh and I attended one of them, last week’s talk on William Merritt Chase and the Founding of Art Village.

The lecture was held in the recently restored Sayre barn. Authors Cynthia V.A. Schaffer and Lori Zabar both spoke on the Founding of the Art Village at the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art. We watched slides! Note the dear camp stool and painter’s pallet. The school was directed by William Merritt Chase and operated from 1891 – 1902. Most lessons were taught en plein air. The Art Village was founded to house its students. I investigated this topic previously here: Chasing Chase . We enjoyed the lecture and the gathering afterwards. Prosecco and hors d’oeuvres were served in the pergola on the great lawn of the Roger’s Mansion. A summer treat.
The Big Bayberry Bush (The Bayberry Bush), ca. 1895
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916)
Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 33 1/8 inches
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y., Littlejohn Collection, 1961.5.5 via
Inspired by the museum lecture, we went looking for Chasean vistas, views along the Peconic Bay that appear now as they did a hundred years ago.
We visited Towd Point.
I was surprised at the expansiveness of their bay beach. 
The Shinnecock Summer School had many students that went on to become well known artists. George Bellows was one. The painting below is in Guild Hall’s permanent collection. The date of its creation suggests that it could have been painted while attending Chase’s classes. I found an extensive  list of the school’s students and teachers on the Parrish Art Museum’s site in the section called Parrish East End stories under “social networks” here. Many more artists to investigate.
Road with Barn near Sag Harbor, George Bellows 1899
Watercolor, 9-7/8 x 15″
Guild Hall Collection image via
A bayberry bush.
Shinnecock Hills c.1895 by William Merritt Chase
16″ x 24″ Private Collection via
More information:
  1. Cynthia V. A. Schaffner and Lori Zabar

    Winterthur Portfolio 
    Vol. 44, No. 4 (Winter 2010) , pp. 303-350

    Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Inc.
    Stable URL:

Ben Fenske at Grenning Gallery

08.18.2015, Comments Off on Ben Fenske at Grenning Gallery, Living in the Hamptons, by .

Artist Ben Fenske currently has a solo show at Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor.  The subjects of his colorful, light infused paintings are described with expressive brushwork. Fenske’s beautiful, lush paintings are better appreciated in person. His not to be missed show is up until Sunday, August 23rd. Here are a few teasers:

Bea, Sunny Room by Ben Fenske
Oil, 39.4″ x 31.5″
Gibson Beach by Ben Fenske
Oil, 31.5″ x 47.25″
Sunflowers by Ben Fenske
Oil, 23″ x 29″
17 Washington Street ( P.O. Box 3049 )
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Phone: (631) 725-8469

Plein Air Atlantic Beach

08.16.2015, Comments Off on Plein Air Atlantic Beach, Living in the Hamptons, by .

We were inspired to visit Atlantic Beach.
We set up to paint the iconic Beach Hut.
Just as we began, a huge truck arrives and begins unloading crate after crate of supplies. How could could so many supplies even fit into the Beach Hut? We just had to laugh.
I heard a plane over head.
Ha! Yes, we are.
We noted the temperature as we were leaving.
Today’s progress, more to do.
by Gail Gallagher
oil on canvas 9″ x 12″
by Hugh Gallagher
oil on canvas 9″ x 12″
An excellent painting adventure.

Summer Still Lifes and Landscapes

08.15.2015, Comments Off on Summer Still Lifes and Landscapes, Living in the Hamptons, by .

Summertime food shopping is a visual treat. Everywhere I look, I see a painting. Squash piled beneath sunflowers and beautiful arranged fruit are still life vignettes. A cornfield bordering a barn, is a landscape painting. Ordinary kitchen items when pared with summer’s bounty become painterly.
Edible East End is a way to visit the Hamptons and North Fork vicariously. I am fortunate to pickup Edible at farm stands in the area but you can also find it onlineEdible offers an introduction to local farmers, fishermen, and much more.  Their photography is lovely. I always find something new to inspire me in their pages. I especially enjoy writer and farmer Marilee Foster’s column, Farmgirl Angst.
I’ve also cultivated my very small plot.
My patio pot of Herbs de Hamptons produces the seasoning of the summer.
the Scarborough Fair
olive oil and lemon juice
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme…
…perfect marinade for fish from the Clamman
We are enjoying the gorgeous summer. The hydrangea that wall the back porch dining area are turning fall colors. Savoring these days.

Hampton Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary Mix

08.12.2015, Comments Off on Hampton Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary Mix, Living in the Hamptons, Luxury Cocktails, by .

Hampton Heirloom Tomatos

Hampton Heirloom tomatoes

It is  the harvest season and the bounty of the season is ripe for reaping.  There is nothing like the taste of a rich meaty heirloom tomato….each Variety is a taste in perfection.

Enjoy the taste of summer with our Hampton Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary Mix.  Head over to the farmers market and select a variety of heirloom tomatoes.  You will need about 5 pounds so pick smaller juicy ones as these beauties can sometimes be pounders.  It will only take about 10 minutes to prepare so this recipe is quick and easy and sure to impress summer guest.

Pair this recipe with our copper collection or glassware and make a truly elegant presentation for sipping pleasure.



  • 5 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh horseradish  (add more if you like the kick)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (we like Texas Pete’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • Pickle Spear or Celery
Hampton Heirloom Bloody Mary Recipe

Hampton Heirloom Bloody Mary Recipe



1. Chop tomatoes into 1 1/2″ chunks and place to a large bowl.  Make sure you keep all the juices. Add salt and toss to combine. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to bring out the distinct flavor of the tomatoes. You should end up with about 2 cups juice underneath.

2. Depending on the size of your blender you may need to do this process in steps.  Place tomatoes in a blender and blend on high-speed until smooth mix, this will be about 2 minutes. Transfer puree to a fine mesh strainer and press puree through with the bottom of a ladle into the bowl with the tomato juice. Discard solids. When all tomato is pureed and strained, whisk together puree and juice and transfer to a large pitcher or covered container.

3. Add horseradish, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, celery salt, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper and whisk to combine the ingredients.

4.  Serve in a glass or copper mug over ice with vodka, tequila, or gin and add garnish of pickles, olives or celery.  Make is a brunch and all all three…your guest will love the snacks will sipping the bloody mary.


The Kit includes a Classic Style Boston 2 Cup Shaker, A fluted Jigger, two shot glasses and a wood muddler.

The Kit includes a Classic Style Boston 2 Cup Shaker, A fluted Jigger, two shot glasses and a wood muddler.

Party Like a Rock Star!

08.10.2015, Comments Off on Party Like a Rock Star!, Company News, Hampton Haute List, Luxury Cocktails, by .

Looking to take your cocktail party over the top? Party Like a Rock star with Prince of Scots New Solid Copper Cocktail Kit while mixing premium ice-cold cocktails. Copper with enhance the mixology experience and your guest will love the authentic beverages.

The Premium 100% Pure Polished Copper Cocktail Set will make bash one your friends will talk about.  The Kit contains the essentials needed to mix the perfect drink.  Artisans in Texas and Mexico handcraft our polished 100% Pure Cooper Premium Cocktail Kit. The unique craft originates in ancient traditions and skills, which begin over 1000 years ago. Each Set is an artisans work of art and sure to elevate your entertaining experience.


The Kit includes a Classic Style Boston 2 Cup Shaker, A fluted Jigger, two shot glasses and a wood muddler.

The Kit includes a Classic Style Boston 2 Cup Shaker, A fluted Jigger, two shot glasses and a wood muddler.

The Kit includes a Classic Style Boston 2 Cup Shaker, A fluted Jigger, two shot glasses and a wood muddler.

The Skaker includes a cup 30 ounce cup and smaller cup at 18 ounces. The larger cup is 6 3/4″ tall. The smaller cup is 5 1/4″ tall. A Double Sided Jigger. The Smaller side of the Jigger is one ounce with 1/4 and 1/2 ounce measurement marks. The 2 ounce side has 3/4 and 1 1/2 ounce marks for measurement. The Shot glasses stand at 2 1/4″ tall and hold 2 1/2 ounces. The 10″ muddler is solid wood.

Prince of Scots Premium Cocktail Kit

Prince of Scots Premium Cocktail Kit

The Premium Shaker Set is a Work of Art for elegant entertaining. The copper will age but can be easily polished to bring back the rich luster.

Prince of Scots Premium Cocktail Kit is the Perfect Gift

Prince of Scots Premium Cocktail Kit is the Perfect Gift

Out Scouting

08.10.2015, Comments Off on Out Scouting, Living in the Hamptons, by .

It was a beautiful day for exploring potential painting spots.
Circle Beach in Noyac was as gorgeous as ever.
I looked down and saw this little guy scurrying among the rocks.
Sunset Beach in North Haven looks promising.
 Love the colorful boats.
The Shelter Island ferry landing has some lovely views.
Next: loading up the gear and getting busy.

Fighting Charity Fatigue

08.09.2015, Comments Off on Fighting Charity Fatigue, Living in the Hamptons, by .

Jes 39 by Camille Perrottet
photograph, 32″ x 26″
Artists Writers Softball Game
bids close on August 27th

Artists donate their art for charitable causes year round. Fund raisers get hot and heavy during the summer months when the population swells. By August the enthusiasm sometimes wanes. If you love art as I do and appreciate the thoughtfulness of the artist community, fund raisers are an opportunity to support a good cause and collect work by local artists. Due to charity fatigue there is an opportunity to pick up some beautiful art at a discount.  Often times you don’t have to go to the actual charity event to participate. Many auctions are also online. It is an opportunity not to be missed. Here are just a few examples of work currently available. All are awaiting your bids.

Gravesend by Melinda Hackett
Places Real and Imagined Series
oil on canvas 40″ x 48″
Niche Media to benefit the Parrish Art Museum
bids close on August 21st
Louse Point, Springs by Elaine Grove
oil on wood, 38″ x 8″
Artists Writers Softball Game
bids close on August 27th
Bass Blitz #2 by David Blinken
photograph 13″ x 19″
Artists Writers Softball Game
bids close on August 27th
Quiet Moment by Will Ryan
Mixed Media 16″ x 20″
Artists Writers Softball Game
bids close on August 27th
Dan Rizzi
Silas Marder Lattice Garden Chair
Chairs for a Cause
Hampton’s Gives Back
bids close on August 18th
Sutra by Edith Ingenhaag
Acrylic, 24″ 24″
Artists Writers Softball Game
bids close on August 27th
Home Stretch by Ted Anis
Acrylic on Canvas
Artists Writers Softball Game
bids close on August 27th
Donald Lipski
Silas Marder Lattice Garden Chair
Chairs for a Cause
Hampton’s Gives Back
bids close on August 18th
Photography Session with Nina Drapacz Photography
Artists Writers Softball Game
bids close on August 27th
The 2015 Artists and Writers Charity Softball Game is Saturday, August 15th, funds raised will support:
more information here

Check out Charitybuzz and Paddle8 for additional giving opportunities.

Joys of Summer

08.03.2015, Comments Off on Joys of Summer, Living in the Hamptons, by .

photo by Lindsey
The joys of having family and friends visit.