Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Art is life at present.

  I have painted so many now that pictures are stacked up and down the hall on the floor with no place to hang them. There is a local show I will possibly put some in this November.   My grown children want some of them.  Some I am attached to and want to keep a while. 
  Several tall easels stand in the sun room where I can dry paintings in progress. I have also learned I can keep some in my car to speed drying as the car stays hot here in the summer.  Friend JoAnne admits to putting some of her oil paintings in the oven the last weeks before our local art show in November.
My usually tidy front bedroom looks like a storm had struck.

Most of my New England paintings more than fill a wall of my studio/library and the lighthouse paintings are in a guest bathroom.

 I started another one Monday of Penny's little model ship.  I want a ship in a bottle to paint.  The beautiful little blue marbleized book in the new painting was bought from Barbara W.  The book is laying on an old map, I hope I can do justice to that. 

Yesterday was varnish day.  The final finish makes the paint look bright as it was when wet and makes the colors more vivid.

I plan to list a few small ones for sale soon. The big ones would be a bear to ship. 

There is a runner's high, which many of you understand who have ever been runners.  There is also something of that sort for people who paint seriously and lose themselves in a state we call the zone. If you become used to painting daily it is like exercise, a pleasurable thing you miss if you skip it.  I feel the lack of it now if I do not do something art connected each day.  Given how limited is my energy for activities beyond simple personal maintenance of my home and yard and self,  it is hard to find time to work on my many doll projects when I am deeply involved in art.    e


  1. I am amazed at how prolific you are. Your paintings are beautiful, they are so soothing to look at and always so interesting - they definately catch hold of the eye .

  2. I love painting but feel conflicted over so many things I am neglecting to make art time. I will have to cycle back out of this a while and catch up on some other mundane things. Thank you for looking here. Do you read my Facebook Page? It is art only, with a few inspirational posts from others. After years of resisting more than a minimal Facebook presence I am finally inviting friends there and participating more.

  3. Edyth your paintings are wonderful and I am amazed at how many you have completed! I understand your "runner's high" as I get that way when I am making dolls... I loved having this chance to view some of your art!

  4. Edyth,

    Your paintings are wonderful! I loved having the chance to see a glimpse at what you have been up to.



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