Friday, March 30, 2012

Remembering Cindy on her birthday

Cindy was a great friend and an interesting, unique person. Fiercely independent, incredibly talented, unbelievably brave, extremely curious, amazingly witty, all of those descriptions fit and are opinions held by many. However, she was also exceedingly thoughtful, unwaveringly generous, perceptively kind, and undauntedly loyal.
She loved The Virginia Home and considered the people in it her family. Although she often ventured away, via excursions in her chair, on trips farther afield, exploring the Internet or into the world of her imagination, she always returned to the place she felt the most comfortable and to the people she held dear.
I urge everyone to visit her drawings, either on line or in person. Her spirit is there in every line and her love is there in every deftly felt portrait.

We miss you, Cindy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Fun Find!
Looking through some of Cindy's pictures today, I found this great unintentional self-portrait. She just meant to capture the rig we created to make the hotel's bathroom sink accessible for her. [That's the shower head taped to the fancy tissue box.] But, she also gave us this gem showing the mastermind at work. Love it!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cindy's plaque at The Home

I pass this honorary group of Cindy's drawings several times a day. often with a smile and a pang of sadness.
The right side group, all still here, so they see themselves often!
The center panel includes a self-portrait, a Bygones window and others she crossed in her travels. The center section was from the front page of her water color book, and includes my favorite dog drawing ever!
The left group.
The nameplate at the bottom.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In honor of Cindy's birthday

Cindy by Evan by Cindy Woods
Cindy by Evan, a photo by Cindy Woods on Flickr.

A favorite from the portrait party she had with her family for her birthday in 2008.
Add a little whimsy to your day!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Ectasy to help with the agony

Ice cream eased the pain from a recent illness, and made me think of this drawing.
It's March, Cindy's birth month, and a good time to remember her and explore her drawings.
There's so much life in them....and so much of her.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas preparations

the cat takes a holiday, originally uploaded by Cindy Woods.

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to take a nap like Callie?

I hope all are well and that the Holidays are good.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rosa's Thanksgiving Lunch: A Tribute

Start with a beautiful salad of lettuce, avocado, dried cranberries, walnuts, pear, bleu cheese, and Rosa's homemade dressing.
Savor a wonderful and beautiful medley of mushrooms with chestnuts, roasted sweet potatoes topped with Parmesan cheese, green beens, and "just right" Brussel sprouts.
Finish with a yummy pumpkin flan, topped with whipped cream encrusted with crystallized ginger, and accompanied by crisp almond cookies.
You've just experienced the magic and majesty of one of Rosa's best lunches!
And, even more, by featuring all of Cindy's favorites, she was able to sprinkle the entire meal with the joy of recalling similar meals shared with "our dear friend".
Thank you, Rosa!
Ronda and the lunch bunch

Monday, November 15, 2010

Posted this day in 2007

One of many lovely drawings of table settings, a Cindy specialty. And, one of many great meals we shared together. This one happened to be Miss Jean's Red Crab Soup at Gertrude's (inside The Baltimore Museum of Art).


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Posted this day in 2008

She spent more time outside than she should have, but captured a this moment so beautifully. It was a lovely Fall day enjoyed out on The Home's porch, overlooking the Park where things were being built and planted for Make A Difference Day.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We had another great Halloween party at The Virginia Home last night. So, it's a good time to revisit Cindy's fun drawings of decked out revelers. See her Flickr stream for more!


Monday, October 04, 2010

Cindy and Ronda and a Calder

CindyDCCHI 030
Originally uploaded by TiaMija
Chicago August 2008
See more newly added pictures of Cindy at her Flickr site.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

In honor of Cindy's birthday

In honor of Cindy's birthday, originally uploaded by Cindy Woods.

Always willing to get into the spirit of things, Cindy eschewed her normal aversion to wearing bright colors for a few minutes, thereby cracking up the lunch crowd in Rec. Therapy and bringing light to a tough time.
We miss you, Miss Woods!

Friday, March 05, 2010

Happy Birthday to Annie

annie's birthday!
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
As a frequent character in Cindy's drawings, Annie's great wit and charm was captured well.
She continues to grace The Home with her warmth and sense of style.
All the best and many more to her!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The result

Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
I always loved Cindy's horse drawings, but this one is one of my favorites and always makes me smile!

The inspiration

Originally uploaded by TiaMija
Cindy liked this old picture and it inspired the "crowded" drawing. That's my Grandfather's plow horse, Billy, escorting me, my cousin, and my sister.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Welcome to March

Fragile Beauty, originally uploaded by Cindy Woods.

A favorite, originally posted in March 2005. I love that the butterfly's book is on a stick!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Home's atmosphere

Shady Character
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
is captured in this lovely drawing.

Cindy's original caption and note:
Shady Character
Oscar and the security guard closely watching a suspicious looking lamp.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Happy January

Edgar Meyer
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
Eventhough it's almost over already.

A great memory from a January past. I love the date attached to the end of Edgar's bow. Seeing this reminds me of how much Cindy loved listening to these guys, her tapping foot keeping time as her pen flowed!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Condiment Angel

Condiment Angel
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods

Christmastime memories

Patti and Gerri
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
Let's enjoy some great drawings Cindy did in Decembers past.

Aquathon 2009

Originally uploaded by TiaMija
Each year, the residents of The Virginia Home swim lengths of the pool for pledges, raising money for a charity of their choice. This year, they picked The American Cancer Society, in honor of the members of the TVH family lost or affected by cancer.
Bill and Gerri did their part!

Catching up

Originally uploaded by TiaMija
Rosa's Lunch for December

Roasted vegetables with Parmesan cheese, kale, and spoonbread.

Gloriously good!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Still hard to imagine

Originally uploaded by TiaMija
Still thankful.

Thanks to everyone remembering Cindy today.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Rosa's Lunch for November

Originally uploaded by TiaMija
Rosa created a plate that Cindy would have adored, many of her favorites, in glorious colors:
sweet potatoes with Parmesan, mushrooms with chestnuts, fresh green beans, and shredded fresh beets.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009

It's November

cows, originally uploaded by Cindy Woods.

and a good time to spend some time with Cindy's drawings. You may come across one you might not remember, as I did with this charming depiction of the Maymont cows.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sitting, waiting, watching the clock

3 doctor, 1 ellwood
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
So, this drawing struck a chord!

Hope all are well.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Happy July!

flowers from Rosa
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
Hope all are well and enjoying their summer.

This lovely drawing shows how much Cindy loved and appreciated the flowers Rosa would bring her from her garden.
Thanks to Rosa for brightening Cindy's room each week, and thanks to Cindy for capturing their beauty for us to enjoy and remember.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Yo-Yo Ma
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
is an interesting and beautiful new work by composer Osvaldo Golijov. A wonderful version of it, featuring Yo-Yo Ma, was played this morning on Performance Today. I encourage everyone to listen to it on their site:

It made me think of this portrait.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mark Russell Smith

Thank you for your ten years with the Richmond Symphony!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Happy May Day

Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
Here's a great portrait of Cindy's sister, Wendy, from last May Day.

Hope you're still drawing, Wendy!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

In honor of Shakespeare

Lear doodle
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
From a series Cindy drew when reading King Lear, inspired by our plans to see the production at BAM with Ian McKellen.

The hands and legs tell the story, don't they?

Enough to make you drop your sword!

Lear doodle
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
Love the teeth and ears.

Love the hair

Lear doodle
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
and the shoes!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hope you participated!

Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
I had a great Record Store Day 2009 and did my part to support our great local record store, Plan 9 Music.
I wish Cindy had been there to capture the frenzy when the door opened!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Lucky me!

I was able to get tickets today for Eddie's concerts in Baltimore coming up in June. It felt weird not getting one for Cindy.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Happy April!

Pink Musicians
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods

Monday, March 30, 2009

In honor of Cindy's birthday

Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
Strive to participate in as many of these as you can:
have a portrait party, observe something interesting, listen to music you love, have a hot chocolate, eat some vegetables, discover a new artist on the web, share a laugh with a friend, get outside, greet life with joy.

Thanks to everyone who will be thinking of her today.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Carrying on a tradition

birthday lunch
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
Rosa and I plan to go to lunch together tomorrow, in honor of Cindy's birthday. I expect it to be both odd and wonderful, as we gather with other friends to share stories, thoughts and good food.
I hope you all find a moment to hoist a glass to her and say hello, although I'm sure she would prefer that it be an ice cream cone or a nice piece of chocolate!
Thanks to everyone who holds Cindy in their hearts.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Drawing with Cindy

Drawing with Cindy
Originally uploaded by TiaMija
Isn't this picture great? They had fun drawing and Cindy got them sitting still for a few minutes.
That's the post she maintained on the weekends and is the perspective from which she drew most of her resident portraits.

Some hard thinkin'

Some hard thinkin'
Originally uploaded by TiaMija
Cindy looks happy. Taken 7/21/07.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Cindy's legacy

Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
Tre' and his brother, Brandon, drew with Cindy often. She encouraged Tre' to draw and delighted in the fanciful monsters he created.
I'm proud to say that both Tre' and Brandon carry a journal book around in their school book bag, each devoted to and filled with drawings!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In honor of Ten's re-release

Pearl Jam in Camden
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
The remix is luscious and brought back memories of our Pearl Jam tour trip last year.
This drawing perfectly captures the atmosphere and most of the spirit of that night. All that's missing is the sound!
I like that she wrote down the songs she particularly liked while she was drawing it ("Who You Are, Small Town" in the lower right corner).

I still marvel at Cindy's eagerness to explore and openness to try new experiences. How cool she was!

Monday, March 23, 2009

How did I miss this one?

maybe when you're older
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
What an odd but totally fun composition, beautifully executed. The folds of the clothing are so lovely. So like Cindy to surprise you, make you smile, and then inspire you to marvel at the nuanced and touching portrayal of a couple of mannequins.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Happy Birthday, Annie!

annie's birthday!
Originally uploaded by Cindy Woods
Annie's spirit and sense of fun is infectious, in person and in the numerous portraits that Cindy made of her. Thanks to Annie for always being a willing, interesting portrait subject.
All the best and many more!