Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Birds - Bright spots on a gloomy day

I spent a few weeks in San Diego, visiting family and giving a workshop for the San Diego Watercolor Society. Here are my finished paintings from the week.

Bluebird in the Snow
watercolor 6x7"
$165, unframed


Bluebird Perch
watercolor 7x8.5"
$165, unframed


Bluebird Rest
watercolor 6x8"
$165, unframed


Sunny Godfinch
watercolor 6x7"
$165, unframed

Monday, December 11, 2017

MOMENTS OF GLAD GRACE watercolor painting

Still mulling over this image.
I think it is well painted, but the "oomph" of the flower is missing. More color, more value? Can't quite decide. A little playing on Photoshop might be the key.
Any suggestions?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


2 new charcoal drawings. The one above is 12x13.5 inches, and the one below is 6x6". I am still mulling over titles. Any advice?

Friday, September 29, 2017

PHASE TWO -framing

Paintings newly framed and off to the North East Watercolor Society
 and the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Drawing in Barcelona!

charcoal and pastel

My drawing "Carra" is in Barcelona for an exhibition. It was purchased by the Art Renewal Center, a wonderful promoter/collection/ exhibitor entity that celebrates realism in the arts. Their purchase of my drawing was a thrill, and I am so honored to have them take my drawing to Barcelona. Wish I could go too!

Monday, September 18, 2017

ALLA PRIMA still life oil paintings

I took another painting workshop at the Ani Academy a few weeks ago. The title of the workshop was "Diagnostic Painting", and it was a great experience. I am still struggling with painting in oils, although My paintings have improved immensely the last year. The alla prima painting practice at the workshop was eye-opening, and I have gone on to paint a few more still lifes since.

This was my set-up at the Ani Academy. I estimate I spent about 10 hours on it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it came out.

I have this great blue bottle, but I had to shorten it considerably to fit in my still life box. I think it came out great. This was probably 4 hours.

Here is an ambitious little still life, considering the nasturtiums drooped by the minute, so I had to do a bit of artistic interpretation along the way. This took about 3 hours. The finished product below....


I have admired other artist's painting of lemons, so I gave it a try myself. This was about 4 hours.

My sweet peas are actually a pretty magenta color, but I didn't take the time to mix the color up well, and it just looked bad. So, I turned to some pretty pinks and reds, so I could keep the chroma high. 
I think my 2 floral still lifes didn't turn out as well, because I was too far away from the still life, and I didn't have a good light on my easel. Painting in the dark does not work for me. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A ROSE AMONG THE THORNS watercolor painting

A Rose Among the Thorns
watercolor 17x11"

This painting is being framed, then headed to the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Fall exhibition. I think it looks even better in person, so I hope it does well at the show!

QUEEN Charcoal Portrait Drawing

"Queen"  $350
charcoal and pastel  6x4", unframed

Another drawing from an old Roman sculpture. I hope to convey the feeling of the smooth marble and the sensuous curves of her skin.

Monday, August 14, 2017

BLESS MY SOUL oil painting

"Bless My Soul"  $600
oil on linen 6x6"

Hydrangeas from a friend's garden. I love when there is a "connection" to a painting I am working on. I will think of her whenever I see this now. It's a good thing I like it!

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Well, I think these came out pretty cute. Each is 4x4", and I will frame them and take them to the local galleries. It is not my usual style, but what the heck.

"Sunny Flower"  SOLD
oil on linen 4x4"


"Fuchsia"  $60
oil on linen  4x4"


"White Lily"  $60
oil on linen  4x4"