Monday, May 23, 2016

Yellow and Rhodies

A little rhododendron sketch in another Kilimanjaro paper sketchbook....that paper is growing on me... It is bright white...the sizing is not too hard and it has a good texture (cold press).  I am also using more of the cooler yellows on my lemon, Winsor, hansa etc....continuing to learn and grow.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Books and classes

I am so happy to announce that my painting "Little Jester" was selected for publication in North Light Books' latest watercolor competition, Splash 18: Value| Light & Dark! Available next year....looking forward to seeing it in print.  On another announcement note...I will be doing a demonstration for the Vermont Watercolor Society at their annual spring meeting this Saturday the 21st of May in Killington. Also check my sidebar or website for my classes schedule for the Vermont Art Event in July.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Wrong season

Not your typical spring floral sighting...but a fun one to paint and to stretch your "yellow" pigment muscles.  It's a color that gets contaminated quickly and can get muddied up.

Monday, May 2, 2016

"Knitter's Delight"

The third and final painting that will be at the Bryan Gallery show in Jeffersonville, VT opening this weekend....(details on my website) This one is titled "Knitter's Delight" (my nod to Rapper's Delight..favorite song!) and features a curious and inquisitive sheep. Original size is 15"x15".

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, VT will host a show titled “From Farm to Table” from May 6 to June 26.  I will have three paintings in the show ("Vermont Vermillion" from a previous post is also exhibited). This one is titled "Choco-Latte" and is my third bovine painting to date, I do believe...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Market flowers

A quick little sketch that I did in a 5x5 sketchbook....trying to fill em up! But also learn something in the process...we can only hope!

Monday, April 11, 2016

H2O galore

Detail of a new painting fresh off the easel...dipping back into the floral pool and I am enjoying using some more water for looser washes and spontaneous blooms. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

"Vermont Vermillion"

My new painting that is going to be framed and delivered along with two others for the Bryan Gallery "From Farm to Table" exhibit which runs from May 5 to June 26 in Jeffersonville VT. The other two are animals and they are not of the feathered variety! I'll post those here in the next several weeks.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Swan pair

Posting a photo from my sketchbook of two swans and a glimpse of my "doctored" travel palette, which consists of multiple pans (half and full) from different companies. Plus I squeezed extra pigment in empty spaces where I think a small brush would normally live. How to maximize a small color footprint! 

Monday, March 28, 2016


Just a little glimpse of a sketchbook painting and some lettering I did on some clear plastic that I photographed so the letters cast the "Spring" shadow on my paper. This was another Kilimanjaro paper experiment.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"Delphinium Dreams"

New studio work...Delphinium inspiration...this was done on a square block of Fluid wc paper. It has different handling properties compared to the papers I am used to...but nonetheless a really nice surface to work on.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Go (ld) fish

A wee little fishy to brighten up a Monday morning with some warm orange colors.  

Monday, March 7, 2016

Sketchbook blooms

This 9x12 sketchbook bouquet was another Kilimanjaro paper experiment.  After a few of these I was getting the hang of the new to me watercolor paper.  Bright white and a nice textured surface...always fun to give something new a try..although tried and true is comforting we sometimes have to push ourselves to learn.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Strong light

These figure sessions I attend are mostly held in white walled rooms, but that doesn't keep me from inventing a background that wasn't this deep green, which makes it look like she is a forest faerie! Plus it adds that element of complements when her skin tones and hair are on the orange spectrum...

Monday, February 22, 2016

Familiar subject

Back to doing some flowers in a new sketchbook that is filled with Kilimanjaro 140lb CP watercolor paper....I'm a bit unfamiliar with it, but trying to get a handle on it...experimentation..the word of 2016!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Portrait 2

Here is another from my Self portrait project...this one quite appropriate for the weather! I might start another themed journal like this one is fun to work towards a goal and to fill up those blank sketchbooks that are filling up my studio, because I can't seem to stop myself from buying them any time I see them! Large, small, thick, thin, square, hard bound, fancy, get my drift...anyone else have this obsession?

Friday, February 12, 2016


Not a self portrait, but I will post another one next week...this is a morning sketch from my sketchbook using hooker's green...a small one, just 5" x 5".

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Not a watercolor today (although the under painting is wc)...but a color pencil study I did last year, when during the month of January I did a self portrait every day....simply as a challenge for myself...I varied the techniques and media used...all in one handy sketchbook...I'll post some more soon...