Thursday, October 31, 2019

Shows

“Roy G. Biv” Northeast Watercolor Society show. Kent, CT.
John Pike Memorial award

“Solitude”  Vermont Watercolor Society show. Waitsfield, VT
Second place award

Two of my paintings currently out in the world. In case you don’t check in with me on Instagram, where I’ve already posted these...I thought I’d put them on my blog, which I’ve been sorely neglecting lately and for that I’m sorry! Hope you are still stopping by to see what I’ve been up to...
Thanks!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Fall y’all

Wow...it’s been a month since my last post and it’s looking like this picture in Vermont in some places. The changing seasons...cooler weather...thoughts of soups and stews...hunkering down in the studio to review summer photos and which ones will get painted next are all top of the list this time of year. Happy Fall, y’all! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

fruit wishes

Did this piece a while ago to play with some negative painting...had fun with the format and the bright colors. Wish we could have citrus trees in Vermont...how decadent to just go out and pluck an orange or lemon right off a branch...but we do have peach trees and I did go peach picking last week! Now that was fun & delicious!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Little oils

“Gathered” 8”x8” on cradled wood panel

A while back I had some oil painting fun and did some little floral pieces...this is one of them and it’s going to a local show tomorrow. I’m going to do some more of these soon....especially now that the sunflowers are coming into season! 
🌻 
I have also been accepted into a new gallery in Essex, VT. 
ArtHound Gallery. Looking forward to a new venue.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Bursting with blooms

Here’s a big bouquet of happy flowers to get you to the weekend. All the gardens and farm stands are bursting with produce and pretty blossoms. It’ll keep my brushes busy for a while! 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Monday Moooooood

Monday moooooood... staring down a new week...BTW on Saturday the 6th come see me downtown at Frog Hollow where I will be doing a demo at their art cart from 12-3. Stop on by and say hi!
Also at the end of this month I’m teaching several classes at the Vermont Art Event at the Windjammer. Contact:
1-888-HOLBEIN/1-800-682-6686
VERMONT ART EVENT 2019


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Nature’s pace


The days are getting warmer and closing in on the official start of summer and my little garden is trying to settle into a routine. I have to remind myself that I can not rush the season and things will grow in due time. So in the meantime I draw and sketch and paint in my little garden journal...🌱

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Charles Reid


Charles Reid was a master watercolorist. I had the opportunity to study with him on several occasions and will treasure those times as I remember this talented artist. Charles passed away on June 1st. The photos above are of him doing a demo for the Vermont Watercolor Society two years ago with his painting in the middle on the left side and two small sketches I did of him at a workshop I attended years prior. He will be missed.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Weather wishes

Wow! Here we are about to start the sixth month of the year...time flies..as does this feathered friend! Not great distances, but enough to get some air moving under his wings. It’s  been a rainy, wet and chilly spring here in Vermont, but hopefully there will be some warmer days soon. Ones where the easel can be firmly planted en plein air and some paint can get thrown about in nature. 
Spread my wings so to speak! 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Results




The first two pictures are a compilation of student work from my most recent workshop. Everyone tackled three subjects in three days...we did the show and tell walk through before we did portraits, so hence the only subjects you see are poultry and petals...I missed getting a photo of one other participant’s work(sorry) The bottom photo is a selection of my pieces from the wall of “inspiration”.
Great gathering of artists, hard work, new techniques and awesome food! Very important combination of elements and not necessarily in that order! 😄

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Gardening woes

The trees are budding and seeds are getting planted. I’ve tried Morning glory in the past and had some form of success, but I’ve also struggled with the seedlings...they emerge quickly and give you a jolt of excitement...but like last year mine just petered out and never fully realized their potential... so I paint them instead and that way they last longer! 😁

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Signs of spring

These busy birds of spring are a sight for winter weary eyes. All the feathered friends are actively singing and nest making...almost time for the hummingbird feeder to go up! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Watercolor crayons

Spring is here and the temps are creeping up! It’s time to get hands dirty and dig around in gardens...or we can paint them before we plant them! This piece was enhanced with some watercolor crayons, which I’ve rediscovered and have been using quite a bit. They will cover over dark areas with light colors very nicely! Always more tools to explore in our artistic adventures! 

FYI there’s still spots available in my Landgrove, Vermont watercolorpalooza weekend! May 3-5
Paint petals, portraits and poultry!


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Step by step

When I remember to take photos of the various steps along the way....I can share them! What a concept...usually I’m just too busy painting to stop and record what I’m doing. Here is a step by step of a painting I did a week ago or so. I don’t usually work this way of painting around the blossoms to start...but thought I’d try a new approach..the finish is the same with lots of negative painting of leaves. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Paint weekend

(My first day demo painting...spring fever!)

Just finished a two day workshop at the Bryan Gallery in Jeffersonville. We painted florals and the portrait. Great group of painters who decided to join in a weekend of watercolor fun and miss all the late March showers...both snow and rain! 
(My sample paintings on the wall)
I’ll be teaching a three day workshop at the Landgrove Inn in Southern Vermont in May. Join us!  

Monday, March 25, 2019

Paint with me!

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? There is still room in my two day workshop in Jeffersonville (Vermont) at the Bryan Gallery...click the link for info and maybe see you there! 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Think Green

This was for yesterday and St. Patrick’s Day...but it can also serve as a lead in to spring this week...are you all thinking green? I know I am..even though the skiing was great last week..I’m ready for some buds and green shoots...

Friday, March 8, 2019

I dream of Green

As we adjust our clocks forward this weekend..my thoughts turn to spring...probably a bit too early for our snowy Green Mountain State..but one can always dream...or make colorful swatches in a sketchbook! The birds are getting a bit more vocal and that’s nice to hear. 🎶