Friday, May 29, 2015

Hollyhock flower

My studio time has been full of different inspirations lately...florals, faces, feathered friends and even included a day out of the studio to paint in Montreal with the urban sketchers group..I will post that sketch soon...my floral workshop in Landgrove is next month!  Come and join me in this beautiful inn and wonderful studio in Southern Vermont!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pear Palette

A quick pear study from imagination that I did the other day...I have been doing quite a few of these trying to vary the colors used and change up the background washes...They are nice little warm ups to get the brushes loosened up and the studio day started...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Color color

"Multihued Moo", a new painting from my studio time, where I have been playing with pigments....I have a few things coming up...one of my paintings was juried in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY. (Aug. 8-Oct. 5) Another watercolor was selected for publication in Splash 17 (summer 2016) and I will have two works on display at the Green Mountain Watercolor Exhibition, Waitsfield, VT (June 27-July 25)....good times!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Absence makes the heart...

If what they say is true about absence, the heart and all that...you should be fonder of me by now! Long break from blogging due to travel, but ready to go with the flow once more with a few announcements as well! 1. My work was selected for inclusion in next year's publication of Splash 17. 2. A painting was juried in to the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge NY. 3. My floral workshop at the Landgrove Inn is coming up next month! Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Newest painting

The latest painting created as a demo during a workshop I taught in California this past weekend.  They were a great group of painters who tackled the wonderful world of fabulous florals! Thanks to all!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Different start

And now for something different....this was out of the norm for me because I worked on damp paper...you can tell by the streaky pigment in the sky and the soft edges of the mountain scape.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Work in progress

This is a spring piece that I did as a demo for a recent one day workshop...it has a ways to go, but was a good start.  I will work on adding more detail, tightening up some edges and glazing over some blossoms to either make them pop or push them into the background.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Quick study


Here is a quickie from the easel recently...it seems my saturation is intensifying!  I thought I already loaded my brush quite heavily...but it looks like there was still more pigment to pick up and throw down!

Monday, February 16, 2015

In ur face Iris

Here is the latest floral painting off my easel...had fun with the negative painting of the spiky leaves...a while back I was asked if I use masking fluid for my leaves....and the answer is no..I use traditional negative painting by painting the background darker* and building up consecutive layers by going darker and darker and waiting for paint to dry so I can have a nice sharp edge. (*I start light, but get progressively darker)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Floral fun

I am posting a bit of summer today while in a snowy white Vermont. I like playing with the shape and size of paper to push beyond the standard half or quarter sheet.  This is a third of a regular 22"x30" sheet cut down to 22"x10".

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Figure study

Winter storm Juno has not reached us yet...but we will get a few flakes from the tail end of the storm. Hopefully the harder hit areas of New England and New York will soon be dug out.  Stay warm! In the meantime I painted this young lady on a somewhat warmer day at the end of summer.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Make your own

I was asked after my last post what I meant by make my own sketchbooks...so I thought I would show you some examples.  There are numerous books as I am sure links online on how to make books, but I will tell you how I make mine. You can cut several favorite pieces of watercolor paper to one size(top picture) and add two heavier pieces of board (front/back covers) and have your local copy store (kinko's) put a spiral binding on it. Or you can stack several folded pieces of paper and either staple the seam or sew the seam to make a small book...or in the last example you can accordion fold a long piece of paper and make a book that way with again a heavier piece of board for a front and back cover....hope you give it a try.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Travel memories

Happy New Year everyone...one week in, almost!  I thought I would start my first post of 2015 with a small watercolor I did when I travelled last year...I always bring along a sketchbook with the intention to fill it by journey's end...most of the time this goal is achieved...sometimes not.  To help me attain the goal I will make my own sketchbooks with just enough pages to do a sketch a day for the duration of the trip...plus I control the paper in the book and in this case my favorite Fabriano!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holidaze

It's been a while since I've posted and thought I'd post this holiday image...that sums it all up.  The Holidays are here!  Oh Deer!  Wishing you all the best in cyber land and thank you for commenting, following and emailing throughout the year!  Enjoy....

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Counting sheep

My sheep series has been new for me and I decided to really push the colors towards abstraction.  I say this in my workshops regarding florals or fruit as well, that a tomato or poppy are not just red out of the tube...they can lean towards orange, yellow, green or even violet, making them that much more interesting...well at least to me...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Strong light

We have several weekly figure sessions around town and I try to go at least once if not twice a week. I think studying the figure has helped in other areas of my work. I try to focus on shapes and light.

Monday, October 27, 2014

World 'o Watercolor

I received my copy of the World Watercolour Competition catalog. What a tome! There are over 1800 paintings printed with the 23 finalists highlighted in the beginning....my two paintings were after that with the 295 artists who made it to the second stage. The remainder of the catalog is filled with paintings from the other participants. Quite visually exciting to see these all in one place!

Monday, October 20, 2014

How do you figure

I found out last week that the painting from my previous post was awarded the M. Graham merchandise award at the New England WC show! Wowie...that makes me happy. I unfortunately could not attend the opening reception in Plymouth, Mass. This painting is a study in light and shadow using just Burnt Sienna.