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...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Trying something new...shapes within shapes... This was fun and got me back to thinking florals and spring time...

Friday, January 1, 2016

Have a Baa-velous 2016

Wishing everyone a "Baa-velous" 2016. May it be filled with color, joy, peace, health and happiness!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Chick chat

I will be doing a demonstration at Frog hollow on Church Street in Burlington (VT) from 11-2 tomorrow (Sat. the 12th).  Painting with watercolors for a couple hours should be fun...if you are in the neighborhood stop on by!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tough Guy

It has been some time since I posted a rooster here is one from a previous studio session.  This guy is definitely protecting his plot of farm land and looks to challenge anyone who wishes to dispute that! Or maybe he's just striking a pose to show off his multi hued plumes...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Portrait of a model

A portrait done in last night's figure session. Bold strokes, big highlights, blue hair.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Show opening

"It's a bird, it's a plane..." This is one of my figure paintings at my solo show at The Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Show opening today from 4-7 p.m.  Stop by, say hi, look at some art, have a snack plus enjoy a drive through the countryside to get there! "Flowers, Figures and Fowl" all represented.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Hollyhock Highlights"

This is one of my new paintings that I dropped off at the Gruppe Gallery in Jericho yesterday for my upcoming solo show....September 3 to October 11...opening reception Friday September 11 from 4-7 p.m. Hope you can join us and say hello...I'll be there!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer sketch

A little summer sketch of a nice place to sit and it was a study in negative space painting...preserving the white of the paper and painting everything else around the chairs and table.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Face it

My summer has been filled with sporadic art happenings and has found me outside the studio more often than I am currently getting ready for a solo show titled "Flowers, Figures and Fowl" at the Gruppe gallery in Jericho...opening reception is Friday September 11 from 4-7 p.m. If you are in the area...please stop by and say hi! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Paint a pear

Pushing dark, rich pigments around to get the brushes loosened up in the studio...It has been a slow blogging month for me...nonetheless staying busy with other projects...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sunset Lake

This is what the summer looks like around here...dramatic skies, water and boats.  I prewet the paper, which is unusual for me since I usually work wet on dry...and just let the pigments flow. Then when everything was dry (patience comes in at this point) I painted the hard edged mountain silhouettes and the boats.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pop sun shade

The last page of my sketchbook was filled by this painting. They are two poppies from my mother's garden and one was out in the sun and the other was in the made for such a dramatic difference between the two and shifted their color tremendously.

Monday, June 15, 2015


The Peonies are rain soaked and wind blown around here and almost gone...that's too bad, since they are such beauties and unfortunately are only around a short time. I used to host a peony painting workshop in a wonderful garden...maybe again some day, but until then plenty of pictures to work from.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Face time

I have found that painting from life has really helped me "see" in other aspects of my painting....we are so familiar with faces and we think we know where something goes, but I find that true observation, measuring and comparing are keys to getting a recognizable shape. Where I improvise is the color application! (See purple and green hair!)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Lily Blue

I have tackled this Lily several times in the last year or so...every attempt is a new opportunity to learn something about composition, color, technique and value...oh and different surfaces since this one was done on printmaking paper...BFK Rives. Still time to join me at the Landgrove Inn, in Landgrove, Vermont for a 3 day floral on my website and blog sidebar.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Montreal sketch

This is the sketchbook piece I spoke of in my previous post...this was done from an overlook at Mount Royal Park in Montreal. It was a cold, windy and drizzly start to the day and then it became warm and sunny...Plein air painting perils...

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 floral workshop in Landgrove is next month!  Come and join me in this beautiful inn and wonderful studio in Southern Vermont!