Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Want a cracker

This bird didn't mind having her picture taken...but don't get too close to the side of the cage...she would race over and want to take a bite! Colorful lady and quite a looker! (10"x14")

Friday, May 27, 2011

Open Studio

For all of you getting out and about this weekend...I will be sharing a friend's studio/gallery in Warren for the Vermont Open Studio weekend. Saturday and Sunday I will be painting on site and have prints, paintings and cards for you to peruse! For more information check the sidebar of my blog or click here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sunny respite

Early morning sun worshipper...he looks like the epitome of relaxed and not an appointment on his calendar that he needs to rush to! So remember to slow down and breathe!...face the day (22"x15") Watercolor yoga!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Show results

My painting "Multihued Merchant" (22"x15") was just accepted into the VT Watercolor Society's annual Juried exhibition at the Hunter Gallery of Fine Art and the Phelps Barn in Grafton, Vermont. The exhibit will run from July 18-August 1. The opening reception is Saturday July 23 from 6-8 p.m. Come on by!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


My trip to Mexico provided quite a bit of inspiration...this lady selling food on a side street is another painting inspired by the photos I took. This feels a little more like a vignette with all the white space around the colorful center.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Since Blogger was down at the end of last week I couldn't post on Friday! Sorry about that...but I guess computer blog programs need a day off once in a while too... This piece is heavy on the middle values with subtle shifts in color...The fabric folds are my favorite..in both the jeans and shirt. Thanks for all your comments...it's awesome to hear from you!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Between sets

Another painting with a musical instrument in it! That is unusual for me...but it's been fun to expand the subject horizons. I've also been trying to make my browns a bit more interesting by adding brighter colors and pushing those pigments a little further to make them pop.

Monday, May 9, 2011

"Music Man"

This music man was spotted walking through a busy market....the bold colors behind him, plus his white hat and colorful bag made for a compelling composition. It's been a challenge looking through my camera lens to "compose" paintings while I shoot pix. (11"x5")

Friday, May 6, 2011

Palette fun

...and following on the heels of my travel journal posts...I've been playing with some of the pictures I took in Mexico and translating them into paintings...These pics are really making me use all the colors in my palette and that's half the fun! (10"x14")

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


A sketchbook image from my Mexico vacation earlier this year. I find that when I use my little travel watercolors my colors tend to be a little more timid..I don't know if it's that I don't have a large working surface for bigger puddles of colors or it's just something that happens and the colors are a bit dried out when I start...something to keep an eye on.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mixing it up

Phew!..I'm back...It's been a while since my last post...sorry about that...but here is a portrait I did a while ago using charcoal pencils as my base sketch and then overlaying with really wet watercolor washes. The charcoal bleeds and blends a bit and forced me to work a little faster.