Saturday, July 30, 2011

New techniques

This piece was done during a Jeannie McGuire workshop. Her painting just won the Gold Medal of honor award at the AWS annual show. I really enjoyed trying some new techniques..she piles on the pigment, using opaque and transparent colors...using large flat brushes and putting paint down and taking paint away. It was an eye opening experience and made me experiment and try new things...(like titanium white!)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"Reaching out"

(15"x17") This is a painting I did in May during an open studio event. I have so many photographs of different flowers, that I can paint any blossom any time of year...which is kind of nice..since our winters here in Vermont are 9 months long! well sort of, not really, but long enough!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Subject exploration

This was a gentleman selling fish in Marseille..I have done some others of him with his hat this is him "unhatted" so to speak..I'll paint him some more...he's a good subject...

Monday, July 18, 2011


Lounging in the sun...that's what we all need a bit of now and then..this is another Mexican sketch from earlier this year...My postings will be a bit sporadic these next few weeks...I realize I missed this past Friday as well... so stick with me and check in to see what's new...soon

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


This sketch is from my kitchen journal and shows that not all sketches have to be "glamorous"...This was a quick sketch of the pots, pans and cookie sheet after they were washed sitting on top of the stove..The perspective leaves something to be desired..but alas it's pen on paper which equals practice.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Abstract expression

A quick warmup abstract piece..testing colors, patterns, materials, brushes, line, texture..etc.. This type of subject needs tons more exploration...and more open mindedness and bravery. Can of worms as they say!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hat shadows

I'm fascinated by the folds in fabric...I don't think I've really played with them much since college, but find them challenging in watercolor on all colors of cloth. As long as I continue to grow and explore as an artist... that's a good thing! 15"x22"

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


This was one of my demo pieces for my annual Peony workshop...this year the weather cooperated and the peonies were glorious..."June Joy" 15"x22"

Friday, July 1, 2011

Wash Day

Happy July! This is a different piece for is inspired by Mexico and the trip earlier this year....but the subject is a bit unique for my brush... Nonetheless..I enjoyed painting it and trying to get the shadows on the clothes..phew!(15"x22")