Monday, December 2, 2019

Wall of art

ArtHound Gallery in Essex just celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting and evening celebration. You will find my original paintings, Giclee prints and cards on the right hand wall just as you come in. So many artists represented...well worth a visit! Let me know if you check it out.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Winter cardinal

We are experiencing an earlier introduction to winter and snowy cold weather here in Vermont! So that relates directly to what’s being worked on in the studio...time to start thinking about holiday cards! Too soon? If anything it’s good to push pigment around no matter what the subject! 

Thursday, October 31, 2019


“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...

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Fall y’all’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 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:

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 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


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 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 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. 🎶

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Three pigments

Here is a random page from a little Moleskine watercolor sketchbook that is getting filled with all sorts of different rhyme or reason to this journal...but I do find myself playing with swatches a lot! Either to test colors or mixes or just to fill a I did it all...tested the pure primaries and all the combos they make and filled the two page don’t need that much to get can do a lot with very little! 

Quick reminder...the auction ends today for my little rooster heart ❤️ (See last post for details) 
If you want him for your own collection ⬇️

Friday, February 8, 2019

Auction, good cause and good food!

I am participating in a fundraiser at Rustic Roots in Shelburne and this is the piece I submitted. It is an original watercolor on paper that has been glued to the wooden heart shaped panel and varnished. 
His name is “Mr. Coop du Jour”

Here are some details:

DISPLAY: The show will be on display to the public in the restaurant’s dining room from Wednesday January 30th through Sunday March 31st. Rustic Roots is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Artwork may be purchased through the restaurant during regular business hours or online via the silent auction during the month of February.

SILENT AUCTION: for the month of February, an online silent auction will be held at All hearts will be listed with minimum bids starting at $75 and will be accessible for anyone to purchase. After the auction ends, all unsold hearts will be available for purchase at Rustic Roots for $75/each. Please feel free to promote the auction to your family and friends

Plus their food is really great! 🍽I

Friday, January 18, 2019

2019 creative color

Happy New Year everyone! We are several weeks in and I hope you are planning for a colorful and creative 2019. I have started my plans already and they include several workshops. I have them listed on the side bar of my blog and they include a two day workshop at the Bryan Gallery in Jeffersonville in March and a three day all inclusive “get away from it all” creative immersion at the Landgrove Inn in Southern Vermont in May. Start refilling and topping off your palettes and hopefully we will have a chance to paint together this year!