Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What is that cat hatching?

"What is that cat hatching?" Watercolor and ink, 5x7, on 140# cold press paper. Genre: fantasy.
Wanted to do some hatching--with pen and ink, that is. This is for Daily Paintworks "Picasso It" challenge, where you do something similar to a famous artist's style. Inspired by the art of Maurice Sendak and Arthur Rackham, with a teensy bit of Dr. Seuss thrown in.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Vintage Crockery

This is a small crockery study that I did earlier this year. I am endlessly fascinated by how some colors are so complimentary to others. Like this combination --- green and burnt sienna. I am attracted to this combination over and over. Maybe in 100 years I will come to understand why some colors compliment each other. Anyway, this one was fun!
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

5x7" watercolor painting "Western Window Dressing"

Just listed: 5x7" watercolor "Western Window Dressing".

Love this window box flower display. It's in a working mill - historic Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point, Oregon. Personally, because of the weathered wood, and my treatment of it, I consider this "highly detailed"!

I'll include the frame if you mention this blog. The frame is professionally made. Priced WAY below gallery price.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pink Rose Royal Doulton Teacup and Saucer 5x7"

Original watercolor for sale - original of my most popular image:

Pink Flowers in Terra Cotta

I love pink flowers so much, I have to paint them very often. They immediately perk me up and inspire me to paint more. This was a quick sketch I did while listening to one of the wonderfully helpful podcasts on Artists Helping Artists. All artists should check out that site!
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday Cafe

"Saturday Cafe" 5x7 inches, watercolor and ink on 140# coldpress paper.
This is from the Daily Paintworks "Crowd Challenge." I wanted to see how much I could change things around from the photo, so I made some of the figures into cats and birds, and then added other figures from my imagination.

Friday, November 4, 2011

OOPS! before and after

OOPS! Sorry, posted acrylics to wrong blog.
My bad.
Hey, I'd love to see some more watercolors posted here.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Miniature watercolor: Old Steam Train

This watercolor is 3.25 x 1.35". I photo'd it with USA 1 cent coin, for size comparison.
"Fading Past 0702" - From what I understand, this train no longer runs through Dillsboro, NC. So it's a glimpse of our fading past.
This painting is on it's way to a miniature exhibition in Pennsylvania.
Seems so funny at times how art traverses the world. From conception in NC, to birth in OR, now to PA, and who knows from there. Probably back to OR, unless sold - which would delight me no end. I never know what is better - win an award, or sell your work. Both are an awesome acknowledgement to an artist.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Holy Leaf!

"Holy Leaf" 6x6 inches, watercolor and  india ink on 140 lb cp paper. Saw this leaf full of holes, just had to paint it. Don't you think it's the ideal leaf for a leaf peeper?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pumpkins - ACEO watercolor.

I did this one last night. An ACEO (2.5x3.5"), in watercolor.
Just right for the season. Getting in the fall mood!
I've listed it on eBay.


New Paper

"Iris at Meiji"

A friend sent me some new paper 
a relative sent me photos from Japan

Love the paper!

Friday, September 2, 2011


"Kathy" 8x10 watercolor on paper

I am happy to share this tribute portrait of my very missed niece Kathy.  This is a gift of mine to my sister Anna for her birthday next week :) 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tree study # 2, same photo

Same photo, different values in the painting. I put these side by side so you could see how it's the same tree casting the interesting shadows, but with the foliage and the background treated differently. Below is the photo I took at Lakewood Park. If you squint at the photo, you can see how the tree, foliage, river, and river bank all disappear into the same value. In order to make a painting of it, I had to re-arrange the values in the photo. This I learned from Johannes Vloothuis. Don't take a photo at face value! 

"Tree Study #2" 5x7 watercolor on 140# cp paper

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tree by the river

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"Big Tree by the River" watercolor on 140# Arches CP paper, 5x7.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Watercolors on Yupo paper

"Texture Crow 1"  5x7 watercolor on yupo paper

This is my contribution to DPW's "Happy Birthday Carol!" challenge.  Some people say crows bring them fortune.  I just like the drama that I feel inside me sometimes because they're black and they remind me of Hitchcock's movie of course.

Ok I'll also post my other new painting of strawberries.  I love painting on yupo!  Sometimes my current life events keep me from painting full sheet ones though :P 

"Fresh Strawberries"  5x7 watercolor on yupo paper

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Online Selling Program

Artists Helping Artists is having a presentation tonight about successful online selling. Trying to copy link didn't work.
You can find out at

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Beach Day

I love multi-colored beach umbrellas, especially the rainbow ones. They show up so vividly against sand, sea and sky. This is a current eBay listing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I painted this as a part of a two-piece commission for a customer. She was so nice to work with, she made it a pleasure to do a commission. Funny, when I see a painting with two subjects like this, I always want them to touch somewhere. So I couldn't resist. I think Barbara Ann calls it a "kiss". For me, it's a compulsion.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Roses and Crystal

Another DPW Challenge.  This one was take a Black and White photo and color it, keeping the values the same:

It was an interesting challenge, as most of them are.  I use this process a lot when I'm painting, but I also cropped and edit photos, often using more than one to combine into one painting.  Sticking to the photo as it exists and not changing the elements was the challenge for me.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Sterling day for Starlings!

"Sterling Starlings" 20x26 watercolor on Yupo

This morning I received a call from a very excited lady who saw my this painting hanging at one of the galleries currently exhibiting my work.  She just had to have this for her office so she can look at it daily she said!  She also wants to know what else I have.  She promptly made arrangements to pick it up after our phone call :)  Wow what wonderful way for an artist to start her day!  For me it's better than Christmas since Christmas is not about us anyway ;)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Five Flower Pots

I painted this piece on Sennelier Paper.  It's CP, but has a smooth surface that produces a crispness I like for still life subjects.  This piece is 5.5 x 8 inches. 

Country Lane

This is typical of a rural scene in Pennsylvania.  Lots of hills and valleys.  And I paint these pieces from memory.
5x7 inch watercolor

Have At It!

Lately we've had some discussions on WnW, and members have convinced me not to wait for a lightning strike of inspiration, but just have at it. This is one of the results: "Summer River" 5x7 on Arches 140 lb. block paper.

Patio Flowers

This is a preliminary study that I painted - a warm-up, kind of, for a larger flower market painting that I'd like to do. Always wanted to paint a French flower market scene. So many ideas, so little time. It's also inspired by my love for potted chrysanthemums. The pink is one of my favorite pinks: Sennellier Carmine.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Red Roof

"Red Roof" Watercolor on 140 # CP paper. 2.5 x 3.5 inches, ACEO. Recently I took a couple webinars (on landscape, and on painting buildings) from Johannes Vloothuis. In this little painting I worked on applying what I've learned --which was a lot! On auction at Daily Paintworks, an all-ART auction site exclusively featuring two dimensional, original art.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cat Nap

"Cat Nap" 16"x12" watercolor on paper

I do love sleeping paintings!  Somehow they make me feel like I too have caught up on my rest!  This painting will be delivered today to Poor Richard's Art in Rogers, Arkansas along with some of my art on giclee.

Ocean View Houses

I've always loved to paint villages, with lots of color.  Seaside or countryside, I've never met a village I didn't like. ;-)  This is a small one.  ACEO.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Painting Tools

"Painting Tools" Watercolor and ink. 3.5 x 2.5 inches.
Spray mist bottle, acrylic paint tube, and paint brush.
Inspired by Daily Paintworks "Paint What You Paint With" challenge.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spray Mist Muse

This is from a DPW challenge, Paint What You Paint with. In my case, a spray bottle and my imagination are part of my tools. 

"Mister Muse" ACEO 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches. Watercolor and ink on 140# paper.

Doing 30 days of painting

Poppy Landscape ACEO

I am challenging myself to just paint daily for 30 days.  I won't be painting a finished piece but I will paint something everyday which I don't do.  Well some days I take pictures all day or read an art book or peruse art websites but those too get in the way of creating.  So I painted this at 11:50PM last night lol  But it was done at 12:30 - I love that panic button!!!  This is a monthly challenged in Wetcanvas miniature group.  I had never participated in any of that before, usually I just go to the image library.

This video prompted me to do the 30-day deal.  By the way this painting is day #3

The First Tools -

The DPW Challenge - Tools.  Yes, that brush is a very good brush, but the hand holding it isn't too bad either!

Friday, July 8, 2011

ACEO Neglected tool...

"Neglected, But Not Forgotten" 2.5x3.5 watercolor on paper

I don't take it lightly when I discover that I've forgotten to wash a brush, especially when it's with oil paint or acrylics.  Aside from the high cost of good art supplies, I strongly believe the old say, "when you take care of your tools, your tools will take care of you."  But this one brush was not the first I've damaged and it probably won't be the last!  I painted this for the Daily Paintworks Paint What You Paint With challenge :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Beach Cabins

Here's a little quickie from last week.  Don't you just love using the white of the paper?  Yep, definitely one of the joys of watercolor. LOL
This is an ACEO and it sold yesterday.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Extreme Waterplay

The DPW Challenge this week is "Paint what you Paint With"
so I did. 
No wet in wet here. 
The painting is 5x7 on very smooth hot pressed paper.
I used those watercolor paint sticks and that very pen. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Solo Mio

"Solo Mio" 7x5
This too is a response to Daily Paintworks Challenge to paint the Old Mill.  One of my most enjoyable fishing experience was when I camed at the Kern River in northern California.  It was rocky and the was had nice movement.  I didn't catch a single thing but I still enjoyed it.  Anyway, that was my inspiration for my rendition of the old mill reference photo :)

She Ain't What She Used To Be!

Watercolor on 140 lb paper, 5 X 7. painted by a desert painter....notice the water is ???  I've forgotten what water looks like!  :D A particularly challenging Challenge for the DPW Challenge group this week.  Paint the following photo!  Whew!
Photo by Jean Nelson

Thanks Jean, for the CHALLENGE!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Red Door Townhouse

Here's a little summer piece.  ACEO Red Door with Flowers.  I love to paint with warm colors!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Midnight Texting

This was done at one of my caricatures gigs. I'd arrived early, and since I didn't have anyone to draw just yet, I did a quick watercolor sketch of a girl intent on staying in touch.

"Midnight Texting" 6x6 inches, on bristol paper. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

ACEO watercolor 2.5x3.5" Cupie Dolls

Just listed: "Cupie Dolls" watercolor ACEO - 2.5x3.5"

I adored these as a kid. I still love their glitter and colors.
It's an old one that I found in a drawer, so it's up for a sale price.
Thanks for looking.