Friday, April 18, 2014

New Beginning

"An Old Country Jar" - work in progress
8.25" x 8"
watercolor on paper

Here's a little variation on the same theme.  Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


9" x 5.5"
watercolor on paper
starting bid:  $45

Click here to bid.

I've been watching "The Andy Griffith Show" while painting these past couple of days and so from now on whenever I look at this painting, I will think of goofy Barney Fife!  :)

Thank you for visiting!

Friday, April 11, 2014


"Atlas" - wip
9.25" x 5.5"
(watercolor on paper)
"Atlas" - wip
9.25" x 5.5"
(watercolor on paper)

Well the flu got a hold of me this week -- which accounts for my absence. -- ugh.  I still managed to start a couple small works though, this being one of them. After the last few glass paintings, I hadn't thought I'd be doing any more for a while . . . I guess I was wrong!  :)

Stay healthy out there . . . looks like spring is finally here!   

Friday, April 4, 2014

Another Sketch

"Pitcher With Grapes"
9" x 7"
(watercolor on paper)
Click here to bid.

I've decided to post and auction off another "sketch."  I'm trying to find a happy medium between the looser washes and fine detail work, as I love them both.  I'm also working on values and temperatures.  My hope is that these "quicker" sketches will help me become a better painter.

Thank you for viewing my work.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Back At It

watercolor on paper
12" x 12"

I'm back at it this one, trying it out on some Fabriano hot-press and larger. I've also been prepping some smaller and larger paintings and finishing up on a commissioned acrylic painting -- lots going on, but little to show.  

I decided to put the study of this one up for auction with bidding starting at $20 -- you never know!  :)  

"Susans At The Window"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on paper)

Click here to bid - starting at $20 or "buy it now" for $30

Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!  :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tina's Lamp

"Tina's Lamp"
19.5" x 12.75"
(watercolor on paper)

I'm happy to say this one is done.  I'm not sure how it looks on your monitor, but it's been difficult to color correct on mine and is looking a bit dark here on blogger.  It's less jarring in person I think . . . a little more calm, the contrast looks a little severe here.  Anyway . . . it's done and I'm excited!  :)  Thank you to my friend and student, Tina for her photograph.  And thank YOU all for reading my blog.  Have a great day!

Monday, March 31, 2014


8"x 8"
(watercolor on paper)

Here's a little "sketch" I worked on all day today.  :)  I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it . . . I think I just need to "sit on it" a bit.  There are lots of elements I really like about it, while others not so much.  Honestly though, I think it actually looks better in person -- is that the painting equivalent of "he/she's got a great personality?"  Ha!  Anyway, I'll be contemplating what to do with it.

A progress shot is below . . . thank you for stopping by.  

work in progress shot

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


I cranked up some more contrast on this today - painting in darker washes in both the background and even on the lamp in area. I also played with temperature, cooling the background to help it recede and warming up the lamp. I am "baby-stepping" this painting, to say the least. Maybe someday it will be done. I love the way it looks on my monitor, unfortunately I have to do a little more tweaking to play with the contrasting values, so it matches this in person.  Unfortunately though, outside the window isn't as light in person, as it appears here.  :(   I'll have to see what I can do about that, because I love how it looks on the computer.  :)

Anyway, thank you for stopping by.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014


"Really Big Shoe"
. . . all framed and ready to go!

Before spending a great day today with my 90-year old grandmother (who ran me ragged, by the way!)  :)  . . . I dropped off these two paintings in Monson, MA for the Monson Art Council's Spring Show.  The opening reception is next weekend, so if you're in the area be sure to come by - the exhibit will be open for a few weekends after.  More information is available at their website.  

"Nature's Candy"
(not sure how this is appearing on your screens - I had a tough time making it look
okay on mine, so hopefully it doesn't look TOO crazy on your monitor)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I'm Still Working

Even though I haven't posted, I just wanted to prove that I've been working.  :)  This one is going quite slowly, as I tweak all those reflections and details. I'm also still working on the overall feeling I want this painting to have, so every time I put another wash over the background I have to go back and re-work some details.  No biggie . . . just time consuming.  

Thank you for taking a peek.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Still More Work To Do

Thought I'd share my progress.  Also, below are some pictures from my last 5-week watercolor class at Workshop13 in Ware.  I had a great time with "my ladies" -- and I think you'll agree they did a fabulous job painting glass.  It's a difficult subject and they handled it beautifully!

My next class will be about painting on aquabord and we begin on Tuesday, April 15th.  What better way to spend tax day, eh?  :)  

The following painting will be the subject of my upcoming aquabord class.  I'm already getting excited!  Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Crystal Skyline All Done!

"Crystal Skyline"
16.5" x 12"
watercolor on paper

All done!  :)  And I'm going to take a break from glass for a while.  Ha!  Thanks for coming by and taking a look.