Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Little More Work

Well, I'm still plugging along.  I find it very relaxing working on the details, although there's little to show when I post my progress. I also spent quite a while fixing some areas, so I'm not sure you'll even notice much difference from my last post.  Also I think the color is off somewhat in both these photos, so please forgive me.  I didn't have the time to color correct. There are a lot of subtle differences on the daisy petals that has gotten got lost.  Anyway, I just wanted to check in and let you know I haven't abandoned my painting.  :)

I also would also like to mention that I had a great time yesterday morning, giving a watercolor demonstration to a high school art class on illustration.  My long-time friend and former-co-worker, Bill, invited me in to show his students some techniques for an editorial cartoon lesson they are working on.  Hopefully they learned some things in between our hysterical laughter!  Bill and I go back a long way and I must say, have pretty good comedic timing with each other.  :) He's an amazing teacher and they are a very talented group of kids, so together I'm sure their final pieces will be magic!  :)  So thank you to Bill and his class -- it was a great morning!

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Some Work

work in progress
12" x 12"
watercolor on aquabord

I did some work on this the last couple days and thought I'd post my progress.  Thank you for stopping by and stay warm!

Friday, January 24, 2014


10.75" x 6.5"
(watercolor on paper)

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I've been working on this the past couple days -- pushing and pulling the color -- letting it sit and just observing -- and I think it's finally time to say "done" to "One."I hope you like it. Now onto the next.

Thank you for viewing my work.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Inching Along

I did some more work on this painting yesterday.  It's coming along.  At this point, progress is a little slow as I am working on details -- lifting color, then adding, lifting some more, adding some more . . . until it looks somewhat believable.  Lots of layering helps to make the glass look (hopefully) translucent.  

Thank you for stopping by . . . have a lovely day.  I'll be painting, and hopefully finishing this up.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I Just . . . Couldn't . . . Help . . . Myself

"Country Nosegay"
12" x 12"
watercolor on aquabord

I was in the mood for an aquabord, was in need of a little spring and am still on a painting glass kick, (practicing for my upcoming class at Workshop13) so I started another painting.  Gaaaah!  We all  know how that goes with me  Will I finish?  Hopefully.  I have a few unfinished numbers around here (to say the least . . . I know, I know . . . I'll get to `em, someday!)  In the meantime I just couldn't help myself.  

And if you're in the mood for some more paintings of glass, check out Carrie Waller's blog -- she is the queen of painting glass.  She's painting a series of lightbulbs now -- amazing stuff!

Thanks for stopping by . . . have a great day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

More Glass - wip

work in progress
11" x 6.75"
watercolor on paper

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I do love this bottle. I began this painting last week. Does anyone else out there HATE masking fluid? I felt I needed it for the wallpaper background, but what a pain. I avoid using it at all costs. And besides, I always take it off too soon because I get impatient and am a terrible judge of values. So even though I THINK I have the values figured out right, they usually never are and I have to rework them anyway and by then applying the masking fluid was a big waste of time anyway. Oh boy . . . good thing I love to paint.  :)

Thanks for stopping by.  :)

Friday, January 17, 2014


"In A Row"
8" x 6"
watercolor on paper

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Well, I finished my first painting of the new year and I'm very excited!  :) It feels good to "break the seal" -- ha!  Onto the next, I guess. Stay tuned and thank you for dropping by.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"In A Row"

"In A Row" - almost done!

I'll post the finish piece tomorrow.  Aaaahh, it's good to be "back in the saddle again!"  :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Progress Shots

"In A Row" -- wip
(approximately 9" x 7")

I thought you might enjoy these progress shots.  I'm almost done.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I'm Working . . . Really I Am

new painting

"In A Row" -- up close

Just thought I'd offer some proof that I'm actually painting.  :)  This is hopefully, what I'll be teaching during my next class at Workshop13, starting in February.  I better get painting!  

Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, January 13, 2014

I'm Ba-aaaack!

what I've been doing in my spare time!

Oh boy . . . it's been a long time, eh?  I've needed a little break so I decided to just take it -- from painting and also from being so "plugged in."  Do any of you ever feel like that too?  I also figured, what better time to take a break, than through the holidays?  I hope you all had lovely time with friends and family with lots of love, warmth and of course, plenty of merry-making!  I must say -- I've enjoyed my little break but am also now excited to get back into my work.

My painting time has admittedly been minimal over the past few weeks.  I think that 30 day challenge in September took more out of me than I originally thought.  It was a great experience, but while Leslie is conducting one right now for the month of January, I just couldn't pull myself together in time.  Even to commit to painting everyday in January was too much.  But I am happily getting back into the swing of things, just slowly.  And am working on an 8x8 commission that I can't quite share with you yet.  

In the meantime, I decided to start another blog.  This one is for my "mini-making."  In the past, I've posted a couple photos on this blog, of my dollhouse, but decided a separate one was in order.  You can visit it here.  It's been wonderful working on my little house -- which has helped to feed my creativity while I took a little break from painting.  It's also given me renewed inspiration for painting.  I don't let my "dry spells" get me down - I always know they'll pass - so thank you for your patience.  I look forward to sharing with you some of my new work in the next few weeks.  :)