Thursday, December 31, 2015

July Geraniums (Large)

"July Geraniums"
15" x 18"
(watercolor on aquabord)
Click here to purchase.

Happy New Year!  This painting isn't an honest depiction of the weather here in Massachusetts right now . . . but it's pleasant to think that the days are getting longer.  :)  If you are interested in viewing this painting in person, it is on display at the Palmer Public Library in Palmer, Massachusetts until the end of January.  It's in a striking yet simple black frame and since it's painted on clayboard it has been treated with a UV protective finish and is not matted nor under glass.  

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

Monday, December 28, 2015

In His Boat

"Oliver - In His Boat"
10" x 8"
(watercolor on aquabord)

I hope you all are having wonderful holidays this season.  We celebrated Christmas on Friday with family and had a great day.  This painting is one of my gifts to my husband, Dan.  It's of our kitty, Oliver, who passed away a few months ago.  Oliver was Dan's since before he and I met.  Dan got him when Ollie was about a year old and was 18 when we had to put him down.  But he is buried outside my studio, beside a new arbor we put in over the summer, so he is nearby.  Oliver slept in a red poodle bed that I called his "boat."  Sometimes all I could see was his head sticking out.

He was a funny little guy.  We miss him.

But let's not end this post on a sad note . . .  I'm excited for the new year and am trying to organize and plan for lots of new goals in 2016.  It's like a new, clean slate.  I also have some paintings that I recently finished before the holidays, but haven't had time to post.  So I will soon be sharing those with you.  

Wishing you all a blessed and very Happy New Year!  

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2016 Calendars!

They're heeeerrre!  Each calendar is made from sturdy stock and filled with 12 colorful paintings.  If you are interested in making a purchase, visit my "calendar" page on to complete your order or click on "Shop" from the menu bar above and go to "Calendars."  Oh . . . and FREE shipping in the U.S. and Canada.  

I hope you like them!  :)

2016 Wall Calendar

I also have a few "Little People" desk calendars available as well.  Great for teacher gifts.  Click here to purchase.

"2016 - A Year of Joy desk calendar

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


"Winter Window"
16" x 11.75"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Every time I take a little haitus from blogging (and it's usually unintentional - I just get busy) I always feel a little embarrassed coming back.  I know that sounds crazy, but the longer I'm away, the more self-conscious I get and the harder it is to post.  Do you ever feel like that?  Anyway . . . I'm back.  It's been a while as I've been busy with painting and preparing for my art show/reception at the Palmer Public Library, painting and designing.  So there's lots of news to tell.

First up:  I am very grateful to my friend and fellow artist, Jennifer Kahn Barlow for featuring me on her beautiful blog.  You can read the interview here.  If you've never visited Jen's site, you MUST . . . she is a fantastic oil painter as demonstrated in one of her paintings below.

"Sliced Tomatoes" by Jennifer Kahn Barlow
12" x 16"
$275 - click here to purchase

Next:  I had a wonderful reception at the Palmer Public Library on December 3rd.  Unfortunately I don't have many photos of the evening, but that's because I was very busy greeting the many friends, family and collectors who all came out to support me.  I can't even begin to explain how grateful and appreciative I am.  I'm very blessed.

The exhibit will be extended through January, so hopefully if you are in the area you will have time after the holidays to take a peek . . . if not before . . . art can make a lovely gift!  :)

My dear, college friend Kristen and I.  She surprised me!  

reception food!

I am excited to report I've had many sales this month, including two from the Randy Higbee Show in California.  "July Geraniums" is still up for sale, and if you're interested in purchasing you can do so through this DailyBrushwork link.  The painting is framed floating in the black and gold frame as indicated below.  I'm sure it looks lovely as Randy Higbee always does a beautiful job framing.  

"July Geraniums"
6" x 6"
(watercolor on aquabord)
click here to purchase

Sold:  "New Braintree Winter" and "Provincetown Path"
 Thank you so much to my generous collectors.

Lastly . . . I have gift certificates available for that artist or art-lover in your life.  The amount is up to you . . . and can go toward a purchase or class.  Contact me at if you are interested.

. . . and I have ordered calendars . . . finally!  They should be in this week.  I have designed both a Fisher Price desk calendar and a traditional wall calendar.  I will be creating a Paypal link tonight and will post tomorrow.

Whew!  Lots of news!  Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you are enjoying this holiday season.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Studio Work

watercolors on paper - mounted on cradled board
8" x 8"

I've been skipping right along in the studio this week.  I started some new paintings, worked on some photos for future paintings, edited notecard designs, and finalized mounting some paintings.

hanging painting

This next one is going rather slowly.  It's a little larger for me, 18"x 24" - and I've been layering and layering, working on the lower mullions.  But I'm pleased with how they're coming along.
work in progress
watercolor on aquabord
18" x 24"

I'm trying my hand at a night scene . . .
work in progress
watercolor on aquabord
8" x 8"

And some more bottles . . . thank you for stopping by!

work in progress
watercolor on aquabord
8" x 8"

Friday, November 6, 2015

Finished and Accepted

"New Braintree Winter" - "July Geraniums" - Provincetown Path"

Lots going on in the studio these days . . .

I'm happy to announce that the three paintings I submitted to the Randy Higbee Gallery's "6 Inch Squared" show have been accepted. I'll be shipping those out today to have them framed and will have more details regarding how to purchase them in the weeks to come, so stay tuned.

I also finished up my painting, "Holiday Greetings."  It was tough to finish.  I was getting a little bored with all the final details and had to just push on.  Does that ever happen to you?  

"Holiday Greetings"
(watercolor on aquabord)
12.75" x 18"

I will be making these into Christmas cards, along with "Nantucket Christmas." They are $2 per card with envelope, so if you're interested in ordering any, email me.  There is an example of what the Nantucket card will look like below and I will be posting the finished "Holiday Greetings" card soon, along with their inside sentiments.

"Nantucket Christmas" card
finished card:  5.5" x 4.25"

I've included the work-in-progress shots for "Holiday Greetings."  

"Holiday Greetings" - wip1

"Holiday Greetings" - wip2

"Holiday Greetings" - wip3

"Holiday Greetings" - wip4

"Holiday Greetings" - wip5

"Holiday Greetings" - wip6

So that's all for now, thank you for coming by!  Have a lovely day.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


I just designed the postcards for my first solo show.  It will be held at the Palmer Public Library throughout the month of December.  I hope you can join me on December 3rd for the opening reception!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Big Wreath

"Big Wreath" - wip
12.75" x 18"
(watercolor on aquabord)

I've been working on the final details and tweaking this painting.  This will be my second Christmas card design for 2015.  

Thank you for coming by.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Provincetown Path

"Provincetown Path"
6" x 6"
(watercolor on aquabord) 

This is my last entry into Randy Higbee's "6 Inch Squared Show."  It's been a productive week!  Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cape Cod July

"Cape Cod July"
14" x 18"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Completed this painting last night.  This is the larger, rectangular version of the little square painting from my last post.  I'm on a roll . . . painting like crazy! 

Have a good night.

Monday, October 26, 2015

July Geraniums

"July Geraniums"
6" x 6"
(watercolor on aquabord)

This is another 6"x6" painting I did over the weekend.  It's a smaller, square version of the larger painting I've been working on. This photo isn't that great, but it gives you an idea of the painting.  I'm going to enter this one in the Randy Higbee show as well as "New Braintree Winter."

Thank you for stopping in, now back to painting . . .

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Lots of Painting

"New Braintree Winter"
6" x 6"
(watercolor on aquabord)

I did a lot of painting over the weekend. Randy Higbee's "6 Inch Squared" show quickly approaching, so I decided I better paint a couple entries. The deadline is this week! I also worked on a second 6"x 6" entry, two 8"x 8"sepia paintings, the yellow Christmas house, the geraniums and another larger painting. I'm having an exhibit at the Palmer Public Library in December, so I'd like to get some new larger paintings done for that. I'll have more information on that show in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned. Lots of hustling in the studio!   

Hope you had a great weekend.  Thank you for stopping by the blog!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Plum With Grapes

"Plum with Grapes"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on aquabord)

This is the painting I began at a demonstration last week.  I'm working on finishing up a few other paintings as well.  Hope you all are having a great week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


two paintings . . . one on paper and one on aquabord

I would like to thank the Massasoit Art Guild for inviting me to demonstrate last night.  It was a great night with a friendly, attentive group!  Thanks so much.  :) 

"Plum with Two Grapes" - work in progress
8" x 8"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Working on Christmas Card #2

I'm moving pretty slow on this one. Sometimes I drag my feet on certain paintings and others just come together almost effortlessly. This one is proving to be in the latter category. Anyway . . . I'm still here . . . and pluggin' along. Thank you for coming by.  Have a lovely day!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Backroads 2015

Beautiful Dahlias brought to me by one of my many visitors on Saturday.
I also have some pamphlets listing my upcoming classes at Workshop13 in Ware.

It's been a great weekend so far for the Backroads Studio Tour.  I had a great Saturday . . . a mingling of new and familiar faces, even though it was a rather chilly and raw day here in Central Mass.  Thank you to everyone who came out.  

The sun is shining this Sunday morning and it's looking like a beautiful day for a ride.  The foliage is lovely and there's lots to see at the many studios along the Tour.  Hope to see you out and about today.  

Some new square notecards.

In addition to original paintings, prints and notecards,
we have all sorts of neat little "gifty" items . . . and the wrapping too!

Thank you for stopping by the blog!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


"The Gourd"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on aquabord)

Click here to purchase.

Well I got back on the horse finally and sent out another newsletter.  I had intended to do one for every season . . . that was a year ago.  Yikes!  It sometimes takes me a while to fall into a routine.  Ha!  Anyway, if you'd like to subscribe, just visit this link.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Pamphlets

Just a reminder that I'll be starting new classes and 1-day workshops in October at Workshop13 in Ware.  Please visit my "Workshop" link above or to see what's offered and to register.

I'm enjoying this beautiful weather and getting ready for Backroads 2015!  Hope to see you out and about next weekend.