Sunday, February 1, 2015

Day 5 of 3/5 art challenge

Day 5 of my 3/5 day challenge and want to thank Diane and Wanda for nominating me. It has been fun to go back and revisit some of my work. I spend much of my time at the studio teaching and preparing for classes. I have many demonstration paintings that I do for the classes but not many recent finished paintings.  These are two from a series I started called "buy local, paint local" that feature people and local small business. I hope to continue this series as time permits.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 3 of 3/5 day art challenge

For the third day of my 3/5 day art challenge, I thought I would share some pastel portraits I have done through the years. These are some of my favorite people.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 2 of 3/5 art challenge

Day 2 of the 3/5 day art challenge has me going back to 2007 to find some paintings I did inspired by vintage photographs. I used white to make some of the colors to layer over others. These were done after a workshop I took by Jeannie McGuire.

Monday, January 26, 2015

3/5 Day Facebook Challenge

My first of the 3/5 day Facebook challenge. I am posting three paintings from when I started full time as an artist in 2005. I was exploring watercolor surfaces, still learning color, technique and painting subjects that are close to me. 
Picnic Conversation- Watercolor on Gessoed paper was fun and easy to lift but hard to layer. Kind of like painting on Yupo but with texture. This is of my grandfathers who dressed in a suit for most occasions. Kind of miss those days...
Elizabetha, Watercolor on coldpress is a story of my Grandmother's life. So sorry I sold this but happy that so many connected to this.and 
John's Dad, Watercolor on Coldpress done for my sister's father-in-law who loved to share his music.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Approaching Clouds at Arches National Park

Arches National Park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
My husband took a photo in the late afternoon with some wonderful clouds contrasting the sunlit arches.  I knew it would be a painting.
15x22 inches, watercolor

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Early Halloween

Is it too early for Halloween? Yes, probably, but...
 We went to Disneyland last week and it was so much visual fun. 
You know what I mean... everywhere, the details, so fun to look at.
So I planned to do some plein air this week,
 but instead I just had fun painting this little fantasy house out of my head.
It will be a project for my watercolor students this fall. 
Update--Go to this link to see their work
 And here is the demonstration I did for the teen class.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Two Watercolor Dog Portraits

These are two watercolor dog portraits that I just finished.
Fun dogs to paint.

8x10 to fit in 11x14 inch frame

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lisa's Darn Yarn


I met Lisa at Darn Yarn, Needles & Threads in Harmony, PA.  Her shop specializes in American made yarn and supplies for knitting, crocheting, spinning... needs. It is a friendly place where Lisa also offers classes, tips and knowledge of the craft and local community. 
I spent some time photographing Lisa and the shop and found I was distracted by all the great conversation. We easily moved from subject to subject covering family, gardening, uni/bicycles, and ideas for future projects. I felt I made a new friend.
Last time I visited, Lisa showed me a new aluminum spinning wheel that is a work of art in itself. It is so beautifully balanced and so lovely to look at. A new "spin" on an old design. 
 You can follow Lisa on facebook here for shop info and because it is just fun.

"Lisa's Darn Yarn" is number two of my "Buy Local, Paint Local" series.
Watercolor 14x14
It will be part of the AABC Invitational Art Exhibit at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building from July 9th - 18th and at the AABC Art Center from July 23 - August 2nd.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

2nd in Buy Local, Paint Local!

This is the step by step progress so far for my second painting in Buy Local, Paint Local!
I will share more when the painting is done.
It was slow going this winter. But slow and steady... well , you know!