Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Darren's Window


This is a painting I have prepared for my watercolor class - a lesson in textures.  The painting is from a photo by Darren the Photo Guy in Kentucky and it is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed Fabriano-Artistico watercolor paper.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Barbados Marketplace


 This painting was created from a photo, and with the permission of Corrie Scott, who lives in Barbados.  The painting is 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.  It is transparent watercolor.  I was taken with the shapes in the photo and how the darks and lights work together and against each other. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Rose's Wine With Green Grapes



My good friend, Rose, recently brought me a small photo of grapes with wine which she found in the "life" section of the newspaper.  She, and I both thought it would make a great subject for a painting for my class.  This painting is approximately 9"x 12" and is painted on Fluid 100 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  This is basically a limited palette painting in 99% greens  and yellow with a little red added to the green to get the dark green of the leaf and the shadows in the grapes.  I don't know who the photographer is, so I can't give credits.  I made some changes when I drew it and added some things that weren't originally in the photo.
We like to drink wine while we paint in class, so this painting is very appropriate for us!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017


This painting is a watercolor on a tissue paper collage over an old, discarded painting, with a touch of Zentangle thrown in.
I textured the tissue paper with Gesso before I collaged it to the old painting.  This was a class project for my watercolor class and I encouraged them to find their own floral inspiration and they all did a wonderful job.  Some even changed the subject to sea turtles, angels and fish.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016




I did this painting from a photograph taken by Bryan Wahrer while he was on a vacation in New England some time ago.  Bryan is a very gifted photographer who was also a former student of mine while in high school.  He was also a gifted artist.  As you can see he has a fine eye for composition.  Thank you, Bryan, for allowing me to use this beautiful photo.


The painting is 9" x 11" and is painted on Fluid 100 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Purple Door



I finished this painting this evening...it will be  a lesson for my watercolor class in Wapakoneta, Ohio, at the Riverside Art Center.  This painting is approximately 9" x 11" and is painted on 140 lb. hot-pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper in transparent watercolor.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Whirligiggs!

Whirligiggs!

I finished this mixed media piece this evening.  I am going to use it for a lesson for my watercolor class this summer.  They have expressed an interest in doing some mixed media work.

I used an old watercolor painting as my base and then collaged green tissue paper over the entire surface allowing some of the original painting to show through.  Then I collaged pieces of white tissue paper on which I had painted and stamped gesso patterns.  Then I took a stiff bristle brush and softened the edges and drybrushed white gesso over the entire painting allowing the green tissue to peak through..  At this point, I drew the koi fish and then painted the composition with watercolors which worked really well over the gesso.  I was happy with the results because I love the textures which are showing through all the different layers.    This painting is approximately 12" x 16".