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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ghost House on 66

This is the latest painting for the October show," Side by Side", at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  This is from the photograph by Pamela Baker (www.bakercreekdesigns.com) who is sharing the show with me - I am painting from her photographs.  This photo is interesting because there is a reflection in the window that looks amazingly like a ghost.  It could also be a reflection of her van, but we think it is more interesting to consider it a "ghost!"

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sue's Old Fashioned Rose

I just finished the painting that will be the lesson for the class I will teach Monday evening at the art center in Wapakoneta.  This is from a photograph by a WatercolorWorkshop friend, Sue Drennan, who graciously allows me to use her photos as source pictures.
The painting is 9" x 12" and it is painted on Canson 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Winter Silence

This is another painting for the October show with Pamela Baker  - her photos and my paintings of them.  This watercolor is 16" x 22" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.  I love winter scenes - a lot more than I love winter! :)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

This is another painting for our show in October - the show where I am doing my interpretations of Pamela's photographs.  This scary little painting is of an old truck which has a tree growing through it and a cement sculpture of Stan Laurel from "Laurel and Hardy!"  What it is doing in this abandoned truck, we'll never know, but it adds a sort of eerie feel to this painting.
The painting is 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Classy Koi

This fine group of people represent 5 of the 6 students in the summer watercolor painting class - the 6th was on a well deserved vacation.
Their koi paintings are beautiful - with amazingly different colors, swirls and ripples in the water and on the fish.   Beautiful people with great paintings!

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Monday will be the last lesson of this summer's 6 week session for the intermediate watercolor class at Riverside Arts Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  I wanted something different for this last lesson so I've come up with this composition of coi feeding.  My background in drawing koi is very limited, so I hope that everyone will think this one is okay. I have approached this more from a design than from an absolutely realistic rendering, especially in the handling of the water, which is very conceptual.  I think it will be very interesting to see how my students approach this and what they come up with!