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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, June 18, 2016



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".

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Still Life Painting at Watercolor Class


From left: Rose Hawkins; Barbara Pelly; Cindy Staples; Dave McNeal; Misty Steinke; Janice Belgiovane

We worked on a still life with pears and a bean pot which was loosly taken from one of my mixed 
media paintings with watercolor on gesso.  The painting now resides with my good friend, Rosie Wermert.  The bean pot is inherited from my great-grandmother - very special to me.

This painting is smaller, and strictly watercolor.  It is 8 1/2" x 11".

The painters are not finished, but are doing a great job.  Please notice that Rose is still working on last week's painting - also a beautiful painting.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Cindy's Apple Blossom

I finished this painting this evening from a photo taken by a good friend of mind, Cindy Staples.  I am afraid to say that I have not done the photo justice, but I tried.

This painting is 9"x11" and is painted on hot pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.  I plan to use this for my watercolor class as a lesson.