Monday, October 31, 2011


Happy Halloween everyone! Have fun and be safe and this painting will keep its eye(s) on you!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

temporary obsession?

Another this point I think it's official that I've found a new favorite subject..the portrait/figure. I can't seem to stop painting you'll have to endure seeing them here on my blog...not giving up on other subjects, though...just a temporary obsession.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rug repair

I spied this gentleman repairing rugs in a store front on a recent trip. What a fascinating profession... weaving and sewing with all those colors of wool or cotton, matching shades and mixing hues... kind of like I do with the pigments from my palette!

Friday, October 21, 2011

strong light

This was a quick sketch done on a non watercolor the layering of pigments didn't work so well. I had to work fast, but managed the suggestion of strong sunlight and shadows on her face.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blending pigment

"Birds of a Feather" 16"x12". I thought I'd try my hand at some other feathered terms of color.. these beauties have it did Mother Nature mix these on her palette? Or did she let the pigments blend on the birds...?

Monday, October 17, 2011

paper pulp

This is a small portrait...the paper was 6"x8" and handmade at a small mill in Italy...ofcourse on paper that precious the paintings can't help but turn out good....(wink wink, recognize sarcasm here) I still have some Twinrocker paper from years ago that I'm "saving"...I should just use it...if you think about's cotton pulp and water smooshed into a mold and pressed....hmmm

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cute hat

16"x12" portrait of my Grandmother...I never knew her, which may make it easier or harder to do a portrait...I don't know. But I love her hat and fancy wrap...I'm going to paint her some more, maybe with different color combos or closer cropping...we'll see.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


I had the pleasure of taking a Ted Nuttall workshop this summer...highly recommend it! This was one of the pieces I completed. 11"x15" "Brewski". I'm now taking pictures of unsuspecting people and trying to paint them!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Something new

Warmer climes of times past...but we are in for a b-e-a-u-tiful weekend here in the Northeast. This was a painting done from a photograph of the church in Old Puerto Vallarta it is 12"x12" and done on the "Fluid" watercolor paper. It certainly handles differently than the other papers I'm used to...but always good to experiment with something new.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


These ladies were done in the Jeannie McGuire workshop that I took this summer.. Haven't had a chance to explore her techniques since then..but it was fun piling on the using opaque colors and white! I want to give a quick shout out to all the email subscribers who write me on a regular basis! Thanks for your comments!

Monday, October 3, 2011

museum visit

How long has it been since I posted a feathered friend? A while anyway...well this summer I went to a poultry museum! Over 200 different camera was smoking at the end of that visit! So you can be sure that I'll tackle some of those images for future paintings!