Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Here's a little sketch I did this summer of a local town's falls.  At night they lit up with different colors and you'd have thought you were at Niagara falls instead of Vergennes Vermont!  (well....almost)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Workshop of a friend

"let me explain it this way" my portrait painting 22"x15"
Sometimes a subject needs more exploration...and this gentleman gave me many lovely poses with different expressions.  I also wish to announce a portrait painting workshop here in Burlington that is being taught by a very talented fellow watercolorist who I know from my years being a member of the Vermont WC Society.  Here is the link for more information...This is a great opportunity to learn from the award winning artist Robert O'Brien!  Below is an example of his work, a portrait titled "Ted".  Workshop is Saturday November 23rd 10 - 4 p.m. and is $60.00.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Word play

Thank you everyone for sending emails or comments regarding titles for the last rooster painting I posted... Always fun to get someone else's input and ideas!  This one is titled "Cautiously watching"...or maybe I can name it "the hairy eyeball"...where does that saying come from?  Pigment play and word times...

Thursday, October 17, 2013


This is a little exercise I teach in my workshops on how to do the negative painting that I love to do in my floral work.  This is probably about 3 to 4 layers of color going progressively darker.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Staring at you

This guy is giving you quite the stare down!  This was a fun and different angle to paint.  I especially like the way the comb came out.  Any fun title ideas out there for this one?  Remember I'm a fan of alliteration...okay now hit me with your suggestions....

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Happy October everyone!  Pumpkins are here with their orange color which is the same as this lily...we've lost our Tiger Lilies to a little red bug that eats them all up...I'm missing them.  I like Cadmium Orange, but is opaque and needs to be handled carefully and with minimal cross mixing or it can get muddy...