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Friday, August 26, 2016

In My Dreams

I just sent this 16x20 painting to a customer in Washington State. It is one of my favorite landscapes that I have done. I named it In My Dreams because most likely I wouldn't see all these colors in real life. My dream world is much more colorful than the real world.
I am leaving Sunday morning to go to a Karen O'Neill oil painting workshop in Woodstock, N.Y. The hippies are long gone leaving mostly cows but I will take some pictures so you can see for yourself.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Warm Window

Color affects the temperature of a painting. To convey warmth, colors in the yellow and orange family work best. This would be a good painting to warm someone in the winter! I like the idea of rotating paintings to combat boredom and to reflect the changes of the season.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Checkerboard Basket

I found this really cool basket at a garage sale several years ago. It is unusual in that 2 different colors are used in the basket weave. The eggplant , pomegranates and birdbwere anxious to join in to make a perfect still life set up. I don't do as many watercolor paintings as I used to but still enjoy painting them.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Zinnia Dream

The colors of zinnias just do something to me the way some music affects me. Everytime I see some I want to paint them.It seems that  the colors are meant to complement each other to make a most pleasing picture.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Care Free

When I am painting a view of multiple flowers, I have to remember that it is not a good idea to paint each flower as an individual bloom.I paint in terms of blocks of color because that is how our eyes see them. When planting tulips we are encouraged to plant large groupings of bulbs rather than spacing them far apart., so the same advice could be applied to painting.Impact is the word of the day!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

White Blooms

I have been doing some larger stretched canvas paintings. This painting is currently on display in a group show at WKNO( public tv station in Memphis). My favorite part is the transparent and translucent blue vases. They draw my eyes into the picture.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Message to You

This is a watercolor painting I did a few years ago.I sometimes feel like a split personality, wanting to go back and forth between oil, watercolor and  acrylic. But I realize it is all painting , no matter what the media. I think it just depends on what kind of mood I am in when I wake up!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Forever Tulips

Acrylics handle very differently than oils. I am having fun learning about them. Some accidental things have turned out to be exactly what I needed. I guess I can pretend that everything I do is delberate; don't tell anyone else. I like the illusion of genius.haha

Monday, August 8, 2016

Summer Lilies

I wish I had some of these lilies planted in my backyard. They are beautiful and always full of blooms. Daylilies are abundant here. I kind of wish they were labelled Monday, Tuesday, etc. so I could keep up with their progress. This is a watercolor painting.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Best of Luck

This is another oil painting on a gallery wrap canvas. I deliberately left this one high key with few real darks.Of course you really need some darks to make the light colors pop. There are millions of variations of flower arrangements. Maybe I will get through a million, I am definitely on my way. I have tried to count how many paintings I have done over time and I just can't fathom how many. Of course I am including the bad ones in the count!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lucky Charms

These zinnias remind me of a box of lucky charms cereal.,of course there are a few colors missing but still beautiful.they love the heat ,. We have plenty of heat around here!
 If you received this post  originally by email there were some nonsense words at the top-I don't know where they came from! At least it was entertaining.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Terra Bella

Our trip to Italy was one of our best vacations. At every turn was another photo opportunity. I must have taken a thousand pictures in 10 days. The food was so wonderful but of course a photo could not capture the taste. But I am glad to have taken the pictures of the scenery and the people to  keep as memories.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Table Talk

This painting is on a 12x12 gallery wrap  canvas .The vase is almost like a full fishbowl shape, able to hold a lot of blooms. Painting something like this involves a lot of thinking and decision making.I am asking and answering questions to my self the whole time. Questions like-- is there harmony between the color of the table and the wall? Is the negative space interesting? Does the glass look believable? Do the shadows and reflections on the table work? I'm exhausted!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Shelf Life

I love these kind of blue and white vases. Add some beautiful flowers and everything is good to go. I tend to paint flowers a lot  because I really love them. I do some landscapes and still life set ups and enjoy it but my heart is with flowers. I am really not a cow person, no matter how popular they might  be at the moment! But never say never!

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Small Talk is painted on a gallery wrapped stretched canvas ready to hang. Pansies are a favorite . I love the self confident petals- they seem to say "Look at me!"A lot of flowers are bigger and taller but can't match the punch the pansies have.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Violet Shadows

I did an earlier version of this composition a few years ago. I wasn't satisfied with that painting so I thought I would try it again.I am much happer with this one. Painting every day has really helped improve my painting? It is just like exercise, you have to keep it going to get results.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

On a Pedestal.

These geraniums were on the terrace of a beautiful historic home that we toured. The pot was on a pedestal in the bright sunlight of a courtyard there. I took a photo and painted this watercolor later. I collect photos and memories rather than things.Easier to dust!

Sunday, July 17, 2016


I used to be so intimidated about painting glass; especially glass with something inside. It is just like anything else in life- you just have to jump in and do it. My first attempts were not so great but after a lot of practice I have gotten the hang of it.It is a matter of just painting what you see no matter how odd it seems. Add a few highlights and voila! You have a little miracle.

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Easel

I received my new easel last weekend in a box ready to put together. My valiant husband agreed to put it together and I was there for moral support and holding the screwdriver.Maybe an experienced handyman or carpenter could decipher the diagrams sent but it was not easy for 2 ordinary people. After some upside down and backward errors we got it assmbled with no extra parts on the floor.It holds larger canvases and also converts to a table for painting flat. I am thrilled with it and my hsband is happy that I don't need diamonds to make me happy!
P.S- tray can hold a snack or two

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Magical Garden

Maybe being near sighted most of my life has caused me to appreciate the closeup view.I have learned that varying the color; such as cool and warm greens makes a picture more pleasing. I don't worry about painting exactly what I see. If that was important to me I would be a photographer. Which is also a good thing to be since I have seen some photographs that take my breath away.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Triple Crown

This reminds me of an old fashioned picture from a seed packet.I wanted to show a more subdued approach to sunflowers, they are so bright that they take all the attention. These are mature,sedate sunflowers with enough wisdom to sit backmand share the limelight. They wouldn't dream of taking a selfie!

Saturday, July 9, 2016


I think a dark background really makes the subject matter pop. I am hoping I showed the light hitting the flowers despite the darkness.Every painting is like a little puzzle; just hope there are no left over pieces at the end! How many of you have some of those nuts and bolts hanging around after putting together something explained as "easy assembly"?

Friday, July 8, 2016

Boston Doors

I took this photo almost 2 years ago when we visited Boston. For some reason I have put off painting it.I am thinking it is becauseI don't know if I can do a better job than the photo already does. Another reason is I don't love painting straight lines.
I am posting it on this blog to force myself to pledge to start the painting soon. Kind of like announcing to sign up for a marathon run! People would be asking if training has started yet, maybe they will ask me if I have started this painting.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Big Shadows

One of the things that I notice most in a painting is the contrast. I try to make sure that I show some of 3 vaues ( light, medium and dark) in my painting. I have learned that it is better to not have the values in equal proportions- some paintings will be mostly light with a few dark and medium values thrown in; the same goes for opposite combinations.
Even with all the rules, sometimes intuition takes over.

Monday, July 4, 2016


Blue flowers are not as common as other color flowers. I think the rarity makes them even more beautiful and desirable. I like the composition and color of  these flowers; especially the contrasr between the blues and greens.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Pre- Independence Day

i did this painting as a demo on Instagram. At least I started it there-- I finished it a little later. I am thankful there was no camera crew there; just me,an iphone and a tripod!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fast Forward

i did this painting as a video on Instagram. Or rather the beginning of it----I went back and completed it after the video. It was fun to try and do it quickly.I could do hydrangeas with my eyes closed. I have painted them so much, always striving to do better.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Window 30x40
I like to paint intimate scenes like this one I painted with Acrylics. It gives a little slice of life with a little mystery thrown in.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


I think the colors of pansies are breathtaking.Nature knows how to combine colors for maximum effect, no editing by humans necessary. I painted this with acrylics. Acrylics handle a little differently than oils but I enjoy using them.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Dream About It

This is one of my new larger paintings. It is painted on a 30x30 stretched canvas. I have really been enjoying using acrylics on this format. I seem to go a little more graphic with my design when painting like this. The colors seemed to dictate what was happening in this painting. I like the crisp whites- I can almost feel the smooth texture of them.