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Thursday, September 22, 2016

High Strung

I chose a purple background for these blue hdrangeas. A common choice would be for a neutral background but I was willing to take a risk with an unusual choice. It works for me!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Green Apple

This apple and bowl were part of a still life set up in the Karen O'Neil workshop I went to in Woodstock, New York. I took a lot of photos and painted this one when I got home. The studio had perfect North light. I have never really understood what was so good about light coming from the north.I now  know that the good thing about it is that it doesn' t change much during the day and the light is more diffused. My "studio"'has more northeast light most of the time but I have learned to adapt.
My husband may laugh when reading this because I have referenced a compass direction.I am not known for my sense of direction. I delivered meals today on our Meals on Wheels route by myself because my husband is out of town.. I did just fine but of course had the help of  the GPS in the car!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Antigua Sunshine

We walked around several areas of Antigua. I loved the ice cream colors of the buildings with their white roofs, especially on such a sunny day.I  took a lot of photographs and ended up painting this watercolor of one of them.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


This painting remindd me of a movie poster from the '40's. I don't plan things like that; it just turns out that way.Flowers are always a pleasure.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stand By

I have a friend whose husband worked for an airline before he retired and a retirement perk is that they can fly free on standby. It is a little uncertain if there is a seat for them on every flight but it is definitely worth it to try. These pots of flowers seem to be waiting their turn to be the star.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


I really enjoyed painting this one.I love lilacs and wanted to try to make this more transparent and keep the background from becoming too flat.I learn something everyday by just painting!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Out of the Blue

This painting of geraniums is kind of out of  the blue in that it is kind  of out of my head !The basket and geraniums are from life but the arrangement and background color is from imagination. Of course imagination is helped out by at least 30 years of painting flowers.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rest Assured

Blue and white pottery is exciting to me for some reason. I guess it is because a blue and white vase always seems to go perfectly with whatever bouquet goes into them. My favorite flower for this vase would be the white lily. There is a kind of sophistication with this combination; as if it belongs in an apartment high above Central Park in New York.

Thursday, September 8, 2016


I painted something like this 3 years ago at a wonderful Nancy Medina Workshop. I took photos of the flowers we painted. I love hydrangeas and the sunflowers are the perfect complement to the blues and purple.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pink Jar

I just finished a Karen O'Neil oil painting workshop held in a wonderful studio in Woodstock, N.Y. There were several still life arrangements to paint. Ths is one with an unusual  pink jar.There was also some wonderful garden fresh vegetables and fruit during breaktimes.She is a very good teacher and it was a great 2 days of painting. Now I am in New York City looking at art instead of making it.

Labor Day Whites

Summer is fading quickly. I really like oakleaf hydrangeas because the foliage lasts well into the fall with the leaves changing  from green to beautiful colors.I am currently visiting in New York State and these changes are pending more quickly up here. Back home we have a few more months of warm weather.

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.