Friday, December 7, 2012

As you can see by the signature, this painting is turned on its side.  It is better this way,so I will be signing it to orient it this way.  It is great to have trusted friends help give a critique of work.  They can sometimes find just the right solution to a problem that I don't even see.  I don't know why it works better this way, but I am much happier.  What do you think?

Monday, December 3, 2012

You should see my poor table.  It has the saddest looking floral arrangement you ever saw.  The water is cloudy, there are petals all over the runner and many of the stems are flowerless.  But there is just enough to inspire me to complete my painting.  I normally work from life instead of photos, so working fast is a must.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my process.  This painting is called A Moment In Time.  I had fun painting it and it made me remember how much I enjoy painting tulips in watercolor.
I will clean up my mess now...

These tulips were sitting on a colorful table runner.  I decided that I could add it to balance the dark background.  There is also a tulip resting on the table that I will be working on next.

I so need practice with the blog.  This is going to be good for me. 
I have added the background because I wanted more drama.  The glass is just in the beginning stage, but I love to paint glass because there really is not much to it.  Gotta admit that adding the dark was a hard thing to do.  I liked the white.  But, I wanted contrast.  Wait till you see the crazy addition in my next photo!

It has been too long!  Let's try to document my painting process through the blog.  This is my latest watercolor and I took photos throughout the painting process so I could blog about it.  I hope it is of interest!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Another pose.  Another painting.  I am ready to get back to figurative work as you can tell.  I hope it works to paint in different styles.  I know that it is not the best way to show a collection, but I do feel that working abstractly helps my figurative works a great deal.  Introspection is a big part of these latest works.  She's not sad, she's just waiting, and maybe taking a little break from the action. 

Two Poses

Two Poses is a painting that I completed recently.  I wanted to convey a mood of quiet introspection.  I am loving the watercolor crayons as a way to add some interesting line quality.  This painting is watercolor, but I am not a purist.  It has some watercolor white added.  I like the unexpected glow it seems to give. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cherries From Pat

Pat brought some cherries to share with the artists who came to my house to take a workshop with Rea Andrews.  We had a wonderful time and learned so much.  I can't wait to work with yupo paper again soon.  It is such a different surface to work on.

Sunflowers Again

I worked on this one a little more.  It reminds me of Van Gogh and his beautiful sunflowers.  I call it Thank You Van Gogh.

Looking Inside

Looking Inside to discover what treasures are there.  This is the next in the series of nonobjective abstracts.  It reminds me of digging for precious gems.  I am seeing precious gems in those who surround me.  Pretty special.

Monday, August 6, 2012


Yes, I am stretching this summer.  I had several goals for this nonobjective abstract and I am pretty happy with the results.  I signed it, but don't think it is quite finished.  I have started another though, because I wanted to remember how I painted this one.  It is so hard to recreate a feeling when you are painting from the zone.  Anyway, this is the beginning of a journey for me.  I will try to be better about keeping up with this blog!

Thank You Van Gogh

Another summer special.  I love sunflowers in the summer but I am never satisfied, so I paint them over and over.  I am kind of liking the colors and patterns of this crockery full of large blossoms.  I hope you like it too.  It is a watercolor on hot press paper. 

Summer Colors

It has been a long time, but I have been working.  I am loving patterns this summer and the umbrellas have created a pattern that I hope is fun to look at.  I love a good beach!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Two new watercolors. I am working with texture and pattern. I am also trying to get used to the new look of Blogger. Where do I register complaints!

Friday, April 20, 2012


Alex is a tall, beautiful model and I painted her quickly as she posed. Time was short so I had to be decisive. Having my watercolor crayons made it a little easier. I worked on gesso coated hot press watercolor paper. This one is 11" x 15".

Designing with the Figure

She looks like she is getting ready to go out, though she has a little sway going on. I worked from a sketch, using watercolor on gesso coated watercolor paper. I am having fun with shapes and textures in this one.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Just One

I decided to paint just one yellow rose in my little blue vase. Yellow roses can certainly brighten your day! This little watercolor floral is 10" x 8".


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sunflowers in a Blue Vase

Sunflowers are fun to paint. They are so large and beautiful that I just can't paint them small. I love the blues and purples that contrast with the yellows in this one. I also like the way the flowers look when they are just opening as these are. This watercolor is 18" x 14.5". Now I am off to see if I can find some more sunflowers to paint!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sunflowers in an Earthen Jug

I love sunflowers. I have painted them often and they always turn out different. I think it is because they take over and tell me what to do with the painting. This one is opaque watercolor which allowed me to paint white over darker tones. It makes for a different looking painting. It is 18" x 14".

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Reclining Nude

When I saw that the new challenge on DPW is to paint a reclining figure, I decided to give it a try. I worked from a sketch that I did from a model. This painting is a watercolor and it is 14.5" x 10.5."

Thursday, April 5, 2012


This is a new floral painting that I started last fall as a class demonstration. Sometimes it takes time and scissors to make the final painting work. I think this one does now. It is a watercolor and it is 12" x 15".

Gerbers in a Line

I have retaken the picture of this painting because I had cut the other off. I don't know if I was thinking about cropping the painting, but I know I won't do that, so here is what this one really looks like. My daughter says the background looks like real turquoise. Not planned, but it works for me.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Desert Shadows

The colors of the Southwest are beautiful. The turquoise and orange make a fun combination in this warm painting full of shadows. I may have had a little too much fun with the shadows. What do you think?

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Gerbers in a Line

This is a painting that caused me problems because these flowers have such a regular shape they can be boring in a painting. I overcompensated by exaggerating any differences and twists and then by using striking colors. I love these colors together anyway. The final painting became a long horizontal and I found it to be interesting after all. The photo is not exactly correct because the flower on the far left is cut off and it is not in the painting. I will have to fix that! I guess it is still causing problems.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Many Gifts

Many Gifts is my new watercolor still life. It is 22" x 30". My goal with this piece was to create an interesting composition that was contemporary in contrast with the traditional objects that I have drawn carefully, but at odd angles. It is, I hope, about the treasures not the still life.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fine Feathered Friend

There is nothing like a colorful rooster to wake you up in the morning. This watercolor is 15" x 11".

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Chickens in my Kitchen

This watercolor still life was a lot of fun. From shopping for interesting chicken pieces to designing with all the patterns it was just fun.

Tea Time

Tea Time is a new watercolor still life that I am working on. I am liking the soft neutrals and patterns. I don't think it is quite finished, but I am trying to blog daily, so I thought I would show my progress with this one. It is 15" x 11".
Do you think it is done?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Long Wait

Am I telling a story with this painting? I hope so. This model with her red hair could always get into compelling poses. I imagined a background for her that designs the space and tells her story. This figurative watercolor is 22" x 30".

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Desert Whites

As long as I am going down memory lane, I may as well visit Arizona. It is so much fun to explore warm and cool whites in watercolor. That is what this painting is all about. The texture of the cactus contrasts with the softness of the petals. I had fun with this floral. I hope it shows. This watercolor is 11.5" x 15.5".

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Easter Parade

I love the bulbs that bloom early. I remember finding them peeking through the snow when I was growing up in the panhandle of Texas. I always thought of them as a promise of renewal. Deep thoughts on a Monday morning. This is a watercolor and it is 15"x22".

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Two Models

Two Models is another figurative watercolor. This painting is a little different, so I thought I'd share it. I am getting into pattern and color these days and this one illustrates the direction I would like to go. It is 15"x22".

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rough and Ready Antiques

This is an antique store that is always fun to browse through. It is especially lovely in the spring and summer when lush plants welcome customers. As I am often in the hunt for interesting shapes of things to paint, places like this are like a magnet!

Monday, March 12, 2012


Link I had a lot of fun with this moody, figure painting. It is a watercolor on bristol board that has had a coat of gesso applied to it. The watercolor sits on top and can be manipulated easily. I was able to change the figure until it had the feeling I wanted. I used watercolor crayons to create the lacy pattern on the skirt. It is 28"x22".

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Party Girl

I may as well show another recent figure. I loved this model and her big black boots. Such a contrast with the look of the dress. What you should know is that the dress was made out of garbage bags. I added patten and color for fun. This is also a mixed media painting on Bristol Board.

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Girl Stuff

All dressed up and nowhere to go. This is one of my recent figures. I am happy with the loose quality and color scheme. I hope you like it. It is a mixed media painting on watercolor paper.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Summer Colors

Are we ready for a little summer sun yet? I am. I'm guessing that this model is thinking about a beach somewhere. I love the bright colors of the dress. This piece is another watercolor that I painted recently at our figure drawing session. I hope you like it.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Rural Memories

This old barn is like so many throughout our great country. A favorite subject for many artists, I must also give it a go. I believe that it is best for people to write about and paint things they know. Country scenes are a big part of my life. This landscape is a watercolor.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mom's Bowl 2

Mom's Bowl 2 is a transparent watercolor painting of my Mom's china bowl with blueberries. The bowl actually belonged to my grandfather and was passed down to her along with more pieces of this lovely set. I love the color and patterns. The photo is a little crooked, as the horizontal line is not tilted. It also still needs to be signed. It is
6.5"x 6.5" and it is a still life.
This painting has sold.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


This is one of my new pieces that will be shown through February and March at Stinger Studio in Georgetown, Texas. I have been working on this series of still life paintings in watercolor, and am so excited to have them included in a show with my three friends, Rae Andrews, Vicki Brevell, and Sue Gray. Our reception is Saturday evening and I hope lots of friends come to see this great show.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012


This is a watercolor floral that is 22" x 15". It has a very soft feeling about it, thus the title. This painting is all about edges. I worked to have hard, soft and lost and found edges. I love tulips! I think I'll go get some more...

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Friday, February 3, 2012


This has been a nice winter. Mild with a little rain. It is easy to look forward to spring and see what magic will happen in nature. After the drought we had last summer, it will be interesting to see what plants struggle back to life. This watercolor is 22" x 15".

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Red Poppies2

Yes, I have been painting! This one is not new, but it is cheery and bright on this gray day in Texas. This is a mixed media painting with watercolor and acrylic. I added red acrylic glazes to intensify the reds. It is 22" x 30", so it makes a statement. Hope you like it.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Joy is 7.5" x7". I know I have already posted this little watercolor, but I wanted it to have the top spot for a day or so. I like this floral and hope you do too. I am still painting, but have had several shows recently and that has taken me away from my blog. I am painting large and loose instead of small and focused. It is amazing how much more difficult that is for me, but I am hoping to get going on the blog now!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Tea With Pears

I am beginning a new series that will explore still life with watercolor. This is not a new theme or medium for me, but I hope the look and feel are different. Color, pattern and relationships between objects are important elements to me with this series.

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