Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Approaching Clouds at Arches National Park

Arches National Park is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
My husband took a photo in the late afternoon with some wonderful clouds contrasting the sunlit arches.  I knew it would be a painting.
15x22 inches, watercolor

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Early Halloween

Is it too early for Halloween? Yes, probably, but...
 We went to Disneyland last week and it was so much visual fun. 
You know what I mean... everywhere, the details, so fun to look at.
So I planned to do some plein air this week,
 but instead I just had fun painting this little fantasy house out of my head.
It will be a project for my watercolor students this fall. 
Update--Go to this link to see their work
 And here is the demonstration I did for the teen class.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Two Watercolor Dog Portraits

These are two watercolor dog portraits that I just finished.
Fun dogs to paint.

8x10 to fit in 11x14 inch frame

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lisa's Darn Yarn


I met Lisa at Darn Yarn, Needles & Threads in Harmony, PA.  Her shop specializes in American made yarn and supplies for knitting, crocheting, spinning... needs. It is a friendly place where Lisa also offers classes, tips and knowledge of the craft and local community. 
I spent some time photographing Lisa and the shop and found I was distracted by all the great conversation. We easily moved from subject to subject covering family, gardening, uni/bicycles, and ideas for future projects. I felt I made a new friend.
Last time I visited, Lisa showed me a new aluminum spinning wheel that is a work of art in itself. It is so beautifully balanced and so lovely to look at. A new "spin" on an old design. 
 You can follow Lisa on facebook here for shop info and because it is just fun.

"Lisa's Darn Yarn" is number two of my "Buy Local, Paint Local" series.
Watercolor 14x14
It will be part of the AABC Invitational Art Exhibit at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building from July 9th - 18th and at the AABC Art Center from July 23 - August 2nd.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

2nd in Buy Local, Paint Local!

This is the step by step progress so far for my second painting in Buy Local, Paint Local!
I will share more when the painting is done.
It was slow going this winter. But slow and steady... well , you know!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sally at the Cider Press

As I finished this painting last week, I was reminded of a nice day this past fall. 
I spent an afternoon at a local cider press to do some "painting" research. 
It was a busy day at the press. People that waited to have their apples pressed shared stories about gardens, seasons and families. 
For me it was a chance to slow down and appreciate these seasonal traditions.

This is a family run cider press and they all work together with a comfortable ease. 
At first I thought I would do a painting about the men that work there. 
But as I watched and photographed the workers, I saw that the real energy came from Sally. 
She went from job to job seamlessly and was welcoming to all. 
I am sure that is why the cider press has her name on it!

Sally at the Cider Press,  17x29 inches, Watercolor on 330 lb. watercolor paper

Update- May 9th 
This painting won the Evelyn Nicholas Portrait Award at the 71st Spring Show 
at the Associated Artists of Butler County
July 10th
Also won third place in the AABC Invitational in Cranberry Twp, PA

Monday, November 25, 2013

Buy Local, Paint Local!

I photograph and turn my paintings to black and white to see if the values work. Then I make any final changes if needed. This one is almost done.
17x29 inches watercolor

I also wanted to introduce my "Buy Local, Paint Local" series.
I have been visiting small local businesses, farms... and have met some hard working people with a strong sense of community. They run farms, cider presses, markets, raise chickens, bees, are yarn/weavers, bakers... I interview, photograph, sketch and paint what I find at each location. 
These paintings are about people, opportunity and community.

I will include a short story of each painting as I finish. 
I look forward to sharing this journey with you!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

More Demonstrations

Just a few demos that I did for some classes.

and this value butterfly.
I wish I got the name of the artist that inspired this project to share with you.
It was a good one for the adult class to do.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Route 65 from Bakersfield to Sequoia


A quick watercolor study of the landscape on the road from Bakersfield to see the big trees in Sequoia a few weeks ago. We took a short tour of Central California with the boys while visiting them for summer break. It was so dry and dusty, more that I remembered. And the light was so sharp and crisp.  I exaggerated the warmth/color of the grasses with the intent of balancing the deep shadows.  Too much? What do you think?