Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BEACH DAD & DAUGHTER - New Watercolor Painting

I love the beach! Ever since I was a little girl, I've enjoyed walking on the warm sand, discovering wonderful seashells - especially the tiny ones - and creating sand sculptures with my family.

I tried to capture those special, quiet moments between a father and daughter on a sunlit beach in my new watercolor painting, "Beach Father and Daughter."

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Can't Stop! New Painting - "Basketball Player 2"

I just can't stop! Many times, I get inspiration and suggestions from my art customers. Here is the latest in my series of unique sports figures, a female basketball player. These action paintings are experimental explorations into color and form. Not created by any other artist, these colorful paintings that make great gifts for that special sports enthusiast in your life!



Thursday, November 8, 2012


I just couldn't help myself! I started with a figure of a man on a bench. Instead of painting it like I usually do in a realistic manner, I experimented with letting each color blend into the other. I cleaned my brush before I added a new color to keep the colors pure until they mingled at the touching point. (

Next I painted a man walking with a briefcase (, using the same technique. I got so excited that I decided to use the same process with sports figures. Finally, I had the idea to allow my clients to personalize art prints of my original watercolor paintings for custom names on birthday and holiday gifts.

Below are all of the paintings in this series. Please let me know what you think about this latest effort.



Thursday, November 1, 2012

NEW PAINTING "Garden Tools with Sun Hat"

I love the creative process of gardening. Both my mother and grandmother were gardeners who inspired me. The tools in this painting are theirs and I love the beauty of the rust. This art print of my original watercolor would make a marvelous addition to your sun room or the perfect gift for the gardener in your life!

I thought that you would like to see how I create my watercolor paintings. After starting with a photograph of the still life on my kitchen table that captures the light at that moment, I begin to paint. The green ribbon on my hat blended too much with the greens in the background, so I changed it to red. Decision time begins when I have to plan what type of surface I want my leather gardening glove, rusty gardening tools, and straw sun hat to rest on. At first, I have to admit that I was timid. I wanted it to be a wooden bench, but was not real adventuresome about the colors of the wood. Finally, as you can see in the finished painting at the top, I threw away all inhibitions!

Not quite done. Check the top finished photo to see the refinements.
I'd love to hear your reactions to my latest watercolor painting!