Sunday, August 13, 2017


Unfortunately my 30 day challenge bit the dust. It was a hopeful idea, as I had to go back to work after having the summer off. I sing the teacher blues in the key of f flat. But we're back and one of my favorite parts of teaching is suddenly realizing that everyone is engaged and doing what I'm asking them to. It's amazing and rewarding. (I was teaching 1 and 2 point perspective.)

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Dutch Egg Cup

We weren't "egg cup" people, so I wasn't sure what to do with the egg and the cup because the egg is so much smaller. Maybe it's a cup for ostrich eggs, or small dinosaur eggs. Although probably not. Thanks for stopping by. This is day 4 in the 30 day challenge.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Green Bag

I started packing this bag with paper goods to recycle and thought it looked like a still life, so I set it aside to paint. Guess I can recycle it now.:) Thanks for stopping bye. (Day 2 in 30 day challenge.)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Rainy Day Pool and Pond

I'm starting a new 30 day challenge. The goal is to paint a quick, small painting a day. This wasn't as quick as I planned, but hopefully I'll get faster as I go. I could also choose subjects that aren't so complicated. This is my living room view. I just love it.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Shed View

All this junk piled up in my father's shed spoke to me. there were Rose of Sharons and Hydrangeas nearby, but the junk - tools beckoned and I heeded the call. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fixin the Lawnmower

I painted this odd still life in New York while visiting my parents. My dad was trying to fix the lawn mower and I guess this stuff was part of that process. Who can tell? Maybe it was purely decorative.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

What's on the Easel?

Two portraits I've been working on for a while. The top is a selfie and the other is a little girl from paint my photo. I've just started one of her sister too. The first fairy has been an incredible challenge, for some reason and I'm still not finished with it. I think the lack of strong lighting could contribute to the difficulty. At any rate, I decided to do a better underpainting for the sister. (What cute sisters!) I think the second one is called Serious Fairy. The selfie is the first one I've done in about 20 years. I must have worked on it 5 times before today and today, I just started throwing paint at it. Whatever...

Saturday, June 24, 2017


This is a study I did this morning at a color lab workshop at the Southern Atelier in Sarasota run by Charlie Miano. He stressed thinking of the flowers as balls. First we did thumbnail sketches in pencil, then with color. Then we thinly painted the balls in local color, and added details/petals on top. This was a 2 and a 1/2 day workshop, but I was only able to attend a 1/2 day, really 2 1/2 days because I got to see his demo yesterday. Check out the Southern Atelier at

Friday, June 23, 2017

Anna Maria

I took a series of photographs at Anna Maria Island a few years ago and have painted a bunch of pictures from them.  I"m always attracted to the little groups of people and the scenarios they compose. I also love how the beach walkers add to the scene. The beach is simply a voyeur's paradise. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Painting Portraits from Life

I am taking a portrait class with Charles Miano at the Southern Atelier and attending weekly open studios as well. I am so blessed to be able to study with Charles, as he's a wonderful, inspiring teacher and a fabulous artist. I'm painting with oil with walnut oil on Canson oil/acrylic paper. Painting with the walnut oil keeps the paint fluid while you work as opposed to gamsol, which drys rather quickly. There's a learning curve to be sure, but a I'm enjoying the medium and getting the hang of it. I also like the Canson paper. It has a nice feel and it's reasonably priced. Thanks for stopping by.