Sunday, May 21, 2017


I've thought about trying the Zorn palette, (white, black, yellow ochre and cadmium red) for a while and finally did it. The black and white makes convincing blue eyes.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Grace # 30 in 30

Well I did it! I completed my 30 in 30 challenge. I made it easy on myself by painting with black and white on canson paper and I used a paper palette. I bought the canson oil paper in Walmart and didn't have high hopes, but I love it. It's great for alla prima painting and I recommend it, if you're looking for a way to free up your process. The same is true for the paper palette. I limited myself to black and white, so I could focus solely on values and brushstrokes. I started painting photos from the Paint my Photo web site when I ran out of inspiration and photos that I took. That's been a lot of fun. It's where I found all the pirates and this little girl too. What's next? I was thinking about trying the Zorn palette, about repainting most of the same paintings in color. What I hope to maintain is the free spirit and openness I've gained in terms of subject and paint handling. (here I think there are 2 or 3 still life paints I haven't photographed and posted yet.) Thanks for reading and looking.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Madonna and Child with Saints Dorothy and George

This painting was a lot of fun to paint and challenging to say the least. This is the last image from the little book I sacrificed to paint the Titian copies, so I had to look it up online to get the title. Well guess what? Turns out my little book's colors were completely off. The drapes are green and St. Dorothy's cape is an ochery color... Sa la vie. The painting needs to be oiled up and I'll do that in a couple of weeks and post the better picture. I've grown to love Titian's work and I hope that the copies I made will inform and improve my own work, which I have to get back to.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Silver Ribbon

I was inspired by the DPW challenge of painting a black and white subject with colors and I wanted to paint reflective surfaces. I had a lot fun painting it especially the bow, which I thought would be impossible, but instead it came easily. Wonders will never cease! Also, I listened to The Fiery Cross by Diana Galbadon while painting this and I have to say, what a treat. The Outlander series is so smart. I love her turn of phrase and the reader is wonderful, as well. The best thing is there are about 5 more books in the series and each has about 50 hours of listening enjoyment, which essential to me as I paint. Happy thought indeed.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


This is one of my students. I saw this student of the month photo of her and I couldn't resist painting it.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Tea Time

I've had the best 2 weeks off from work. Got a lot of painting in. Did some reading. Just read Longborne and highly recommend it to the Jane Austen fans out there. I loved it and Jane would have loved it too! I wanted to finish this painting before my rather frisky kitten knocks it over. I think I did. Enjoy and thanks for looking.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Mabel Ringling's Rose Garden

What a treat to paint at Ringling! I had just finished reading The Ringmaster's Wife, which was very good, before attending a paint out at Ringling. I had to paint the garden after learning about Mabel's interesting and saintly life. It's free to stroll the beautiful grounds and it's a lovely place to paint. I used my artistic license and edited out the trash can. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Entombment another Titian copy

Merry Xmas Ornaments


I had a lot of fun painting these ornaments. I was inspired by the 10 minute challenge at the DPW, but I stopped painting the red one at 15 minutes and decided to just to paint three more until they were finished. Definitely not in 15 minutes. (There's a mini selfie in three of the bulbs.) I hope your holiday was joyous and thanks for looking.