Wednesday, February 26, 2014


            Hi, hope you have all been able to squeeze in some quality practice time since my last post. It is snowing again so I am painting indoors. I tried outdoors in this snowy weather but my paint just crystalized on my paper as well as my palette, Hmmm ! not a good thing. I am going to try painting in my car next time I am in Litchfield CT . I will have to let you know how that works out.
           In the meantime I am starting a series using my memory, sketches  and photos of our recent trip to Scandinavia. This one is from Copenhagen where we had a wonderful breakfast at one of the cafes along the water. It was wonderful and if you were chilly they all had blankets for you. Pretty good idea Huh !  This one was done using 300 lb Kilimanjaro paper. I am trying out some new paper. and my usual limited palette, Aureolin, Permanent Rose, Ultramarine blue and Cobalt blue. I also added a titch of Vermilion and cobalt turquoise. The last two extra colors I always have on my palette for an extra punch. This  painting  measures 11x15 and is not available just yet as I want to complete this series. However if you are interested I will pencil in your name next to the painting if you let me know. Thanks so much.     

I do hope you enjoy seeing this painting and are … Practicing, Sketching and Learning to mix color using a limited palette (Aureolin, Permanent Rose and Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine) . These are some of the building blocks that will help you to grow as a painter. Remember Enjoy The Process and I will see you back here next time and if I can help you in any way please just email me. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day From the City to the Country

   I want to wish you all a Happy Valentines Day .  I have been painting and practicing  ( yup,  the same thing I am encouraging you to do )  and trying to master Origami Cranes . I received some paper for Christmas and snow days are good for trying new things right ?
   I hope you spread God's love to those around your circles today and enjoy these paintings I did yesterday.   See you next time !

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Teaching in February

     Hope you all are sketching and painting away remembering the best thing we can all do to improve our painting is to practice, practice , practice.
     Having said that we also need to take a break every once in a while to regroup when our schedules have gotten way too busy. We all need rest and time to refocus our priorities. I have been doing just that since my last post the beginning of January, traveling , starting back after Christmas break with my bible study  (BSF ) and spending time with family and friends, of course my brain is always connected to painting somehow, Hmmm!
   I  just finished teaching a workshop to a great group of ladies in Waterbury , Connecticut . What  a wonderful time we had exploring fundamental principles of painting and learning how to improve our own artwork. Watercolor is a fun as well as challenging medium to work in and if you have not given it a go as of yet I hope you will soon. See you next time !