Thursday, October 02, 2014


I love daffodils when they are in bloom.  When there not in bloom, I paint them.  I used watercolor pencils to lay in the outline of the flowers and vase.   Using my wet watercolor brush, I moved then color around.  I went back in with watercolor paint to finish the painting.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Today is my husband's birthday.  He likes celebrating his birthday with presents, going out to dinner, and cake, but has a real issue with the number going up.  So we celebrate without mentioning how old he really is.  In his mind he's still 30, but I know better. LOL.
For one of his presents I did a painting of his girl Zuzu, who is no longer with us.  When she was alive, this girl traveled with us all over the world.  She always had this look of "what's going on?"
I hope he likes it, but I know he'll really like his new digital Nikon D3300 camera that takes up too 24.2 mega pixel and came with a couple of lens.    I just hope he remembers my birthday with some good presents too! LOL

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oregon coast

I know it's been  awhile since I last posted, but I have been making art.  I just find it time consuming to scan.  Today I decided to use my mini IPad to take photos so I could upload to my blog.  Sometimes the photos appear in my I cloud on my computer and sometimes they don't.  Obviously whatever bug  my I cloud had, it seems to work today.
I've been working out of a small notebook 7"L by 4.5"W.  When open I have a whole 9" to work across.  With this painting I just used my Princeton Neptune  1/4" dagger to paint with no drawing done before hand.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Birds hanging out on the branch

As long as I'm been painting in watercolors, I've never really thought about sketching with watercolor pencils instead of using a pencil or pen to get a line drawing.  On this drawing I sketched a rough outline of these two birds, then I laid down the various details with watercolor pencils.  I used a wet watercolor brush to blend in the color. To add more depth, I added watercolor paint. 
I used my Stillman & Birn Beta series journal, Caran d'ache watercolor pencils, and finished the drawing off with Daniel Smith watercolors.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Bella as a puppy

I recently bought a Stillman & Birn Beta Series 7 x 7 journal.  I've been reading good stuff about Stillman & Birn, so I wanted to try out the paper in these journals to see how they handled watercolor paint.
The paper is thick with lots of tooth. I can paint on both sides with no bleed through, which is nice.  Overall, I really like the paper in this journal.

Monday, September 01, 2014


For the last several months I've been taking this on going botanical painting class online with Billy Showell.  The month of August lesson was on drawing and painting a Peony.  I loved the step-by-step instruction, but also liked  seeing her actually apply the watercolor and some tricks to achieving the same results. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014