Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 Flower Study #1

4"x 6" miniature original watercolor  ~  SOLD

Ok, here I go... stepping out of my comfort zone.
I am resigned to painting flowers... orchids.
After an inspiring trip to Longwood Gardens
I am challenging myself to master the flower.
Or get close to "ok" as I can!

Here I am "studying" my subjects.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2012 Brick study

4" x 6" original watercolor
$225.00  Contact the studio
I usually put much detail into my bricks and
this time I experimented with an impression
of bricks.  It is the sunlight that makes this painting.

I had to push myself a bit today.  Was not really
in the mood.  But I still taught two classes and
painted.  Tomorrow is the first flower from Longwood.
This is truly a stretch for me, I do only a few flowers.

Monday, February 27, 2012

2012 Still Life #3

4" x 6" original watercolor
SOLD ~   shipping to WA!

The blue in the mortar and pestle caught
my eye and I wanted to give it a try.
I have one more painting then I am starting
a flower series from Longwood Gardens.

My last set of classes start in March.  That will
be it until September.
March 6, 13, 20, 27
Tuesday morning is the advanced class ~ 9:30-11:30am
(Due to track meets there are NO Tuesday night classes)

March 7, 14, 21, 28
Wednesday mornings: 930-1130am
Wednesday evenings: 7-9pm

March 8, 15, 22, 29
Thursday evenings: 7-9pm

set of 4 classes - $60
Work at your own pace on your own subjects!
each class limited to 8 students.
send an email to sign up!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

2012 Red Barn #4

6"x 4" miniature original

I will admit this one is a stretch, there is a corner
of a red gate.  I got hung up on the tree line.  It was on
the same property and it looks really good with the other

Went to the Orchid Exhibit at Longwood Gardens
today.  I thought I would be a little bored but I
really got into the whole flower thing. Took lots
of photos and I think I may do a flower series next
week!  Finished packing for my show tomorrow.
Feb. 24-26
Wilmington & Western Railroad's
2012 Hockessin Art Show

Held at the Hockessin Memorial Hall (Fire Hall)
1225 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE
Fri. 5-8PM ~ Sat. 10am-5pm ~ Sun. 11am-4pm
$3.00 admission
30% of my sales are donated to the Railroad!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

2012 Red Barn #3

5"x 5" miniature original

More red... while not actually a barn, they are red
outbuildings.  I also liked the winter sky and woods
in the background.  From the New Paltz, NY area.
This is turning into a strong series.

Teaching two classes again today.  I love my classes,
each one has its own atmosphere.   I ran a few errands
in the afternoon, a visit with my Mom and back to

My show season is in full swing...
this weekend I am in Delaware:
Feb. 24-26
Wilmington & Western Railroad's
2012 Hockessin Art Show

Held at the Hockessin Memorial Hall (Fire Hall)
1225 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE
Fri. 5-8PM ~ Sat. 10am-5pm ~ Sun. 11am-4pm
$3.00 admission
30% of my sales are donated to the Railroad!

Please forward this info to any friends living in DE.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2012 Red Barn #2

6"x4" Miniature Original

The second in my red phase.  This time I am featuring
a bit more landscape with the barn pulling you
into the painting.  This is the one I was working on
during the Fire & Ice Festival and is from the
New Paltz, NY area.

Two classes today, a trip to Roots Market for
fruit and veggies and painting.  Just got my
acceptance into the Rittenhouse (Philadelphia)
Show held in June.  Now they want the $400
booth fee!

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 Red Barn #1

6"x4" Miniature Original

I am concentrating on red barns this week.
Simply for a different study and focus.
From the Carroll County, MD area.

I was absent from blogging all last week, Linda
had a bad cough and head cold so I blatantly used
this as an excuse to goof off a bit under the guise
of taking care of her! I know she is sick when she
isn't paying any attention to what I am doing!!
I did teach 5 classes and exhibited in the Fire & Ice
Festival over the weekend.
This photo was taken by Terri Shadle, photographer at the Fire & Ice Festival.
My steady hand working on a miniature
as a demonstration. Red barn blog for later
this week!

Monday, February 13, 2012

A little bit of France

4"x6" mini original watercolor
 $250.  Contact the Studio

Reliving France a bit...  this has interesting
angles and soft washes.

Spent the weekend with our friend Joan
celebrating her 60th birthday! Also a
shout out to my good friend and riding buddy
Bruce who also had a birthday on Saturday.
I taught a class today and painted inbetween.
Linda was cleaning out a closet in the studio
and we have a big box of trash to go out!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


5"x 5" miniature original watercolor
Framed in a black 9x9 frame ~ $225
Contact the studio

Teaching again today.  Working on my own
painting inbetween!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Remembering France

5"x 5" Original watercolor

I needed to shake it up a bit so I went
through some photos from France.
I liked the balance of color.

Teaching today.  Not much time for
anything else.

Monday, February 6, 2012

2012 Still Life #2

4"x 6" original watercolor

A little Shaker basket...

We had a nice weekend in N.J. The show was ok,
it is so hard having the "old days" to compare to.
I first did the CBA show in 1986... the best artists
did it then, and the sales were great.  Now it is a shell
of its former self.  I still did ok with the support from a
few clients.  We stayed with friends and had a very
nice time.  Had a fantastic dinner at Matisse in Belmar
NJ.  Today I started a new Monday class at Luther
Acres Retirement Home here in Lititz.  I charmed
6 ladies into painting apples!  I enjoyed myself.
February classes start tomorrow and they are full.
Might work a bit more tonight on a large painting...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday check in

My show season starts tomorrow!
Packed and ready to go.
Spread the word to any of your New Jersey friends.

37th Annual Christian Brothers Academy
Professional Art Show

Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th
10am to 4pm
Admission: $5

Held at:  Christian Brothers Academy
850 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

Lunch available at The Artist’s Palette CafĂ© 

For Preview Reception tickets and information visit

 There is a coupon on their website.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2012 Window Study

4"x 6" original watercolor
Contact the studio
What a beautiful day!  I can handle winter when
its like this!!   I had my men's prayer meeting at
6:30am, came home and painted till 12:30.
We had a meeting to get my website updated
and were back home in time for Linda to
"putter" in the garden.  She cut a few things down,
just enough to get her hands dirty.  I managed a
quick bike ride and finished my blog and its
only 7pm.  I plan to work on my larger painting