Saturday, December 29, 2012

My New Sketch Blog

I recently started Brenda Swenson's 75 Day Sketch Challenge, and today I posted the first 10 sketches to my new sketch blog:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I'm late getting my Christmas cards out this year.  Well, okay, I'm always late, but this is the latest I can remember.  They are printed, but not mailed yet.  I've done something a bit different this year, and instead of having one of my many grandchildren pose for the card, I used an old black and white photo of myself and my sisters and brother on a visit to Santa.  That's me, the oldest one, in the green hat. 

Wishing all my art friends a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Les Belles Artistes - New Show

My friends and I - "Les Belles Artistes" - after hanging our current show at the Gallery at the High Mountain Presbyterian Church.  The seven of us have been together at classes and workshops, and have been showing together for several years.   To see photos of all the paintings see :

Sunday, December 09, 2012

An Early Morning Walk

This is from a photo I took at Springmaid Beach, SC early in the morning in March.  My sister, Joan, woke me up every  morning for a walk on the beach, and that morning the bright orange sun was just hanging there waiting for us.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Summertime Blues"

I've been working on this one for a while, and now it's matted and waiting for a frame.  The painting is 15 x 30, double matted with a dark blue liner to 21 x 36.  The reference is one of my photos from a flower show taken a few years ago.  I loved the colors in the flowers and definitely wanted this to be horizontal and BIG!  (Well, big for me anyway).

Friday, October 05, 2012

Finishes and Re-works

A week or so ago I went through my stash of paintings and found that I had quite a few, okay, many unfinished pieces, or ones that still needed work. So I set out to finish some of them off. Here are a few that I've completed so far.
"Star Gazers" 11x15
"White Magnolias" 11x15
"White Orchids on Masa" 11x15
"Rose on Masa" 11x15
"Lilacs in Glass" 15x15
"Lavender's Blue" 15x11

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Calla Lilies

These calla lilies were fun to paint with their orange background.  11 x 15 on Winsor Newton hot press

Thursday, August 09, 2012

And Finally.....

Today I finally finished the second of my Mothers' Day bouquet paintings.   It had been sitting in my painting bag for quite a while as I finished up some other florals.  15x11

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mothers' Day Roses

I received two lovely floral bouquets this Mothers' Day, and started paintings of them from life that day.  I got a good start on both of them, but did not complete them before the flowers wilted and died.  I worked on them from time to time, and finished this one on Thursday during my painting group.   I really enjoyed painting these lovely deep red roses.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

African Violets

It's been a while since I completed a painting that I liked enough to post.  This was done today of my friend Anna's African Violets, with a a somewhat abstract geometric background.  I was aiming for a cruciform design.  11x11 on Winsor Newton hot press.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Everything's Coming Up Roses

When I had finished painting my Peace Roses, I added some dark geometric shapes in the background.  I felt that the painting still needed something.  That's when I remembered the Watercolor Artist Creativity Workshop challenge to add words or lettering to a painting.  I found some songs that had roses in the titles, and I wrote the titles freehand in the light negative spaces. 
"Everything's Coming Up Roses" 11x11

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Bride and Groom

This is a sketch of the wedding my of son Kevin, and his bride, Flor, in Punta Cana. It was an awesome wedding!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Punta Cana Sketches

Saturday my son Kevin got married in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I was there for five days and got in a little sketching, along with swimming, sunburning, walking, eating, drinking and shopping, and of course, the wedding! Here are a few of my sketches.

Friday, March 02, 2012

......And the New One in Full Bloom

This is a sketch of my new Amaryllis Minerva. I love the bright red and white flowers, so exciting to look at, especially on a gloomy winter day.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Amaryllis Sketch

This is the latest page from my sketchbook, showing an amaryllis that I did from an old photo. I had purchased an amaryllis in December, thinking that I would grow it right after Christmas. I waited too long, and my house was too warm, and the plant started growing in the box and was too far gone by the time I realized it. So today I bought a new amaryllis, and planted it as soon as I got home. I plan to sketch it as it grows with the expectation that I will eventually have a beautiful amaryllis in full bloom to paint. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

First Sketchcrawl of 2012

It was barely 20 degrees and snowing hard this morning, so I did the sketchcrawl at home. I only got three sketches done because when you are at home, you get distracted by other things. First up is a sketch of my breakfast along with the view from my kitchen window. Next is my "snow removal guy", my son Kevin. And last is a view of my street going North. By this time it was late afternoon and the plows had come through and the street was clear.