Saturday, September 27, 2014

Jersey Shore

Sunflower and Garret
6x10 watercolor
We are leaving Atlantic City today after a fabulous week in our 31st floor digs on the Jersey Shore. I think I might be a Jersey girl at heart. Who knew?
I did this little study toward a future painting of my garret which is the last window at the top right.
our awesome aerie

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Monhegan- View from the Garret

"View from The Garret"
6x10 watercolor
I began this sketch the day I checked into my garret. It was an overcast day so there isn't much contrast. 
This week I'm in Atlantic City on the 31st floor of the Flagship Hotel. Love the sound of the ocean and the wind. Don and I have been keeping the sliding doors ajar all night so we can enjoy it. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Monhegan Panorama

"Monhegan Study"
5x9 watercolor
Spending a few glorious days on Monhegan Island with my painter friend Bobbi Heath.
We ate a fabulous meal at the Island Inn where not only did they allow us to split an entree, they plated it separately as well and we walked home enjoying the spectacular starry sky, which is so much more dramatic way out here.
I did this little study of Manana and the harbor from the sitting area just outside my top floor 'garret' at Monhegan house. I have always wanted a garret! Life is good ;)

the garret 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More Morning Glories #3 of 30 in 30

Morning Glories
8x8 watercolor on Arches

This is my third painting for Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challengeMy greatest pleasure during the amazing summer of 2014 has been the incredible weather with low humidity, temperatures consistently in the 75-80 range, and hardly any mosquitos.  WHAT?!
Next to that, which was pretty big for me, I've been loving sitting on my deck enjoying our little slice of oceanside nirvana and painting. Our 'Heavenly Blue' Morning Glories are in full bloom and I cannot get enough of this beautiful shade of blue. 
The painting is much lighter and cleaner than I can reproduce in this photo. Back at it again tomorrow.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Morning Glories

"Morning Glories"
6x12 watercolor
My second painting in Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 challenge is this tower of morning glories which I grow on trellises inside ceramic pots on my deck. The 'heavenly blue' shade of these flowers is almost impossible to paint, but I tried. I so love sitting on my deck painting these gorgeous flowers! This has been a perfect summer and I hope this is a trend in the weather.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30

After Andrew Wyeth's painting "Her Room"
6x10 sketchbook watercolor

Leslie Saeta has thrown out another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and I am jumping onto the bandwagon.
The challenge is to paint A LOT and I could use some motivation and some discipline in focusing.
This is my interpretation of an Andrew Wyeth painting, entitled 'Her Room'. There's something kind of lonely in the stark and melancholy mood of his paintings, set by his muted palette.  
It was a challenge in itself to try and match his color. 
As Leslie will remind everyone, this is about having fun and sharpening one's skills not about the count. So, I'm in.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Interpreting Water with Collage

6x6 paper collage 

My interpretation of "water", for the September, Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge is a collage of the ocean, beginning with the sandy shoreline, made from Color Aid paper. 
I've had this exquisite block of paper since I went to New England School of Art many moons ago and have barely used it because its chronological array of colors and hues is breathtakingly beautiful. 
A reason to save it forever, right? 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Collage Workshop

Cigar Box Decoupage

I had great fun bringing out my 'inner' abstract artist at a weekend collage workshop at the Art Complex Museum a week ago. I love cutting and pasting and gluing and I 'arted' up this cigar box with a torn map and buttons a la Sally Dean. She's the education coordinator at the ACM and was also a participant. Of course, we were incorrigible ;)
Inside, I put a photo of my niece Chrissie and I, taken in one of those photo booths, at Paragon Park, way back in the day. 
She's an artsy girl herself and I'm giving it to her. She will love it!

Cigar Box Interior

One of my brothers did the rabbit ears thing :D

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Spencer's Island

Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia
4x10 watercolor
I made this little sketch in pen and ink before doing the painting. Some elements have been eliminated to showcase the smooth water and Spencer's Island which is off to the left. This is where the Mary Celeste was built. I often wish I could go back in time and see what this land looked like during the Age of Sail. 

Saturday, August 02, 2014


View of Cape Split from Partridge Island
4x12 watercolor
This is not the painting I originally planned to submit to the GJWP challenge this month, but the first one is only half finished, having been started the day before we left for Nova Scotia and it was just a bit more complicated than it needed to be.
I did this down at Partridge Island this afternoon. Don't know if it's noticeable but there's some shimmery silver paint in it. Don and I  are having a wonderful time staying with Cousin Barb, Marilyn, Abbie the Yellow Lab and sweet cats, Molly and Honey. Tomorrow we're attending a Yorke family reunion in Diligent River ;)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Studio Workshops and Stay 'cation'

I've said it before but we are having the most wonderful weather this summer. Today was warm but the humidity was low and the breeze is brisk ;)
Spent the day weeding the garden, sitting on the deck and enjoying  life.
I plan to teach a couple of workshops this September and will vary the lessons. This particular painting was not painted from a photo but if it were, I would interpret it this way and that is the lesson. The demo is just an example of the process.
Loving my neighborhood and my stay 'cation' here by the beach :)

Studio Workshops Fall 2014

*Painting from photos
I will supply simple photos and we will break them down step by step beginning with a value 'map'.

this area to the right, which is a fence, 
did not read well

so I reworked it

classes will be held at my studio in Rockland, Massachusetts 
*dates to be announced
contact me @

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Try This at Home

"Old Glory"
6x6 oil on panel

I am on what's known as a 'stay-cation'. There is no place I'd rather be than home during the summer, and this particular summer is one of the best ones, weather wise, that we've seen in a while. 
YES! Perfect New England summer!
I've been spending my days on our deck under a shady umbrella, painting. First up were my mother's little garden gnomes who live with me now. She loved for me to refresh them for her and of course they had a lot more panache after a meeting with me and my brush.
But, our sweet little shed, the purple trim painted by my husband, has been calling to me and yesterday I answered the call. Actually, the flag is my favorite part.

Mama's Garden Gnomes in progress

Monday, July 14, 2014

Girl in Surf- sketchbook drawing

Girl in Surf
sketchbook 6x6 

Very unusual low humidity and cool breezes have been the norm this summer and I spent yesterday on the beach basking in the glory of it all. Sketching on the beach is difficult because everything is moving but last night I did this drawing from one of my photos. I would like to point you to my fellow artist and friend Jody Regan whose sketchbook is a treasure of beauty. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Gallery

Dowling Walsh Gallery
6x6 watercolor
I thought I was using removable frisket while painting this piece but it turned out that the stuff I bought is NON removable. Who knew? Anyway, it gave the first pass an interesting look so I added some more and just finished the painting. This is my interpretation of 'Interior' which is this months Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge. Meanwhile, I'll be looking up using non removable frisket to see what the point is. I'm sure there is one.

Monday, June 23, 2014


Red Mud
5x7 watercolor sketch
We're off for a few days to see some art and soak in the beauty of Maine. I'm bringing my watercolors and sketching stuff and Don is bringing some books. I don't want to miss the Connie Hayes show at Dowling Walsh Gallery and of course, visit the fabulous Farnsworth Museum home of the Wyeths. This little sketch is of a scene in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Love the red mud!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Irena Roman Workshop

I took a watercolor workshop with the fantastic Irena Roman at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury.
Her method is to create the background of the painting by wetting the paper and pouring color over it. The way the color takes on the paper can be manipulated by tilting and moving the paper while the paint is wet. She also uses masking fluid to keep whatever she wants to either stay white or light. Check out her work here.
So, this is the one piece that I came out with and the glass is shown as it appeared when I peeled off the masking fluid. I could re mask and paint over some of the white but for now I like this as is. I'm pleased with the colors and even like the effect of the space where peeling off the masking tape separating the painting from the drips of paint from the pour.
I'm stoking my inner abstract artist ;)

mixed color in plastic cups

Irena showing one of the paintings

Sunday, June 01, 2014


"Sea Breeze"
6x8 watercolor and ink
I'm a traditional painter and I like that kind of work but, for quite a while now my inner abstract artist has been trying to emerge.  I love fabric and paper art but the thing is I don't have a vision of what I want to create.
This month's GirlsJustWannaPaint challenge had me thinking about what, besides food or drink, is delicious and I am most viscerally affected by scents. Lilacs, my mother's perfume, smoke from a wood fire, autumn leaves, but one of the most affecting scents is the ocean breeze.
This piece began with light washes of watercolor on 140 Hot Pressed Arches paper. I used Holbein silver watercolor. Talk about delicious colors, Holbein has an exceptional range.
As I worked, I mixed a little of the silver with my color and although the effect isn't as obvious in this photo, it really lends a lovely shimmer to the whole painting. 
With this non traditional approach I was uncertain as to whether to add to this and at this time I prefer it as is. The beauty is, that I could take this further a step at a time, which is how the journey begins.
I feel like I cracked the code!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Stepping Out

"Snowy Egret"
6x6 WC
I painted this little watercolor on a 6x6 block that I just couldn't resist buying. The paper is very smooth and slick with sizing but I like how I can move the paint around on it. The washes stay wet and the paper doesn't buckle.
A  birdwatcher friend was highly amused when I told him how I reminded myself that this bird is a snowy egret. Snowy egrets have yellow feet and to make that association was to think 'don't eat yellow snow'.  I know, but it worked ;)
Last Sunday I had the most fabulous day out visiting friends and artists at the annual North River Arts Festival. Despite the gloom and doom weather forecast both days ended up sunny and beautiful.
These photos of the Puppet Parade say it all!

The NRAS bathing beauty and her cabana
can you see who's inside?

It took me a while but I figured out 
who was underneath this outfit ;)
It was 'Honorable Mention" winner Sally Dean 
with her fantastic mosaic "Amelia"

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Island Getaway

Little Gasparilla Getaway
6x6 watercolor
Watercolor throwback to our trip to Little Gasparilla Island in March. 
This little cottage is literally ON the beach!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Adding Color to a Three Step Value Study

Cottages at Twilight
5x6" oil 

This is the final version of the three step value exercise 
and also my 'Nocturne" painting for Girls Just Wanna Paint
I included the grayscale version as well. 
If you're having trouble with values and who doesn't, try this. 

Friday, May 09, 2014

Three Step Value Study and A Feature

 Step One: two values

I painted this twilight scene from my neighborhood using a burnt umber value study. The first step is just the lightest and darkest values. In the second step I wipe out the middle values leaving the lightest and darkest and in step three I added color but you'll have to tune in tomorrow to see the finish. That was not an intentional tease but there is so much glare on the photo that I just can't post it ;)

Also, check out Barbara Stroud's eclectic art, food and style blog. Barbara lives in Charleston, South Carolina, is widely traveled and is a big art lover who has featured some wonderful painters on her blog. I was truly proud to be featured two years ago today! Go there to see a link to that post and wonderful shots of Charleston which is a city I can't wait to visit! 

Step Two: three values

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tiny Paintings

Red Barn 4"x4"
oil on planel
It seems like winter is just going to hang on here in New England so this painting of a red barn in the not so long ago snow seems appropriate. I'm used to being a snowbird and yesterday as I walked the beach in wind whipping 45 (feels like 30) degrees, I thought about Naples but, it was 91 degrees there. Is there no happy medium?
This is a tiny painting and it's leading you to more tiny paintings by Sharon McGauley, an artist from Maine and the Cape. I love how her tiny paintings look so BIG!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Angel Foods

"Angel Foods"
12x12 oil on birch panel

Provincetown has always been a special place to me. Located at the very tip of Cape Cod and surrounded by dunes and water, its natural beauty and shimmering light have long attracted artists and seekers of nature.
My sister and her family lived there during the late 70's and early 80's and I have always found everything about this town, enchanting. 
visit regularly to paint and enjoy and to participate, in PAAM's member's shows and events. This is my submission to their annual 12x12 silent auction which runs from April 25th to June 26. 
"Angel Foods" is a funky market which is actually across the street from the Art Association. I always admire their front window and it seemed just the right format for my painting. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bay of Fundy Monolith

Bay of Fundy Monolith
4x10 Watercolor

I've been working on hot pressed paper which I love for its smoothness but I bought a little 4x10 block of Arches 140 Cold Pressed paper and I found that I liked the way 
the paint takes to the surface. 
It may even be better.
Don and I are heading home to New England tomorrow. It's been a great and much needed get away.