Thursday, April 18, 2024


Painted in SaltyWaterArt's sand and sky class. 
This was a good lesson on wetness, and darkness. Both of which I can always use practice on.

Monday, April 15, 2024



This is the first lesson in Shari Blaukopf's rugged rocks & sea class.
I have several of Shari's classes; they're pre-recorded and I can watch them anytime, which is really great.
This turned out better than I thought it would. I started out too fussy then eased into too careless when I was defining the rocks. 

Saturday, April 13, 2024


This week's sand and sky class with SaltyWaterArt. I enjoy Ronna's: every week it's something new to try. Overworked this one, which is perhaps why I prefer the little color study below.
Started another 10x10 ...

Monday, April 08, 2024


Week 3 of a 5 week prerecorded class with Paul Talbot Greaves. His subjects I think are too complicated for me--I can never seem to pull them together. I'll be happy if I can learn how to paint convincing tree shadows!
Below: early attempts

Sunday, April 07, 2024

Friday still life

Euphorbia and crabapple. When I looked at these sprigs. I thought I'd never be able to paint them, both so delicate ... But I just started. I'd like to try the euphorbia again, bigger!
Below is the sketch I did to warm up.

Saturday, April 06, 2024


A little bird sketching in my sketchbook ... A flicker in ink pen and watercolor and trying to paint sparrows in the style of Chinese brush painting, simply and quickly.

Friday, April 05, 2024


Scrolling through the photos on my phone and came across this little scene. 

Thursday, April 04, 2024


Shari Blaukopf has a recorded class on painting trees. Finally stopped putting off doing this one of live oaks! 
The subject seemed too complex to me, but Shari is really good at breaking such subjects down into doable shapes.
I have a number of good photos of live oaks that I can maybe now paint!

Wednesday, April 03, 2024


Painted, in yellow and gray, these white-petaled daffodils in my sketchbook.
Last night, sitting on the sofa, I had a few colored pencils next to me, and added some stronger, and different, colors.

Tuesday, April 02, 2024


A sketch done in a pre-recorded class with a California painter Richard E Scott.
I like his teaching method--he's organized, enthusiastic, and really nice-- and I love his paintings!
This is my second class with him; look forward to more.
So, this is my first attempt; plan to do another bigger, better drawn ...

Monday, April 01, 2024


Another paint along with Paul George on YouTube.
I'm pretty much just amazed I got this far ... Definitely want to do it again with more soft edges and more "flow" in the foreground, which looks too choppy to me.
He advocates l8fting--a technique I rarely think of. Did it clumsily here but it is a great technique.
Maintaining the right degree of wetness really mattered at every stage of this.

Saturday, March 30, 2024


My friend Robin and I are hoping to do a lot of plein air painting when we go to Scotland next month.
To prepare I'm planning to paint along with more Paul George videos on YouTube, and to work through lessons I've purchased from Paul Talbot Greaves and Shari Blaukopf.
The painting above I made painting along with Shari's Winter Woods and Stream class.
Shari's a great painter and teacher, and her pre-recorded classes are well-thought-out, very instructive, and a good price. Kaboom!
A couple of years ago I was signed up for an in person class with Shari in Fort Myers, FL, but a hurricane came and devastated the area, which is still building back!
I hope I'll get another opportunity to paint with Shari live!

Friday, March 29, 2024

sketch & colors

A tight little waterfall study for a class with SaltyWaterArt. 
Class was canceled so I began looking into what colors to put in my travel palette for Scotland.
I am very undecided on the reds-- they're all so beautiful! Pyrrol scarlet and quinacridone red/coral especially!
Think I must have quinacridone pink.
I have been looking for a cool green and Hooker's, which I haven't had on my palette in a long time, is it.
Also got two new greens, DS green apatite and Schmincke shire green: both granulate and separate into their component colors--which i love...but there may not be room.
Yellow has become a crisis. Since I began painting I have relied on two yellows: aureolin, which I now find out is fugitive, and new gamboge, which is now a mixture rather than a single pigment (not ideal, but I'll probably stick with it). I never felt a need to deviate from those two. 
Everyone seems to be using hansa now, but I'm not keen on it. Will probably go for the weaker, but soft Winsor yellow and the intense Maineri Blu transparent yellow.
And I must have quinacridone gold, Mars yellow (a to me slightly brighter ocher), and maybe Naples or Turner's yellow.
I welcome your thoughts on colors!
Lately I feel displeased with my cobalt, which is Winsor & Newton; it looks a little grayish to me. Which brand's cobalt blue do you like?

Thursday, March 28, 2024


.                          10x12

Started two paintings today. Can't seem to push through to finish. May revisit tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024


Another attempt to paint along with a Paul George YouTube video.
The sky could really use more darks but when I get a color I like, it's hard to go back in and potentially ruin it!
I'd refine the rocks but the paint is super wet. instead I'll do another.
Found 3 pans of watercolor in a drawer: one was uponed, it's called Paris blue. The others were a warm yellow and a warm red. Dabbed each on a piece of paper: what lovely mixes.

Monday, March 25, 2024



Painting along with a Paul George YouTube video. His videos are really wonderful. This was my second attempt to follow along ... It didn't turn out the way it was supposed to, but I'm okay with. It was fun to do and I'll try again another day.
Another quick attempt at this one.
What I like about these is there's virtually no drawing ... Just put down the paint!

Sunday, March 24, 2024


A Lapland longspur-- a beautiful bird I've never seen; it's range is from Texas. Up through the middle of America, and across Canada to Alaska.
A beautiful bird I see, and hear, frequently in winter, the white-throated sparrow.
Below: An unfinished green-violet swallow.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Friday still life

Practicing pansies.
And below, first attempt in a class I'm taking on going from a subject in nature, here a branch of magnolia, into abstraction... It's hard to keep going: I just don't know what to do or add... But I guess it doesn'tatter: the idea is, I think, to be freed from representation and have fun.

Thursday, March 21, 2024



I joined SaltyWaterArt's landscape class tonight after missing two weeks; this month's theme is waterfalls. It was nice to be back.
The reference photo was complex, beautiful. And every student's interpretation was different ... and very good; I coveted several.
Ronna smartly had us do two smaller studies before starting the "painting."
I need to do more studies-- a great way to relax and try color mixes.