Sunday, May 15, 2022


            Delaware Breakwater Light

Two of the lighthouses not too far from me, in the Delaware Bay.
Honestly never tire of painting these!
Not entirely happy with the sky in either--i tried too hard, and I was going for an "easy" look! But though they're not what I was trying for, they're not the worst. They'll do till I can do better.

                     Brandywine Light

Saturday, May 14, 2022



I see a few woodpeckers in my yard: yellow-bellied sapsuckers, downeys, and red-bellied, like the one above.
I painted the black markings on his back on wet paper and was happy with the crisp whites between the black lines. Watercolorists know what happens next! The paper was wet, so the black bled into the white and made gray.

The two western woodpeckers below were painted in my class with Salty Water Art.

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

carol carter zoom class


Must've been at the beginning of covid, I signed up for a 2-session Zoom workshop with Carol Carter ... and I just watched the video tonight!
Carol has her own way of making colors brilliant. I really love her results and got to see her paint, in person, years ago, at a workshop where I also got to meet RH Carpenter of Watercolors & Words, which was also terrific and a lot of fun.
This method, painting one shape at a time is a little time-consuming, but also yields results.

Saturday, April 23, 2022


A couple of small sunset paintings. When I first started painting watercolors scenes like these were about all I painted. I just enjoyed the colors.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

bird class

            white-rumped shama thrush

Two of the Hawaiian birds we are painting this month in Salty Water Art's Zoom class.
I usually try to paint birds I have seen, but there are so many beautiful birds all over the world, I'm rethinking my restriction!
            I'ivi, or scarlet honeycreeper
               (an ABA Bird of the Year)

And a drawing of my most common backyard visitor, the house sparrow.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022


A couple of paintings from a Zoom class I took with Michele Clamp, whose work I first saw and admired on FB, where she hosted Paint Colorful Birds for Fun ... and got me started on bird painting!
This class focused on isolating then reproducing color and value.

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

daffodils 5

Most of the daffodils in my yard are past their prime now. I have some photos but hope to paint them from life once or twice more!
Meanwhile, the tulips are blooming. Mine are all red or pink, so time to wet the reds!

Saturday, April 02, 2022

daffodils 4

Another, little, daffodil. Somehow just can't find the time or ambition to do a bigger, more thought-out painting.
And a little forsythia.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

ian de hoog class

green violet swallow
green heron
green jay
                                                                        green kingfisher

Focus for the four week session was green birds! Kinda hoping he'll do yellow next!

Monday, March 28, 2022

Friday, March 25, 2022

camping fort de soto, fla

Palm tree trunks and, below, the view from our campsite.
We camped for three days and I only painted one morning ... 

Sunday, March 20, 2022

daffodils 3

Still looking and trying to paint the shape and character of the daffodil, without drawing, working quick, staying uninvested...
Added some pen here.
Want to add something to the one below--another color? Can't decide.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

daffodils 2

First daffodils, freehand. Funny how yellow can be surprisingly (to me?) strong.

And a red bellied woodpecker. I painted his back wet in wet and it looked great, beautiful black and white stripes. ... But the paint kept moving and all of the white was lost.
I'll paint it again.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022


The first daffodil and Dutch iris to bloom in my yard.
When I look at these colors side by side now I think of Ukraine.

Sunday, March 13, 2022



I signed up for an 8 week zoom class given by Char at @blueshineart. (Check out work, and her students' on Instragram.)
She takes a mixed media approach, which is a challenge for me, but a good one.
These exercises are, I think, from week 3. Which puts me about 5 weeks behind!
Often times her reference photos look so difficult and/or complicated to me, but she gets you to jump right in with 30 second to 5 or 10 minute sketches, using all kinds of markers, crayons, paints--whatever you have.
I think it's a great approach--no time to angst over what you're doing or to get too invested in any one sketch. You stop thinking about the "difficulty" ... and the results can be surprisingly pleasing!