Monday, November 27, 2023

fort de soto

Visiting my brother and friends this week. Finally got a couple hours of painting and drawing in!
And rescued a brown pelican who was wrapped in fishing line.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

arya & sansa


Was putting the paints away since I'll be away from home for a few days, but my palette had a few puddles of paint on it, so I made these quick sketches of two of my cats.
I'd like to go back in and refine them, but there's no time!

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

yellow rumped warbler


Took a photo of this little fellow at one of the birdbaths in my yard. The color is not quite right ... but I didn't want to adjust it and lose the freshness.
Getting colder here now and so I suppose the warblers will be on their way.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023



Lots of wrens in my yard, kicking around in the leafmeal, hopping along the deck railing.

Monday, November 20, 2023



For our last class this year, Michele Clamp have us a beautiful reference of goldfinches. I love the birds' postures.
Got away from me in some places, but I'm not unhappy with it.

The poppies, on the other hand ... I'm going to put this aside for a bit. Maybe I won't be so displeased next time I look.
Then I'll go in and finish the leaves and vase.

Sunday, November 19, 2023



Where I live, in southernmost NJ, titmouses are--like dark-eyed juncos and fox and white-throated sparrows--cold weather residents.
Though it's been unseasonably warm, so much so the yellow-rumped warblers are still in my yard, in numbers, I saw my first titmouse the other day.
Such a pretty little bird.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

marbled godwit

A little loose, a little tight.

Below, a couple of goldfinches, the last assignment in this session of classes with Michele Clamp.
I missed the last two classes and am now trying to catch up before the next session begins.
It's great to have the option of watching the video later but I find I'm more likely to get the work done when I attend class in real time!

Monday, November 13, 2023


.                             8x6
                       Western gull

I took a fun class with Megan Swoyer this week: painting shorebirds in a free and loose style, a painterly style. I do like trying to be not so literal and also letting the paint flow.
I enjoy painting with Megan; one, she's really nice and a great teacher and two, I usually paint differently than I would on my own ... I stretch a little.
Marbled godwit

In the painting of a Curlew, below, I used a Daniel Smith color I don't usually use, hematite; it's a browish gray that really granulated--i love it! You can see it around the head and behind the far wing.

Saturday, November 11, 2023



A little goldfinch. I have always found yellow hard to handle. But I may be getting better at it. Maybe thinking "warm" or "cool" helps?

Thursday, November 09, 2023


This week's painting in my class with Michele Clamp. The stripes on tabby cats are daunting, but Michele's methods--especially identifying values and softening egdes-- really helped.
I had some anxiety about "messing up," which is usually a self-fulfilling prophecy, so counterproductive, but sometimes I just get in its grip.

My Sansa and Arya, posing.

Sunday, November 05, 2023

yellow marsh


Not much time for painting last week,or probably this week either ...
But I did manage this little scene.