Sunday, May 31, 2020

"Midday Sky Looking West"

This Spring has brought all kinds of weather.  Some days are rainy, dark, and cool and others have been warm and bright.  There’s always an interesting sky no matter what the weather.  Cloud formations are endless in their variety of shapes, colors and movements.  Here’s my attempt at a cloud formation that caught my attention:

                                                  10" x 8" watercolor

Sunday, May 24, 2020

"Spring Blossoms"

What a glorious sight each Spring when the fruit trees bloom, bees start to dart about and the world takes on new colors and scents announcing another season.  A small study:

                                          7" x 7"

Sunday, May 17, 2020

"At Bianca Artum Garden"

I enjoyed a lovely spring afternoon last week painting in this quiet little garden near my home.
                                          8" x 10"

Sunday, May 10, 2020

"Goose from Russell,Quill from Sally"

On a rainy day I set up this still life in my studio.  Painting these very dark value colors in watercolor was a challenge for me.  So much to learn.  The alabaster container on the right is not painted crooked, it is my lousy photography.

                                         8" x 10"

Sunday, May 3, 2020

"Azalea Study"

One of my college professors said "to study and draw an object is to know it".  Intense looking gives you a lot of information.  Many botanical artist know that and produce beautiful paintings in extremely great detail.  From time to time I enjoy that intense study of something and recording what I see in detail.  Knowing that a camera can do this in a split second does not deter me from seeking the joy that I get when I do studies like this.

                                          9" x 12"

Sunday, April 26, 2020

"Cherry Tree Outside My Studio Window"

This plein air (I'm calling it that!) painting was done looking out my studio window on a rainy day-then the sun came out!  So I couldn't resist including a bit of cast shadows on some of the limbs. This is exactly what all plein air artist tell themselves to do:  "Avoid chasing the light."  Oh well....

                                          8" x 10"
                                         blush pink blooms have passed
                                         graceful limbs dressed in spring green
                                         swaying to and fro

Sunday, April 19, 2020

"Spring Morning in Hanes Park"

Another plein air painting.  Still "social distancing" while continuing to enjoy the pleasures of being outside painting close to home. Along the side of a curve in the walk in the park are lilacs, viburnum, and spirea all blooming at the same time.

                                                    12' x 16"

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Plein Air

With the past week bringing such beautiful weather and spring blossoms here to the Piedmont of North Carolina, I enjoyed painting outside.  Staying close to home, I walked to the park in our neighborhood.  I stationed myself a safe distance from people walking by.

The first day I painted this watercolor:

                                         "Yellow Azaleas in Hanes Park
                                           8" x 10"

The next day I painted this. A neighbor walking by bought it!  I'll deliver it when it is dry.:

                                         "Flame Azaleas in the Park"
                                           12" x 16"

Monday, March 23, 2020

"Trees at Crow Top"

Recent commission-  a pair of woodland paintings.

                                                        20" x 13"

Sunday, March 15, 2020


Another "found" creation while continuing to let the paint show me what's there.  My imagination takes over as I experiment with the medium.  I wonder into and around the landscape discovering plant life and outcroppings of rocks as the painting develops.                  

                                          9" x 12"