Lost Cabin

While doing an exercise for the online art class I’m doing I came across this painting from a couple of years ago. I was going through old work to look for signs of my “unique” style. What I was looking for were clues about what I like to paint, color palette that appears frequently, certain markings that I favor and what medium I find most appealing. This took some time! Didn’t realize I had done so much art in the past. I went through a portfolio of all the works I did when I actually paid for an online art course back in the early 2000’s!  This was an enlightening way to spend the morning. Didn’t get all the answers to my questions but had fun looking through everything.

I don’t remember doing this painting, I remember the experience by the paper because it was a bad sheet of a name brand paper that was defective in some way. It almost flaked and peeled away as I was working on it so I tossed it aside as an unfinished piece. Of course I had to mess with the painting and attempt to finish it and since ruined what I had, so glad I did a before photo! I do love the way this looked even with the imperfections! It’s haunting to me as I don’t know where the inspiration or subject matter came from. It is a watercolor and I had lightly touched a few of the leaves with yellow pastel. It measures 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 .

I need to draw from the fact that I have been painting for quite some time and do have my own hidden talents. Tapping into that place where it comes from is not always easy though.

Until next time….take a stroll through your memories of earlier works for possibly a renewed sense of inspiration.


Acrylic Under Painting

This was my attempt at working with acrylics today. Used a gesso covered piece of watercolor paper since I was just experimenting. Used a reference travel photo of a garden from our spring trip to the UK. Not looking as I imagined so decided it will be an under painting for a future oil painting. I will use my water soluble oils and add some finer details and hopefully it will be salvageable.

Used a plastic shallow container with a wet shammie under a piece of parchment paper as my palette. The paints did stay moist for a longer period of time for working. I know my acrylics are student grade and they are tubes so not the best medium to be experimenting with if I want better results. I’ll see what happens when oils are introduced over this under painting.

I did a couple of soft pastel paintings while in the “studio” today also. I really like working with them and like what can be achieved using them. Future posts probably.

Until next time….remember to stop and smell the roses.

Floral Watercolor

Didn’t get to work at all in the “studio” today too many other obligations and poor time management on my part. Could have done something even if just for a short time.

Posting today is a watercolor I did yesterday.  Started out as a large floral watercolor, part of pair, I intend to hang in a set of frames over our bed in the master bedroom.  I have a pair of prints there currently that work just fine with the decor but wanted to do something of my own and use the frames.  Was inspired by another artists work that I saw online and tried to do something similar with my own twist. The large in focus flower is copied from a pattern on our comforter and the remaining loose background of wild flowers just a random hodge podge. Didn’t come out as planned so I added some gouache to kind of enhance it a bit. Still not what I was looking for.  Signed and thought it was complete but I find myself thinking maybe some pastel markings in a few places may do it some good! It actually photographed better than it really looks. This is a large piece for me, slightly larger than 11 x 14, as that would be the matt size it would need for my frames. May see this return in a later post if I rework it in any way. Definitely not going on the wall at this point.

Here is my day 3 Christmas card, also done yesterday

20171013 Christmas Card 3

Bold and bright, my reason for the season card.

Until tomorrow….floral dreams to all

Full Moon at Dusk

This is 9 x 12 watercolor and ink beach scene done during the full moon a couple of days ago.

I used a 90 lb paper that I brought to use while away.  Tried to not wet it too much and kept the painting loose.  I like the affect I created.

More beach scenes to follow

Until next time


Tuscan Countryside

I’m posting this via my phone to see how this is going to work while I’m away. We will have a secure internet connection once we get to the OC condo in September.  In the mean time I hope to update my blog via phone.

So far I’m ok but can’t seem to get the painting photo on the site!

Okay got it.  I had to photograph it with the phone anyway due to size.  This is a large watercolor 12 x 15 which I added ink to at the end because it looked undone!

This will be the new normal until I’m settled in September!!

Until next time…packed and ready to hit the road.



Low Lake Mead Colors

Today I did another pastel landscape.  But instead of using the tinted pastel paper I bought I opted to use watercolor paper, which is much heavier, and did an under painting in watercolor then applied the soft pastels.  I find that the pastel papers are very thin and to me won’t hold up too well.  I do plan to use them for small paintings and studies but I like a heavy paper for my work.

I love the way this painting came out.  It was done from a travel photo from a trip out west in 2005.  When I look at this piece I feel what I was feeling when I took the photo. The lake level was so low at that time and the colors revealed were beautiful.  I took a photo of this painting instead of scanning as it is a bit larger than the glass on my scanner.  Is was done on a piece of 9 x 12 140 lb watercolor paper.

I think I will continue to play around with the pastels for a few days.  Tried a bit with the oil pastels to fix a painting I had already started with not much success.

Until next time……

ACEO Post 2

Today I actually spent quite a bit of time painting.  Started out doing a soft pastel landscape on a gesso coated piece of watercolor paper from a prior mess up.  Didn’t come out good at all.  Next I tried a small oil pastel on a tinted canvas piece that I had ready and did a beach boat scene, also not good!  Finally said give up and do a watercolor and be done with it!  Also not good.  Sooooo, spent a lot of time practicing with nothing to post.  Since I had four new little ACEO’s done just sitting there said if I’m gonna post something why not them!

So here they are.  Covered Bridge, from a Lancaster PA trip, Resort, from Marco Island visit last month, Iris, just a study and Black Eyed Susan’s from a recent photo! These seem to calm me when I get out of control and feel I’ve lost it all!  They take a bit of patience and control that I seem to lack these days when dealing with a large landscape scene.

What I did today may be reworked and completed at a later time who knows?  I hate wasting all that good paper you know so I will never throw anything away. There is always hope that I can salvage them into something worthy when the right mood strikes me.

Until next time, keep trying.

Venice Canal

This is a small ink and watercolor painting about 5 1/2 x 7 1/2.  This was reproduced from the large ink drawing that I did yesterday and scanned into the computer.  That drawing was an 11 x 15 that I scanned in two parts and stitched together in Photo Shop Elements since it was larger than my scanner bed.  I printed off the computer image onto the smaller watercolor paper and added the watercolor washes.

I used this photo of Venice Canal years ago to do an oil painting for my son and daughter-in-law as a gift since the vacation photo was one they took when on their honeymoon.  I know it is a well known photo op that you see everywhere but I am just so drawn to it! When I got the chance to go there myself a couple of years ago the large white building on the left was under restoration and was covered in scaffolding, so needless to say my vaca photos were not painting worthy!

I am fairly pleased with it although the paper wasn’t the best quality and I broke open some new student grade paints that I wanted to try out.  I picked up a set of Grumbacher Academy watercolors and gave them a go.  I use so very little paint and colors that I have to try it some more before I decide if I like them or not.  I do really like my Winsor and Newton Cotmans just wanted to check out something that is supposed to be similar.

More on the Photo Shop Element stitching of scans and how I feel about the new paints in a future post.

Until next time.


This posting I did last week when I was doing a bunch of pencil sketches.

Once I did the sketches I scanned them into the computer.  When I wanted to paint one I printed the scan onto watercolor paper and then inked and added watercolors.  This was my first attempt and I printed it out onto the watercolor paper before I actually cleaned it up.  My sketch paper isn’t bright white so the color of the paper gets scanned and I have to brighten the scan before saving it.  Live and learn right?  Anyway that is why the paper looks pinkish.  In addition to that the finished painting didn’t scan very well.  I made several attempts at it and this the best I could get.

Wanted to post it as I have several sketches that I plan to ink and paint in the future.  I don’t know what you would call these as they aren’t originals since the drawing is reproduced onto watercolor paper prior to adding the ink and watercolor wash to it.

Today I also did a large ink drawing that I really liked so decided I would scan it before painting since I occasionally ruin a good drawing when I add the paint.  In doing so I had to teach myself how to scan and stitch a piece that is larger than my scanner.  I have Photoshop Elements 6 and knew I could do it using this program but finding the right instructions proved lengthy.  When I finally found someone who explained it in steps I was done in no time.  Hence I wrote down what I did so I can remember next time this is needed.  Now that I can do this maybe I won’t try to keep my paintings scanner size or smaller!  Look out I’m going BIG.  No, this drawing was done on 12 x 15 good watercolor paper and in case I ruin it when I paint it I’ll at least have the ink drawing saved in my computer.  More on this next time, since I did reproduce the drawing on a smaller piece of watercolor paper and have almost completed it for posting shortly.

Until next time, continue to learn something everyday!





Sit Awhile

Today a choose a photo from living up north and a trip to Winterthur Museum & Gardens.  I’m always drawn to benches and their surroundings.  This photo was taken at a distance from the House from a high vantage point.

Started out doing a watercolor but ended up using a bit of gouache on the trees and needed to put in a few ink touches to make it more realistic when it was dry.

Used Canson XL 140 lb watercolor paper cut to 91/2 x 7 1/2.

Like this one, took my time, paused a few times to let things dry and feel it came out pretty well.

Until next time, sit awhile an reflect!