Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lakeside Lights ~ framed

Lakeside Lights is a small piece with lots of sky filled with the beautiful colors only nature can provide.  The shore has just the hint of glistening light seen in the sky and reflected in the water.  This painting is 6.75 x 6.5" and is framed up to 13" x 12.75".  Doubled matted in acid-free mats and a 7/8" warm brown frame, nicely finished and ready to hang.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Quiet Reflection~ framed

"Quiet Reflection" is a small watercolor done on 140# Arches watercolor paper.  I wanted it to be a lovely, quiet, yet expansive, place to just sit and "be".  I'd like the viewer to feel they can take a breath and relax.
This piece, 4.75 " x 5.5" is double matted with acid-free mats and backing.  The finished size including the frame is 11.25 x 10.5".  Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Evening light colors
reflect on the quiet water
Lovely time of day

This is a small piece, only 4 3/4" x 5 1/4", but it was fun to see how much variety of color I could encompass with it.  You know by now I love evening skies and especially their reflection in water.  It's a beautiful time of day to just be in the moment.
Painted on Arches watercolor paper with transparent watercolor. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Day's End


Day's end drawing near
Colors mingle in the sky
A streak of salmon

The glorious rusty fall foliage is the inspiration for this watercolor landscape.  Along with that, at least in this area of the country, the fall and winter skies are spectacular.  It takes my breath away at times to see the intense colors and cloud formations in the evening sky.  I hope this encourages you to take some time to view the sunsets!  This painting is done on Arches watercolor paper and measures approximately 8 3/4" x 11 3/4".

Friday, October 19, 2012

View Across the Lake

Trees lit with orange
Clothed in Autumn's glory
View across the lake.

Looking out of my studio window the other day, I saw the late afternoon light hitting the trees with their orange foliage and it was very beautiful.  I decided to do this little painting based on that inspiration.  This painting depicts a little later time of day, but still with that lovely orange glow.

This painting is done on 140# Arches paper with transparent watercolor and it measures approximately 12" wide by 7.5 " high. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Garden Niche


I painted this scene with the intention of cropping it, but when it was finished was intrigued by the idea of making it a vignette.  Oh, alright, so my husband actually suggested the vignette format and you KNOW I hardly ever listen to those suggestions, but then I thought "why not?"  So let me know what YOU think.  The location this photo was taken in was a beautiful bed and breakfast in the small town of Sarlat in the south of France. It was just a lovely, sunny summer morning and breakfast was on the terrace.  This piece is cropped to 9.5 x 9.5 inches, painted on 300# Arches watercolor paper. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Innsbruck Holiday

Alps in the distance
hillsides showing touch of Fall
Innsbruck Holiday

Crossing a bridge over the Inn River to enter the town of Innsbruck, I stopped to take this photo.
It was a cool, sunny morning with a little mist still hanging at the base of the mountains.  This watercolor, done on Arches 140# paper, is 8.5" x 11.75".

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sunflower Season


 Warm yellow petals
Smiling coppery faces
Sunflower Season

I LOVE sunflowers and think they have so much personality.  Sometimes their round copper faces stare boldly and sometimes they turn shyly away.  Such a beautiful dance.

This watercolor is painted on 300# Arches paper.  It's done in a style of many, many transparent layers. It's approximately 8 x 9.5". 
Hope you enjoy this painting! 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Beach Path

Between the grasses
the evening breeze whispers
Gulls circle slowly

This painting is of a beach on Cape Cod, although I must say I don't remember which one!  I really liked just the sliver of ocean peeking through at the top of the path, and if you can just imagine for a minute, remember the call of the gulls. 

This painting is approximately 9 3/8 x 6 1/2 and is done on Lanaquarelle 140# watercolor paper. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Crimson Glow

Color of rubies
radiates a glowing warmth
trees in crimson light

 I saw the first little cluster of crimson leaves on our swamp maple, which made me think of the glory of the landscape to come in the Fall.  This is just a moody landscape paying tribute to the change to come.

Here's the link to the auction:

Friday, August 10, 2012

City Lights

Quiet hum of night
Ripples catching flecks of gold
Sparkling city lights

Windows catch the last glow of light from the setting sun, and some are lit from within.  It's a very peaceful time of day, especially with the buffer of water to soften the city sounds.  This watercolor, painted on Lanaquarelle 140# paper is 6.5" high by 9.5" wide.  Hope you enjoy this time of day as much as I do.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Last Light

Rusty red grasses
nod toward the setting sun
salute the last light

This end of day watercolor landscape is painted on 140# Lanaquarelle paper.  It's 9 1/4" wide by 6 1/4" high.  I hope you can feel the cool sand contrasting with the warmth of the light. This image is close to the original, but the painting itself is a little warmer at the horizon and in some of the sand.  Still trying to tweak my new scanner!

Here's the link to the auction:

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Flight

Quiet end of day
Water whispers on the shore
Dots across the sky.

I love to see the geese in flight formation--you can hear them honking before they pass by overhead.  They used to signal Fall, but they tend to stick around now and you can enjoy them knowing it's still Summer.  This little landscape is 6 3/8" x 6 3/8", done on 140# Lanaquarelle paper.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lakeside Lights

Early evening at the lake...a few lights starting to twinkle..a soft ending to a beautiful day.

This little piece is painted on 140# Lanaquarelle watercolor paper.  It's 6.5" x 8.5".  Hope you enjoy the tranquil moment depicted in this painting.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Evening Flight

                                                              Last warm rays of sun,
                                                              diamonds sparkle on water,
                                                              the seagulls call out.

That lovely time of evening at the beach, with the seagulls circling and swooping across the water and dunes.  This could be any beach--it's wherever your imagination takes you.   This time of day at the beach just makes me BREATHE and enjoy the tranquility.  Hope it does the same for you!

 This watercolor was done on 140# Lanaquarelle paper.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Quiet Time


Don't you just love the beach in the evening--most of the people have gone home--even the seagulls and seabirds seem to have quieted down for the night.  There's a warm glow in the sky, reflecting onto the beach path.  For me, it's the best time of the day at the ocean.

 This is a small watercolor landscape, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2", painted on Lana Aquarelle paper.  It's really done from a fairly limited palette, keeping the overall tone of the painting "quiet".

Here's the link to view or purchase

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Evening Glow


 "Evening Glow" is another serene, moody landscape done in watercolor on Arches paper.  The image size is 6 x 12", creating a long, narrow format which helps lend tranquility to the piece.  I enjoy doing this type of work because it's part memory, part imagination, and part surprise due to the capricious nature of watercolor. 
Here the link for viewing on my auction/sale site

Friday, April 20, 2012

Yellow Daffs


 Daffodils are blooming everywhere! My garden is dotted with their yellow heads, turning to face the sun and blowing in the spring breeze. This is, again, a layered watercolor, done on 300# Arches paper. It's approximately 10" x 7 3/4". Hope Spring is in full bloom wherever you are!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

"A Pair of Tulips"


Spring-tulips-a perfect match. This 11 x 14 oil painting was done on stretched canvas. It's a little different composition for a floral, with the leaves coming down from the corner. I really liked the shadows on the tabletop and decided they were an important part of the total painting.

Here's a link for "A Pair of Tulips"

Monday, April 2, 2012

Yellow Barns

"Yellow Barns" is an oil painting of an area on the Connecticut coast with beautiful marshes and inlets. These barns are in the town of Clinton and on the afternoon I was there, the sun was hitting the sides of the barn with a warm glow. I particularly liked the steeple in the background, and faded it out a little more than the reality to set it further back in the picture plane.
This painting just sold and I thought it would be fun to share the news and also show a glimpse of our warmer weather and flowers to come!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

"Chianti Hillside"

This watercolor painting was inspired by the beautiful Chianti region of Italy. The rolling hills, punctuated by stone villas and vineyards, are breathtaking. This painting was done a while ago, but looking out today at gray skies threatening snow, it just seemed that a "trip" to Italy would perk up the day.


Saturday, March 31, 2012

"New Day"

"New Day" is another of those ethereal, quiet pieces that I've been having fun painting. It doesn't depict a particular place, but just speaks of sky, a small piece of land and water. It's done with layered washes of watercolor, 8 1/2 x 5 3/4", on Lana 140" cold pressed watercolor paper. My desire is that it imparts a peaceful, hopeful feeling. Who doesn't need more of that?

Here's a link to my DPW page for this painting


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Green Apples with Tulips

I have a thing about fruit and flowers. I love the contrast of the usually soft petals with the firmer, shinier texture of most fruit. Since I also love playing with complementary colors, I liked the red/green color palette of this setup. This piece has been brewing for quite a while (I posted the drawing a long, long time ago). My original drawing was calling for a lighter background, but I decided to go for the drama of the dark instead. Maybe the next one will be light? I just might try that!
This still life is 8 3/4" x 11" and is painted on 140# Arches watercolor paper.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Evening Reflection


Evening Reflection is a small watercolor, 6.75 x 10" done on Arches 140# paper. I like doing these little moody, atmospheric pieces by layering washes and working wet into wet and just seeing what happens! They tend not to be a particular place, just a remembrance of many landscapes I have seen and loved. The biggest challenge with these pieces in reproducing for the internet is getting the color as close to the original painting as possible. With layering, you get many subtleties of color, not always easy to capture and reproduce. If anyone has any tips on that aspect, please let me know!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

"In the Spotlight I"

Well, the month of January has flown by, with little time for painting. February 1/2 gone--I'd better get busy! This posting is for a framed painting I've put up for auction on DPW Auctions. I had done this to really push the darks and to see how vibrant I could make this watercolor. After some tweaking, this was my result. It's framed archivally, with all acid-free materials and u.v. filtering glass, a must for watercolor.

Here's the link for the auction

Monday, January 9, 2012

Two Yellow Pears


 Just a simple set up of two ripe, yellow pears. They are nestled on an antique doily. They're ready for port and stilton!

This is a 5 x 5" still life oil painting on canvas board.

Here's the auction...

Monday, January 2, 2012

"Hint of Autumn"

The northwest hills of Connecticut have some gorgeous farmlands with beautiful vistas. This barn was in the Kent area and you could just see the trees starting to turn and a few fallen leaves on the ground. I was struck by the strong sunlight on the silo and left side of the barn, and the strong rusty red color of the barn against the sky. This landscape painting was done on Arches watercolor cold press paper and is 10 1/4" x 14 1/4". I was pleased that it was accepted into the 2011 Connecticut Watercolor Society Fall Juried Show.