Monday, December 28, 2015

Chianti Vineyard


Italy is one of my favorite places in the world--mostly, I think, because I have some of my ancestry originating there, and still have relatives living in northern and southern Italy.  It is a place of great beauty and art.  A ride through Tuscany keeps my head turning side to side with the gorgeous scenery all around.  This pastel painting was done from a photo I took on a high road leaving a small Tuscan town.  I loved the sun striking the old stone buildings and touching the top areas of the grape vines.  I think there's even an olive tree or two in the scene.  Hope you enjoy viewing my reminder of the Tuscan hillsides.  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Still Water

Still Water is a moody watercolor set in the evening as the light is beginning to wane.  This is framed in a simple dark brown frame, with a v-groove mat for added interest. 
Hope you enjoy this "quiet" piece. 

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Friday, October 16, 2015

All About the Pumpkins

"All About the Pumpkins" is a scene I happened upon at a local farm in my home town of Watertown.  The sun was casting such interesting shadows on the largest pumpkin from the nearby flowers and I loved the shadow play across the whole group.  This was fun to paint and I'm happy to report it just sold today! 
Thanks for looking and enjoy our beautiful Autumn. 

Friday, August 28, 2015


"Daisies" is a watercolor done in the "Ink and Wash" technique.  Ink is used to delineate the flower petals and some of the shaded areas, and the watercolor washes are applied after that.  Some artists reverse the process, painting first and then using ink but it's just a matter of choice.  I was fortunate to win a watercolor award with this piece.  Painted on Arches watercolor paper, this painting measures 11 3/4" wide by 8 3/4" high.
Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Amy's Bouquet

A simple summer bouquet cut from the garden of a friend ,(who just happens to be a master gardener), was given to me recently.  I loved the unusual combination and simplicity in the glass jar.  Hope you enjoy it.
This watercolor is 6 3/8" high  x 7 7/8" wide and is painted on Arches 140# watercolor paper.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Flower Power

I thought July 4th weekend would be a good time to post this "firecracker" painting.  This pastel was done from a floral bouquet and the bright red flower was the obvious star.  Painting measures 16.25" wide by 13.25" high and is painted on LaCarte pastel paper. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Maine Fishing Shack


I wish I could remember the exact town in Maine where I snapped this photo, but it was a lovely area with the afternoon sun slanting across the landscape.  I was taken with this little fishing building, with the boats pulled in for the day.  This watercolor painting is 8.5" high by 11.5" wide, done on 140# Arches watercolor paper.  Hope you enjoy it and think about our warmer weather to come. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leave the Light On

This is a lovely old farmhouse, the Van Vleck house, in Woodbury, Ct  It is part of Flanders Nature Center. The sun is low in the sky and sending warmth over the front of the house and the large maple tree.  You can see they've started tapping for maple syrup.Hope you enjoy this watercolor painting.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Winter Moon


"Winter Moon" is a watercolor on Aquarelle Arches 140# paper.  It's approximately 8.75 x 11.75".  Our neighbor's house and barn present a beautiful view for us in all seasons, and especially toward the evening and just after dusk.  Hope you enjoy this quiet, crisply cold  view to match our weather this winter. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Illumination - January Studio Sale

"Illumination" is an oil on canvas, 8 x 10, depicting a late afternoon scene with the warmth and light from the sky washing just a few sections of the riverbanks.  It's a quiet, serene, piece with some rusty warms in the background and foreground group of trees.  The blue and rust are natural complements to enrich each other.  Hope you enjoy this little piece. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Out of the Bag-Framed - January Studio Sale

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"Out of the Bag" is an 8" x 8" oil painting on canvas, framed in a floater frame to 10 3/8"x 10 3/8".  The painting was done from a still life setup with some winter fruit.  The frame has a nice step-down inside the outer edge, so it really makes the painting stand out.  A simple, whimsical piece for your kitchen/dining area.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Onion and Garlic - January Studio Sale

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Onions and garlic--a great duo.  This little watercolor done on Arches watercolor paper is from a still life setup in my studio.  I liked the papery feel of the garlic and the translucent area of reflected light on the bottom right of the onion.  It measures 6.25" wide x 4" high. It's part of my January Studio Sale.   Hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sunny Bouquet - January Studio Sale

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Who couldn't use a vase of bright flowers at this time of the year?  This watercolor is done on 140# Arches paper and measures 10.5" high x 8.75" wide.  It's part of my January Studio Sale to brighten the gray days of Winter.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Callas - January Studio Sale


"Callas" is a colored pencil of those beautiful Spring flowers that unfurl slowly into a gorgeous shape.  This painting is 7.25" high by 9.5" wide and is done on Canson smooth paper.  Even though it's in my January Studio Sale, it's still a good time to think about Spring! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Flight - January Studio Sale

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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 see and hear them more often.. This little landscape, 8 7/8" wide x 6 1/4" high, is painted on 140# Lanaquarelle paper.It is part of my January Studio Sale

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Marsh Maze - January Studio Sale


Marsh Maze

Velvet grasses stretch
amid a maze of waterways.
A peaceful stillness

I think marshes have a velvety beauty and I love to see the many pathways the water will take and the beautiful design that nature provides. I hope you enjoy this peaceful scene It measures approx. 9.5" x 3.5" and is painted on Arches 140# watercolor paper. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

City Lights- Studio Sale

"City Lights" is a small, moody watercolor out of my imagination.  I view it as evening-lit city buildings adjacent to a lakeside park, perhaps a respite for the spirit in a bustling city.  In any event, it was fun to paint and I'm including it in my January Studio Sale.  The piece is 9.75" wide x 6.5 " high and is done on 140# Canson watercolor paper.  Thanks for looking...

Monday, January 12, 2015

Garden Reflection - Studio Sale

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This watercolor painting was done from a photo I took in Solvang, CA, a beautiful town with a European feel.  It's painted on 140# Arches watercolor paper and measures approx. 11.25" wide by 13.25" high.  It's being offered as part of my January Studio Sale through DPW Auctions.  Take a look! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Beauty in White- Studio Sale


This watercolor painting is done on Arches 300# watercolor paper.  It's 14" wide by 10" high.  It's January now, but this piece brings me right back to warm, sunny weather!  This is one of several pieces I'll be posting for my January Studio Sale.  Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mission at Carmel- studio sale


"Mission at Carmel" is a watercolor, 10.25 x 14" done on Arches watercolor paper.  The mission is a beautiful place to visit and this view was with the late afternoon sun streaming over the Mission from the west. This painting which has been in my studio for a while would love to find a home with you and is included in my January Studio Sale.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Green Apples & Tulips--studio sale


January, with it's lull after the Holidays, is always a good time to do a little studio cleaning and reorganizing.  I have a few pieces I will be posting in my "studio sale" to help make room for new pieces.  This watercolor, done from a still life setup in my studio, is 11" wide and 8.75" high and is painted on 140# Arches watercolor paper.  I was really drawn to the shadows on the white vase in my setup and I liked the way the tulips arched down to the apples.  Although color varies from monitor to monitor, on my monitor this appears pretty accurate.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Reflection II


Reflection II is a celebration of color at day's end.  Sometimes the skies can be so unbelievably vibrant and saturated,  it takes your breath away.  This is a small watercolor, approximately 8.5 x 8.75" painted on 140# Canson watercolor paper.  Who says watercolors have to be "wishy-washy"!  Enjoy.