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March 30, 2017 April 1, 2017

I always have fun painting my abstracts using watercolor. I use a very wet, spontaneous process and drop paint, spritz paint, tilt my paper and generally just “go with the flow” literally. My new painting is titled Celebration 1. With Easter approaching I have been thinking about all that holiday entails, including Mardi Gras. And that is one of the most exciting celebrations in the world! Full of color, movement and life. That was my inspiration and I hope that you are able to see that I have attempted to simulate confetti falling through my painting.

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Celebration 1 – 12″ X 16″, 140 # CP Arches, watercolor


I am very careful to let my layers dry completely between painting sessions. When I do this you can often see the layers and feel depth. This painting has seven layers of paint. It is painted on Arches cold press 140 pound paper and for this painting I used primarily Dr Martin’s Liquid Watercolors. They come in a dropper bottle and retain their vibrant color as they dry. I gave it a splash or two of white gouache and then grated some watercolor crayon to create the confetti and spritzed with water to adhere the crayon. Now its done…lets celebrate!


January 18, 2013 January 18, 2013

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I have decided to spend more time trying to develop my ability to paint realistic watercolors. I won’t give up painting abstracts, which I love, but I feel remarkably clumsy when it comes to realistic work. Before my workshop with Cheng Khee Chee I did a drawing to take to the workshop. I did not use it because it was on 9″ X 12″ paper and was really too small for the processes we were using. This week I worked on this painting and the results are below.

Ruins 1 - 140# HP Arches - 9"X12" Watercolor

Ruins 1 – 140# HP Arches – 9″X12″ Watercolor


This composition had a difficult challenge – the major movement is horizontal and vertical. I used the cypress in the background, the diagonals in clouds and the subtle diagonal placement of the red flowers to add interst.  I am not happy or unhappy with this painting. It is a good starting point for the year.

When Ken and I lived in Germany for six months we were in awe of the ancient ruins and the commitment to preserve history and heritage. It was evident in every country we visited. That was my inspiration. I tried to show the freshness of nature against the beauty of past civilizations (the work of man).


April 19, 2010 April 20, 2010

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I had a productive day yesterday. We had a Watercolor Society of Indiana Board meeting and I presented the status of our new Scholarship program. I have received applications from 11 applicants and I think this is really wonderful for the first year. The applications are full of creativity, technical skill and innovation. I LOVE working with activities that help young people grow.

I finished my painting of apple blossoms (actually crabapple blossoms to be transparent – isn’t that the current fad word?) and it is in the “living with it” phase. I am very happy with it at this point and can’t immediately see anything I want to improve but…you never know.

Apple Blossoms, 140# Arches Paper, Transparent Watercolor, 5" X 8"

I worked from two really good digital photos taken in my yard. I like the nostalgic feel of the painting. Today I will be out in the neighborhood walking the critters and taking photos of the dogwood that are in glorious bloom. I hope you have sunshine and enjoy a beautiful day my friends.