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October 21, 2013 October 21, 2013

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I have more good news. The Southside Art League of Indianapolis sponsors the Midwest National Abstract Show. It is going on right now and I was extremely lucky to have two paintings accepted. Both of these paintings were inspired by the beautiful seasons we experience in Indiana. Spring 

Spring - 22" X 23" Waterclor Board

Spring – 22″ X 23″ Watercolor Board

was inspired by the tulips, daffodils, apple blossoms and brilliant greens of the Indiana landscape. Indiana Autumn 3

Indiana Autumn 3 - 300# Arches paper - 15" X 22"

Indiana Autumn 3 – 300# Arches paper – 15″ X 22″

was inspired by the golden glow of the tulip trees and the firy red and orange of the maple trees that fill our Indiana forests.  I feel very grateful to have been accepted. As you may remember, earlier this year I was really struggling with my painting and particularly with my Indiana Autumn series.


March 20, 2013 March 21, 2013

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It is 18 degrees with a wind chill of 6 degrees. Boy do I long for Spring…oh my! It’s here. In tribute I decided to start painting my 2013 ATC (Artist Trading Card) collection to send to my family at Christmas. I bought a bouquet of orange tulips at the grocery this week so I used three tulips from the bunch. Does anything say Spring more than flowers?

Tribute to Spring

Tribute to Spring

Remember that ATC’s are only 2 1/2 inckes by 3 1/2 inches. My photos really magnify the imperfections and give a splotchy look. This looks much better in person.

Hope you are having sunshine and warm breezes.


March 23, 2012 March 25, 2012

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Indiana is enjoying an early Spring – days in the 70’s and 80’s, warm breezes and sunshine. It has been a real pleasure to walk Buffy and Baxter around the neighborhood. We have a huge number of flowering trees and the bulbs are bursting out of the ground with color and dancing movement. My newest painting is inspired by these beautiful, fragrant Spring days.

Spring 2012

This painting had several new challenges for me. First of all, I found this partially use sheet of illustration board in my stash of watercolor papers. As you probably know the surface of illustration board is has different characteristics than watercolor paper – hard, slick and not very absorbant… but very interesting to work with and learn from. Additionally it was an almost perfect square – 19″ X 20″ – a size and share I had never used for this technique. Overall, fun AND a real opportunity to learn. Forces to me think! (PS I’m painting when I should be mowing my rapidly growing grass…oh well, priorities I guess…)



April 27, 2010 April 28, 2010

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Last  night I was a multi-tasker to the MAX. I watched NCIS, Dancing with the Stars and painted a new ATC…all at the same time! This little painting is of my absolutely favorite blooming tree, the pink dogwood. I fell in love with the color of these blossoms when I was very young. A neightbor had a large, old dogwood that was covered with large pink blooms every Spring.  In my young eyes it was a thing of beauty. It was magnifcent! Today, in my neighborhood in Indianapolis there is a fungus that kills dogwood trees. I have tried to start a dogwood tree and after three failed attempts I have given up. Luckily there are several robust, older trees nearby that I can still enjoy.

Pink Dogwood - ATC

Again, this was done primarily with my new watercolor crayons with a little watercolor pencil trown in.


April 20, 2010 April 22, 2010

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I had fun doing another ATC on Tuesday. The ATC’s are nice because they are small so the materials are cheap and they don’t take a lot of time to complete. They are a great for experiementation. Since late last year I have been trying out new materials for my watercolor paintings. I recently bought a set of Cheap Joe’s Watercolor crayons. A friend of mine used a set from Daniel Smith during a plein air workshop last summer. They seem easy to transport and like they might be useful for plein air so I bought the smallest, simplest set to try out. I did this small ATC of tulips from a photo I took in my yard.

Spring Tulips - ATC

I scanned the painting and also shot a photo. This is the photo but neither the scan nor the ATC captured the softness in the actual painting.

It was fun but challenging playing with the crayons. I had a horrible problem with the outer wax that coats the crayons. I had to scrub the tip of the crayon to remove the wax and then dip a wet brush into the hole I had rubbed in the tip. When I tried coloring on the paper I thought it left too much crayon and it was hard to dissolve. It probably still had outer wax mixed with the color on the paper. Suggestions anyone?

I’m off to work on a study report on Jean Baptiste Carpeaux for my study group at the IMA. We have his bust The Negress that I find moving and incredibly beautiful.


March 24, 2010 March 24, 2010

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It is time to post the  painting I did for the Spring Challenge posted by Small Town Dad. I can’t wait to see the other paintings.

Springtime Challenge

I used a process that is used often in watercolor painting but that I had never used. I did small thumbnails to decide on the composition I wanted to paint than I transferred the composition to a 140# Arches CP paper. I masked the flowers and buds and then sprayed the paper with water. I splattered various greens, golds and yellows over the paper. I let this dry and then painted in broad brush strokes of green on the botton and yellow on the top of the composition. Next step was to remove the mask and paint the flowers, stems and buds. I then remasked the flowers, did more spraying, splattered, splotching, touching, and fiddling. Removed the masking and did final touch up all over the painting. It worked fairly well and I have learned alot. The only thing I am unhappy with is the effect on the surface of the paper from rubbing off multiple layers of masking. The second layer had too much water on the brush when dipping into the mask so the mask layer was thin and hard to rub off. Oh yes, and my poppies look like tulips!  Anyway…enjoy this lovely Spring day.


March 18, 2010 March 18, 2010

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Just a note. Yesterday I finished a small watercolor for the Spring Challenge issued by Small Town Dad. I will post it with the other participants on March 22, 2010. Stay tuned!!!!