Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Watercolor - 11x14

Every painting needs some quiet spaces for the eye to rest from the 'action' going on in the composition. If the entire piece is busy, it can be exhausting to look at. It is usually more effective to have areas of less vivd color, detail or contrast throughout the painting to keep the focus on your center of interest.

Monday, July 15, 2019

MEMORIES - Mixed Media Photo Art

Acrylic Collage - 12x12 gallery canvas

Memories is a big departure from my regular practice of painting watercolors. I began with a photo of an old window and flower box and collaged it on to a painted stretched canvas. I then began adding acrylic paint around and on top of the photo to enhance it and integrate it with the painted background. I used stamps - swirls, checks, dots and numbers - to add even more visual interest!

The gallery wrapped canvas is ready to display on the wall, propped on a bookshelf or on an easel.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

FLOWERS & LACE Watercolor Batik and Art Workshop Benefits

Watercolor Batik - 12x18

Are there benefits to attending art workshops if you are an experienced artist? 

PRUNING - No matter how experienced we are we can always learn something new. Taking workshops from artists that we admire can help us to prune the creative dead wood' We are always growing as artists and sometimes we grow branches that we don't need or that are weighing us down. It takes a fresh eye to see what old branches we should get rid of us and what new branches we should replace them with.

TIME TO PAINT - Experienced artists can get bogged down with things other than their studio time - marketing, business, galleries, teaching. Attending a workshop is a way to give you some dedicated time to paint. And the bonus is that you might learn something new.

COMRADERIE - One of the big benefits of attending a workshop for artists of any level is the opportunity to spend time with other like-minded creative people. There is something special about immersing yourself in all things art for a few days. Learning from other artists is often just a valuable as learning from the instructor.

TRAVEL - A workshop is a great excuse for a road trip with your art friends

Monday, July 8, 2019

BLAZING ELEPHANT & The Pure Joy of Color!

Watercolor on Yupo - 14x17

Blazing Elephant is one of those rare paintings where magic happened while I was painting it! I used yupo paper which provides a slick surface for the watercolors to sit on and allows for bright, bold spontaneous painting. I spattered, spritzed, stamped and used negative painting to pull the shape of the elephant from the colorful background. Makes me happy everytime I look at it:)

Friday, July 5, 2019


Watercolor - 11x14

'Everything that has a beginning has an end. Make peace with that and all will be well'