Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing for a White Christmas

Well that is not going to happen this year.  The temps are in the 50's and it's
raining.  That aside, just want to wish all of you

A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Friday, December 19, 2014


Pears, watercolor on 5x7 hot pressed paper

Getting so close to Christmas, just doing some light watercolor
studies.  Life has a way of distracting me from my art.
Or maybe just feeling a bit lazy.  I will try to post more before
the end of the year.  In the meantime Happy Painting everyon.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Let It Snow

Pen and ink study 
quick study
Let it snow, wip
Snow Day

On Tuesday I returned to the art group at the Smithtown Library.  It was
great fun working with artist friends.  We all did our own thing
using my ipad, I worked from photos in Wet Canvas.

Waiting for the snow to return it is wonderful that we have
access to various subject and scenes from Wet Canvas.
I try not to copy the photo , just use the photos to jump start
my own creativity.  Great fun.  Happy Painting everyone.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Cotswold England
Photos for artist

Yesterday during a free moment I took my friend Vic's suggestion and found
some lovely free photos in the Photos4Artist website.
Just playing with some pen and ink and watercolor wash, until I can go out
and find some charming places on Long Island.

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Painting

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Just For Fun

Barns and Nobel Cafe
Girl on her smart phone while having lunch
Did a little surfing in Wet Canvas reference library
I usually set up my own still life, but just wanted to relax
and have fun.  watercolor on Saunders Waterford, this paper may be my favorite.
This one is just a quickie experiment working in gouache on paper.
Got ther reference shot from wet canvas. May set up an actual still life
and work in gouache 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Grange Park Fall colors

The Grange Park in Sayville
Sunday at the Grange Park

Last Sunday Mike and Mo and I went to the Grange Park in Sayville,
First I took Mo for a quick walk and then I sat in the car and did some
pen and ink sketching. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Trial and Error

Caleb Smith Park Lake
wc on Bockingford Paper

Still experimenting with the bockingford paper.  What seem so wonderful a day ago
is turning out to be not as easy as I thought.  Oh well, yes that is what it is all about
Trial and Error, and maybe someday Success.  Happy Painting everyone.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Falls Abstraction

Experimenting with 140lb. Arches rough watercolor paper

Still working with different papers and brushes.  This was a quick study of  the Arboretum
photo taken a few weeks ago. Very interesting getting these
different effects using the hake brush on watercolor rough paper.
Happy Painting everyone.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

St. Theresa Chapel

St. Theresa Chapel

I pass the little St. Theresa chapel so many times.  She is one of my favorite saints . She is
also know as the little flower.

Well that aside, just thought it would be really nice to paint.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

AH HA! I've Got It!

AH HA moment

After years of trying the Ron Ranson technique with the Hake brush, finally, I understand
how important the paper is to achieve this particular technique.  Not that I will
do many of my paintings like this, but it works.  So therefore, I will do a few
watercolor studies in my folded journal while I wait to order the proper paper.
Blydenburg Park

This little 5x7 watercolor study was done in 2012, I was fascinated with the reflections
in the water.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Recent studies

Folded journal , pears
Entries in my journal
Entries in my journal
Brookwood Hall in the Fall

While we were in Virginia, I enjoyed some quiet time while the little ones
were in school.  Did some watercolor studies, now we are home, it is time to get
crackin.  Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, October 27, 2014


My collection
Port Jeff Chamber of Commerce building
neighbors house

Trying to add a little more variety to my work.  Sketching helps to improve
my drawing and of course will give me more freedom of expression
in my oil landscape scenes.  Also want to start adding people in my paintings.

Happy Painting everyone.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Port Jeff Today

Port Jeff Today

Do you know when something hits the spot, well today Port Jeff was that for me.
Mike, Mo, and me we went to Port Jefferson.  I sat and sketched from the dock.
Being so bored with the usual, this is such a wonderful experience, different not only in subject
but using tools that are challenging.  Holding a brush and painting in oils, is by no means
easy, all mediums have their pros and cons.  But sketching is so very important to aid in my oils
as well.  In other words, he can't hurt.  So that being said. I say, Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

People, places and things, today

Went to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum today, wanted to focus on sketching
the main house and people.   Oh such high hopes, it aint easy!  It's something I do hope to
accomplish with lots of practice.  I do love a challenge.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Monday, October 13, 2014

People, Places and Things

People , Place, and Things
Teapot and lemons
People, Place, and things

Since I started with sketching with my new pen it has opened a new world
to me.  I may never travel to faraway places.  So thanks to Wet Canvas
and the use of the photo reference library.
Until I get the confidence to go out and sketch publicly in the local towns
and villages here on Long Island.  I will just get use to practicing from
these photos.

Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lamy Joy Fountain Pen

Lamy Joy pen and wc sketch
Sketching with my Lamp Joy pen & wc

Oh happy day, don't you just love getting new toys to sketch and paint with, so
much fun.  Thanks to Liz Steel and her video,. Fountain pens are my
weakness, I should say art supplies.
Well I did have fun playing with my new toy today.  I look forward to sketching outdoors.
Happy Painting everyone.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pen and Ink and wc studies

pen and ink and wc 
pen and in and watercolor 
Pen and Ink study

So excited, just ordered my Lamy Joy Fountain pen.  So inspired by Liz Steel and her lovely work, just
had to have the lamy joy pen.  Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

50 Shades of Green

50 shades of green

Came up with the crazy idea of starting a challenge of my own, missed the September challenge.
Thought it would be fun to do 50 shades of green.  Green is such a difficult color
to get excited about, and yet it is everywhere during the summer.  Now that the
Fall is here, there is a lovely mixture of red and green and etc.  My hydrangea's especially,
love when they turn color.
I also started one in oil.  Still on the easel.  Happy Painting everyone.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Little Red Shed

The Meadow with shed

Last night I did this quick little watercolor sketch.  It is from a photo taken
at the Meadow in Stony  Brook. I will be doing more studies both
in watercolor and oil.  Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

White Hydrangea's

White Hydrangea's in my yard
The other day, just sat outside and painted these flowers in gouache.  Sometimes we don't have to travel far to paint, sometimes we have a nice subject in our own back yard. Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, July 25, 2014

My little folded journal

My folded little journal 
Actually this is more about learning to use my Kodak digital camera, had it for years.  Just discovered I like the colors taken with this camera more than my Sony.  Now it's a matter of uploading and cropping for my blog.  I  will have to read the guide. But I do think the colors are so much more accurate.  Until tomorrow, wish me luck.  Happy painting everyone.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some recent work

Pen and Ink sketch in my journal
East Islip Marina, wc sketch on location

Once again, time goes by so quickly, can't believe it's been 2 mos. since I posted last.  I will try to post more often. Do hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  Happy Painting everyone.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My Accordion Journals

My 1st. accordion journal
My folded journal

Following Cathy Johnsons workshop, I was inspired to try making my own accordion journals.  I will be visiting my grand daughter next week and she is so into art and journaling . I know she will enjoy do some of these handmade journals.  Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

All Dressed and Waiting

another 4x6 same scene different technique
4x6 in 8x10 frame
4x6 watercolor 8x10 frame
Thank you Sherry for the encouraging comment, I went ahead and framed my little 4x6 studies. I like the idea of the frame, small painting in larger format.  Thanks again Sherry.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Today's studies

studying different techniques in watercolor
Today I have been practicing various techniques in watercolor.  I have chose the same scenes, two locations that we have painted during last summer.  Having a great deal of trouble using the masking fluid, and it's application.  It's all so challenging but lots of fun.  Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Works in progress

Making corrections
Work in progress
I have been busy this week learning and studying various watercolor techniques.  These are both 8x10 on 300lb. arches.  Loving every minute of the journey .

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

East Islip Marina

East Islip Marina
Working on some watercolor paintings for my show next month.  This is a study of the East Islip Marina.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Frank Ward Melville Park

Frank Ward Melville Park 
I have been trying to keep up with my journal entries in between painting in oil. When there isn't enough time in the course of a day to paint, these journal sketches are a great way to sooth the artist soul. I am sure all of you feel the same, when a day goes by without a pen, pencil or brush in hand, it can make an artist very cranky.  This sketch was done in my Stillman&Birn 140lb. Beta Series sketch book.  Excellent paper for watercolor sketching.