Friday, December 31, 2010

"Winterscape"  Watercolor


May you all have a year of contentment, fulfillment, and successful artistic endeavors!

Monday, December 27, 2010


"Desolate"  Watercolor

Not a reflection on how I'm feeling...just an observation about the current landscape.  However, I find this image very peaceful because of the lack of activity...just ice and snow which is so lovely when it is fresh and unspoiled.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas!
"Winter Berries"  Acrylic
Spending time with family and friends, sharing gifts and meals, and reminiscing...

Monday, December 13, 2010


With the dreadful weather we're having, I thought another diversion might be appreciated.  While going through his files today, my husband, Bill, found this photograph that he took of our dog, Winston, a couple of years ago while we were hiking in Allardale Park (Oops!  Don't tell anyone he's off lead.).  Winston is going on 15 years old, and his gentle nature is apparent in this photo. To view more of Bill's photos, go to www.BPFA.biz/photo 


It's that time of year

"Lake effect snow..." is a commonly heard phrase in the Northeast Ohio area, and that's what we are experiencing today!  So, I thought maybe I would take a little break from all this messy weather, a "vacation" as it were.  The painting below was completed in a workshop I attended a couple of years ago.  I think it is an appropriate escape from all the white stuff.  A promise of things to come.

"Lake Tahoe" Watercolor

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Flexible Flyer

As a family sits watching TV, relaxing and sipping from mugs of hot chocolate in their cozy living room, the children are daydreaming about the fun they had earlier in the day, giggling, rolling in the snow, and zipping down powder-covered hills on their new Flexible Flyer sled.

"Flexible Flyer"  Watercolor

Friday, December 3, 2010

Looking out the window...

As I looked out the window earlier today, I was struck by the beauty of the gently falling snow.  Although I'm not a cold weather fan, I always look forward to the change of seasons and spending cold snowy evenings curled up in a blanket with a good book.  One of winter's blessings.  Another way we have been taking advantage of the cold weather is by redoing our basement - AKA, my studio - and are just about finished.  As soon as everything is in place, I'll post some photos.  But, for today, I'm going to post an appropriate seasonal painting.  Snuggle up and enjoy!

"Winter Wonderland"  Watercolor

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Several years ago, Bill and I were returning from a much-needed vacation and, as we rounded a bend in the road, we whizzed past this rusted old car sitting alone in an overgrown field.  My immediate thought:  "a painting!"  After a quick decision to return to the scene, we pulled as far off the road as we could and, with cars zipping past, Bill exited the car to capture the image for me.  As he was taking the picture, a police car arrived to "investigate" what we were doing.  Upon learning that I am an artist and the photo was for a painting, the officer wished us luck and went on his way. 

"Abandoned"  Acrylic

Sunday, November 21, 2010


This Thanksgiving, as always, I am grateful for my many friends and family...you make my life complete.  I wish you all the very best that life offers...good health, good friends, loving family and peace. And, for my artist friends: may you have lots of sales!

"Fall Colors" Watercolor (sold)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


With winter approaching and the weather turning colder, I took a few minutes today to think about the Fred Graff watercolor workshop I attended two years ago in Stonington, Maine.  A lovely, quaint fishing village.  The weather was warm and the scenery a painter's paradise.

"Tranquility"  Watercolor

"House of Blues"  Watercolor (sold)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fall colors

The vibrant, sometimes over-the-top, colors of Fall are a painter's delight.

"Allardale"  Watercolor
"Overwhelmed by the Fall"  Watercolor

"Boston Store"  Watercolor

"View from the Towpath in Autumn"  Watercolor

Monday, November 1, 2010

Let's Play

Sometimes it's just fun to play and splash color on the paper...and, the results can be surprising!

"Profusion" Watercolor (sold)
"Reds and Purples" Watercolor (sold)

Sunday, October 31, 2010


"Blue Ribbon"  Watercolor (sold)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's About Time

I have recently been reading about the importance of doing still-life painting on a regular basis to hone skills.  That has always sounded grueling to me, so I have opted for plein air painting, painting from photos, splashing paint on paper randomly, just about anything to avoid still life.  However, I realize that usually what I avoid is what I need the most, and also that I need to do something to work on my problem areas (that covers a lot of ground!).  So, last night I decided to bite the bullet and "just do it."  I set up a small still life and, working in watercolor, began to paint a little study it.  I actually had FUN!  I've decided to do the same study in oil.  Maybe I'll finish them, maybe I won't.  But I can already feel the energy and excitement building within me.  I guess this really is what I needed.  Go figure!

Still life with white pitcher...watercolor in progress!

Friday, October 22, 2010

One week, two workshops!

The week of 10/11 through 10/16 was QUITE a week, and I am finally finding time to update.  Monday through Thursday, I was at a Fred Graff  watercolor workshop learning to loosen up, be more creative, and have fun with experimenting and pushing the envelope while paying attention to composition, shapes, and values.  Saturday found me at a Ken Kirkland pastel workshop and guess what?  I heard a lot of the same words!  Composition, shapes, values!  Wonderful reinforcement!  And, even though it was a different medium on Saturday, luckily the same principals apply, so the transition was virtually seamless.

My watercolor from Fred Graff's workshop
Some additional photos from Fred's workshop:

Deanna at work
Ann finishing up

Karen thinking of Stonington

A very focused group

Sally contemplating

Wanda and Sue concentrating

Karen again...

Sandy's sailboat painting

Ken Kirkland's pastel workshop was also great fun. See for yourself!

My painting from the Ken Kirkland pastel workshop

Ken doing his demo

The whole gang

 Putting in the finishing touches

Capturing a good likeness

Getting those values right

Almost finished

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Same time last year...

The colors of autumn remind us of the warm days we are leaving behind and the cooler months ahead.  They invite us to remember jumping in piles of leaves and drinking hot apple cider.  They remind us that life is cyclical.

"Morning Mist"  Oil

Morning Mist was painted one very misty morning last Fall behind Skyview Lodge in Brunswick, Ohio.  The scene overlooks the spectacular colors of the valley and orchard behind the party center (a lovely place for wedding receptions by the way!).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October, Apples, and a finished painting...finally!

"Drama Queens" Pastel

The painting above is the result of an almost magical evening I spent painting with friends at Geig Orchards in Seville, Ohio.  This painting was posted previously on September 5, as a "work in progress."   

And, by the way, you can visit Geig Orchards and experience the magic for yourself.  A really good time to do so would be during the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour the weekend of October 9-10, 2010.  In addition to the apples, apple butter, and other edible goodies, there will be some inedible goodies.  Local artists will be exhibiting their paintings, created in Geig Orchards and other areas of Medina County, throughout the entire month of October.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

In the beginning...

Okay, we all have to start somewhere and it's occasionally fun to look back and see from whence we came.  With that in mind, here are some of my very first paintings:

"Winston" Acrylic
"Mt. Liberty"  Acrylic

"Ginny's Still Life" Acrylic

"Red-Tailed Hawk"  Acrylic (sold)

Of course, many paintings have a story behind them, and these are no exception.

"Winston" is a painting of our very special dog who was rescued from the pound just before he was to be put down.  Before I became involved with painting, I had commissioned a portrait of Winston to be a gift for my husband.  I sent several photos to the artist and waited eagerly for the completed painting.  When it arrived, to my dismay, it was merely a caricature on a piece of tile!  I was determined to do better!

"Mt. Liberty" is a mountain in New Hampshire that my husband, Bill, and I climbed when we were dating.  This painting was a gift to him,and it is also the first painting of mine to be accepted into a juried exhibition.

"Ginny's Still Life I" is a painting I did as a commission for a friend of mine.  The summer before, she and her husband, who was an artist, were at a picnic and she took a photo of this bouquet of flowers which was on one of  the picnic tables and asked her husband to do a painting  for her.  He promised to do so, but sadly,  passed away shortly thereafter.  I was honored that she asked me to paint this for her in memory of him.

"Red-Tailed Hawk" was a birthday gift to my oldest daughter who was going to be moving out of state shortly after her birthday.   I knew how she loved Red-Tailed Hawks and wanted to paint this to show my love for her.  Fortunately, she is again living nearby.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Great inspiration

Recently our plein air group painted at the orchard owned by the family of one of our members.  Oh, so many choices, so much beauty.  I am relatively happy with the painting I started while we were there, but it still needs some work.  I don't yet have the sparkle that I want on that lovely Queen Anne's Lace.  It's a work in progress.

"Drama Queens" pastel in progress

Thursday, September 2, 2010

What good fortune...

Anneliese Nefos, is a most generous and gracious lady who invites local artists to display their artwork in her jewelry store, Medina Gem Company.  The store is located in the arcade on the west side of the square in downtown Medina.  It is my good fortune to be the exhibitor for the month of September, and I was busy installing my exhibit on Tuesday morning.  Below is a small sampling of the work I have in this show.  If you are in the Medina area, please stop in and take a look.

"Allardale Too!"  Pastel

"Fire and Ice" Oil (Sold)

"Uncharted" Oil

"All that Glitters" Encaustic

"After the Storm"  Oil

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nothing stays the same...

"Tuesday Evening"  Oil
Last summer I began painting with oils...a new venture for me and I loved it.  I'm fortunate to paint regularly with a very neat group of painters who are so talented, and they inspire me to try to reach beyond myself.  Always supportive and encouraging (and willing to provide honest feedback) they have been instrumental in my growth as an artist.   Everyone should be so lucky!  Thanks gang!  I've posted one of my early oil paintings above that was done one evening at a local park while fighting off mosquitos and onlookers.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


"Nobody's Home" - Watercolor  (Sold)
What is the message...what do I want to say with my paintings?  This is an ongoing question for me and one that I struggle to keep in focus when I'm painting.  I sometimes get carried away by the act of painting, the physicality of it, and forget my ultimate goal.   This painting was a gift for my nephew.  He had asked me to do a painting for him, and waited patiently for several years while I dithered.  I finally painted this rather abstract rendering of a location where he spent time as a  youth.  When I look at it, I visualize him as a small child...lots of memories.

A new adventure!

"Floral Pathway" - Acrylic  (Sold)
Well, I've finally decided to take the plunge and start my own blog.  My objective is to share my art and my thoughts about art and what inspires me.  Because painting is core to me, I love to share with others and encourage new artists to hang in there, it's worth it!