Friday, December 26, 2014

It's That Time of Year Again!


May every day be a special day filled with love, laughter, and the comfort of family and friends.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


"Joie de Vivre"  Watercolor (sold)

Me holding the award plaque
I was very honored to receive the Valorie J. Snell Memorial Award for Creativity at our recent juried exhibition, Artworks/'14.  This award holds special meaning for me because it is in memory of a friend, and Valorie was a charter member and trustee of this group.  Below is additional information about the award and about Valorie Snell.

"Sunny Flowers"  Watercolor by Valorie Snell which received 2nd Place in Artworks/'7

Monday, September 15, 2014

Being observed...

"Royalty"  Pastel
While painting "Royalty" in a local park, I was unaware that I was being observed by a large black snake who was peeking out of a hole in the concrete directly behind where I was standing.  As I was about ready to pack up, an older gentleman stopped by on his bike to warn me about the snake, who had apparently claimed this area for his home and is frequently seen slithering about.  Sure enough, there he was, sticking his head out, watching, watching.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Plein Air Exhhibit at Medina Library!

Our plein air ("in the open air") painting group, is currently exhibiting at the Medina Library, 210 South Broadway, Medina, OH.  The exhibit will run through September 28.  If you enjoy landscape paintings, and have an opportunity to stop by, please do.  And, don't forget to sign our guest book and let us know what you think of the exhibit! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

All Aboard!

"All Aboard"  Watercolor
Bill and I are steam engine buffs, and have frequently ridden the old iron horses during our travels.  Once, while foolishly wearing brand new white shoes, we had the opportunity to ride in the engine, and I sat with the fireman as he stoked the fire with coal.  Needless to say, I ended up with black shoes!  Wonderful memories. I believe this particular image is of the Blue Mountain and Reading in Pennsylvania.  More research needed to confirm that...

Sunday, August 24, 2014


"Abandoned"  Acrylic
Bill and I were in Central Ohio, returning from a trip down south, and as we came around a curve in the road, we happened upon this fabulous, old, car, totally rusted, sitting forlornly in the middle of an empty field.  The car was surrounded by overgrown weeds, presenting a very sad, but beautiful, sight.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Getting Bold

"Orange, France at Night"  Mixed Media

This painting is roughly based on a photograph that Bill took in Orange, France.  Although the colors in the original image were quite subtle, I decided to abstract it and experiment with very bold colors to try to create interest and excitement.

Friday, August 15, 2014

New River Gorge in Fog

"New River Gorge in Fog"  Watercolor   (sold)

Many years ago, Bill and I visited postcard beautiful Babcock State Park and spent a week in a log cabin built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  As a side trip, we visited the famous New River Gorge, where people gather yearly to jump off the bridge that spans the gorge, and were greeted by fog that was rolling in.  A breathtaking sight!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

All Aglow...

"All Aglow"   Encaustic
Painting with molten wax (encaustic painting) is fun and challenging, and paintings can be created by a variety of methods.  One common method is using a heated tray on which containers of pigmented wax are placed.  A brush or some other tool is then used to apply the melted wax to a surface (paper, wood, etc.).  Another method would be melting the wax directly on the hot tray and then maneuvering the paper on the melted wax to create an image, which I have done.  However, my preferred method is using a small craft iron, melting the wax onto the iron and then using the iron to apply the wax.  That is the method used in the above painting to create an impressionistic image of a vase filled with flowers.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Driven to Abstraction

"Bright Lights, Big City"  Acrylic on canvas
A purely abstract painting tells a story or stirs an emotion without using generally identifiable images.  Color and design are the star players.  With this piece, I wanted to convey the feeling of tremendous energy being expended, frenetic movement, and excitement with, perhaps, an underlying threat of something slightly sinister.  Fun and creatively energizing! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


"Monday Muse"   Acrylic
This is one of two paintings accepted into the Artists of Rubber City annual juried exhibition which will run from July 11 through August 23.  The gallery is open on Thursdays and Friday's from 12:00 - 5:00 PM and is located on the third floor of Summit ArtSpace, located at the corner of Summit and Market Street in Akron. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Coming Soon...

"Floral Abstract"   Watercolor

My husband, Bill, and I  will be exhibiting our work on the 
3rd Floor of the Medina County District Library
 from June 23 through July 20, 2014.  
This exhibit represents a wide variety of subject matter, styles, and techniques utilized by us.  Bill's photographs and my paintings run the gamut from traditional to wildly experimental, and promise something for everyone's taste.

Medina County District Library, 3rd Floor, 
210 S. Broadway, Medina, OH 44256

Sunday, June 15, 2014

"Went to a Garden Party..."

"Three Queens"   Pastel   (sold)

"Water Lily"  Pastel  (sold)
Medina's Community Design Committee (CDC), an organization devoted to preserving Medina's heritage, held a garden party last Friday at the home of Vicki and Ray Sizemore.  Many thanks to the board members of the CDC for conceiving this idea, Vicki and Ray Sizemore for sharing their lovely home and yard with close to 100 guests, and all those who attended and contributed in any way to the success of this delightful fund-raiser.  I was one of several artists asked to display artwork at this event, and to my delight, the two paintings displayed above were purchased by one of the guests.   THANK YOU!

Monday, March 24, 2014


"Hidden Surprises"  Acrylic on gessoed mat board

"Lagoon"  Acrylic on paper
These paintings were fun!  I started each of them at our Art at the Center group, and finished them at home.  My focus was on playfulness and experimentation with technique, color, and value.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The importance of being acknowledged...

"Potted" 24 x 36 acrylic,  awarded Honorable Mention at 2014 Aquarius Exhibition (sold)
The act of painting, in and of itself is fulfilling, but it is also nice to be noticed, to be acknowledged, because it is affirming.  At yesterday's opening reception of our local art exhibit, Aquarius, I received an Honorable Mention for the painting above.  I was especially pleased to receive an award  for this particular painting because of how it came about.  I began this painting as a non-representational abstract, but began to see flowers and pots emerging, so I went with it.  In an effort to keep the image loose, I painted much of this painting using small scraps of  matboard in place of a brush.  It was a fun painting to do and I think my playfulness is evident. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Working to overcome the winter blahs...

"Safe Harbor" 12x16 acrylic on canvas
It has been a cold, snowy winter here in Ohio and I needed to do something to warm things up.  Abstracts are a wonderful way for me to push out of my comfort zone.  Never easy for me, I tend to very quickly get literal, so I'm quite happy with this piece.  I stopped right before I was about to begin defining things.