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Monday, March 3, 2014

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Getting back to the Studio

Shell Search
This is a little (4" X 12") watercolor I just painted from my trip to Pawleys Island, S.C.  It is yet another attempt at photographing my work.  As you can see it is a very poor representation.  It is something I really need to work on.  The painting has such wonderful color and depth in it and this photo did nothing to show that.  I tried my white balance and many different settings and place the piece in different types of lighting.  I need to do some research and make this a priority.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Current Projects.............in addition to my watercolor and drawing classes.

This Summer I will be teaching three workshops 

Check with the Countryside YMCA for Pricing.

You can join even if you are not a member.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Watercolor Class This Week

Musical Notes

Spring Pansies

Hard at Work
This week in watercolor class we worked on spring pansies.  We used plastic wrap to create texture.  Really good class today.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Afternoon Break Watercolor 9" X 12"

Last week in watercolor class we worked on letting our imagination run wild.  Our still life set up was not the colors in this pic but it was fun just letting it go in the direction it wanted to go.  This week we are moving on to some bright colors with spring flowers, with a more traditional twist.  We will paint without drawing and see what we come up with. 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Mixed Medium Watercolor on Vellum 5" X 7"
This little painting was one our projects in the watercolor classes I am now teaching.  I used a sharpe marker to outline the drawing, then painted it in with watercolor.  Next, I used a painting I had done as a demo on clouds, which I placed behind the transparent vellum.  It was a fun experiment for the class in using their brush control when painting on this type of paper.  The work from all the students was very impressive.  It was nice to see how each student had their own style of using this technique.  When this was laying around in my studio, my grand daughter, Audrey brought it to me and said she really liked it.  She asked if she could have it.  I told her I had to frame it first.  I put in in a frame and now it is hers for her bedroom.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Maggie - Week Two
I still have some adjusting on the structure to do.  I think she is coming along.  I need to lighten up on her flesh tones.  I'm going to let it dry for a few days.  Progress!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Portrait Journey

Today in painting class.  I have decided to start a series of portraits.  This one is a start.  This is my grand daughter, Maggie.  I have some adjusting on the structure.  I wanted to post my journey from beginning to the finished painting.  I hope to capture her personality.  Here is the photo I am working from.
Thanks, Jessie for sharing your photos with me.


These are some of my students from watercolor class.  All very talented artists.  This week we worked on a landscape painting.  The students brought photos from home and we talked about composing.  I did a demo on painting clouds and sky.  Most finished their painting and the rest couldn't wait to finish up at home.  They also brought in their painted leaves from last week and most painted more at home with some exciting results.  Doug who has experience with pottery and glazes come up with an interesting idea.  He painted his leave and rather than wait for it to bloom, he placed it in a warm oven which generated some really nice spider webbing effects.  Who would have thought!  Next weeks subject will be a still life.  In two weeks we will be having a student show at the YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio.  Come check out the beautiful work the class has done.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

6 X 6 Oil
This little painting is my attempt to paint like Kevin Macpherson.  Very painterly with broad brush strokes.  Up close very abstract and step back it looks almost real.  I painted this one in about 30 minutes once I got set up.  It is a place in Milford, Ohio.  My last paint out with a Group of Ohio Plein Air Painters.

16 X 20 Oil
I painted this on a Masonite Board.  I used acrylic gesso to prime and this left a texture.  
This is a painting I started last year at a Plein Air Paint Out in Columbus, Indiana.  This one goes to my daughter Kelly.  She loves to read and really likes the scene.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Watercolor Classes

 10 X 14 Watercolor on Vellum

This Weekend is the Lebanon Festival of Arts.  I am hosting the hospitality room for the artists who have booths in the festival.  In addition there is a student art show.  The show opening is tonight.  During the Student show, I will be offering weekly classes in, Beginning Watercolor for Adults.  The classes start in July and will be on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m.   The location for the classes are at 182 Heffron Circle, Maineville, Ohio 45039.  If interested, please contact Elaine for a list of supplies.  The cost for the classes is $10.00 per session.

10 X 14 Watercolor

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fever Pitch

Painted this as my first abstract attempt.  Based on my Hot Flashes.  When ever I had one I would paint on the canvas and let it take me in the direction the painting wanted me to go.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Move to Ohio

Time to start a new chapter in Ohio.  Currently looking for a studio space in the Maineville area.  For now, I will be working from home.  I love the new home with it's open floor plan.  There is lots of light to work in.  I have already contacted the local Warren County Arts Council and look forward to getting to know the local artists.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reinvention Convention

Charcoal on Door Panel

Both sketches from a Powwow in Houston Texas


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

State Fair 2011

Showing at the Indiana State Fair from now through August 21, 2011
Indiana State Fair 2010

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Place to Remember

 Old Jail Museum
Crawfordsville, Indiana