Friday, January 18, 2019


watercolor and gouache

I painted this this week. I love painting mushrooms. Not sure why. Their organic feel? 
This is mostly transparent watercolor. I added some gouache in the foreground grass and rock. 

The class I am teaching is going well, I think. The students are doing great. The biggest hurdle I see is that they are so hard on themselves! I keep encouraging them. This next week we plan on going to a Mediterranean restaurant to have a meal and sketch while eating. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 brings a new teaching class

Happy New Year! To start this year, I've been asked to teach a watercolor journaling class. I am looking forward to the get togethers and sharing work and techniques. I will post some class work here as it progresses.
watercolor in my art journal

I started a new art journal recently and just did this small painting. I am fairly obsessed with the idea of making French Macrons. I will this 2019. I have purchased what I need and have read up on the technique. Now to start! In the meantime, I painted some. 

Happy Painting! 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

one of my favorite paintings

I painted this a few years ago and it's one of my favorites. I may paint it again as I sold the original. It is small, 4x4 oil on panel. I took the picture in France in Nice at the flower market. It was a cloudy day and the sun was not out. I love the "French" box the garlic sits upon. I also love how each fruit has complementary colors in them. Nature is amazing like that.

happy painting!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas Cardinal

In my mind, Cardinals and Christmas go together. Not sure why. I painted this this week in gouache on paper in one of my art journals.

Happy painting!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Everyone loves a snowman...

The other night I drew this fun quick sketch and posted it on FB. Wow, did I get a lot of likes and comments! Everyone loves a snowman. I know I do but now I understand a lot of people do!
I drew it in a pencil that acts as a wash when it's wet. Then I added some watercolor.

Happy Painting!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Holly and berries in gouache

A very quick study of holly with berries in gouache. I think it's a little over worked. Learning gouache is a journey. It's very different from transparent watercolors.

I have holly bushes in my front gardens. I love them! This being a fairly new house, they were planted as small babies and have grown quite a bit. This is the first time they now have red berries. So happy! It's the small things in life that make a difference.

Happy painting!

Friday, October 19, 2018

gouache landscape of rocks

gouache on paper
5x8 journal

Pure fun and experiment with no thought to the outcome. I concentrated on getting the values of the rocks correct. I did this fast and furious. Well, furious for