Friday, January 8, 2021

A Whisper on Paper - Big Sky

Big Sky over Indian River Inlet
pastel on paper

I am always amazed at the BIG SKY in Delaware. I think it's because it is so flat here on the coast. The highest part of Bethany Beach are the overpasses and bridges.  

I created this using Pan Pastels on grey paper. I don't use pastels much and have been thinking of selling them- part of my de-stash for 2021. So I pulled them out to use, to see if I really want to sell them. Answer: No, I do not. I forget how lovely it is to use them. Creamy and delicate. Just a whisper on paper really. 

I sprayed with a clear coat acrylic sealer over top to seal as, like I said, very delicate. I did this small, 4" x 4".  

Happy Painting...

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Gouache, my current love


acorn study in art journal

Left is gouache, right is traditional transparent watercolor. Lately, I am enjoying gouache. It reminds me of oil painting with out the hassle of oils. Painted in my art journal. 

What's everyone up to for 2021 with their art? I am in a weird place. Not feeling compelled to do much art at the moment. I was with kids for almost 3 weeks and did no art. Reading a lot since I got home.

I know the spark will return. It always does. I will be in the fallow for now. It's OK. I am familiar with this and it no longer scares me. I used to think this was  permanent place. But I have learned, over time, that it is not. It's a respite. So I will repose. 

Happy Painting in the meantime. 

Friday, December 4, 2020

France countryside
5.5" x 8"
ink and watercolor

 Pen and watercolor sketch in my sketchbook. From Dreamas' Flow class of which I am a member. For years I have kept an art journal. It is a visual history of my art journey. I love being able to look back at older works to remember and see my progress.  

I joined this class to keep me engaged in painting. Each month there is an oil painting class and a watercolor sketch class. And one or two 'extras', like artist interviews. I think it's a good deal for the money. 

Happy painting! 

Thursday, October 29, 2020

watercolor sketch book

 From my sketch book. This is  a view of the boardwalk at the ocean near me. These are lanterns that run down a part of the boardwalk. I did a 1 point perspective drawing in pencil first and then inked and painted it. 

Watercolor and ink.   about 5 x 8.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

simple lines watercolor


I was going for a minimalist look here. Simple lines and colors. Not sure. 

Experimenting and learning...

Monday, October 5, 2020


in process

my palette

I spent yesterday oil painting and so enjoyed it. It had been a long time. So glad to be painting again! I joined an online painting group to get me motivated.  Here is where I joined


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Botanic Gardens at Peppers Creek

Painted in my art journal.  I had the pleasure of visiting the new Botanic Gardens at Peppers Creek in Dagsboro, DE- near my home. It was a lovely day. There are forests, meadows and dunes in the gardens- benches and paths.  It was peaceful and a real cup-filling sort of place.