Friday, April 30, 2021

Bethany Beach Nature Center plein air painting


Nature Center at Bethany Beach
7" x 10" watercolor in art journal

I went painting with my painting group this past week. We went to the Bethany Beach Nature Center. I have driven by it for years and have never been there. What a little treasure! It's a bird sanctuary in the middle of the town. There is a boardwalk that goes out over the tidal marshes. This view I painted is at the end of the boardwalk, looking North I believe. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

 Art journal painting. I have not been doing much painting lately. All about paper crafting at the moment. I know the painting will come around again. I tend to move around my loves of painting or crafting. 

That said, I am hosting my painting group this morning, so today I will be painting.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Procreate Drawing


I LOVE Procreate!! What an amazing and inexpensive way to draw digitally.  This was a freehand piece in Procreate. I found a reference photo on Pinterest and put it side by side by my Procreate screen and draw. I pretty much ALWAYS use a reference photo. The background is a wonderful brush called Bokeh that is included with the program.

Happy Painting!

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.