Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cherry Blossoms

Here's a recent painting of cherry blossoms.  I was trying to catch the beauty of the blossoms seen up close and the chaos of the background.  It is primarily watercolor, with some brown pencil outlines of the blossom closeups, so technically mixed media. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Under the Sea



This is a recent painting that I thought I had  posted, but I can't find the post.  Apologies if this is the second time.  It is based on a photo sent to me by my friend Sheryl.  It has a free form underpainting and then I added shapes by "negative" painting--painting around the shape.  I also added color for the starfish and darker tones for the holes in the sea urchins.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Thank you Jenifer!


This is a flag that is on a bike that is on a t-shirt that Jen sent to me for Mother's Day.  I decided just to paint the flag because Jen and I had a fun conversation about flags while the shirt was in the mail.  Somehow, I knew it involved a flag.  It's a very cute t-shirt and the design is red and white and then "batiked" and navy blue.  I made an abstract red and white painting and used frisket blocking (which is like a wax resist, only easier to get off watercolor paper.  This t-shirt is just the sort of thing I love to wear.



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

TY Sophia


My adorable grandaughter Sophia and I like to make a special pastry that involves very thin sliced apples placed in pastry dough and rolled into roses.  

What a great treat it is to spend time with a person you love and do something beautiful that is also good to eat.  I don't think it gets any better than that.  We were having a problem, though, getting the apples thin enough and so we had to cook them which kind of detracted from the final product.  Sophia found a solution---a mandoline cutter that would make very thin and very even slices.  She gave it to me at Christmas but it wasn't until recently that we were able to use it together and make the creations we hoped for.  I do say they were amazing.  

Thanks, Sophia, for the time we spend together...and for the great gift of the mandoline which is useful in many ways beyond slicing apples.  I love it!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

River Scene


This is very unusual for me.  It is actually a painting I started several years ago after taking a workshop from John Salminen.  I recently pulled it out and decided I should either finish it or toss it.  There had been a large white shape and I softened that.  I also added some of the more "fuzzy" shapes.  I then cropped it quite a bit.  It had been a full sheet (22 x 30) and is now 16" x 28".  I am pretty happy with it.  It's got lots of interesting colors and shapes and I like that.  There is a lot of glazing, which is a technique of painting an area, letting it dry completely, and then painting over it with a different color, or colors.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thank you Nancy

This is a very fun salt and pepper set sent to me at Christmas by my friend Nancy Hugg.  They are the same size--I tried to do something that would give some depth to the sketch, but it didn't work very well.  I actually did this over a month ago.  By now, they have salt and pepper in them and are in use...always reminding me of my dragonfly friends, including Nancy.

So, thank you, Nancy....a little late, but with gratitude for your friendship, thoughtfulness, and ability to find such fun dragonfly gifts.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thank you Peter and Louisa...mmmm


YES!!!   Chocolates from neighborhood Chocolatier "J."  So tasty!  I don't know what else to say.  The painting is of the box they came in--beautiful brown box with a brown satin bow.  Lovely.
Thanks for the chocolates and for the tip on where to buy truly great chocolates in our neighborhood.  All hand made in small batches.  Luxury!!!!