Wednesday, August 29, 2018


This is my painting for an upcoming show at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.  The show should be very interesting because it will include not only the final paintings, but some preliminary work associated with the paintings--like value and color studies. The reception is September 8 from 6 to 7:30 at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 7th and G St SE.  This is a show of the Summer Work of a group I recently joined, the Wednesday Studio Group.  All are welcome.

This lotus is one I recently saw at the Lan Su gardens in Portland Oregon.  I had never seen a  lotus out  of water before.  I used only two colors (winsor red and sap green) in this painting.  The browns are combinations of those two colors.

I hope it conveys the serenity I felr when I saw this lotus in a planter,

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

TY Jan

My friend Jan gave me an amazing vase (with dragonflies, of course) when we got together recently for dinner in Portland .  We now live in different places.  I'm in DC and Jan is in Arizona.  It was a treat to get together, thanks to Patty Clement. 

This vase is the perfect for lilies, roses, and I am sure many other flowers.  Those are just the ones I've put in it so far.  This painting is of  the lilies.  Again....gratitude!  I feel blessed.  I already sent the thank you card with this painting to Jan.

Friday, July 20, 2018

TY Nancy

Another great gift!   This is a pendant with a dragonfly from my friend Nancy.  It was so much fun to paint it because the copper is so rich in color and texture.  Nancy also gave me a dragonfly for a houseplant.  I didn't paint it--it was already with my philodendron.  Very meaningful gifts!!!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

TY Virginia

My birthday was a month ago, but I am still catching up on my thank you notes.  I am grateful and have a lot to be thankful for!

One of the special things that happens each year is flowers from Virginia.  This year, they were very delicate pink roses with baby's breath.  I love it and this is the painting I did on the thank you card that I am sending to Virginia.

Virginia also sends me a little bonus.....which I always put into my art supply account.  That is very nice.

Thank you Virginia!  Love Ya!  Love Ya!

Monday, July 9, 2018


This is always so much fun.  I recently enjoyed a dinner with friends Patty, Jan and Nancy--"dragonfly" friends.  When I lived in Portland, we used to have dinner together and also do other things together. Patty is the only one who still lives in Portland.  I am in DC, Jan is in Arizona, and Nancy is in Springfield Arizona. We were able to get back together on June 30 at Patty's place.  It was a real treat. 

We usually exchange gifts at the dinners.  I had unfortunately left my gifts for the others back in DC, but will soon get them in the well as the thank you notes for the gifts that were given to me. 

Patty gave me an Oregon "Roots" mug.  I didn't paint the mug, but made a painting on the thank you card of a black Oregon state image with trees and the word "ROOTS" on the black field.  I love Patty's reminder that I put down roots in Oregon. 

She also took me to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, where she is a member, and surprised me with a cast dragonfly from their gift shop.

Patty also hosted me for the whole trip---several days.  We had lots of fun times together and some delicious meals.  Thank you Patty for making all this possible.   

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Draw a Bird

I recently joined a new art group, the Wednesday Studio.  One of the traditions of this group is to draw a bird on the 8th of each month. This is my first entry---an albatross.  I did it from an internet image.  I have never seen an actual albatross.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


I recently had a birthday...accompanied by lots of fun activities.  One of those was a dinner, hosted by daughter Louisa Reynolds Smith at Fiola Mare in Georgetown.  It's an extra-special place and we were joined by long-time friend Kanae Watanabe.

As a further treat, Kanae brought macarons from Laduree, a french bakery also in Georgetown.  Those are the best!  So, I made a little thank you card painting and shared them with the Smiths.