Welcome to my 30 year painting retrospective. Whether you simply take a brief look at the paintings or you go a bit deeper and discover the deeper meaning some of them have for me by reading the descriptions I hope you'll enjoy your visit. (To enlarge paintings click on them.)

February 8, 2011


I'll begin with a few watercolors here that I've combined with pen and ink.  Its fun to do and gives a little different effect than a painting done in purely watercolor.  While there are many ways to draw and shade with pen and ink, I chose to do my shading with dots in the paintings below.

"Setauket Lake-Autumn"   5" X 10"   Watercolor/Ink

"Silk Poppies"   12" X 9"   Watercolor/Ink

 "Fruit Bowl"   10" X 8"   Watercolor/Ink

This next picture is a close up of top right section of the painting above.  It shows how I used the ink dots to give shape to the fruit and leaves by using less or more of them accordingly.  As you may have guessed, it takes a lot of patience to do this!


It's difficult to paint a dark painting in watercolor and I found it especially difficult to do when I was first experimenting with watercolors.  I don't do many paintings with darks in them anymore because I enjoy color so much, but the two paintings below were done many years ago as part of my learning experience with dark colors.

"Dark Still Life With Pears"   24" X 18"   Watercolor

"The Kitchen Table"   15" X 20"   Watercolor

February 2, 2011


Below are a few paintings of homes  The first one came from my imagination and the last three are homes that really exist.  Hope you enjoy them...

"Grandma's House"   5" X 9"   Watercolor

"Adirondack Farm House"   9.5" X 19.5"   Watercolor

"Taos Corner"   9" X 15"   Watercolor

We were on a trip in NM when we saw the Taos home and garden shown in the above painting. This corner garden caught my eye because it looked so beautiful in the bright Southwestern sunshine.  We photographed the garden and house, as well, because I knew I wanted to make a painting of this lovely scene.  Friends of ours who'd also been to Taos bought the painting immediately after it was finished.  Unfortunately, my husband never quite got over my selling it that quickly, because he really liked it a lot.  Knowing this, several years later they surprised us by offering the painting back to him.  God has blessed our lives with very special friends, needless to say, and much to my husband's delight the painting is now hanging in our family room.

"Country Cottage"   9" X 22"   Watercolor


Below is a painting of a backyard, to me a very inviting one.  I couldn't resist painting it.  

"Picket Fence and Hammock"   22" X 30"   Watercolor

The painting below, of a garden room, is strictly taken from my imagination.  For some reason I decided to time myself when I did this painting, so every time I'd sit down to work a bit more on it I'd "clock in" and then "clock out" when I was finished for the day.  When I totaled up the hours I spent on it I found that it took me 42 hours to sketch the drawing and another 40 hours to paint it.  It was then and there that I truly came to the realization I'd never get rich as an artist being the slow poke that I am!  Very close friends of ours did buy this painting, however, and they showcased it in a beautiful way over their fireplace.  Friends who make gestures regarding my paintings such as the ones I've mentioned in today's postings, are riches that cannot be measured in a weekly paycheck.  They are by far more rewarding to me than any salary could ever be.  

"Garden Room"   22" X 30"   Watercolor

January 27, 2011


Somewhere soon after the 21st century began a new outlet for artists was born and it's quickly become a big craze.  Artists are creating 2.5" X 3.5" (or 3.5" X 2.5") cards for trade with each other and for sale to collectors of them.

ATC stands for "Art Trading Card".  The only rules for these are that they must be of the dimensions I described above and they cannot be sold for money.  ATCs can only be given away or traded for someone else's card.  There are many trading groups in Yahoo and elsewhere on the internet (a search can easily be done for them) dedicated to the trading of these cards.

ACEO stands for "Art Card Editions and Originals".  The only rule for these is that they must be of the dimensions I described above.  They can be original works or copies of an original work and are sold to other artists and collectors of them.  Ebay has an enormous section on it's website devoted to this as do other websites.  They can be found with any search engine.  ACEOs can be sold for anywhere from $.01 to $300 and up.

They can be created horizontally or vertically as long as they meet the dimension rule.  Although the majority of the cards are done on paper with the average artist materials ATCs or ACEOs can be created in any art form imaginable:  painting, collage, stamping, photography, 3-D, clay, sewing, leather, metal, plastic, cloth, and on and on.  Any materials can be used, paint, pencil, pen, glue, glitter, buttons, sand, beads, pieces of jewelry, just anything your imagination can dream up.  Again, the only rule is that they must measure 2.5" X 3.5" vertically or horizontally.  Collectors of them keep their collections in baseball trading card-like binders, boxes, books, and all sorts of creative places.

I'm going to post a few here that I did in watercolor on Arches 140lb cold press paper a year or so ago, and in the event someone looking here would like to know more about ATC/ACEO's I'll list a few website links that you can connect to from this blog to learn more about them, purchase supplies to make them with or collect them in.  You'll also see other examples of them on these links.  Enjoy!

"Petunia Blossom"   2.3" X 3.5"   Watercolor

"Two Beauties"   2.5" X 3.5"   Watercolor

"My Kind of Gang"   2.5 X "3.5"   Watercolor

"Long Island Sound"   2.5" X 3.5"   Watercolor

"Magnolia Blossom"   2.5" X 3.5"   Watercolor

"Buddies"   3.5" X 2.5"   Watercolor

"Close Up"   3.5" X 2.5"   Watercolor

I hope you enjoyed today's post and here are those links to websites that will further explain these fun little gems for you.  Some of the sites will have other links listed that you can connect to to learn even more about them, particularly the last link I've given you:

Have Fun!!!

January 26, 2011


"Olga's Tulips"   16" X 12"   Watercolor  

The above tulip painting was taken from a photo donated to a website that I highly recommend to anyone interested in any visual artistic pursuit themselves, http:/www.wetcanvas.com.  I didn't know Olga myself but she died last year and her passing was mourned by many members of the website.  They began a thread in her memory for people to post paintings on that they did from one of her many donated photographs.  I chose the one above to honor her.


"Amaryllis"   7" X 10.5"   Watercolor

Our neighbor has a green thumb and a couple of years ago he insisted upon giving us one of his beautiful amaryllis to enjoy while it was flowering.  It was gorgeous, especially in the sunlight.  I decided to paint this picture of it and gave the painting to him that Christmas. 

"Montauk Daisies"   14" X 18"   Watercolor

I'm probably wrong, but I could swear that Montauk daisies did not exist when I was a child.  I first remember hearing about them when I was a young woman.  Because I live on Long Island in NYS I am very familiar with the town of Montauk where they originated.  The first time I can remember seeing these flowers in person I was in Montauk itself and I took several photos of them.  The idea of seeing Montauk daisies in Montauk gave me quite a tickle.  Doesn't take much to amuse me!  Years later I made this painting from my photos.

"Iris"   18" X  9"   Watercolor

One early summer day I was walking in my favorite park and noticed a huge iris plant with several beautifully ruffled irises of a very unusual light blue/lavender color blooming.  I had my sketch pad with me and stopped to sketch a few of the blooms.  I've since tried a few paintings from those sketches, and the above is one of my attempts, but I've yet to even come close to capturing the unique color those particular irises were. 

"Orchids"   14" X  9"   Watercolor

There's no story behind this painting, really.  If an artist isn't fortunate enough to live in a place where he/she can do a lot of gardening a greenhouse is the next best place to look for subject material if you enjoy painting flowers.  This was painted from greenhouse photos.  

"The Sunbonnet"   11" X 24"   Watercolor

The above painting was just dreamed up from my imagination one day and given to a good friend when it was finished.

"Clematis"   21" X 27"   Watercolor

Because I'm not able to do a lot of gardening friends sometimes give me photos of their flowers to work from.  A dear friend gave me photos of a few of her nephew's clematis flowers, a flower I'd never seen before then.  She told me they grew on a vine, so I imagined how the flowering vine might look and made this painting from her photos and my imaginings.  My husband's boss, the principal of the school he taught in, bought the painting.  He and his wife hung it over their fireplace and redecorated their den around it.  I was quite new to any kind of serious painting at that time and was flabbergasted!  It certainly encouraged me to continue on my artistic journey and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their support.

"Sunflowers"   15.5" X 11"   Watercolor

After reading a series of books by the artist, Jeanne Carbonetti, I was playing around with a looser style of painting than I normally use.  It was fun to paint, but I certainly had to work quickly which got me very frazzled and so I haven't attempted it again.

"Tulip Riot"   10.5" X 14.5"   Watercolor

One day while driving in an unfamiliar town I noticed a huge tulip garden that must have been at least 60' long running the entire length of someone's driveway.  The house was an older brown shingled Dutch colonial, and the garden was a riot of beautiful colors.  I stopped to ask the homeowner, who turned out to be a very kind, elderly woman, if I could photograph the garden.  She was more than accommodating and seemed to take my asking her as a compliment, which it certainly was.  I later did this painting from those photographs.  

"Hanging Begonia"   13" X 8"   Watercolor/Colored Pencil

I first saw the above begonias growing in what was an annual local neighborhood garden showplace.  The only problem was that the resident gardener was a rather grumpy old man.  It took me several years to gather up my courage, but I finally did go ask him if he would possibly allow me to photograph his garden.  He didn't smile, but he did kind of huff a 'yes' to me, so I quickly took a few pictures and got out of there fast!  A couple of years later I painted this from one of those photographs.  The begonias were growing in a window box attached to the shed where all the gardening tools were kept.

I've been battling in the friendliest of ways with my very good friend since childhood whether pink or blue was the "best" color.  At her request I gave her this painting, and I'm not surprised she chose this one, because she was always the lover of pink.  

"The Bedspread"   14" X 9"   Watercolor

"The Bedspread" may sound like an odd title for the above painting, but that's where the idea for it came from.  I was trying to make a painting to decorate a bedroom while trying to match the colors in the bedspread.  I finally decided to simply sketch a few of the flowers that were in the bedspread and did this painting from my sketches by matching the colors in the bedspread.  This was the result.  Sometimes you just have to improvise!

"Black Eyed Susans"   10" X 7"   Watercolor/Colored Pencil

I sketched these black eyed susans while standing in the road one day.  They were growing around the mailbox of a neighbor down the block.  They are among my favorite flower, so I couldn't resist them.   

"Lilacs With Love"   25" X 26"   Watercolor

Lilacs are my all time favorite flowers, so I especially enjoyed painting the above bouquet of them that I'd picked from my lilac bush.  One day I had several paintings, including this one, in the trunk of my car and happened to stop by my good friend's mother's house to say hello.  She was a woman I adored throughout my childhood.  She asked to see the paintings I had with me, because she was looking for an anniversary gift for a good friend of hers who I also liked very much.  I'm so glad this painting was the one she chose.  It made this a painting of pure love from beginning to end for me personally.  Both women have since passed but there's no doubt in my mind that they both leave lots of love behind in the hearts of many people.  

"Monarch Butterflies"  10" X 12"   Watercolor

Just thought I'd include this, but I really don't know what kind of flower these butterflies are perched on.  I just liked the delicacy of the whole thing.

"Spring Bouquet"   18" X 12"   Watercolor

Not a lot to say about the above painting, but as I'm posting in this blog today I am seeing a pattern of my not liking to paint backgrounds!

"Flowers in Basket"   16" X 22"   Watercolor

I painted the above painting for the challenge of doing the basket, really, and it turned out to be a fun one to paint.

 "Hibiscus"   12" X 9"   Watercolor

We live in Florida during the winter.  One day last winter I sat in my driveway and sketched one of the hibiscus growing there and then decided to turn the sketch into this quick painting.  As I look at it now I can see that the painting needs more work.  That's something I all too often think about when I look at one of my paintings--that I want to unframe it and fix it.  Very aggravating!  Luckily, I still have this one and it's not framed, so I can easily tackle it again.

"Sunflower Bouquet"   24" X 28"   Watercolor

The painting above is quite a bit brighter than it photographed and I must admit it's one of my very favorites.  I was photographing farm stands on the East End of Long Island and noticed the above bucket of these various varieties of sunflowers in one of them.  It was something I really wanted to paint and when i got around to doing it it was like painting a puzzle.  Because, much to my dismay, I don't have a window above my kitchen sink this painting is hanging there now to bring a little sunshine inside.  

"Frank's Fronds"   15" X 9"   Watercolor

If ever there was a painting that was a puzzle to paint, though, it was the one above, my neighbor's palm bush.  I was fascinated by how the frond leaves had grown interlocked as they did.  When I painted it I did each leaf separately, of course, and then I had to paint each piece of sky in between separately.  It was challenging, but turned out to be lots of fun, to paint.

"Mother's Day Bouquet"   22" X 15"   Watercolor

Our oldest son and his wife sent me the above bouquet for Mother's Day two years ago and it was an exceptionally beautiful one.  I wanted to paint the bouquet from real life, but I'm so good at procrastinating that I didn't get around to it while the bouquet was at it's best, I'm afraid.  When I finally did sit down to sketch it I knocked the vase over!  I was feeling frivolous that day, so I decided to add a bit of imagination and paint the flowers "in mid air".  This is the silly painting that came from all of that. 

To the viewer I hope you've enjoyed the flower show above and it's put a smile in your heart today.  

January 25, 2011


This first painting below is one I did by feeling my own body movements and drawing what I felt.  I did the painting to represent the stages of a woman's life from being a timid young woman, to slowly coming into her own, to blossoming into her full self, and finally having the complete self confidence in who she is to dance into her future with total assurance.  My daughter honored (and surprised me) by having this made into a tattoo that she wears.  She added the hands of God holding the women up and the dates of my two kidney transplants under each hand.  Many blessings, daughter and thank you...

"The Dancer"   20" X 30"   Watercolor

Below are several other paintings of women I did over the years.  Most were painted from my imagination and a couple were taken from photos with a bit of artistic license thrown in.  

"Woman Relaxing"   14" X 15"   Watercolor

"Sunbonnet"   34" X 27"   Watercolor

"Dog Walk"   15" X 10"   Watercolor

"Ladies Luncheon"   12" X 16"   Watercolor/Colored Pencil

"Back To Africa"   20" X 16"   Acrylic

"Bernice and Bah Chee-Navajo Women   12" X10.5"   Watercolor   

And, last but not least for today, we have two little ladies...

"Megan Fishing"   17" X 11.5"   Watercolor

"Girl In Snow"   8" X 10"   Watercolor

And, one very special little boy, my grandson...

"Ahh That's The Life"   10" X 13"   Watercolor

January 24, 2011

Today I thought I'd simply show you a few of my personal favorites...

"Crabapple Blossoms"   13" X 14"   Watercolor

I was standing under a canopy of the crabapple blossoms above on a bright, sunny day in my favorite local park.  And yes, believe it or not the sky really was that blue.  The fragrance from the blossoms was Heavenly under the tree and the sunlight filtering through the multitude of white blossoms engulfed me in a very special glowing light.  It was magical under there.  As anyone who has lived in the North knows, after a long winter springtime is a joyous event.  Being under this blossoming fruit tree was a very special way to celebrate it.   So, I decided to try to capture at least the blossom's beauty.  Luckily, I had my camera with me that day.  I know I wasn't able to capture everything I was feeling under there that day for the viewer, but selfishly, I must say that seeing it always brings it all back for me.  That's probably why I have this painting hanging where I can see it everyday first thing in the morning!

"Begonia Branches"   20" X 12"   Watercolor

I'll just bet anyone who is looking at the painting above is wondering why it would be one of my favorite paintings, and I wouldn't blame you in the least.  But, like many paintings it has a story.  Back in the late '80s I saw these sad begonia stems sitting in this dirty old vase every week, class after class in an art league I took workshops at.  This crazy thing would travel from room to room virtually going unnoticed by anyone.  There often wasn't even water in the vase from what I could see.  I guess some of the teachers used it in still life classes, although none of mine ever did.  After well over a year of seeing the way it survived against all odds and just wouldn't give up these begonia branches really began to intrigue me.  I'd have to laugh when I'd see this sad, sorry thing pop up yet again.  Sometimes it had more leaves, sometimes barely any, but it always kept living somehow. 

As time went on I, too, was trying to survive.  I'd lost my kidney function and was going through the fight of my life.  One of the medications I was taking made my hands shake, very much a handicap for an artist.  One day I was sitting in an art class and was having a difficult time keeping up with the others because of the problem.  Then I noticed the stoic begonia sitting on the window sill staring down at me.  I decided if there was anything I could sketch it would be those wiggly leaves!  So, rather than try to control my hand I put my pencil in it, let it shake all it wanted, and sketched away.  It actually was kind of fun to do and I thought I wound up really capturing the essence of those leaves.  The tricky part was trying to make a painting from my sketch with my shaking hands, but I did manage to accomplish it somehow.  It was the beginning of my learning to compensate for the problem with my hands that the medicine causes me to this day.  

It is another painting that hangs in my bedroom to this day, well over 20 years later, to remind me both of the tenacity it takes to survive under difficult circumstances and my experience that day in class, one that I would often repeat during my life, of making lemonade out of lemons.

"Heron At Dawn"   15" X 18"   Watercolor

The above painting was a painting I did when I first began painting seriously.  Both my mother-in-law and daughter liked it, so I wound up painting it twice.  

"New England Lighthouse"   19" X 22"   Watercolor

When I first began to paint I wanted to try to do all kinds of subjects and was always on the lookout for a picture to work from.  It hadn't yet occurred to me to take my own photographs and I was much too timid to paint from my own sketches!  My daughter and I were having lunch in a diner one day when I spotted this picture on our paper placemats.  She was a teenager at the time and just about wanted to disappear when I quickly grabbed mine, folded it up and stuck it in my pocketbook.  When I got home I began this fairly poor painting from the placemat.  As time went on I kept seeing this same lighthouse portrayed in paintings and photos everywhere.  It turns out it is a very famous one in Maine, I believe.  

"Lighthouse Collage"   22" X 15"

This is the same lighthouse revisited many years later in a class on rice paper collage that I took.  This place has me curious and I would like to see it in person.  Maybe I'll paint it one more time and get it right!

"Yellow Tulips"   24" X 9.5"   Watercolor

Again, the painting above was done many years ago.  My father loved flowers and he always gave me a few plants every Easter.  I looked forward to them, because he was not a particularly demonstrative man and it meant a lot to me that he did that.  I was a busy mother of three children the year I received these from him, but I managed to steal about half an hour one afternoon when they were at school to paint them.  I was painting them from life and only had time to quickly capture their essence.  I was surprisingly pleased with the painting when I was done.   My father is long gone now and I sold the painting, something I very much regret having done, because it reminds me so much of him.

"Space Shuttle for Aeronut"   14.5 X 21"  Watercolor

My husband loves everything to do with flight whether it's airplanes or space flight.  I did this many years ago especially for him as a Christmas gift so it was a lot of fun to paint.  I'm itching to take it out of it's frame now and do a lot more detail in the smoke.  

"Three Pears"   30" X 22"   Watercolor

I put together a few things from my kitchen one day and came up with the still life above.  The graphic style is a departure for me and I really enjoyed painting this way.

It can be difficult to do darks when using watercolor paint.  It requires many glazes (layers) of paint on top of each other which can be very tricky to accomplish without streaking.  I don't attempt it very often, but early on I did give it a try in the two paintings below:

"Still Life With Pears"   24 X 18"   Watercolor

"The Kitchen Table"   15" X 20"   Watercolor