Sunday, March 29, 2015

Watercolor USA Exhibition

I am so pleased to announce that my watercolor painting "Still Life with White Lilies", 20" x 28" has been accepted into the 54th annual Watercolor USA Exhibition.  I feel so blessed and so excited to be included in this prestigious show!  A special thank you to the Juror, Patricia Watts.  The show runs from June 6 through August 23, 2015 at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Missouri.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Grapes & Silver Bowl Watercolor and New Video

"Grapes & Silver Bowl"
9.5" x 6"
Watercolor on Paper
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This is a new watercolor that I just finished.  It was filmed for my watercolor teaching forum,
This painting is a nice compliment of smooth, the silver bowl, versus busy, with all the grapes.  Again, with a limited palette.  The darks of the background and silver cup really make the grapes "pop".
Stay tuned for tomorrow for some great news I'll have to share... ♥

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Red & Yellow Gladiola

 Spring Flower Week...Day 6
 "Red & Yellow Gladiola"
6" x 6"
Watercolor on Paper


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sunlit Lily

 Spring Flower Week...Day 5
 "Sunlit Lily"
8" x 5.5"
Watercolor on Paper
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bowl of Cherries

Spring Flower Week...Day 4
"Bowl of Cherries"
7.5" x 5.5"
Watercolor on Paper
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I know, I know, these aren't flowers...but it was fun to do.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pink Apple Blossoms

Spring Flower Week...Day 3
"Pink Apple Blossoms"
5.5" x 8"
Watercolor on Paper
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lavender & White Iris

Spring Flower Week...Day 2  
"Lavender & White Iris"
7" x 8.5"
Watercolor on Paper


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spring Flower Week

 "Pink Cabbage Rose"
7" x 10"
Watercolor on Paper
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It's March, so it's time for my annual Spring Flower Week.  That means I'm getting back to my roots a bit and painting a "painting a day" for 7-10 days.  It's a nice break to concentrate on flowers and the beauty of what's to come in my garden. Starting off with one of my favorite types of Roses, the Cabbage Rose.  These are often portrayed paintings from the Victorian era.  Love them!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Purple Vase

There's a new video on my
This video is dealing with reflections on a glass vase, how to achieve them and how to paint them.  It's these important details of a still life that make them really special and draw the viewer in to study your paintings closer.  It's a lot of work doing these little paintings within a painting...but well worth it. 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tropical Berries

 "Tropical Berries"
11" x 7"
Watercolor on Paper


Continuing with our theme to think about warmer weather...instead of the 19 degrees we have right now...some tropical berries.  An explosion of color with great purples and greens.  This includes a wet-in-wet background that was very fun to paint.  Hope this brings warm thoughts to everyone.  It's been a long winter...ugh!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

New Video on the forum. 

Hi Everyone!  We have a new video to view on the For the Love of Watercolor Forum.  And next week we'll have another video on painting Glass Vase Reflections. We will learn how to effectively achieve painting all the reflections into an antique colored glass vase.  The vase is surrounded by pearls and lace and are all reflected into the glass.  It'll be a challenge!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Springtime Friend

  "Springtime Friend"
8.5" x 7"
Watercolor on Paper
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As our thoughts turn to a change from this cold, cold winter to a lovely springtime flower.  Magnolias are always one of my favorites.  If the frost doesn't get them it can be a glorious display.  I'm going to do several smaller florals this week, so stay tuned.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Springtime on the Forum

Some of the gorgeous work from the artists on my forum,
I am so proud of all of them!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Two New Videos on the For the Love of Watercolor Forum

 "The Queen"  ~  9.75" x 7.5"
This is the video that I did of "The Queen" and then decided to do it larger, as "White Garden Queen" which was accepted into this years Transparent Watercolor Society of America show.  I have added this video to my For the Love of Watercolor Forum.  I think this video will give you guidance on what went into painting it.  The lush green are some of my favorites.  Lots of shadows and cast shadows that add so much interest and depth to the painting.  Then the Peony.  So brilliant with the delicate white petals and the intricate center and of course a great bud. 

I also wanted to do a video specifically for the people that are having troubles with their backgrounds.  I know they can be tricky.  So this little vignette should help you with the basics.  I guess the main thing is to practice...and do the practice pieces on small pieces of scrap watercolor paper.  The smaller size is more manageable and will help you gain confidence for the backgrounds on the larger pieces.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mardi Gras Poppy

  "Mardi Gras Poppy"
9" x 6.5"
Watercolor on Paper


Wanted to something different for a change.  I've never done this type of Poppy, or any Poppy for that matter.  This was so loaded with color.  So many cool ruffles, shadows and veins.

And, this is a new instructional video on the forum, For the Love of Watercolor.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Some Wonderful News!

"White Garden Queen"
27" x 20"
Watercolor on Paper

 I feel so honored to have received word that my watercolor "White Garden Queen" has been accepted into the Transparent Watercolor Society of America's 39th annual show. I am especially thankful to the judges, Harold Allanson and Martha Deming for including my painting in this prestigious show. I am truly grateful....♥.

For those of you subscribed to my forum, For the Love of Watercolor, I have a video of this piece in a smaller size, 7" x 10".  So that video will go up next week so you can see how it was done.  Enjoy...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Red & Yellow Lily Watercolor and Video

   "Red & Yellow Lily"
9" x 5"
Watercolor on Paper
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A beautiful Lily.  Something with lots of color on these cold and drab winter days.  I filmed the painting of this lily too.  That's available on the forum, For the Love of Watercolor.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Larger Watercolor...

 "Still Life with White Lilies & Pears"
20" x 28"
Watercolor on Paper
Well, it's been awhile since I did a larger watercolor.  It's nice getting a larger piece accomplished, they take so much time, but I so enjoy the challenge.  I love working with the darks too.  It makes the white lilies and pears "pop" and gives the piece a very elegant look.
I have included detail shots below.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

See what's blooming on the forum...

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tulip & Tea Cup Watercolor and Instructional Video

 "Tulip & Tea Cup"
9" x 6.25"
Watercolor on Paper

This is the latest instructional watercolor video on my
This 2 hour video helps you with your backgrounds, painting cloth, tulips with leaves and painting patterned, iridescent china.  All of the Steps For Success to complete this lovely little still life.