a collection of daily paintings and drawings

Thursday, July 09, 2015

UNDER THE SUN peony flower watercolor painting

Another painting from the Peony farm Linwood Gardens here in Upstate New York. 

Under The Sun
watercolor 5 x 7"

Saturday, July 04, 2015

HILLSIDE FARM (SOLD) plein air landscape oil painting

Started last September, with a little color boost from me (that is actually an oak tree, not a maple) and finished in my studio this week. I really like this painting because the colors are so harmonious, and the teeny tiny cows came out okay.

Hillside Farm (SOLD)
oil on linen 8 x 8 "

Monday, June 29, 2015


 I spent last week painting outside, when it wasn't pouring rain. This has been a very damp June. I wanted to capture that hazy quality of the air on a humid day. In the first 2 paintings, I was lucky enough to catch a bit of sunshine peeking out from a cloud, or the clouds parting just as the sun was setting.
These 4 paintings were all started and finished at one sitting. I have several others that need a bit of touch up in the studio. I'm working on that ever elusive trait for plein air painting: loose brush strokes.

June 23
oil on linen  8 x 10"


June 24
oil on linen  5 x 7"


Kilarney Park (SOLD)
oil on linen  5 x 7

This was painted from a photo I took in Ireland in February.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

SWEET DREAMS daisy flower still life watercolor painting

I had a delightful dream last night (which nobody wants to hear about, I know) but I keep thinking about it, which leads me to other fantastic, fantasy adventures, which has kept a smile on my face all day. It occurred to me that our daydreams are one of the few things that bring delight without costing a cent.
To take the day and drive the coastal highway, ski the Swiss Alps, or lounge by a tropical sea wearing a bikini on your perfect body.
Have lunch with a departed loved one, a faraway friend, or an admired hero.
See yourself dancing like a pro by the light of the moon.
A world and beyond of possibility can take place;

Awe, wonder and magic;

In the mind.
So where will you allow your mind to take you today? Make it the trip of a lifetime. It's all yours. Have fun.
Sweet Dreams
watercolor  10 x 12" 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A CAPELLA (SOLD) marble still life oil painting

Another painting for the show "The Condition of Music" at the Oxford Gallery in Rochester.

A Capella (SOLD)
oil on linen  6 x 6"

Friday, May 29, 2015

MOVEMENTS OF A LARGER SYMPHONY marble and music still life oil painting on copper

I finally finished this little darlin'. It was intended for an exhibition with a music theme, but that deadline is long gone. Painting on the copper is interesting; this was a cradled panel covered with a thin layer of copper. I left the edges unpainted, so it looks pretty neat. Gives it a bit of a 3D interest.

Movements Of A Larger Symphony
oil on copper  12 x 12"

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FLIGHT OF FANCY origami crane still life watercolor painting

Yes, I actually did make this origami crane, but I did not paint all the extraneous creases from folding it in the wrong places.

Flight of Fancy
watercolor  8 x 10"

Sunday, May 24, 2015

POISED ON A STARRY NIGHT marble still life watercolor painting

This little image is one of my favorites of my marble series. It is professionally framed with an off-white mat and white-washed wood frame. Shipping is included in the price. I am also sending out my newsletter any day now. A shoulder injury has prevented me from offering any workshops, but I am trying to get a couple of online demos up and running.

Poised On A Starry Night
watercolor   6 x 6"
framed  12 x 12"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Rich Red (SOLD)
oil on canvas  12 x 12"

Monday, May 11, 2015

BASEBALL (SOLD) still life oil painting

Comes with a cute little easel or I'll pop it in a little black frame.

oil on linen  4 x 4"

Saturday, May 09, 2015

A ROSE FOR MOM (SOLD) flower watercolor painting

I hope everyone has a lovely Mother's Day.

Princess Rose (SOLD)
watercolor  8 x 8"

Friday, May 08, 2015

SPRING MAIDENS lily flower oil painting

Spring Maidens
oil on linen  6 x 6"

Monday, April 27, 2015

CAMELLIA flower oil painting

This was one of the first paintings I completed after my workshop with Anthony Waichulis at Ani Academy, thus the title. I learned a lot from him, but mostly, I learned that what I was already doing was okay. I was thinking I had to use more paint and less brushing, less layering and more texture. It is such a relief to find an artist whose technique I love and can respond to. Thanks Anthony.

Ani's Camellia
oil on linen 6 x 6"

Friday, April 24, 2015

ROYAL WELCOME tulip flower still life oil painting

Home from Virginia. Glad to be back to focus on painting and some other things. Sad to leave the lovely weather and people in Nelson County.
I started this painting in NY, and finished it in VA. 

Royal Welcome
oil on linen  8 x 10"

Friday, April 03, 2015

FULL OF GRACE (SOLD) still life floral oil painting

The workshop with Anthony Waichulis has given me a new appreciation for the power of detail. and focal points. Even though I signed this new painting, I am still mulling over some changes. I am pretty happy with it though. It is only 6x6", but took a long time to paint. 

Full Of Grace (SOLD)
oil on linen  6 x 6"

Thursday, April 02, 2015


Orbital Landscape
oil  6 x 6"

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

IN THE WILD. Painting while watching for bears

Painting from my journey to the Adirondacks last year. I started painting in an isolated spot, and was constantly jumping at every little noise. (I have a deep rooted fear of bears.) After an hour of nervous painting, I packed up and finally finished this painting in my bear-free studio. 

High Mountain Lake 
oil on linen  8 x 10"

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BLUE VELVET (SOLD) iris flower watercolor painting

Another blue iris. I just can't resist these beauties. Lucky for me, they grow in all my "home territories" : California, New York, and Virginia.

Blue Velvet (SOLD)
watercolor  8 x 7"

Saturday, March 14, 2015

SUMMER'S PRIDE (SOLD) iris flower watercolor painting

Summer's Pride (SOLD)
watercolor  11 x 8"

Friday, March 13, 2015

SERENDIPITY and a fat white Camellia watercolor painting

When I lived in California, camellias were everywhere, and I took them for granted. But, that is before I became an artist. Now, I am impressed by (and challenged to paint!) their regular forms, translucency, and soft colors. 

watercolor  7 x 6"