a collection of daily paintings and drawings

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CONTINUUM waterscape oil painting

oil on canvas 24 x 8"
This painting is currently in an exhibition, so contact me for purchase.

Friday, February 27, 2015

ODE TO IMOGEN calla lily flower watercolor painting

Painting inspired by a gorgeous photo by Imogen Cunningham (so gorgeous that I didn't include it in my blog for comparison). I just love Imogen's work; it has the precise but sensual quality that I strive for in my own work.

Ode To Imogen
watercolor  7 x 6"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The SECOND ARTIST gets great press

Front page, right above the Best Souvlaki in town!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOW DRAWING SAVED MY LIFE portraits from my drawing group

pencil on white paper

I named this drawing "Princess Bonnie" because it reminds me of those sweetly flattering drawings that artists at Disneyland used to draw when I was a kid. 

charcoal and conte on grey paper

Quincy has an adorable crooked smile that I tried to capture, though it looks somewhat like a smirk here. So pretty and smart; I could draw her for hours and hours. Speaking of which, most of my drawings are completed in 1-1.5 hours.

Most drawings that look like this: (by Sabin Howard)
take considerably longer to do. 

How did drawing save my life? My sanity in this culturally narrow and conservative place was being wacked right and left. I gave up all fine art and focused on design and illustration. For 10 years, I painted what I thought would sell. I survived physically, but emotionally and spiritually, I was a wreck. A series of things helped put me right, not the least of which is a Thursday night drawing group. Drawing from life is a difficult thing. Focusing on one thing and recreating it with a little pencil is a wonderful thing. Spending $5 for the privilege is a delightful thing. An evening in my drawing friends' company is priceless. Thank you to everyone who helped save my life.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

WINDOW PICTURES figure watercolor painting

Window Pictures
watercolor  22 x 15"

Friday, February 20, 2015

LATE BREAKING NEWS portrait watercolor painting

Good old Bob posing for me. I love the light and colors in this. 

Evening News
watercolor  16 x 20"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

RED KISS chocolate candy still life painting

Red Kiss
oil on linen  4 x 4"

Thank you to Peter, Arti, Catharina, and Sue for your kind comments recently. I so appreciate all of you readers/ and or viewers. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SOUTHERN BELLE magnolia flower watercolor painting

Started a few watercolor flowers weeks ago (I'm good at starting), and finished this one last night (I am bad at finishing). Sometimes it is so bad that I give myself a rule that I cannot start another painting until I finish 3. Usually it works. People tell me "just paint looser!", but I am compelled to finish with all the detail, value, and colors that I like in a painting.

Southern Belle
watercolor  6 x 7.5

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AUTUMN MEMORIES landscape oil painting

This painting is going to an exhibition this week. I have a number of snowy landscapes, but at this time, that just seems cruel.

oil 8 x 8"

Monday, February 16, 2015

TOAD HOLLOW CREEK winter landscape painting

Hard to believe there is a family of beavers living in there somewhere. I'm not sure what the creek's true name is, but it runs under Toad Hollow Road, thus, the title.

Toad Hollow Creek
oil on linen  8 x 10"

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WINTER. thank you, you can leave now

A commission for a nice couple from Canada. They wanted a snow scene in warm colors, and they were very happy with this creation.

Winter's Grace (SOLD)
oil 16 x 20"

Friday, February 13, 2015

RENDEZVOUS IN A QUIET PLACE marble still life oil painting

Rendezvous In A Quiet Place
oil on canvas  18 x 36"


I am excited to be participating in this exhibition that benefits the Dog Ears Bookstore and the Enlightenment Literary Arts Center. 
see more here:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BEHIND THE 8 BALL (SOLD) still life oil painting

A new painting of my Billiard Balls, this one is 4 x 4". It's a winner.

Billiard Balls #2 (SOLD)
oil on linen 4 x 4"

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Appreciation. Interest. A smile.
These go a long way to fulfilling my little artist heart. And, isn't it just human to want these responses for what we do? Purchasing a painting is the ULTIMATE praise, and I am grateful for this, but anyone who wanders into my studio and enjoys my work is appreciated. Others who... well I won't get into rude comments I've heard, but really, you know the saying "if you can't say anything nice don't say anything"? A good motto all around.
Let's pass it on; next time we see someone doing a good job, let them know you noticed. Being kind is powerful.

Comfort Me With Apples
watercolor  11 x 18"
This painting is currently in an exhibition. Email for purchase enquiry. Prints are available.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BLUE MOUNTAIN AFTERNOON painting and wanton destruction in the Adirondacks.

My friend Mike has a gallery in the Adirondacks, and I spent one cold, rainy August afternoon painting there. Unfortunately, New York does not have coastal access laws, so I had to destroy the buildings impeding the view with my mind.

Blue Mountain Afternoon
oil  10 x 8"
This painting is currently in a gallery. Please email if you would like to purchase

Saturday, February 07, 2015

PERSUASION Iris floral still life watercolor painting

As in crystal and blue. And that is the only line I can remember from the song. 'Crystal Blue Persuasion' , Whatever it means, it seemed like a good title for this painting.
Home from a Winter vacation in Ireland. Yes, it was cold, but not as cold as here. It is pretty bad when you go to Ireland for the nice climate. Took lots of photos, so keep your eye out for some new paintings of Ireland. A friend and I are planning an exhibition here in Ellicottville.

watercolor  8x8"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MORNING PRAYERS and promises to keep

Another Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) from Linwood Gardens. Their shapes are so lovely and elegant, and this particular image reminded me of reaching up to the heavens.
My promises I am keeping are being grateful and being mindful (doing one thing at a time; no more eating while reading, painting while talking on the phone). Not coming so easy are exercising and being more sociable. It is too easy to hunker down at home. And wasting time, ditto.

Morning Prayer
watercolor  7 x 7"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

THE DWELLING PLACE marble still life painting

A wee painting. How do I do it? teeny tiny brushes, steady hands, good light, and an understanding Chiropractor.

The Dwelling Place
oil on linen 4 x 4"

Monday, January 12, 2015

KISSED BY THE SUN (I wish I was...) watercolor flower peony painting


Another tree peony painting, as the temperature hover around 20 degrees. The arctic wind reminds us we live in an OLD house. Ice has built up on the inside of our windows. Thank goodness for wool sweaters and slippers. 

Kissed By The Sun
watercolor  7 x 7"