Friday, February 27, 2015


 It was a cooler day on the Gulf Coast - a perfect day for reading and painting.  
Today, more inspiration from Degas.  

Approximately 6" x 6"
original watercolor

And, for fun, a super enlarged print of "Blue Ballet" in a pretty, blue room!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


A few months ago I found this book on the shelves at Barnes and Noble.  It's filled with exercises designed to get you thinking about Edgar Degas' style and trying your hand at it.  It's a beautiful little book and, as the cover suggests, speaks to the use of pastels.  However, pastels aren't a direction I want to go right now.
So, I used my watercolors instead and went forward 
with three ballerinas wearing saucy, rosy-red tutus. 
Available in my Etsy shop here.

Below, I cropped out the watercolor to make a square image, 
ready for matting and framing as an enlarged print of the original.

Thanks for looking!


 Both views have beauty, but a change of view can also be exhilarating!

From yards and sidewalks covered with snow, 
to a beautiful turquoise sea.
From the snow capped seedpods poking up in my garden, 
to bougainvillea and hibiscus in full bloom.
From the moan of bitter winds howling around our windows,
to the constant, rhythmic crash of the surf.

Toss trusty paints and brushes into the mix, an artist that 
never fails to inspire, and the gift of time.

A new watercolor in the shop - shown here as it would look in a mat and frame . . .
And showcased as a more modern piece - a large print.

 The original or a print - now in my shop!  Just click the photo above to go to Etsy.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


What a fun way to cap off what was already a fantastic day.  Two of my favorite Cezanne-like paintings sold today and will soon be on their way to Virginia!

8 x 8 oil on deep 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvas

"Pomegranate, Peach, and Pear"
8 x 10 oil

Makes a girl want to paint!  
No oils along with me - it's a little complicated traveling with oil paints - but
I do have my favorite watercolors, pens, and plenty of good paper!

Thursday, February 19, 2015


It's kind of comical to hear the weather forecasters warn of being prepared before braving the elements today.   Yes, it's a little cold by Florida standards, but still paradise for these Wisconsinites!  
And now it's time to pull out my sketchbook, pens, and watercolors, which have started to get a little dusty since the flurry at Christmastime.

Being in Florida always reminds me of my parents who moved here upon retirement.  They're no longer here but the memories of them are everywhere and I think that's one reason I love it so much.  And, it doesn't hurt that this is the perfect place to get away from the cold and snowy winters of the upper midwest!

So, to start out my vacation sketches . . . my mom's geranium.



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