Monday, January 15, 2018


Rocky - Watercolor & Pastel / 6X6 (15.24cm X15.24cm)

Using watercolor, I had some fun painting this little guy 

until he started looking like this:

A little color lifting and a few swipes of pastel saved the day.

But now I've got this stupid song stuck in my head.

And if you don't like that one, how about this?

That's okay.  You don't have to thank me :}

And for more fun art stuff,  Oregon photographer Kat Sloma is hosting her annual "Liberate Your Art" postcard swap.  Artists from 30 US states and 12 countries participated last year. 

 Kat accepts postcards from artists in any creative medium:  photography, painting, poetry, sculpture, cooking, ...

Here's the link if the swap appeals to you:  Liberate Your Art 2018 Postcard Swap.
March 17, 2018 deadline - lots of time.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Stripes / Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 8X10 (20.3cmX25.4cm)

I love big cats.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Lion Eyes

Lion Eyes / Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 8X10 (20.3cm X 25.4cm)

"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep;
I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."

Alexander the Great

Monday, December 18, 2017

One for the Bucket List

"Born to Run" / Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 12 X 16in (30.5 X 40.6cm)

Animals, especially African animals, have always been favorites to paint for some reason.  
It is heartbreaking that many of the animals we typically associate with Africa have been placed on the endangered species list:  lions, elephants, cheetahs, rhinos, the mountain gorilla (don't get me started).

Anyway, a painter who shares my love of African animals is English artist Hazel Soan. This gifted woman has studios in London and in Cape Town.

Hazel even offers a Kenyan workshop:  Wildlife Painting Safari.
 At about $12,000.00 (euros 11,000.),
this holiday is definitely one for the bucket list.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Muir Woods

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 16X12

"And into the forest I go,
to lose my mind and find my soul."
John Muir

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Brown-Eyed Girl

Brown-Eyed Girl / Watercolor Batik / 8X8

A fun video featuring a talented brown-eyed girl with a guy who knows how to dance:

 . . . . . . .

 I've signed up for an online class taught by Roxanne Evans Stout called Book of Trees.  Roxanne has a lovely soft, organic aesthetic.
Only half-way through watching the videos, I'm really looking forward to making this book ( & buying more art supplies for the class).

Saturday, October 28, 2017


We've been in our house for a few weeks now.  The donation pile keeps getting bigger.

 There is no big studio space here - no room for the flat files or canvas carts, but there is room for a drafting table & shelving in an extra bedroom.  As soon as the second shelving unit arrives, I can finish unpacking art supply boxes. 

This will become the new workroom.  I've always wanted a pink studio ☺.

Tim removed a big fireplace in the living room.  Now we have space for a couch.  We will lighten up the walls with fresh paint next week.

A contractor has been doing some minor projects to make us more comfortable, but he has a small crew and is not here every day.  It's a mess.

Hope to get back to some art by the end of next week.