Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Show is almost over

The NWWS 2009 Waterworks Show is winding down. We are currently in the process of accepting paintings for our 2010 Open Show. Joe Garcia will be our Juror, and the show is being held downtown Seattle at the Seattle Trade and Convention Center. It will be so much fun. Have to get something ready to enter into the show.

Friday, October 30, 2009

It's Mine

I submitted this painting into the Northwest Watercolor Society Waterworks 2009. It was accepted into the show. The juror is well known Watercolor Artist Christopher Schink. I am so proud!!!! It took it to the framer and had a wonderful frame and mat put on it and it looks wonderful. Our reception ceremony was last night. There were at least 100 people there. This painting is hanging proudly at the Kaewyn Gallery in Bothell, WA, until the show ends on November ends on November 24th. This is the very first time I have had a painting accepted into a show, in fact its only the second time I have ever entered. I feel blessed, and will continue painting birds. They are a wonderful subject for a painting.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Twin Rocks

This is the second painting done at Rockaway Beach. Twin Rocks is a local landmark. The water/waves were the topic of the workshop. I really love the grasses in the foreground. Need to work more on water.

Painting the Oregon Coast

I just got back from attending a workshop in Rockaway Beach, with watercolor artist and teacher Susie Short. We were learning to paint waves/water. This is the first painting we finished. I love it. Wish the sky wasn't quite so pastel. Will work more on waves.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


This painting was fun to do, although black is a really hard color to work with. I like how this turned out. I do need to paint faces more. Practice - practice - practice!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Can we talk

I love painting birds. They are funny, entertaining and so fun to watch. These birds are no exception. Looks to me like they are sharing some secret.

Leisa's Butterfly

This is from a photo taken by Leisa Walker. Wonderful close up - love the colors and everything else about this.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Blackberry time in the Northwest.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Tiger Lily

This painting is from a photo of a lily growing in my front yard. It has a wonderful sweet scent. Beautiful. The painting is not as good as I wish, but I am putting it aside so I can move on. I may try this again, or another similar one.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Go Gunner Go!!!! This is a Work in Progress. I have lots to do before I can sign it and call it finished, but - I love this shot. Gunner will have his first birthday next weekend. He loves to hang out with his brother and sister. In this shot they are going shopping. Look at his little feet trying to keep up with Michael. What fun he is. Grandkids are great. Love them all. Gunner - when this painting is done, sweetie it is all your. I love you - grandma.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cloudy Seascape

Working on seascapes, water and clouds. How fun. This is my first one. Will do it again.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Night Heron - Manasota Key

Another Why I Love Florida!!!This heron followed us while we were walking down the beach at Manasota Key. He actually posed so I could snap his photo. I painted him and I'm happy with the way he turned out. I do need to work on painting water!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Seagull again!

I love this photo, and I painted it earlier, but wasn't really happy with the sky, so I painted it again with a very different sky. I love how this one came out.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


This wonderful grasshopper is from a photo by Leisa Walker who graciously allowed me to paint it. I loved the photo. I am very happy with the way the Grasshopper turned out. Love the beautiful blue eyes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


This is my grandson Michael. Watercolor painting from a photo Michael took of himself. He is a real character. He loves this hat, and wears it all the time. Portraits are difficult to do, but I am pleased with this one. It looks so much better in real life.

This is another take on Beanies. I like this one better than the last. I love all the colors, and the different textures of each one. It is difficult to capture the texture, but a great exercise. My granddaughters love these, and I am having copies made of this one for them.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Another monthly project for WCW. We all paint from the same photo. Its interesting to see how each painting is different. I am kind of happy with the way this came out, although I wish the plaid fabric were better. I did learn how hard plaid is to paint!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Flip Flops batik

I love flip flops. These beauties are done in the batik method. Then I added some sparkles for shine. I need to practice more!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Got Beanies

This little cutie was done after taking the photo for an online scavenger hunt. The colors were just so soft and vibrant I just had to try painting it.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fragile rose

Beautiful fragile rose. Simple easy and so wonderful.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spring Tulips

These tulips were painted fast and easy. I have been trying out new watercolor paper. This is Twinrocker, and its yummy. Easy to lift, takes the paint quickly and wonderful to work with. Very expensive tho :(

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Polka dot flip flops - Another pastel

These flip flops was a quick and easy pastel I did on a brown paper grocery bag. I really have to invest in some pastel paper!!! Pastel is really fun to experiment with, because unlike watercolor you don't have to wait for them to dry!!!!

Sandpiper - Study of reflections

This cute little sandpiper is a study of reflections.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Little Captain

This is a Watercolor 1\4 sheet Arches 140# paper. The little sweetie is my oldest grandson Michael. He was Captain for the day and took us for a boat ride around Lake Washington. This is almost finished, and has a seal of approval from the Little Captain himself

Cheetah WIP in pastels

For a while now I have been wanting to try Pastels. I finally drew this off and jumped in. The paper is plain old brown paper grocery bag. This cat isn't finished, he needs spots, a chin and whiskers. I will post the finished version. I like using pastels, but need a blender and shader. Next I will try birds.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Gunners feet

This painting was done from a photo my daughter took of baby Gunner. Too cute!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Flip flops striped

This is a small painting I did on Hot press paper. It was fun and easy to do. Hot prress paper is shiny and a little difficult to use. The paint is not absorbed as with Cold press paper. I kind of like this one.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Butterfly in pink

This pretty butterfly was done as a project for an online watercolor group. I really like how it turned out. I wish the true colors show, because it looks much better IRL!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Little begger

Work in progress. I still have a lot to do on this, but it's good to see it online. This is from a photo of a little squirrel I call Sadie begging for peanuts

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Next watercolor?

I love this photo. I took it last spring at the Bellevue botanical garden. My next watercolor?


My brand new grandson. I am not an accomplished portrait painter, but I just had to try this one. Although I don't like the background, I just love this little face. He is one cute baby.

Ocean Worshiper


Little birdie I did for a group project. He looks better IRL.

Robin Batik

This in another batik. This robin was fun to do. I love the eye. He seems to be looking right at you.

Singing snowman

This little whimsical snowman is such a fun piece - I am thinking of having my grandkids do one each. I can just imagine how much fun they would have with him. He is 8x10" on Arches 140# cold press.


This image is from an online group I belong to WCW. I wanted to use it for Xmas cards, but I didn't like the outcome. The sky is too dark, but I will do this one over for sure, because the 3 camels are so wonderful

Batik elephant

This big guy was done using a new technique for me called Batik. The paper is Rives, which is thinner than watercolor paper, but can stand the trauma of the color pencil, being dipped in the water, wadded up into a ball, ironed and then watercolor as the last step. This technique is perfect for elephants because they are naturally wrinkled. I will keep trying this because the outcome is always a surprise. You never know.

Peppermint candy

Peppermint candy WIP. I am not finished with this painting, but I wanted to see how it looks on the net. I love doing this kind of thing, but I got a little lost on the third candy. Will finish and repost.

This painting is from a group called "Ocean worshipers". Its a group on the wevsite I draw and paint. This painting is 1/4 sheet Arches 140# cold press. The scan looks much darker than IRL. I love the canoers and water. I think the sky is too dark. The water is great.

Beautiful Boy

This flamingo was fun. The image is from a photo on Wet canvas. It is all about the "eye". Birds are my favorite thing to paint, and I just might try this one again, in larger format.