"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Lemonade Pitcher with Bosc Pears

This is the latest  project painting that I have prepared for my watercolor class at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  The subject is a lemonade pitcher which my husband and I bought several years ago in West Virginia along with 6 hand thrown clay cups. I added 2 Bosc pears to the still life before photographing.  The painting is approx 9" x 12" and is transparent watercolor with black acrylic background.  It is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Tea for One

Front Row: Rose Hawkins; Cindy Staples; Bridget  Weller
Back Row: Dave McNeal; Terry Nelson; Misty Steinke

Tonight, my watercolor class worked on a still life from a Google image. It was an exercise in layering watercolor washes and they have a really strong start - we will finish next week

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Yes!!! Another Old Truck!!!

This is a recent painting I have prepared for my class at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

I cut and pasted several images to achieve this composition.  The painting is 8 1/2 x 11 inches and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.  I used a lot of burnt sienna, dragon's blood and sepia watercolors.

Monday, October 5, 2015

This is my entry into the October pumpkin painting project for the Watercolor Workshop Group. I used the drawing that Susie Short provided because I was in some hurry. I enjoyed painting this very much.The painting is painted on Fabriano cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Birthday Celebrations

I was blessed with two birthday cakes this year; the first was a delicious mandarin orange cake which I posted on my Facebook page, and the second was this delicious harlequin/checkerboard chocolate and yellow cake baked by my dear friend Rose for our Muses Thursday afternoon arts gathering.  It was truly delicious and we had a lot of fun finding out how Rose did this.  Turning 77 hasn't been as traumatic as I thought it would be.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


This is the latest painting I have prepared for my class,  Riverside Art Center Watercolorists!
I told them recently that they have graduated from Intermediate.

This painting is done from a clipping one of my students brought home from Delaware (the state, not the city.)  She knows that I love vintage trucks and the class enjoys painting them too.  It is 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper and is totally transparent watercolor.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

First Place!!!

Last night, when I returned from the art show, I had no internet! This morning, I had no internet.  Tonight - I have internet - go figure!

I was honored to receive First Place at the Riverside Art Center's annual juried show last night.  It  was for a painting of a vintage truck which belonged to a young man in Illinois who had plans, along with his twin brother, to restore it. Unfortunately and tragically, Garrett Rinehart, the young man, was killed in a tragic accident in Chicago and he never was able to realize his dream - I named the painting " Garrett's Dream!"  

The painting is a transparent watercolor painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed Arches watercolor paper.

Thank you to the jurors and to Riverside Art Center for this honor.