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

Saturday, April 30, 2016


A good friend gave me a thank you card this week with several birds on it.  I was particularly taken with the cardinal, so this evening I painted a small (4"x 6") watercolor of the cardinal.  It is painted on 140 lb. hot-pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.  It was a fun activity for a Saturday evening. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Misty's Barn

This is a painting I did from a photograph taken by one of my adult painters at Riverside Art Center, Misty Steinke..  It is a barn in northwest Ohio.  I was taken by the beautiful clouds in her photo and felt I just had to paint it.

The painting is approximately 8 1/2 x 11 and is painted on 140 lb. hot pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.

I decided to use this painting for my watercolor class and they did so well with it.  I am so proud of them - they are really good painters!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Peggy's Cove Revisited

"Peggy's Cove Revisited"

This is the painting I prepared for last weeks lesson...it isn't as bright and cheerful as the others I have painted about Peggy's Cove.  This one is on a dreary, misty, foggy day.  I imagine they have those days as well, in Nova Scotia.
This painting is 8 1/2 x 11, and is painted on 140 lb. hot-pressed Fabriano Artistico  watercolor paper. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

First Peonies

"First Peonies"

I recently finished this painting and plan to use it as a lesson for my watercolor class at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
This painting is from a photo by Rosalind-Amorin on the PMP web site where they share photos and we are allowed to use them as source material.
This painting is approximately 9" x 11" and is painted on  140 lb. cold-pressed Fabriano-Artistico watercolor paper.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


I recently finished this painting from a beautiful photo from my friend, Deb Holmes.  She is a wonderful photographer and she generously shares her work with me.  I am going to use this painting as a lesson for my adult watercolor class at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  I hope they enjoy painting it as much as I have.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Watercolor Class Explores Abstraction

                             Back: Lea; Terry Nelson; Elaine Mikesell; Sandy Davis; Rose Hawkins;

            Back: Cindy Staples; Molly Kohut; Dave McNeal; Front: Misty Steinke; Janice Belgiovane

Last night, my watercolor class worked in abstraction.  The subject was a water lily and as you can see, there are not any two alike.  I think they had a lot of fun...we plan to finish next week.  I am so lucky...this is such a great group!

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.