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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rosie's Peony 2

I finished this painting this week as a lesson for my intermediate watercolor painting class at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  

This painting is approximately 9" x 11" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.  The greens are all mixed from cadmium yellow and pthalo blue watercolors from Blick.  The pinks are mostly mixed from quinacridone rose violet from Holbein.

Friday, July 10, 2015


Last week at watercolor class my students didn't finish the "Peggy's Cove" seacoast scene.  Since several of them are unable to make it to class this coming Monday, we decided to finish it next week.
Thus - I had to come up with a lesson for those who will be coming to class.  I thought that maybe a watercolor portrait would be fun since we don't do them all that often. 

This is the painting I worked on today.  I actually took it from a movie I was watching on Netflix - I took a photo of the computer screen on which I was watching the netflix movie - I had stopped the action.  I thought she had such an interesting face.  It is not easy stopping the movie at exactly the spot you want.  I have no idea about copyright  permission on something like this - is isn't really a photograph.  Since I don't want to get into trouble, I'll definitely not show or sell it.

The painting is 8 1/2 x 11" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Peggy's Cove 2

This is the second painting of Peggy's Cove that I prepared for my watercolor class at Riverside Art Center.  It is a different view of Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia.

This painting is 8 1/2 x 11" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  It is transparent watercolor with linear detail with a Micron-Pigma pen.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Boneyard

I finished this painting this evening.  I started it before I got sick and found it difficult to get back into the "swing" of things painting again.  This, of course, is my favorite subject - vintage trucks -  and I had a lot of fun with the color in this.  It is a large painting - about 18" x 30" and I will probably mat it in white with a warm wood frame.

It is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper and I used a lot of one of my favorite colors, Dragon's Blood in this one.

This was painted from a photo by Carla Parris with her permission.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Monday Night Intermediate Watercolor Class Paintings

I gratefully got back to teaching my Monday night watercolor class after taking time off to recouperate from some serious weaknesses caused by essential benign tremors and myoclonus jerks. I am feeling so much better and it was so nice to be back with my watercolor family again.

We did a painting I saw in a demonstration by the blogger "The Frugal Crafter" on her blog.  It has a very interesting sky with an oriental type of boat in silhouette against the sky and water.  They did so well on this project!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Why I Haven't Been Posting...

Just a note to let you know what has been going on with me...
I have had a hard time of it.  It seems that I have inherited my grandfather's  (Mother's father) essential benign tremors with myoclonus jerks and it has absolutely turned my world upside down.  For a while they thought that I had Parkinson's - but thank goodness that is not the case.  What did happen, though, is that I fell 3 times last month due to the jerks because I do not know when they are going to occur.  During one of the the falls, I lacerated my knee - 6 inches long and 1/2 inch deep and had to have 28 stitches in the ER.  I tore muscles in my calf also and my foot and ankle swelled for 3 weeks during which time I was reclining in my recliner trying to keep my leg up.  During this time I became weaker and weaker until finally I had to be admitted to the hospital for weakness and dehydration.  After 3 days I was moved up to transitional care where the physical and occupational therapists worked with me for 2 weeks.  I am getting much stronger and am gradually taking on household chores. They said that I have to use a walker from now on because I have no idea when these things are going to happen. I have done very little painting and the tremors have affected my painting so I guess I am going to get my wish to become a "loose" woman painter.  I jerk at the most inopportune times!  Interesting!!!

Keep "tuned" to this "Station" to see the new Barbara!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New England Fishing Village

I finished this painting this evening.  I cropped the scene from a large photograph and just zeroed in on the boat and the grey building.  The things I like best about this painting are the colors. The painting is 11" x 8 1/2" and is painted on Canson's 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

I plan to use this as the painting for the class at Riverside Art Center this coming week.