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

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.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jackson Center High School - A Commission

I recently completed this commissioned painting of Jackson Center High School in Jackson Center, Ohio.  The finished painting is 8 1/2 " x  11" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.  This is the 3rd painting commissioned by this patron for her son, who no longer lives in the district.  The first was of the Big Four Bridge, and The Spot Restaurant, both in Sidney, Ohio.  This is the last year for the high school which will be torn down in 2016 to make way for a new high school.  So - this is especially special to her son.  This is special to me also because I spent 28 of my 43 years in education teaching art in this school system.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Final Peggy's Cove Painting

We have done several paintings of Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia from different views and different  seasons.  All of them have the large red fish house in them.

In this painting, I used some artistic license in that I changed the colors of the boats which were all blue and which I feel was too much blue for a painting.  This was a lesson in painting water and reflections.

The painting is 8 1/2" x 11" and is painted on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper - one of my favorites.

This will be a lesson for my watercolor class at Riverside Arts Center in Wapakoneta.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


A member of my watercolor class, Janice Belgiovane, e-mailed me a picture of this adorable horse.  The owner of the farm rescues abused and abandoned horses.  She took the photo while on vacation in Maine.  We both thought it would be a great picture for the class to paint. 

The painting was done on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper and is 8 1/2" x 11" in size.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I was very proud of my painters this week when they did their renditions of the peony.  As you can see, I have very talented students (better than the teacher, Eh?), and we worked 2 weeks on this one.  Some, still aren't completed.  I am so happy to be working with these wonderful painters and we are truly a watercolor family.

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.