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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

I did this painting from a photograph taken by Bryan Wahrer while he was on a vacation in New England some time ago.  Bryan is a very gifted photographer who was also a former student of mine while in high school.  He was also a gifted artist.  As you can see he has a fine eye for composition.  Thank you, Bryan, for allowing me to use this beautiful photo.

The painting is 9" x 11" and is painted on Fluid 100 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Purple Door

I finished this painting this evening...it will be  a lesson for my watercolor class in Wapakoneta, Ohio, at the Riverside Art Center.  This painting is approximately 9" x 11" and is painted on 140 lb. hot-pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper in transparent watercolor.

Saturday, June 18, 2016



I used an old watercolor painting as my base and then collaged green tissue paper over the entire surface allowing some of the original painting to show through.  Then I collaged pieces of white tissue paper on which I had painted and stamped gesso patterns.  

 Then I took a stiff bristle brush and softened the edges and drybrushed white gesso over the entire painting allowing the green tissue to peak through..  At this point, I drew the koi fish and then painted the composition with watercolors which worked really well over the gesso.  I was happy with the results because I love the textures which are showing through all the different layers.    This painting is approximately 12" x 16".

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Watercolor Class: Still Life with Bean Pot and Pears

From left: Rose Hawkins; Barbara Pelly; Cindy Staples; Dave McNeal; Misty Steinke; Janice Belgiovane

We worked on a still life with pears and a bean pot which was loosly taken from one of my mixed 
media paintings with watercolor on gesso.  The painting now resides with my good friend, Rosie Wermert.  The bean pot is inherited from my great-grandmother - very special to me.

This painting is smaller, and strictly watercolor.  It is 8 1/2" x 11".

The painters are not finished, but are doing a great job.  Please notice that Rose is still working on last week's painting - also a beautiful painting.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Cindy's Apple Blossom

I finished this painting this evening from a photo taken by a good friend of mind, Cindy Staples.  I am afraid to say that I have not done the photo justice, but I tried.

This painting is 9"x11" and is painted on hot pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper.  I plan to use this for my watercolor class as a lesson.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms

I finished this watercolor over the weekend and plan to use it as a lesson for my watercolor class at Riverside Arts Center.

The watercolor is painted on Dick Blick student grade 140 lb. watercolor paper.  It worked pretty well, although the paper doesn't have enough sizing for my needs.  The paint doesn't lift when you want it to so you have to be pretty certain about your strokes from the start.  All in all,  the paper worked well considering the economical factor - it is not expensive and is great for beginners.  It would frustrate experienced painters.

The painting is 8 1/2 x 11 inches.

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.