Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ethan on a Bench

8x10 oil on canvas panel
This was one of the most difficult paintings I've done.  I thought the shadows would be easy.  I redid the bench several times.   But one thing I notice is that he's sitting nicely on the bench with the bend of his legs just right.  He loved his orange monster shirt and crocs and so does grammies!  

Saturday, December 8, 2012


6x6 oil on gessoboard 
Really enjoyed painting this boat.  There are many who sail and I've probably sold more sailboats than any other kind of boat.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


So happy to report that I sold a painting and bartered one of my paintings for another artist's work at the Delaware Arts Castle Holiday Show.
Also sold three paintings I had in the Market at Serendip in Powell, Ohio.  Someone does like my work?! 
Haven't had time to paint lately, but itching to get back to my easel.  Had to share my excitement.
I have been a working artist however getting paintings posted on my Etsy Store and putting things on ebay.  We'll see how that goes.

Monday, November 12, 2012

My granddaughter, the artist

The artist is my granddaughter and her model is her little friend.  This past weekend I was in an art show and she enjoyed going around and finding her grandma's paintings.  Her mom, my daughter, sent me this today and said she is so proud of her grandma.  :)  Such a talented artist for age 6, wouldn't you agree?  She really captured the pose, the dip in his shoulders, arms coming off the shoulders.  Having taught kindergarten and first grade, children often draw arms coming out the sides of the body and...  am I bragging?  Isn't that what grandmas do?  Love it! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tan Hat

8x10 oil on masonite
Working from old photos today.  The weather here in Ohio is dreary, cool, and windy so thinking beach and sun really lifted my spirits.  I have to say I wouldn't want to miss fall in Ohio.   The trees are gorgeous, much more on a sunny day however.  I should paint some fall scenes, shouldn't I?  

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dog Walkers

11x14 oil on canvas panel

Getting ready for an art show at the Delaware Arts Castle.  This is my first juried show and I'm not sure what to expect.  Learning all sorts of things, like framing, preparing my biography, pricing. 
One thing I noticed about myself while painting this piece was that I needed to walk away from the easel every so often to keep myself from working too quickly and from losing my zone of concentration and creative spirit.  Being a little ADD I think, painting larger pieces takes perserverance on my part. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Boy Fishing

6x6 oil on masonite
This little boy was so patient and unfortunately didn't catch any while I was there.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


8x10 oil on canvas panel
Enjoyed painting this boat.  I loved mixing the grays.  Wasn't quite sure what color to do the background.  The water did look cerulean or even more aqua in my photo.  This photo of the painting doesn't really capture the correct color I ended up with.  My goal was to have the value correct.
This past week I dropped off my paintings to the Ohio Arts Market.  I've been busy painting so that I would have some things to put in this gallery.   The curator informed me that an anonymous person wanted to sponsor an artist by helping with the rental fee for a few months and she asked me if I was interested.  Of course I was and look forward to being part of this market. 
I also just opened up a store on Etsy.  I don't have much to put on there just yet but am excited about this opportunity to sell.  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Red Knockout

8x10 oil on stretched canvas

A beautiful sunny day in Ohio and I got a good photo of this painting.  My husband is actually trimming our knockout rose bushes right now as I post.  He keeps them looking beautiful!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Crazy for Daisy

6x6 oil on ampersand panel


8x10 oil on canvas panel
 My daughter loved this shot when she was going through my photo library.  I'm surprised at how well I enjoy painting glass.  Never would have thought I could do it.  Getting the grays correct is getting so much easier.  I'm in love with grays.  It makes the focal points stand out so much more.  

Blue Vase

8x10 oil on canvas panel
Love my new blue vase.  Fall weather here in Ohio is right around the corner.  I'm enjoying these flowers now.  I've been setting up still lifes on my patio and taking snapshots for my picture library.  Since I'm in the shop in Ohio now, I need to do some more local scenes and still lifes.  The beach and boats aren't in high demand here.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Windy Go

6x6 oil on ampersand panel
Decided to do another painting from this photo.  It's in Sarasota Marina and every time I've been there the sailboat has been in its slip.  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

What a knockout!

6x6 oil on ampersand panel
I now have a new best friend.  A girl from OfficeMax really knows how to scan paintings.  I had many scanned, saved on a zip drive as JPG and PDF files, and had a few printed out already.  They really do look like the original, brushstrokes and all.  I was extremely pleased with the results and the price was right, too.   I also got clear bags and backing boards ordered from and business cards from  We'll see where this takes me.  Heading out to find some inexpensive easels to display my smaller paintings. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Knockout in Cup

6x6 oil on ampersand panel
Looked into getting my work in Ohio Art Market featuring only artists in Ohio.  The gallery is in Westerville, another great town with lots of shops and galleries, restaurants, etc.   I realize I'm not quite ready to take on two places just yet.  I need more inventory and the curator suggested I get a good scan and make prints of my work to also sell.   I really like that idea.  She would like to have my work in her gallery.
I've decided to work on a smaller scale again and go back to 6x6s for a while.  I need to paint, paint, paint.  I'm so excited!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Two Zinnias

8x10 oil on canvas panel
Haven't posted in a while but I've been busy.  I'm getting ready to put my paintings in The Market at Serendip in Powell, Ohio.  Many artists are represented in this shop.  I'm excited about this opportunity to get my art out.  It was very reassuring to have an artist and the curator share their positive comments about my work.  

Monday, August 13, 2012


8x10 oil on canvas panel

This is really my favorite flower!  Nature's exquisite color palette!
I have recently sold three of my paintings and I am thrilled.  This is such a confidence booster for me.  What an awesome feeling that someone enjoys your view and representation of this amazing world. 
This weekend, my husband and I went to a cruise-in in a small town in Ohio.  We showed one of our cars, a red '64 Corvette.  Anyway,  they have this shop there that exhibits artists' work.  I want to research further to see if this might be a path I would like to take.  I'm doing well selling online and need much more inventory of paintings than I have right now to do both.  I need to get busy, don't I?

Friday, August 10, 2012

One Zinnia

8x10 oil on canvas panel



8x10 oil on canvas panels

I'm back to doing still lifes.   I plan on working with different compositions, paint mixing, looser brushstrokes, ...  Got some work ahead :) but I do really enjoy painting flowers.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


11x14 oil on stretched canvas
Many boats were anchored in the bay, but these two with their gorgeous blue sails, caught my eye.  I had fun using a brush and palette knife on this one.  Using a brush gave me the softer look on the  building and the palette knife was used in the focal point boats and water.  I extended the painting around the edges of the canvas.  I have left the edges white or black.  I've also read that you might paint the predominant color around the edges.  It's your own preference.  I just don't have a preference right now. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Family Beach Walk

8x10 oil on canvas panel
In my studio I have shelves upon which I display my paintings.  Today I was looking at this painting I did a while ago and just couldn't help myself to take a palette knife to it.  I softened the background which led me to do some more work on the figures.  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sailing on the Bay

11x14 oil on canvas panel

I took the photo  for this scene while fishing on Sarasota Bay.  It was a beautiful morning and I had to zoom in to capture this boat passing in front of this home.  The brushwork and color just doesn't show up with the camera I'm using.  Time for a new one.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Siesta Key Senior Beach Walk

8x16" oil on stretched canvas

I am the dark shadow on the right.  It was early morning and the kind of day where you start out with a jacket and peel it about 10 minutes into the walk.  Beautiful!  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Take my picture!

5x7" oil on canvas panel
While at the Selby Gardens in Sarasota, this duck flew right in front of us and landed at my feet as if to say "take my picture".  So I did...  I copied the background from the photo but I think I could be more of a designer, as Peggi Kroll Roberts might say.  I may still work on him but wanted to get a post out today.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Zinnias 2

I darkened the background of the zinnia painting and worked the glass jar a little more.  I could probably add more but I think I'll move on and try another.  I've been motivated to try still life after spending time on Lisa Daria and Carol Marine's blogs.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pink Zinnias

5x7 oil on canvas panel
After growing weary of trying to paint a boat scene and wiping it off two times over the last couple of days, I decided to do peruse my art books, videos and finally do a still life. 
I got out one of my art books, Oil Painting, The Workshop Experience  by Ted Goerschner and mixed grays for about an hour.  If you aren't familiar with this book, I highly recommend it especially for new artists like me.   

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tiki Bar Stop

11x14 oil on stretched canvas

Look familiar?  It's from the same photo as the last post but with changes.  I took out the rubber boats that were in front and replaced it with a red boat from another photo.  I worried that my size and perspective wouldn't be correct, but I think I did it fine.  I also took out some other boats that were in the photo.  I was sharing my plan with my daughter and she was the one who suggested taking out the rubber boats.  I can always depend on my daughter's opinions to be valuable.

I have been stretching my own canvas.  First, I soaked the cotton duct canvas before stretching as I had learned from my art instructor, Florence Anderson and it worked out well.  The ones I stretched dry also seemed to be fine.  The employees at Dick Blick Art Store said that they never soaked them first, but thought that that was probably a good idea.  They also said they sold a spray that tightens up the canvas.   Would love to know what you think from those of you who stretch your own.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

View from St. Pete Pier

8x16 oil on canvas

My husband and I made a visit to the St. Pete Pier before they tear it down.  I painted from a photo.  I find such pleasure doing scenes with many spots of color.   I used brushes and palette knives on this one.  I enjoyed working on canvas.  Dick Blick, which fortunately for me is in my city, is having a big sale.  I'm looking forward to getting more canvas.  I haven't made up my mind if I am going to try and stretch my own canvas yet.  I invite any info on your preferences.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Watching the Dolphins

oil 11x14 masonite

I was so happy with the painting of this boat that I wanted to do the whole scene.  I thought I'd show the painting process on this one.  I don't do this much, but think I will for myself.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Cruising along

oil 8x10 canvas panel

While fishing at Casey Key last week, this boat went down the intercoastal and three dolphins swam right along side.  The people were squealing with delight.  They say if you tap the side of the boat, they will swim to you.  We also saw a manatee and an eagle that evening.  Unfortunately, my husband didn't catch any fish.

This was done from a photo I took that evening.  I went back to painting on black gessoed canvas panel.  I also used higher quality paint.  When I started painting again last year, I was using student grade paint not realizing the huge difference and have been wondering why the paint was like slipping off the board or canvas.  What a difference using better grade paint!  So much more pigment and actually I believe I'm using less paint. 

Also, I have been watching my DVD by Marilyn Simandle (Lake Garda, Italy) and she said she never uses medium.  So I thought I'd try that, too and liked the way the paint flowed.  She suggests using single primed canvas because it has more tooth and the paint sticks better.  I, also, plan on trying to stretch my own canvas.  I'm just moving right along.... there's more to painting than just painting.

Maybe, just maybe, I'll make a decision as to what kind of paint, what style I will stick with, what medium I will use, what surface I will paint on, what subject I will paint, whether I'll use medium or not and which kind, ...   on and on and on.  I hope I never tire of deciding among all these choices let alone the decisions one makes when painting the picture.

While doing this piece, I concentrated on shapes and values.  Something else I read once was to think of the painting like a collage and lay down shapes on top of shapes.  Also, I limited my brushstrokes.  I really enjoyed painting this one!

Friday, May 11, 2012

No ditching!

oil 8x10 masonite
I don't know what it is about painting boats that gives me such pleasure.  I don't even own one now but have had a few in my past.  Love the water!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Vacation Paradise

Oil on 8x10 masonite panel

Getting all the different tones within the sillouetted area and still having them read as the same value was a challenge. Using my mirror, I was able to see it.  My DVDs are paying off.  Finally some good things are committed to my memory.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Watching the Sunset

Oil 8x10 masonite
Sunset at a beach is the best!  My husband and I try to catch as many as possible.  We have been in Sarasota five months now as you can see from his tan. 

Getting all those shadows on the clothes and sand was a challenge.  I'm paying close attention to the skin tone changes.  I was pleased with how this came out.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

More figurative practice

Continuing to practice skin tones and figurative drawing.  Trying to be conscious also of values and light sources.  I am still working from photos.  When I get home I'm going to have my daughter pose for me. 

I'm not working long on these.  I haven't actually timed myself, but I should.  Today I'm going out to look for some neutral still life props so I can do Peggi Kroll Roberts' exercise on limited palettes. 

I'm right now dedicating myself to putting in the mileage of learning the skill and practicing, experimenting, recording to my muscle memory, whatever you could call it.  I sure would appreciate any comments.  Looking back at my progress, I know that I'm improving, but when I look at other artists work, I am in awe of what they do and set that higher goal for myself.  I don't know if it will be in this lifetime, but I'm giving it my best attempt.  Attending workshops around the country just aren't in the cards for me right now so I buy DVDs as I can.  Revisiting them every once in a while has been good for me. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Beach Walkers

After watching my Peggi Kroll Roberts DVDs again and again, I've decided to continue work on figures.  I have such wonderful subjects on the beach only for a few more weeks as I'm heading back up north then.  I'm going to have to get family and friends to pose for me.  The little boy in the last picture hardly put his feet on the ground when he walked and it was cute to see him carrying a book.  Maybe a book about shells or birds of Florida?  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Purple Adirondack

I haven't posted in a while and thought I'd start with this painting that I redid from the one posted a while ago.  I have been having a hard time getting started again so I thought I'd fix what was bothering me which was the orange chair and the background color.  Took out a house in the background and added the dock.  Feels better to me anyway.
The reason for not posting was that we had a problem at our Ohio home and I had to go back to finish things.  Our neighbor found 7 inches of  water in our basement and it had been there for 3 weeks or so.  Yes, it was BAD!  Mold grows in 72 hours.  We had quite a mess and my kids, neighbor, daughter in law parents, and professionals all kicked in and got to hauling out and cleaning soggy, moldy, stinky stuff before I got home.  I finished filling up a second dumpster.  Needless to say, I wasn't in much of a mood to paint for a while.  I'm back in FL and will return later on next month and finish up getting rid of stuff.  One word of caution:  check your home insurance and if you have a sump pump, get the extra water endorsement.  Otherwise, insurance doesn't take care of things.  It's been a hard lesson to learn, but we'll never have that problem again.... Enough of my woes..I'm still in lovely FL where it is sunny and warm and getting back to the things I love to do with painting being one of them.
It's the same cherries I did in pastel and enjoyed working on a stretched canvas.  I'm experimenting with surfaces and trying to find the most economical one as well.
8x8 oil on stretched canvas

Friday, March 30, 2012

Glass buoys from Norway

I did this pastel on 11x14 paper in my class with Florence.  When she posed this subject to me, I knew that Florence does not dummy down any instruction to her students.  She has high expectations and much faith in our abilities, but it really is her instruction and talent for teaching.  If you look closer, you can see through these balls and see the rope behind it.  
Not only was I painting glass spheres, but transparent ones as well.  I had to be conscious of the light source and how the colors were reflected through onto the background.   I can't believe how much I learn from this class and feel so blessed to be given this opportunity to work with such a seasoned and experienced artist. 
I am amazed at myself with this piece and realize the beautiful qualities of the pastel medium.  Even though I love my oil, this medium is such fun to do.