Post Season “Sunshine”

Photographed only after two to three layers were first applied to this painting, the washes are nevertheless straight-forward: A thin layer of yellow is quickly painted across most sketched shapes. When dry, saturated yellow in a creamy consistency establishes specific petals and the local color of the flower’s interior, and finally, warm and cool shadowsContinue reading “Post Season “Sunshine””

Holiday Fun

My “artist palette,” whose outside shape was specially cut by my husband from a scraperboard to fit the dimensions of standard artist palettes that decorate four Artist Trees at the Florence Griswold Museum’s Krieble Gallery (, joins a permanent collection of over 200 other artist palettes this year. The Museum, on the Lieutenant River inContinue reading “Holiday Fun”

Carpe Diem

Yesterday, on a November day too warm for southern New England, I watched a tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) bathing in a ceramic water trough decorated with avian figures on my deck – I had to paint it, and quickly got to work! The palest washes of the clay figures and live bird are laid inContinue reading “Carpe Diem”

Demo Samples

Above and below are two paintings done as demonstrations for my online watercolor flower painting class #286 at Yale Peabody Museum’s Natural Science Illustration Program. Each was done in the span of a few hours. If you would like to take one or more of the wonderful art classes offered by gifted instructors for adults,Continue reading “Demo Samples”

Dominating Elements

We artists use any number of painting elements to portray a motif, such as color, shape, line, value, texture, and so on. A painting is strengthened by dominating one or more of them, like color and shape, or line direction and value, over the others, and of course which ones are used often vary fromContinue reading “Dominating Elements”

Balancing Busy Patterns

Many creatures are well camouflaged in their habitats. Here, this white-throated sparrow has highly patterned, yet somewhat drab, plumage, which helps it almost disappear in springtime shrubbery. To make it appear to blend into its environment yet stand out in the painting, I begin by contrasting its neutral coloring with bright yellow (distant) blooming forsythia.Continue reading “Balancing Busy Patterns”

Online Painting Classes

As colder weather descends and indoor painting venues remain shut due to the virus, I am offering watercolor painting classes online. One four-week course is through the Yale Peabody Museum’s Natural Science Illustration Program, Thursday mornings, 9 a.m. – noon, October 22 & 29, and November 5 & 12: Course #286XCreating a Complete Flower PaintingContinue reading “Online Painting Classes”

An Autumn Landscape

Bright, colorful subjects, like this view painted outdoors of a weeping willow reflected in a tranquil pond in West Hartford, CT, are to me cheery despite the tree’s descriptive moniker in this motif. I begin with a wash of clear water applied to the lower sky, which also covers the distant tree line. Blue isContinue reading “An Autumn Landscape”

White on White

There was something about the shape of this resting sheep that compelled me to paint her: she seems hardly willing (or able!) to get up from her bed of hay. I start with a rough sketch of her outline and paint just the palest wash of her woolly form, leaving her face mostly white forContinue reading “White on White”


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