flora and fauna, Nature, thoughts behind the work

Watercolor abstract leaves painting and holiday cards

Abstract Leaves Watercolor, 2020, full sheet painting

This is a large watercolor and right now it’s in the gallery waiting for a home. I’ve been painting big lately and it feels really good. There’s lots of underpainting and patience in preserving the white areas in this work. That’s really necessary to keep the colors clean and the feeling fresh. The basic idea to start with was to take leaves and branches from my little
garden and draw and paint from life as the composition.
Painting from life has always been my favorite way to go. The colors and shapes point me in the right direction. I did some underpainting with inks on completely saturated full sheets. I used my fingers and didn’t use a brush for the underpainting.
I stuck the very wet paper to a big sheet of plexiglass and it sticks very well and stays wet a long time. I can dry it between takes in the sun. This is my favorite style of painting. It reminds me so much of how I used to paint in California years ago. It’s liberating. Someday when I grow up, I’ll make a video of the technique.
I’ve been remiss in posting for many reasons I think we are all feeling. Lockdowns, covid fears, busy with life chores, some health issues and the list goes on. Anywho, I’ve had a bit of a difficult mountain to climb but I’m happy to say it’s hopefully over. I have lots of new art challenges and I’m facing them head on.
With the work at home as normal now and the new lifestyle settling in, painting has taken on a new pleasant dimension. I surround myself with studying intently trying to catch up on my digital drawing that I haven’t done in a long time. I even bought Affinity Designer software which is completely wonderful. Photoshop is still my go to but I love what this program does afford. I’m beginning to have some time with it.
Since we got through Thanksgiving and have a little less than a month before Christmas, I’ve been busy designing and redesigning my holiday greeting cards. It’s kind of amazing to realize how many I have drawn and painted over the years. This is kind of goofy fun because it’s so flippant. I still try to put some thought into each one and people love them and yes, they get it. The season is very short when you are trying to play catch up on time. Everybody knows you should start December in June but hey, stuff happens. It’s been fun playing catch up and I’m posting one card a day on my Facebook page.
I have done two more large paintings and I will post them to catch up.


this is an old, old one I’m reworking
this is a new digital one
flora and fauna, Holidays, Illustrations, Nature

Cornucopia for fall

I have always loved the fall season. September used to be my favorite month in elementary school. I remember the chilly mornings of New England and the changing of the leaves from greens to oranges and yellows and reds.
This is a tribute to the season. A thankfulness of great squashes like butternut, acorn and of course, the mighty pumpkin. Have a pumpkin latte and enjoy what the season brings.
Here is the painting on my products.

greeting cards, Holidays, Illustrations, kids, Revising Old Work, whimsy

Happy Halloween with jack-o-lanterns

A little girl with miniature jack-o-lanterns. Of course my horse. She needs to light the way into the night. She is painted with watercolor and pencil and various digital textures. She can be found on a poster or a greeting card or a coffee mug. Really? Absolutely.
I wanted to show a little bit of process here. Sometimes an idea goes through many changes. This is a typical example for me of how I like to modify and experiment. Here’s a link to my products with the final design.

happy halloween

This was my original sketch. It has gone through a lot of changes.
Here’s a link to my products with the final design.

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Snow Mountain Melting abstract painting

Somewhere in our near future the ice caps may disappear. The frozen tundra will melt and the bears and whales and little critters will disappear. The oceans will turn red and the fish and coral reefs will fry. This painting is full of predictions and angst. It’s not too late to change the scenario.
Here is the link for the framed version of this painting

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Red headed girl in her secret garden

secret garden

This is a fun illustration I did on a very large sheet of watercolor paper. She sees a garden in her mind’s eye. It contains various birds, some common and some exotic. Find the green frogs climbing a red tree and a mamma bird with her baby chicks.
This was lots of fun to illustrate and more fun to color. Enjoy it on my products.