Saturday, December 26, 2009

Snow abstract

11x15 watercolors on Sumi-e paper

wet in Wet was the method used on the piece of Sumi-e paper . I dropped the colors after crinkling the paper. I added a bit of color to break the scene.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow Photo

5x7 photo on HP paper
Folks, I have been buried in snow and snow bound for days. We had 10 inches at least here in Western North Carolina. Enjoy? Perhaps.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Winter Walk Fantasy

15x11 watercolors
Some neighbors and we are going caroling soon. I thought it appropriate to paint for the occasion.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

River tide

15x11 multimedia collage
I have been thinking for a long time about how to get a feeling of leaves caught in a pool of water as the river runs. I pass by the Pigeon River often and wanted to capture this phenomena. I worked in multimedia and collaged some tissue paper.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Abstract 303

15x11 multimedia
Again I used watercolor pencils, Prismacolors and pastel and some watercolors. I used the wet in wet method and worked intuitively adding color where I needed with the above media.

Absract 104

15x11 multimedia

Feeling more energy now, I continued working wet in wet , but this time I diluted pastels into the wet paper. I had some florist ribbon handy and made some imprints. Later I tied the painting together with black lines in pastel.

Abstract No. 09

15x11 multimedia

This painting is one of three I did after letting my creativity rest for a few days. I wet the paper after I had done some scribbling with watercolor pencils and Prismacolors. Then, I used pastels to finish up some areas.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dancing rectangles

15x11 mixed media

Just had to wet a fourth of a sheet of watercolor paper . I did some pouring or FW Inks, fluid acrylics and used some watercolors. Then, with some florist ribbon I imprinted a bit of texture.

opposites no. 2

5x7 mixed media

This is the second of the trypt of which opposites is no. 1. A mixed media piece done with inks, gouache and watercolors.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Color Sensation

13x11 watercolors and ink media

Inspired by the beautiful colors of Fall, I decided to get the paper thoroughly and let colors flow. A very enjoyable piece to paint.

Rumberos (Rhumba Dancers)

15x22 multimedia

Done on a half sheet of watercolors . I started with wet-in-wet idea.Let paint flow downward with thin coats of gouache. Blotted with paper towel and began to get texture. After more layers I defined some areas.When I turned the painting upside down,it reminded me of Cuban Rhumba dancers from my native land.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

No. 195

18x24 multimedia

I began with fluid acrylic washes fairly diluted. I had a couple of pieces from Sumi-e poured sheets of colors and I tored out a couple with the copper color on them. I then poured many layers of more acrylic colors. When dried I added the specs of vibrant colors.It was an enjoyable piece

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fun Day at Studio

I was enjoying painting and a friend who was visiting took this photo.This was a fun day with two art friends.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


9x7 mixed media

Playing with colors. Used fluid acrylics and gesso.Made some greeting cards from a series. There are two more. What fun

City Sights-abstract no. 5

20x12 FW inks on Sumi-e paper

I enjoyed working on this piece. Had an old block of Sumi-e paper and decided to paint swatches of colors in inks. Later, I decided to tear the pieces and glue them.

Flower abstract

24x18 multi media

This painting went through a transformation. It was first a watercolor and then I started playing with it. I pour light washes of acrylics and white paint.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Natural Rhythms No. 2

9x12 acrylics, ink and watercolor

This painting is the last of the pouring series. Again inspired by autumn leaves falling and the feeling of joy I got from seing the autumn.

Natural Rhythm-abstract

9x12 acrylics, inks and watercolors

I continued the series of abstracts using the pouring method. I was influenced by the falling leaves of autumn.

Red abstract

9x12 acrylics and FW inks
I cropped this painting and like it a lot better. I used the pouring method and sort of discovered that I liked the red in it better than I did it when it had other colors. Reminded me of a very emotional Spanish tune. Again, I was inspired by music.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


9x12 FW inks

This time of the year, after the flowers are gone in my part of the world, it gets windy and I get moody. I find that pouring wet in wet expresses moods that otherwise can't be got with straight painting.The music I put on to paint by completed the mood. Have done a series. This is no.1

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Roses after Van Gogh

11x15 watercolors

Painted for the Following the Masters challenge offered by Michelle Burnett. I enjoyed it immensely as I love to paint flowers. We were to paint like Van Gogh and I chose his White Roses.

Saturday, October 31, 2009


15x22 multimedia

I decided that I had painted enough realistic paintings and decided to try line work and pouring. This was the result.

Halloween Parade

11x15 multimedia
Well, while I am in this Halloween mood, a parade emerged. Again this subject emerged after applying many layers of color. The painting works upside down, too.

Celebrating Halloween

15x11 multimedia over watercolor

The leaves been almost gone and it been Halloween this painting surfaced as a multi media work. Pouring was the method with liquid acrylics. A bit spooky.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

City Roofs

15x11 watercolors
I painted this scene for a challenge by Karin Jurick called Differetn Strokes From Different Folks. I painted it vertically and after surveying the opinion of some good artists like my friend Rosemary Sexton, I decided to re post it vertically. I like it better and had lots of fun with the subject.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Found on a country walk

`15x11 watercolors

Every Fall I walk the trails looking for different shape leaves and different colors. This year was no different and I got a collection of colors I liked. Therefore, voila, here is a painting.

Neighboring barn in Fall

15x11 watercolors

I finally got a barn I like. I had taken several pictures . The scene was complicated, but I worked it out in a drawing first. I just intuitively painted the colors without regard to the photo.Am pleased with results

Monday, October 19, 2009

Down the Lane

15x7 watercolors

i look down from my house at this lane which is particularly beautiful in autumn. I have tried to paint it many times, but did not like the way it turned out. I tried it again today and like it.Today is a bright, sunny autumn day. Perhaps that influenced my mood .

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Barn


This barn was an out of the way one.I had observed it and painted it during other seasons of the year. I thought it would be beautiful in Fall colors and liked the way the light hit the top of the barn.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Self Portrait

15x11 watercolors

This self portrait was done for Followign the Masters challenge, a wonderful challenge from Michelle Burnett. After many tries and coaching from my wonderful portrait painter friend, Rosemary Sexton, I obtain some resemblance of me. I enjoyed the journey.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Summer Garden

15x11 watercolors

This painting is one I did over. I liked it with softer colors and also more meaningful details.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Remembering Last Summer


My favorite technique is to paint flowers using the wet in wet method. Here is to flowers that are mostly made up by the imagination.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Duck by Reeds


9x12 watercolors

I did this painting for a challenge. We have lots of ducks at a nearby lake and I got inspired to paint the scene.
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Apple Time

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9x12 watercolors

Am crazy about painting apples. Can't resist the colors.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Three Times Honored

I am so thrilled and honored that I have received the Kreativ Blog Award from three artists I very much admire! Thank you Debbie Becks-Cooper, Rodica Voicu, and Rosemary Sexton. Please take a minute to visit their blogs.

7 things you may not know about me:

l. I love water
2. I love to paint
3. I love to read a good novel
4. I love my friends
5. I love my dog
6. I love to garden
7. I love my family
I am passing this award on to these seven deserving artists:

Diana Marshall who paints a tremendous variety of subjects and uses great contrast
William Cook for his unusual and exciting use of color and subjects
Dana Marie who challenges us with great inspirational subjects
Cindi DeWeese who playfully and successfully tackles a variety of subjects
Leslie Spanos who paints wonderful abstracts
Lori California Margulies for her beautiful California coastal paintings
Ann Rogers, great originality and use of color and values
I think you will enjoy visiting their blogs.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Autumn Delight


9X13 watercolors
I bought these apples to cook. They were so paintable I decided to try . I loved the colors.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Roses Two

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Roses One


11X9 watercolors

Post workshop exercise. Love to paint roses. These were done dry on dry. I enjoy painting flowers and roses are my favorite. Tried to find a pattern as they can be difficult to paint.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Abstract 2


15x11 watercolors

I just played with colors in this painting. Used the wet in wet technique. Just let the paint flow. I enjoy these type of paintings.They come from intuition.
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Bowl of Posies


15x11 watercolors

This bowl of posies came from a workshop with Janet Rogers on Flowers and Portraits. It was a great workshop. We had a live model to work from and real flowers.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Neighbor horse


11x15 watercolors

I pass by a group of horses nearly every day. One of them caught my attention. Usually they are eating, but this one was different.
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