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Monday, December 31, 2007

Manorola View - ATC

I am participating in a project in WetCanvas where we are painting ATCs (artists' trading cards) and sending an original card to each of the 19 people who signed up for the project. The ATCs are tiny, real tiny (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches), and are very different to paint. I am doing paintings of places that I've visited. This one is done in ink and watercolor of the small town of Manorola in Italy's Cinque Terre.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Regal Rooster

This 11 x 14 painting was done for a challenge on WetCanvas. I used only 3 colors from the DaVinci "Toucan Triad." I am amazed at the variety of colors you can get by blending just 3 colors!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Dune Bouquets

This is the first larger painting of the beach dunes that I've done. It is 11 x 15. I used some of my smaller beach paintings as references for this one.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Farm Fresh

This 7 x 10 was done back in October, but I never got to post it here then. This was done on location at this farm stand on the north fork of Long Island. I've done smaller paintings at this same location before.

Friday, December 14, 2007


This 11 x 15 painting was done from an old photo of my nephew, Ryan (from California) sledding in front of my sister's house in Maine. He was having a great time doing something he never got to do at home.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Outside My Window

This is a 5 x 7 painting done looking out from my living room window. I wanted to caputure the autumn colors before they were gone.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dune Grasses

This 4 x 6 painting was done on location at the beach back in October. I love the beginning of the fall colors in the beach grasses.

Saturday, December 8, 2007


This 7 x 10 watercolor was done for the WDE on WetCanvas. In addidtion to transparent watercolors I used some watercolor pencil in the background.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Flamingo Walk

This 7 x 7 watercolor was done for the WDE on WetCanvas a few weeks ago. It was my first bird painting. Painting feathers was a new challenge. I'm happy with it.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Autumn Stillness

This 7 x 10 watercolor was done at a local park. To get to the little lake you have to hike in a short way and then walk across these boardwalks that zig-zag further into the park. I get lost going back every time I go there. I loved all the autum colors and the ducks so peacefully gliding by.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Autumn Arrival

My sister, Mickey, and I went up to Kent, Connecticut to see the Northeast Watercolor Society's International Show. We always try to paint something while we are up there, but the weather is either cold or rainy. I started this 4 x 6 while sitting on a bench in the park, but finished it inside my car. It was much too cold outside for plein air. The park has some lovely views and a waterfall. I'm sure we'll be back up there to paint again.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Glads & Apples

This 4 x 6 ink and watercolor was done at one of the local farm stands here on Long Island. It is a wonderful place to find color and subjects galore. I sat on the pumpkin display as I painted this.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Delta Flight 107

This was my final painting that I did before leaving Germany. I had hoped to add a few more people to this picture, but the Delta crew moved us to a different waiting area and I missed it. This is 4 x 6 done in ink & watercolor.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Boujolais and Roses

This painting is 4 x 6 and was done from a collection of items in my nephew's kitchen during our visit there in October... a leftover wine bottle and roses from my husband. A charming blend!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Joe's Opera Rehearsal

OK, it isn't a watercolor, but it was something that was part of the trip to Germany. My nephew, Joe, has a position singing with the Dusseldorf Opera Company. We didn't get to see him perform while we were there, but we did sit in on one of his rehearsals. I did a sketch of him and his piano player.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Boys

When we were in Germany it was too cold to paint outdoors. So I decided I needed to paint from inside Joe & Kathleen's apartment (my nephew & his wife). These 3 are their "boys"...Cooper, Mouth, and Bear. The dogs were out on the balcony looking through the window of the kitchen door.It is my first dog portrait and is 4 x 6. I gave it to Joe & Kathleen before I left.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Beach View Playa Romana

"Beach View Playa Romana" is a 4 x 6 painting done with pen and watercolor. I loved the little thatched shaded umbrella on this lonely stretch of beach.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Outdoor Seating in Alcossebre

This 4 x 6 was done of a restaurant at the resort where we were staying. I love the tiled roof with the blue awning.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

"Toward the Town" & "Seaside Playa Romana"

Both of these painting were done while sitting in almost the same area. "Seaside Playa Romana" (top painting) is 4 x 6 and shows some of the Moorish influence on the architecture of Spain. "Toward the Town" is 4 x 6 and shows some of the native plants found along the beach in this area.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Castellon Villa

This 4 x 6 ink and watercolor was done in Spain. I love the white building against the blue sky and the green bushes. I'm ready to move in there.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Rocks and Sea

This 4 x 6 ink and watercolor was done in Spain. I think it was the first time I use ink to capture the waves and the movement of the water.

Monday, November 5, 2007

"Needs Work"

This is one of my favorite paintings that I did in Spain. There was just something about this little run-down gem that captured my heart. All it needs is a little love and a lot of work. This is 4 x 6 done with ink and watercolor.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Habitat Playa Romana & Playa Roman View

Both of these 4 x 6 paintings were done at our resort in Alcossebre, Spain. I did these from our big 3rd floor balcony. I love the tiled roofs and the palm trees.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

At the Sea

This 4 x 6 painting was done from the balcony of my hotel in Castellon, Spain. I loved the tiled roof and the wall around the pool with the wonderful trees.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

"Balconies" & "Flowered Villa"

These two 4 x 6 ink and watercolors were done on the grounds of our resort in Alcossebre, Spain. The top painting is titled "Balconies" and the bottom painting is titled "Flowered Villa."

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Paintings from Spain

The paintings I did on my trip to Spain are all 4 x 6. The one on the top was a view behind the resort where we stayed. I titled it "Alcossebre Villa." It is a more local view of the landscape with the terra cotta roof and the olive trees. The painting on the bottom I titled "Oceanfront Alcossebre." There are various sections of beach. This was done near the actual town of Alcossebre. The ocean promanade has many cafes and restaurants where you can sit and watch the Mediterranean.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Golden Dunes

This is a 4 x 6 watercolor painted at the beach. I was attracted to all the yellow flowers blooming now that fall has arrived. It gave the dunes a somewhat different look.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Fit For Sailing

This is a 7 x 10 ink & watercolor done at a marina near me. I don't paint too many boats because I never feel comfortable drawing them. I have no background in boats and usually can't figure out what the parts are. So I'm going to try to get close to a few and see what happens.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Market Fresh

4 x 6 ink & watercolor done in plein air at a farmstand on the east end of Long Island. I was sitting with the pumpkins in their display while I was painting. When I got up they replaced me with a giant pumpkin.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Birches in the Garden

This 7 x 10 painting was done at an arboretum that I visited with my sister. It was our art day together. Birches are one of my favorite trees. They remind me of summer vacations in Maine when we were kids. I love their contrast against the rest of the landscape.

Friday, September 21, 2007

The Hay Barn

7 x 10 done in plein air at a Farm Museum here on Long Island. I'm not anywhere near barns usually, but there was a billboard of a cow on the side of the road that said, "Follow me to the farm." I couldn't pass that invitation up. I'm glad I stopped.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lake View

This 10 x 14 watercolor was done for the Weekend Drawing Event on WetCanvas. It looks like a perfect place to spend a day.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bright Begonias

I don't usually paint flowers, but these were out on my patio sitting on my railing all summer. I had 3 flowerboxes of these giant begonias. Two of them fell off the railinglast week because they had grown so tall and topheavy. Some of the flowers broke off, and I ended up putting them down on the ground next to my railing. I love the color of these and decided to paint them before they're gone. This is 10 x 10.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Wave Watcher

4 x 6 done at the beach this weekend. This little guy got creamed by a wave a little while after I finished painting this.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Surf's Up

I couldn't let the summer go by without trying to capture a boogie boarder in the water while I was there. This is 4 x 6. It wasn't easy to capture him.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Beach Fun

Here is another 4 x 6 painted at the beach. With the summer ending my supply of models will be ending soon too. It's been fun capturing kids enjoying the beach.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Holding On

This 4 x 6 painting was done at the beach. I love watching parents with their little kids and capturing those everyday poses.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Ogunquit Rocks

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 watercolor done on my trip to Maine. I was sitting on the beach, keeping cool. The lighthouse-like structure isn't a real lighthouse. It was built to cover something from the water department and they wanted it to fit in with the landscape.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

On the Dock

This is a 4 x 6 watercolor done on the dock at the Maritime Museum in Sayville, LI. I liked the texture of the dock and the boat with the water and beach grasses.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Beside the Garden Gate

This 7 x 10 was started in plein air, but finished at home becuase it started to rain while I was painting. My sister and I stopped there to paint on our way home from dropping off paintings for a show. She did the waterlilies while I did the flowers and the gate.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Perkins Cove View

This is 7 x 10 and was painted on location in Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine. I love the stripes of the canopy of the restaurant and the sails of the boat docked there. A lovely spot!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Outside Seating

This 4 x 6 was done on the return ferry to Orient Point after my trip to Maine. People are so cooperative as models on the ferry...they almost always stay put.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Buoys Together

This 3 1/2 x 5 ink & watercolor was done while I was sitting at a table at a lobster pound where I had lunch in Maine. I loved the buoys all clustered together.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Flowers Galore

I painted this mini 4 x 6 watercolor of a restaurant window in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. I like the cascading plants and the weathered wood.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Coastal View

This 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 ink and watercolor was done by the beach in Ogunquit, Maine. I loved the green canopies on this inn by the water. It must be a lovely view from the balconies and decks.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Pemaquid Beach View

This watercolor is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 done on location at the beach in Pemaquid, Maine. Can you imagine being in one of those houses, with this kind of view every day? Paradise!