Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In Your Face

In Your Face - 11" x 15", Transparent Watercolor
Portrait painting always seemed like it would be too difficult until I tried it a few times. Now I really enjoy it. Once you figure out which colors work best for skin tones, it becomes a lot easier. My favorite colors to use are various Daniel Smith's quinacridone colors mixed with some New Gamboge and a tiny bit of Winsor & Newton's French Ultramarine Blue. The hair is definitely the most challenging element of a portrait, in my opinion.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Renny's Fuzzy Mug

Renny's Fuzzy Mug, 6" x 6", Transparent Watercolor
As a companion piece for "Toots", the painting I did of my Aunt's horse last year, I painted her dog, Renny, for her birthday gift this year. She seemed very happy when she received it and said it looked just like him.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Ria - 13" x 11", Transparent Watercolor

I saw this young girl last year and was struck by how beautiful her eyes were. Her mom was gracious enough to allow me to take a few snapshots of her so I could practice portrait painting. I added the veil to add some color and interest to the portrait.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Summer Fruit

Summer Fruit, 15" x 12" - Transparent Watercolor
This was some of the sweetest fruit I had ever tasted; and it was as beautiful as it was delicious. I loved the way the sunlight was shining through the window and illuminating the cantaloupe slices from behind. It gave it a beautiful glow.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Illuminated Iridescence Selected for the 2010 Watercolor Competition and Exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art

Illuminated Iridescence, 12" x 12" - Transparent Watercolor

My painting hanging next to Chris Beck's "A Shocking Discovery" painting. I'm happy to be in good company here.

I was delighted to learn that my "Illuminated Iridescence" painting was selected for the 2010 Watercolor Competition and Exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art. The Jurors for the show were Rebecca Schapp, Director of the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, and Art Educator and Watercolor Artist, Karen Frey. The show will be on display at the Triton Museum of Art from December 11th through February 27th.

Spring Preview won Best in Show

Spring Preview, 24" x 18" - Transparent Watercolor

In September I was so excited when I received the good news that my "Spring Preview" painting had won Best in Show at the 45th Annual Fine Art Show. What an honor! The show was juried by George Rivera, Executive Director and Senior Curator of the Triton Art Museum. My "Self Portrait" was also juried into the show. The show ran for the month of October, 2010.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Welcome! to the new followers of this blog, I'm glad you're here. My apologies for being neglectful of my blog lately.

Reflection, Refraction, 6" x 6", Transparent Watercolor
Wanting a challenge, I went a bit out of my realm with this painting, as I've only painted glass one other time, and it was clear, not colored. Color and light draw me to paint something more than almost anything else, and this is full of both. I had a lot of fun painting this. Also, I did a less detailed drawing this time, and found it more enjoyable to do a bit of "guesswork" with the brush.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


"Toots" - 7" x 10", Transparent watercolor
I've heard it said that you should paint what you know and now I completely understand why. My aunt is having a big milestone birthday soon, and I wanted to give her something special. She adores her horse, Toots, so I figured a painted portrait of her would be a great gift. The problem is, I don't know horses. I've rarely been around them and since I don't live near Toots, I had to work from the few, not so great reference photos that other people had taken. I probably got some of the muscle and bone structure wrong, but I did the best I could with what I had. All things considered, I'm pretty happy with this painting.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Accepted into CWA's 41's National Exhibition!

Spring Preview, 18" x 24", Transparent watercolor

I'm ecstatic! I found out this week that my "Spring Preview" painting has been accepted into the CWA's 41st National Exhibition. I'm new to entering shows, having only entered one other show before. Two of my paintings were accepted into that show and one of them placed 2nd. That was very exciting, too.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fuzzy Mug #6

"Fuzzy Mug, #6" - 6" x 6", Transparent Watercolor
Number 6 in my "Fuzzy Mug" series. These are so fun to paint, and lucky for me there is an endless pool of subjects out there to choose from. Of course, I'm biased to this sweet, little, fuzzy face. I started with a very colorful underpainting to give lots of depth to the black fur. It was all done with transparent watercolors, no opaque white, so I had to do a little masking.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dewy Daisy

"Dewy Daisy", 12" x 12" - Transparent Watercolor
When I went outside the other morning, the sun was shining on the dew covered African Daisies in front of our house. They looked so pretty, I decided to do a (relatively) quick painting of one close-up.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Yellow Orchid

Yellow Orchids, 5" x 7" Transparent Watercolor
This was done a few years ago, but I forgot to photograph it and post it at the time.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Final, W.I.P Magnolia in Crystal

"Spring Preview", 18" x 24", Transparent Watercolor
Ahhhhh, it's finished! This was only the second time I have attempted painting white flowers and the first time was a disaster. White is relative. There was actually no stark white left on the flower in the painting; everything had at least a hint of pink. The flower itself was white on the inside and purple on the outside, so it cast a lot of pink. I thought the crystal would be the hardest portion of this painting, but it turned out to be the flower and the shadow instead.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Starting from the petal on the bottom left and going counterclockwise, petal by petal. Several layers of color on each.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Step 2, W.I.P Magnolia in Crystal

I darkened the shadow, added the hint of a prism on the bottom right side of the table, and began the tedious work of the crystal. It's amazing how many colors you can see in the crystal when you look closely.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

W.I.P Magnolia in Crystal

18" x 24" - I started with the background on this painting since that is usually my least favorite part. I figured if I messed up now, there wouldn't be as much at stake. Warm reds and browns were used for the wall and a yellow/violet mixture on the tabletop. Not masking the whites saved a lot of time; it also meant I had to work quickly around all the shapes. The shadow is proving to be harder than I thought. It will need some darkening...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Sunlit Lily

"Sunlit Lily", 21" x 14", Transparent Watercolor
It's finished. This was a fun painting; I love working with bright, vibrant colors. It turned out to be a bit of a challenge as the masking fluid damaged the surface of the paper very slightly making it harder to achieve a sharp line in places. A challenge is good, though. It teaches you a thing or two.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Almost Finished...

Sunlit Lily - 22" x 15", Transparent Watercolor.
It's close to being finished. I have to add the black dots that are speckled all over the petals, remove the masking fluid, and complete the stamens and anthers. I like how it looks without the black dots and am a bit nervous about adding them, but all the Oriental Lilies I've seen have the dots.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Backlit Orchids

"Backlit Orchids" 16" x 22", Transparent Watercolor
I'm breaking away from painting furry creatures for a bit. During the long, dreary days of winter, painting something vibrant and colorful helps lighten my mood.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


6" x 6", Transparent watercolor
The latest in my Mug Shot Series. This cute little guy was with his person at a Farmer's Market one sunny Saturday. He was very sweet and had an interesting face, so I had to paint him.