Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bowl of Pears

I found the photo for this painting about two years ago on WetCanvas and I am finally getting around to working on it. This is painted on Arches 300lb CP paper using Winsor and Newton Transparent Watercolors.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Here it is...

Here it I need to come up with a title...before Monday.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Laurin McCracken

I am looking forward to the next three days...studying under the direction of watercolor artist Laurin McCracken. To see his amazing work go to

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Progress Shot

I'm happy with how the roses are coming along and I am obviously not going to make the May 15th show with the watercolor society. This willl be ready for the June Open Show at the art center.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I'm Baaaaack!

I have been away for a while. My husband underwent tests to determine whether or not the symptoms he was having was lung cancer. Thankfully he does not have it.
My Mother was in the hospital with heart pain and had tests but she is home and doing well. I was able to paint some during this time but it was so difficult to focus.

I am back now and working to finish this for a May 15th show with the Knoxville Watercolor Society.

It is funny...when I started this the thought of working on the roses stressed me to no end! I have actually found them to be quite restful after working so long on the crystal. I think this is one that I am going to be happy with when it is finished.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Crystal Vase Progress

Here is a photo of the progress so far. I am much happier with it since I enlarged the sections and can actually see what is in there! I am almost to a point that I can remove the masking.

I compared this photo with the one before I started over (January 26th) and the colors are so much more alive in this...just what I wanted.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fresh Start

I missed a very important step in this entire process. I always enlarge my reference photo in sections so that I can have a better understanding of what I am trying to convey to the viewer. For some reason I didn't do that until a few days ago. Needless to say I spent a couple of hours lifting and scrubbing so that I could get to a place where I could have a fresh start.
We have several inches of snow which is the most we have seen in 10 years or more so we went out for a while yesterday checking on family members but today I plan on staying inside and spending some extra time on this painting. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

More Progress

...and another progress shot before
going back to the drawing board.

This is much too dark but I will have
to wait for the sun to shine again before
I get a good photo.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Here is a shot of the progress I am making on the crystal vase of roses.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great holiday. Christmas is my favorite time of the year but I am ready to start 2010 more focused on my art.
My plan this year is to approach some local galleries. I have my painting ready for the Dogwood Arts Festival this spring. This month Knoxville Watercolor Society will be showing at the Knoxville Museum of Art and I am looking forward to that. My entry for the KMA show is "Fiesta Chilies".
I love it when I read blogs and the artist says I am soooo busy preparing for this show or that show. I want to make that happen for myself. It is much better for me to be tired from being too busy than from having nothing to do. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!