On a Flower Kick

After a recent trip to see the Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, I felt totally inspired to replicate (in my own way, of course) what I saw.  I started by cropping in some of photos I took. I...

Summer Update 2018

I can’t believe how quickly the summer has been speeding by! I have been teaching group classes, private classes and workshops and loving it! It’s been wonderful to see the growth of my students a...

On the Road, Again

This past summer, my husband and I made a big Anniversary vacation trip out to California. We took 2 weeks, rented a car and proceeded to sightsee LA, Hollywood, Santa Barbara, up to Santa Cruz, Pismo...

Tuscan Villas

Sometimes, it just takes a little cropping to make it work. Driving through the hills of Tuscany, I snapped this photo from the passenger seat of our rental car. I had done another similar scene in th...

Making the Mundane Magnificent

In 2016, I was asked to do a guest blog post on Gail Sibley’s, “How To Pastel” Page. Gail has one of the best pastel blogs out there so please check it out at HowtoPastel.com. If yo...

Croatia Workshop 2018

Come to the most scenic resort town in Croatia to paint, study and learn to take your artwork to the next level! Five full days of fun, comraderie, and great accommodations at the family owned Hotel ...

Painting Autumn Foliage

  In my class, we worked on painting Autumn foliage. It’s easy to overdo painting the fall colors in a showy and garish manner. So, we worked on the subtlety of color, value shifts, color harmo...

Paint Duluth – A Plein Air Event

Paint Duluth – A Plein Air Event  For an artist, having 3 days to do nothing but paint is a heavenly dream. “Paint Duluth” hosted by the Duluth Public Arts Commission, was the opportunity f...

Watercolor Under Painting

I’ve been working lately on exploring various watercolor under paintings. In the past, I primarily used pastel as my underpainting, using an alcohol wash to fix it before beginning to paint. My late...