Monday, May 30, 2011


Another fun colorful painting from the Charles River Festival.  I already have the next painting decided on.
 Watercolor  15 X 11

Friday, May 27, 2011

Cheer Leader

This painting was difficult.  Each person in the painting was like starting another painting.  Everyone is back lit.  I am happy with the results.  It is another painting from the Charles River Festival.  I even have the Charles River in the background.
Watercolor  11 X 14

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hula Hoop II

I am trying to combine abstract painting with figures.  It is fun to paint.
Watercolor  15 X 11

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Music Man

I started painting this at the art center yesterday.  Another Charles River Festival.  It is an unusual composition but I think it works.
Watercolor  15 X 11

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Another painting from the Charles River Festival.  I may adjust the colors a bit.

Watercolor  15 X 11

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hula Hoop

This is a picture from the Charles River Festival.  I tried to be creative with an abstract background.  The painting is on a quarter sheet of watercolor paper.  I may just do it over on whole sheet.
 Watercolor  11 X 15

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fort Myers Beach Pier at Sunset

This painting began as a cloud practice.  Acrylics dry so fast and dry darker, I am having a had time getting the look I want.  When I was satisfied with the sky, I turned it into painting of the pier. 
Acrylic on Canvas  14 X 11

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sunset over Sanibel

I have avoided painting sunsets because they are so beautiful they can't be duplicated on canvas.  So this is my first attempt.  I painted with acrylics.  I may redo the painting in oil.
14 X 11   Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cypress Slough Preserve

Today was Fort Myers Beach Art Association's paint out day.  We went to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve.  It was a beautiful day.  You walk on a boardwalk for miles and see natural vegetation and cypress trees.  It is hard to paint because of all ferns, leaves trees etc.  You can't paint it all.  I have painted there before and this is my most sucessful painting.
Watercolor   15 X 22

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Red Palm Trees

Another acrylic but this one is with a knife.  The painting goes much faster.  No fussy details with a knife.
Acrylic on canvas  11 X 14

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hampton Beacj

I painted a beach scene again in acrylic.  It is very detailed.  I put in lots of people swimming and sunbathing.  It is addictive.  Almost like doing a puzzle.  I had to put just one more person in.  I have been going to the portrait class for almost fifteen years.  I think it helps me draw the gestures. 
Acrylic on stretched canvas  14 X 11

Friday, May 6, 2011

Enjoying the Beach

Back to acryics.  I started painting this with oils on a bigger canvas.  I had drawn it on newspaper pad from a photo I took at Hampton Beach.  I drew it with charcoal.  I then rubbed pastel on the back where the lines were.  Then when you lay it on a tinted canvas and draw over the lines with a pencil the white pastel transfers to the canvas.  So after I started painting with oil on the bigger canvas, I decided there was just too much empty space.  So instead of redrawing it, I transferred the drawing to a smaller canvas.  I am happy with it.  I may change the colors of the umbrellas just a bit.
Acrylic   16 X 12
I added stuff to fill in the bottom right corner.  Is the design better?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday's Setup

I met the art group to paint out together but the smoke from the forest fires drove everyone in.  I stayed long enough to sketch a small picture of the beach.  I finished painting it in the art building.
Watercolor  12 X 9
Then Gretchen put together a set up of flowers. 
Watercolor  9 X 12    Terry Shattuck gave a critique of our art work.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Soft Roses

Not all paintings can be a sucess.  But I learn from my mistakes.  I may work on this some more or just give up and start fresh.  I think it is better to start over.  That way the watercolor paint is fresh and transparent. 
Watercolor  14 X 12