Thursday, December 27, 2012

Windy Beach

This is my second painting I painted yesterday.
Watercolor  Matted  14X11

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Florida Beach

I just sold two more paintings today so I got out my watercolor paint and painted two more.
Watercolor  Matted 11X14

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Boys at Play

This is a redo.  I changed the color of the water and sand to a pinky beige.  Just being creative with color.
Acrylic  Stretched canvas  14X11

Monday, December 17, 2012

Roses in Blue Vase

This was just for fun.  Roses are tricky to paint.  You want all those layers of petals but not too detailed.  I painted it with a brush but maybe I will do it over and use a knife.
Acrylic  11X14 Stretched Canvas

Monday, December 10, 2012

Red Mound House

I went to Steve Roger's demo and came home and painted this.
Watercolor  Matted  20X16

Sunday, December 9, 2012

MEG Foundation

The MEG Foundation is restoring the Cliftondale School in Saugus.  I painted two batik paintings that I donated to their fund raising event.  They are selling tickets for the paintings that will be raffled off next week.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


I have been painting Batiks to get ready for a demonstration for the Sanibel Captiva Art League.  I am going to show my batiks in different steps of completion.
Batik  Matted 16X20

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sail Down

This was painted in Steve Rogers' Workshop.  Steve paints leaving lots of white.  He uses a big brush and thick paint.
Watercolor  Framed  20X26

Sunday, December 2, 2012


This is a sneak preview of the painting for Winter Juried Show in January 2013 at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association.  Painted from a photo taken on my trip to San Lois Obispo.  It is framed and ready to go.
Watercolor  Framed   38X30

Thursday, November 29, 2012


I painted the Elephant with acrylic on board.  The board had been painted on before so there is lots of texture.

Acrylic on Board   12X16

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bamboo & Sail Boat

This was painted with the art group when we visited Edison's Home.  They are so nice to the Fort Myers Beach Art League by letting us paint on the grounds no charge.
Watercolor  Matted   9X12

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Time Out

Plein Air painting at Times Square.  It is named Time Square for the clock.  I usually paint the clock but this time I painted the restaurant Time Out.
Watercolor  Matted  9X12

Monday, November 26, 2012

Heavenly Biscuit

This is another painting painted out with the group.  Heavenly Biscuit is a popular breakfast restaurant.
Watercolor  Matted 12X9

Friday, November 23, 2012

Mound House with Visitors

This painting was painted during our Wednesday paintout.  I was not happy with it.  It was just too green.  So I put it in the tub and soaked it in water.  That way I could scrub out the green.  Then I cropped it to make a smaller painting.  Looks good.
Watercolor  Matted  9X12

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Next week is our Art Devine.  I can summit to sell six framed paintings and six matted paintings.  The price must be $150 or under.  They are all ready.  This is one.
Watercolor  Matted  14X11

Saturday, September 8, 2012

World of Fashion

This is the second painting I painted since the last posting.  The first one was a failure.  I put it away until I get out my gesso to paint over it.  This painting is fun and is a success.  It was designed for the Big Arts show, "World of Fashion"  Do you recognize anybody?
Watercolor  21X28

Friday, August 24, 2012

Man in Baseball Hat

This was painted from a photo I took when I was at one of the beaches near Saint Luis Obispo.
Watercolor  15X22

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


I enjoyed painted the Zinnia so much, I painted another flower.  I used some sea salt in the center and some Saran wrap on the background just for more fun.
Watercolor  8X8

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mattapoisett Water

Mary O'Keefe gives me a hard time about the color of ocean.  It is turquoise color here in Florida.  When I visited her last month in Mattapoisett, she had me walk down the end of her street and observe the color of Northern water.  This is what I saw.
Watercolor  21X15

Monday, August 20, 2012

Lovers Key

This is a variation of my painting "Sunlit Forest".  I made the foliage tropical but it has the same path and the same colors.
Watercolor  15X11

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Red Zinnia

Flowers are always fun to paint.  Their bright colors just make you happy.
Watercolor  8X8

Monday, August 13, 2012

Another Time Square

I have painted lots of variations of Time Square.  Time Square is named for the clock standing there in the middle.  There is a lot of places to visit on Fort Myers Beach, but this is the most popular because it just has everything.  Places to shop, places to eat, a beach to sun, and a pier to fish off of.
Watercolor & Ink  Matted & Framed  18X14

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wood Stork Mini

The Wood Stork can be seen on the side of the road or anywhere there is a little water.  I haven't seen them delivering babies though.
Watercolor Matted 10X8

Friday, August 10, 2012

White Egret Mini

Another mini.  We have a mat cutter at the art center, so I am matting a few of the mini paintings that have been donated.
Watercolor  8X10 Matted

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Birds & Beach Mini

Again it is time to donate a Mini Master to sell at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association for the Scholarship Fund.  They sell for $10.00 and they go fast.
Watercolor   10X8 Matted.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


This was a paint-a-long with a video by Karlyn Holman.  The paper is wet on both sides and then you paint a circle of yellow, then red, and then blue.  The paper is then tipped back & forth & up & down until the color is soft.  There is a lot of spattering to make the trees.  Joanne Dermony & I painted together for a painting lesson. 
Watercolor  14X11

Friday, July 13, 2012

Saugus Iron Works

Saugus Iron Works was the first iron works in the new world.  When I was in high school, they dug up the site and opened a National Museum. 
Watercolor 14X11

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Two Iris

A fun new technique using Tempera Paint and Black Liquid Oriental Ink.  After painting with the tempera paint leaving the edges of the flower without any paint, you completely cover everything with the ink.  Let it dry and put it under the faucet and rinse it all off. 
Tempera with Ink  11X14 Matted

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

California Beach

When I was in San Lois Obispo, my brother Joe took me to a different beach every day.  This is one.  I painted it by throwing paint on water spattered paper.  Fun.
Watercolor  14X10

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saugus Monument Batik

I grew up in Saugus, MA.  In the middle of the square is a rotary with a monument in the middle.  I painted this so the new Saugus Art Association can use it as a fund raiser.
Batik 20X16 Matted

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


I just returned from a fun trip to the West Coast.  Every time I travel, I bring my paints.  But there always is so much to see and do that I seldom do any painting.  This is a painting done on my brother Joe & Lisa's balcony.  You look out and see the Morrows.  They are beautiful.  They are golden where the grass has turned, and green where the bushes grow.  I added some poppies that were not there.  I will do it over and make the poppies yellow orange in color.
Watercolor  14X10

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Blue Heron with Lilies

My art building is open Wednesday & Thursdays in the summer.  We get quite a lot of artists painting there.  I painted this batik there, put on the wax, mixed a real dark color and painted it on after I crinkled the waxed painting.  They even had a iron so I ironed off the wax.  It looked terrible.  The dark was too dark.  I took it home and got out my acrylics.  This is the results. 
Batik  Matted 16X20

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


This is Karen & Pat's newest cat, Bob.  He loves Karen's quilts.  Last Christmas when we snapped a photo of him decorated for the holidays, I knew it was a painting made for the batik technique.
Batik  Framed 13X17

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Batik Daisy

Another batik.  It is fun to do two at once.  I try to find a subject with a white accent and daisies are perfect.  I kept the color of final application light on this painting, so the batik look is subtle. 
Batik  Matted 20X16

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Batik Bamboo Trees

I am back playing with batik painting.  It is time consuming, but relaxing.  There is always a surprise at the end.  When the wax is crinkled and the dark paint applied, you just don't know what the results will be.  In this painting, it looks like foliage in the background.
Batik  Matted 20X16

Monday, May 21, 2012

Scarlet Coconuts

This painting was created by pouring watercolor paint.  After the paper is stretched and stapled to a board, masking fluid is applied to wherever light hits the subject.  Then you pour the premixed primary colors, beginning with yellow. 
Watercolor  21X14

Sunday, May 20, 2012


This is a commission.  Pretty little girl.
Watercolor  Framed 27 X 34.5

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Three Shrimp Boats

Another painting bagged, and labeled for the Art Bazaar.  It was painted plein aire with the Wednesday art group.
Watercolor  Matted 20 X 16

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Egret on Beach

I am getting ready for Santini Art Bazaar.  It will be Sunday, March 4th.  It is lots of work, matting, framing, and labeling the artwork.  The FMBAA Scholarship Fund will get 20% of all the art that is sold.  I don't end up with much profit, but it is fun.  This is one of the painting that will be for sale.
 Watercolor  14 X 11

Monday, February 27, 2012


I just won Honorable Mention in the Art Council of Southwest Florida Spring Show 2012 for the painting Merry-Go-Round.  I painted it more than five years ago.  Most shows the paintings have to be painted in the last three years but there was no restriction for this show 
Watercolor  29 X 19

Thursday, February 23, 2012


This is the painting I won first prize for.  I forgot to take a photo of it before I put it in the show. 
Watercolor & Gouache  Framed 34 X 27

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lady Bugs

The Studio 2 hanging is done.  Nancy Randall's husband Terry helped me hang.  It is a big job.  But it looks nice.  It was fun to hear the new artist's comments on the paintings.  Today I am helping rearrange the paintings at the Real Estate Office for our big show tomorrow. 
This painting is another batik that I finished for the show.
Batik   14 X 11 Matted

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Batik Iris

I am all ready for the big weekend.  First I am delivering more than twenty paintings to hang in Studio II at Fort Myers Beach Art building.  They are all old paintings that have been hanging on my walls.  Tomorrow is receiving for for the Spring Juried Show so I have a new painting for that.  And then Sunday from Noon to 4 PM twelve artist will be selling their art at Century 21.  I all ready have eight paintings hanging and lots of matted paintings and cards for sale.  The real estate office supplies a delicious spread with wine to drink.  This painting was finished to put in my bin with the other matted paintings.
Batik   20 X 16

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


This Sunday is our Art on the Boulevard Show.  It takes a lot of time to prepare for it.  But I have been painting.  Yesterday was portrait day.  The model sits for four 20 minute sessions.  The first session, I draw with a pencil.  The next session, I paint the face with watercolor and put some color in the hair.  I have all the colors in puddles on my palette.  I leave the side that the light hits without color but I soften the edge.  Next, I paint the background and the clothes.  The final session, I fine touch the eyes, mouth, nose and hair. 
Watercolor  14 X 9

Thursday, February 2, 2012


This painting was started at Bonita Beach on Monday.  It was cold and windy so we stayed only an hour.  Yesterday we painted at Times Square at Fort Myers Beach.  It was a beautiful day.  I took the trolley from the art association so I wouldn't have to pay the parking fees.  I carried my art supplies in my back pack.  I sat in the shade at a picnic beach and finished the painting. 
Watercolor  10 X 14

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Beach Bulletin

I finally got to see my photo in the Beach Bulletin.  I am getting all sorts of comments on it.  The picture is of me accepting the First Place award for my painting Jill. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Today was portrait class.  We have such a great group.  Kathy Ross is amazing.  She paints in oils and finds such beautiful colors.
Watercolor  10 X 14

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Marsh at Coconut Point

Coconut Point is a big shopping center in Bonita.  At the edge is another marsh.  The fun thing about painting marshes is the reflections in the water.
Watercolor  22 X 12

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Marsh at Imperial River

Another plein aire painting.  I am painting with a group from Bonita.  It is fun because we are meeting at new locations.  This time we met at a private home that was on the Imperial River. 
Watercolor  22 X 14