Saturday, December 14, 2013


This is Laurie.  She does talks on American History and wears period costumes that she sews herself.  She was our model at the Portrait Class at Fort Myers Beach Art Association.  This painting was completed in two hours.

Watercolor  14 X 21

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Beach Sun Worshipers.

This was painted yesterday when I painted with the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Plein Air group.  Three of us sat under the pier at Times Square.  There were hundreds of people enjoying the sun.  I was a beautiful day.  I painted in acrylic and it was drying fast on my palette so the painting has a dry brush look.

Acrylic 20 X 16 on Stretched Canvas

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Vicki has posed many times for the FMBAA Portrait Group.  She has beautiful red hair and keeps a great pose.

Watercolor  14 X 22

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wicket Wings

I sketched this Tuesday afternoon, the first day we could paint for Paint the Beach.  It was a windy day and I all ready had finished a painting in the morning.  Wednesday morning, I went back and completed the painting.  I used masking fluid to save the whites.

Watercolor  20 X 16 Framed

Monday, November 11, 2013

Shrimp Boat View

I painted this from Lyle's yard.  He has a beautiful home right on the water.  He looks out every day at this scene.  About three years ago I was painting with the group and he came up to me to invite us to paint where he lives.  I took his name and phone number and put it in "Pauline's Addresses" in my computer.  I found it just in time for Paint the Beach 2013.

Watercolor  20 X 16 Framed

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Golden Sand

The sand on Fort Myers Beach is really white.  But I always add yellow, blue and a red and let the three colors mingle, so my sand is always a different color.  Again I added rocks but we don't even have rocks.  Just feet prints.

Watercolor  Matted 11 X 14

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Batik Roseate Spoonbill

I paint Roseate Spoonbills lots.  This is different because I used the batik technique.

Batik   Matted 14 X 11

Friday, October 11, 2013

Yellow Unbrella

I am thinking of Art on the Boulevard.  It is a one day show on Sunday, Nov. 17th.  It is held at a local real estate office.  The owner, Judy, likes to see beach scenes.

Watercolor  Matted  11 X 14

Chair in the Sun

Just a silly little batik that I painted one Wednesday or Thursday at FMBAA open painting during he summer.

Batik  Matted 11 X 14

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Batik Egret

Adding happy color in with the foliage, adds interest to the painting.  I try not to put too much green in my paintings.

Batik  Matted 11 X 14

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fort Myers Beach Cottage

This batik was found in my to do pile.  The painting was finished and the coat of wax had been applied.  All I had to do was crinkle it up, add a dark paint and iron the wax off between absorbant paper towels and newprint.  Then rip the edge and glue the painting on a backing and mat it.  That's all.

Batik  20 X 16 Matted

Monday, October 7, 2013

Batik Tulips

This summer I have started paintings and never finished them.  Since the shows are to begin, I pulled out a pile of paintings to complete and mat and frame.  This is one of them.  Batik is a lot of work, but I am always so happy with the results.

Matted Batik  20 X 16

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Umbrella with Books

What could be nicer than sitting under an umbrella at the beach reading a book.

Watercolor  Matted  14 X 11

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Three White Sunflowers

I poured the blue watercolor on a full sheet of paper and then some Quin gold.  After tilting the paper so the paint would form it's own designs, I had a white of the paper diaganally in the middle of the paper.  So I added the flowers and some collage.  I also wiped out some line to repeat the blue runs of the watercolor paint.

Mixed Media   Matted 30 X 38

Friday, September 27, 2013

Red Hot Hot

I do not do many abstracts.  But I enjoy the results when I do.  Several of my friends and I took a one day class from Sue Allen at the Florida Watercolor Convention.  So I came home and painted two paintings.  It is mostly done in watercolor and painted tissue paper and rice paper attached.  Most of the white is the white of the paper, but some white gouache was added too.

Mixed Media   38 X 30 Matted

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Beach Sand

Back from the Florida Watercolor Convention.  I always pick up a trick or two.  This is an example of rocks on the sand.  Masking fluid is randomly applied on the foreground as little round rocks.  The sand is painted with yellow, red and blue.  After the shine of the wet watercolor leaves, I sprinkled it with sea salt.  Then the paper is completely dried, the masking fluid is rubbed off and shadows of the rocks are painted on.

Watecolor  Matted  16 X 20

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friday Paint Out

I sat under the bridge at Fort Myers Beach in the shade.  It is a two hour painting.  I always do a small value sketch before I start.  That way everyting is positioned right.

Watercolor  20 X 16 Matted

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wednesday Paint Out

I usually don't paint out in September.  Too hot.  I arrived at 8:30 AM and painted until 11.  Finding shade was difficult.  The sun found me where ever I stood so I had to keep moving.  But it is fun to be out.  You can see the variation in colors,

Watercolor  Matted 20 X 16

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Big Blue Heron

I painted the Blue Heron last May.  I added a more colorful background to it.  What a difference that made. The yellow is the compliment of the purple blue of the bird.

Acrylic Stretched Canvas    24X36

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


This has been a fun painting to do.  It is just a happy subject.  I used for my reference a photo from one of San Lois Obispo Pacific beaches.  The cat was my addition.

Watercolor  Framed & Matted  27X27

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Penny Fox & I set up a fruit still life at the art center.  It is fun painting from the real thing.  You see colors that you don't see in a photo.

Watercolor  20X16 Matted

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bowditch Beach

This painting was started at one of the last FMBAA paintouts at Bowditch.  In the shade of a bush at the end of a path, I took my time painting the beachgrass.  When I got home I added a couple of figures.  I have been checking it out since May.  I bought myself two watercolor books for my birthday.  They are both about putting people in paintings.  So today I did just that.

Watercolor  Framed  28X22

Sunday, August 18, 2013


This started as only a painting of sky, sea and beach.  Then after staring at it a few days, I decided it needed some figures.  I had done a watercolor quickly from a small photo years ago.  Perfect addition to my beach.

Oil on stretched canvas.  36X24

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Apple Blossoms


This batik was done in many wax applications to save the white of the flower.  Between the application, I would paint a very light coat of pink, yellow, or blue,

Batik  16X20

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hungry Giraffe

Batik gives the background character.  And the giraffe has character of his own.

Batik  16X12

Monday, August 5, 2013

Batik Parrot in Red

Back to painting batiks.  It is a long process to complete a batik painting.  But it is just fun.

Batik  12X16

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Shell Point Painting

I went with a local plein aire group to paint at Shell Point.  With the warm weather I just find some shade and paint what is in front of me.  I was next to the river that had mangroves growing along it.  I love the patterns the stems make underneath the foliage.  I was painting with watercolor so I painted around the bird.  While I was painting I was video taped.  They will use the tape for the residents of the retirement community.

Watercolor  14X10

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sanibel Lighthouse

Friday the day after 4th of July, fifteen members of Sanibel-Captiva Art League had an art show at Baileys in Sanibel.  We all brought along a partly-completed painting to work on.  I sketched in the lighthouse and buildings and spattered gesso on the water area.  Where you see the lighter color water is where the gesso landed.  I did flatten the gesso with a pallette knife.  We all had fun.  Baileys had water and crackers and munchies for us.  We also had wine tasting and the ice creama store gave us all yogurt.  We plan to do it again in November.

Watercolor  20X28

Monday, July 1, 2013

Julie's Family

I painted this a few years ago.  I was organizing my artwork and found it.  Julie, my daughter-in-law and her brother and sister.

Acrylic on stretched canvas  24X18

Saturday, May 25, 2013


This painting was inspired by Sylvia's Iris painting.  I needed something to paint Thursday at the art center.  So I took a half sheet of hot press watercolor paper and some photos of irises.  I did direct painting with Opera and other reds and quickly put stripes for the background.  I borrowed Gretchen's Murphy's Oil and wiped out red color.  I then rinsed the whole painting off under the faucet.  I wished I had brought another painting to work on because I had to wait for this one to dry.  Today I painted soft detail at the edge of petals,

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Art Colony

This is from our Wednesday paintout.  After entering the Art Colony yard, we were bombarded with things, full of color and unique.  Too much.  So I just sat on the closest chair and painted what was in front of me.  After I went home I outlined everything with Elegant Writer, a pen that runs.

Watercolor  Matted 28 X 22

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blue Heron

The Blue Heron is a majestic bird.  I always have people asking me if I have a painting of one.  I love to  paint them.

Acrylic on stretched canvas  24 X 36

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Three Ibis

I sold another bird painting and I have to replace it at the art center.  So this was a quick painting.  I covered the canvas with white and added stripes of pale color.  After the paint had dried I drew the ibis and painted the sunlit top with white with a little yellow.  The shaded side of the bird was painted with grey with blue and orange highlights, just dark enough to look like white in shadow.

Acrylic on stretched canvas   20 X 16

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Two Sail Boats

Just another acrylic painting playing with clouds.  It was painted over a portrait I did in the portrait class, so it had lots of texture all ready.  Last time it was birds, so this time I added sail boats.

Acrylic on Canvas Board   20 X 16

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Plein Air painting at Beach Seafood.  There were only four out with us this morning.  It was another beautiful morning.  We all painted some part of a shrimp boat.  I was the only one painting with watercolor.  All the white was painted around.  There is lots of activity while we paint.  The Shrimpers are busy working on their boats.

Watercolor  Matted  22 X 28

Monday, May 13, 2013

Three Gulls


This was painted with acrylic on board.  It was hard to paint because it was smooth with no tooth.  I saw a demo on YouTube by Jerry Yarnell for painting clouds.  Then I found an old watercolor painting in my reject pile.  Kinda fun.

Acrylic  16 X 12

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Batik California Poppies

I originally painted this in watercolor.  I painted after visiting my brother in San Lois Obispo, California, last year.  I overworked the watercolor, so it went to my reject pile.  So this is the exact painting in batik.  Some painting are made for batik and this is one.

Batik  22 X  28 Matted

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Time Square Again

Plein Air Painting with the Fort Myers Beach Art Association.  I haven't been for awhile because I was taking my college class on the day they met.  It was a beautiful day with low humidity. There were seven painting and everyone painted a good painting.  Gorden Ross painted the three turtle statues.  Fun.

Watercolor  20 X 16 matted

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Yellow Coconuts

One of the fun things you can do with watercolor is crop the painting.

Which do you like the best?  This was another wet on wet.  I painted it last night and this morning I lifted some color and added a little masking fluid.  Maybe I will do the cropped version over in acrylic.

Watercolor  20 X 16 Matted

Monday, May 6, 2013

Golden Green Coconuts

Wet on wet.  I drew the coconuts softly and then wet both the front and back of the watercolor paper.  I waited until the paper lost it's sheen and started painting.  The color spreads so I don't paint too close to the edge of the coconuts and leaves.  The longer I paint, the dryer the paper becomes, so I can then put in more detail.  The wet on wet painting has a wonderful transparency to the color.

Watercolor  20 X 16 Matted

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Egret with Mangrove Leaves

Pouring watercolor again.  This time I used liquid frisquet.  After the painting is done and I removed the frisquet, all the edges were hard and ugly.  I use a special brush and sometimes a toothbrush to soften the edges.  It is very time consuming.  But the effect is good.  It was worth all the work.

Watercolor  Matted  16 X 20

Saturday, May 4, 2013

White Pelican

Watercolor.  I stretched the wet arches watercolor paper by stapling it on a board.  Let dry then coat the whole paper with light permanent rose, & new gamboge to give the white a glow.  Let dry again and draw the pelican.  I then wet with a brush everything except the bird and a little reflection.  Then I poured around the bird with darker of the same two colors plus thalo blue.  I made the thalo blue very weak.  I poured next to each color instead of over.  Then the paper was tilted so the colors mingles.  The paint stays on the wet paper if you are careful.

Watercolor    20 X 16 matted

Friday, May 3, 2013

Two Egrets

There is a lot in this painting.  Birds, foliage, trees, lily pads.  I am happy with it but it was a day's project to finish it.  After it was finished, I glazed the whole painting with a pink glaze.  The glaze unified everything.

Acrylic  16 X 12

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Safe Landing

Acrylic  7 X 11

Today was rainy.  Dark and depressing.  I did everything but paint.  Cut mats, made business cards, read my Kindle took a photoshop lesson.  Finally after supper the sun came out and I finished this painting I started yesterday.  I am going to paint larger from now on.  It is hard to paint these small paintings.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Spoonbill at Ding Darling

This was painted today at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association.  There were lots of artists there because we had to bring our paintings to hang at the new library building.  The construction was a success.  They saved a spot on the top floor for paintings to display.  The area has computers and a lunch area.  They also installed lighting to spotlight the paintings.

Acrylic  11 X 7

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fluffy Spoonbil

Another Roseate Spoonbill.  She is standing on a limb of a Mangrove Bush.  She is thinking of going fishing.

Acrylic on Canvas Board   16  X 12

Monday, April 29, 2013

Roseate Spoonbill

You can always find Roseate Spoonbills feeding when you visit Ding Darling.  The photo that I painted from was taken this winter when Nancy and Terry Randall took me there and then treated me for lunch.  There are more from that trip to come.

Acrylic  11 X 8

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Eric Taylor's Father

This painting is from a turn of the century photo of a classmate's father and his sister.  The photo is old and scratched so this is just a guess at what they looked like.  I plan to paint it again, bigger.

Acrylic  7 X 11