Inspired by one of my favorite quotes "If you are not living on the Edge, you are taking up too much Space", and also the challenge of Larry Seiler, from whom I am following a teaching webcast on painting and stretching my boundarys, I am going to start a blog of 120 (or more) paintings, all postcard size, some from life, others from photos refs. they will be primarily watercolor, as I strive to become a better watercolorist, but I may also deviate into other areas as my fancy takes me. I love to experiment so you never know what might surface.

I love ink drawings colored with watercolor or colored ink. but I am also trying to lay color down without first drawing , trying to loosen up the compulsion to detail that I have

Monday, November 12, 2012

The challenge was to paint with the Zorn Palette, which is white, black, vermillion, and yellow Ochre.

I just acquired a bag of oil paints from a friend, and this is my first oil painting
it is 4x5 with the Zorn Palette

the reference photo from wetcanvas.

Zorn Ducks

Monday, September 24, 2012

three little pets, again projects on Wetcanvas
I got a new set of Derwent graphtint pencils, so used them in my aquabee recycled sketchbook
8x8 of Gigit


watercolor of Mooshu


another watercolor, this time Tacobelle and her snuggly

I went out to the valley on the weekend and painted 3 plein air of the fall colors
in a 6x10 landscape arches WC book.

51, 52, 53

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

my 50th submission!!
this is called Steppin High
a phot ref of a working dog from crispur2005 from

6x9 watercolor

12x12 orchid in watercolor ,

quick WC picnic basket 7x9
phot ref by KreativeK

the musician
another photo ref from,  this time from mginsberg
this is 8x11 trying to ink in the shapes, and a musician appeared

Jock the Garden Gnome
this was a photo ref from Ros of

8x10 watercolor

Egrets, 5x7 watercolor

another Gouache pup
this was painted over a gessoed failed WC

The Moshpit.  this was from a photo ref of a feather trying to escape the arms if a tumbleweed
5x7 watercolor

certainly bigger than a postcard, this is a 1/4 sheet WC


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

One final furbaby, this is Trixy, photo ref by surob from wetcanvas.  I painted this with gouache in a brown paper sketchbook. the paper was not very absorbant so it is painted fairly loose

This is Bunny , special friend to Robert or 'scappy' from wetcanvas. He led us through a wonderful workshop in painting fur. Bunny is paitned in gouache on a watercolor background

This one is one of my cats, Lacey. She is a little thing, who does not know that she is disabled. She was attacked by a tom cat when she was a couple months old. She sufferes from a crushed disc in her back, and also has a heart murmur. We did not know if she would ever walk again, but she is now 7 yrs old , walks and gallops about with a dog-track gate, is fearless but also codependant


I have been playing with Gouache lately and trying to learn how to paint fur through the Learning Zone of wetcanvas. There was a wonderful workshop offered by wetcanvas' Scappy, who is a marvelous artist.
the first offering is Rowdy, an australian blue heeler, photo ref by missswiss


Wednesday, April 4, 2012


This was a 20 min challenge with Gouache on 6x6 gessoboard. the board had a failed WC painting, so I gessoed over and got a lovely smooshy green color so left it as BG. used a 3/4 flat and quickly painted the osprey with colors- FUB and BSfor the darks, white, a touch of BS and naples yellow for the eye.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Two Tomatos

This took and hour,  painted with acrylics on a canvas card for my friend


Monday, February 27, 2012

Canada Thistle

This is another 6x8, but this time I used Daniel Smith watercolor ground on archival mat board. sprayed a WC background then when dry painted with gouache.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Paete carver at work.

Paete is the Carving Capitol of the Philippians .
This is a crop of a Paete woodcarver, submitted by Jlloren from wetcanvas
it is watercolor on 8x8 paper

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

STILE of life on the farm

another choice from the wetcanvas WDE, phot ref by Mo. I edited the reference to change the view through the stile, so the barn was framed . again using Creatacolor bloxx on a 8x8 WC pad, with a touch of pen on the stile itself. I turned the field of grass into a field of lavender


Coming Home

This was a crop of a reference from this weekends' WDE on wetcanvas. I drew with my paintbrush, so it is kind of loose. I love the galloping horses coming home to me. This is 8x8, and I used Creatacolor bloxx as pan paints


Tuesday, February 7, 2012


this was a challenge for the pen and ink forum on Wetcanvas, drawn in sepia ink, and colored with inktense  and WC pencil scrumbled on background


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cider Jugs

this is from this weekend WDE from wetcanvas, a crop of some transparent Cider jugs, 6x6 on handmade paper


Sunday, January 22, 2012


this was one I did after a weekend workshop on glass, I see I need to darken the walls and comply with the light coming thru the windows, but have not had the energy to do so  yet.
this is 7x12


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sweet Mollie

this is sweet llittle Mollie from wetcanvas WDE last weekend, posted by Elaine
she is quickly painted on a watercolor card. and soon to be a birthday card for my fellow crazy-cat-lady friend.