Monday, July 25, 2016


I started a new collection, inspired by my New England coastal visit. But this is another project that has been a long time in the making. Procrastination is define as delay or postpone action. In my case, there's always something else that's putting me off on the process of staying focus. Well, here's some bits & pieces, definitely work in progress...

roses & seaside cottage...

inspire by this photo

americana porches, inspired by...

endless coastal views

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


For this sketch by the water, my quest for color is the starting point. I'm trying to convey a cloudy & humid summer day with purple & aqua. The fact that this was done in a sketchbook, means I can be loose & not fuzz with the painting. Sometimes we learn more by not getting attach to our work.

Monday, July 18, 2016


When I'm on the road, these tiny 2.5x3.75 Fabriano watercolor paper always travel with me. It comes in a box, just perfect for a quick study.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


For a quick sketch, choose a scene with just a few simple shapes. That way, you can limit your color palette. For this sketch, I use soft blue for sky, the white of the clouds is from the paper.

A wash of Oxide Green was use to convey the shape of the meadow & trees in the distance. Naples Yellow to highlight the honeysuckle in the foreground. A thin wash of Ultra violet for the water. By mixing my existing green & purple, it gives me a deep green for the shadows. 

Charcoal pencil to define the fence.

An oil turpentine wash dries instantly on paper. I love to use pastel over oil on the paper.

texture of this paper works well with this landscape sketch

Friday, July 1, 2016


Florene Griswold Museum sits by the bucolic Connecticut River. It's the famed home of the Lyme Art Colony. House & garden inspired a generation of artist. 

I'm so familiar with the area, that finding a pretty spot by the water to paint was pretty easy.

Friday, June 17, 2016


I try to stop by Montgomery Place about this time, to visit the garden. It's a 19th century estate overlooking the Hudson River. Aside from the peaceful garden, there's a network of trials & paths with views of the river & the Catskill Mountain. There is a large orchard on the property. When it's in season, the farm stand sells over 60 different varieties of apples & pears. One of the prettiest farm stand in the area.

kneaded eraser on tone paper

light & dark green pastel for values

yellow pastel for the roses in the foreground

Friday, June 3, 2016


As much as I enjoy experimenting on what I can do on Photoshop, nothing beats working with real paints & fresh blooms from the garden.

sample card & original artwork