Thursday, August 27, 2015


Two weeks ago, we had a very strong thunderstorm with hail.  After things cleared, I saw this cloud formation which looked like pastel scoops of sherbet piled on top of one another in colors of palest pink and yellow...

Cotton Candy Clouds

Playing with the same colors but in a seascape...

Sky and Sea

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


by Lizette Woodworth Reese

No wind, no bird. The river flames like brass.
On either side, smitten as with a spell
Of silence, brood the fields. In the deep grass,
Edging the dusty roads, lie as they fell
Handfuls of shriveled leaves from tree and bush.
But ’long the orchard fence and at the gate,
Thrusting their saffron torches through the hush,
Wild lilies blaze, and bees hum soon and late.
Rust-colored the tall straggling briar, not one
Rose left. The spider sets its loom up there
Close to the roots, and spins out in the sun
A silken web from twig to twig. The air
Is full of hot rank scents. Upon the hill
Drifts the noon’s single cloud, white, glaring, still.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


I splattered and sponged and sprayed a bit of a background into this one - should have started with the background but that's another story.  Had to have somewhere for the Minions to hide out!

Cropped off a bit of the left side and the top, too.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Plant Life

Fourth sheet Arches 140# cold press paper

Painted without drawing.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


I admit, I like the Minion movies.  I have Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 - because I like the minions.  So say this title in the voice of any particular Minion...


Half sheet Arches 140# cold press paper

No drawing, just painting.  
Not fully finished but getting close.  

Monday, August 17, 2015


The Color of Today

Fourth sheet (11 x 15 inches),
Arches 140# cold press paper

Abstracted landscape on
postcard (4 x 6 inches)

Pansies on
postcard (4 x 6 inches), done with
watercolor and The Elegant Writer pen

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Here are the Honorable Mention awards from the Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society summer show at The Barn in Mariemont:

Eat Your Veggies

by Claudia Taylor

Bold and bright and ripe for the summer!

The Admirer

by Venetia Wang

Ventia is a fairly new member and has a very delicate touch with watercolor.


At the End of a Long Day

by Lydia Rittinger

All of these were smaller paintings,
all horizontal.  Although the bottom painting info just said "watercolor", I'm pretty sure it's a batik without the ink added at the end.

Note Bene:  According to the GCWS blog, there were 2 other Honorable Mention paintings, but I did not see them when I was there so maybe they had sold and been taken off the walls already?  So...Honorable Mention ribbons also went to Carol Steuer (who did sell a painting) and Carole McAfee (our show chairperson).

Thursday, August 13, 2015


The Color of Pain

Fourth sheet (11 x 15 inches), 
Arches 140# cold press paper

Pain Circuits

Fourth sheet (11 x 15 inches),
Arches 140# cold press paper

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


I took Mom over to see the show today (I did not attend the reception on Sunday).  She had some favorites and said she liked the show.  There were some really good paintings in the group and some missing (because they sold - good for them!).  

Here are the winners (first, second, third)...

First Place to Carolyn Hibbard for her painting of Santorini.  A very masterful composition that leads us up from the bottom left to the top right, plus lovely violets in the shadows.

Second Place to Tom Schroeder for his painting of a barn window.  Wonderful use of darks which are not muddy but clean, with the pure white of the paper for the whites of the window and weeds = well done and a well deserved award.

Third place went to Deb Ward for her painting called Flight of the Bumble Bee.  The only thing missing was a bumblebee!  You have to see that horn in person to see how she let the watercolors merge and meld without much fixing.  Deb is doing some really clever work, composition-wise and knows her stuff.  She is getting into some major juried shows and winning some awards, and selling - can't beat that!

Now, mine did not win an award or sell.  When I saw it at home I was always pleased with it and thought I did a good job.  When I saw it hanging in the gallery, I felt it didn't have any pop - anything that made you stop and stand there and look at it.  

So...back to the drawing board.

What do the three winning paintings have in common?  They are closer to realism than impressionism.  They have lovely, clean colors that show off what watercolor can do.  And they all are verticals.  Hmmm...

Well done, Carolyn, Tom and Deb!  I can see why you got those ribbons!