Saturday, May 21, 2022


 Plant (coleus?) from photo taken at the Krohn Conservatory (there were at least 6-7 types of coleus there).  Interesting shapes but I did the bg AFTER I painted the plant - not a good plan!

This has some predrawing on it and is on Stonehenge Aqua hot press paper.  

After an art friend (Susan Roper) asked what my thinking was on this (she doesn’t know I often just throw paint on paper without thinking?!!), I went back and added some value changes to make this one more interesing, I think.  Thanks, Susan!!  (I did try to add your blog to my sidebar again but blogger is being finicky and will not allow me to remove or add anything right now - maybe later when it’s over it’s snit.  

Anyway, here is the revised version of this one.  Darkened and shaped the leaves more in every one, lifting some of the lighter colors.

Thursday, May 19, 2022


 Finished.  Did add some watercolor pencil marks on top of the watercolor to give it more feathers.

I’m thinking this little lady may be a tri-colored heron.  Need to look that up to be sure but it’s grey and a grey-red and that bright blue bill = 3 colors, right?

Looked it up and the only one with the blue bill with dark tip is the Little Blue Heron (which starts its life as completely white).  

Tuesday, May 17, 2022



Started the background before I touched the heron.  I may need to push back some of the stuff in the bg after the bird is painted - we’ll see.  Everything you change means changing something else!

Sunday, May 15, 2022


All I did was add a hint of greenery at the bottom - and look at the change in the color.  My camera must not really capture the true color at times.  This is pretty accurate so the previous one was a bit off.  I think it’s the blue-green color in the bg that changes the pinks.  Oh, well.  Close enough and this is it.  

On to the next wading bird.

Friday, May 13, 2022



Darkened some bits and got in some shadow shapes.  And painted the background.  May add some greenery here and there.  We’ll see.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2022



Started a half sheet (Arches 140# cold press) painting of a colorful roseate spoonbill from our Florida trip.  It’s a big bird and they were all strutting and building nests for the babies to come at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.  Of course, most people say, “Look, a flamingo” because they think any bird this pink must be a flamingo.  But these beauties are an acquired taste (I mean, the face is not exactly pretty! ha ha).  

Next step to come.  I want to keep the bright but get the idea of the sun-touched vs shadowed feathers.  We’ll see if I can accomplish it.

I haven’t painted this large in a while as I’ve been kind of stuck in the fourth sheet size paintings.  Time to go bigger!

Thursday, May 5, 2022



This was just too pale and wishy-washy so…fiddled with it, wiped it down, put paint on, wiped it down again, added different colors = a sure sign that the artist doesn’t have a clue what she is doing or what she wants!!  

So definitely the last one of the amaryllis for a while.

On to pretty birds…

Tuesday, May 3, 2022


 I may do another but this may be the last amaryllis painting for a while.

I did each painting on different paper - hot press, cold press, rough, Arches, Stonehenge Aqua, Hahnemuehl.  It was interesting to see the different versions and how the paper worked with the watercolor.

Sunday, May 1, 2022



Part of the look of this that captured my imagination was the shadow shapes behind the potted plant.  Sometimes it’s just an extra design element that makes you want to paint it.  

Friday, April 29, 2022



The amaryllis was slow to bloom but when it began it really burst out with blooms.  The one Sweetie purchased for me (for January birthday) had 3 bulbs in a pot and when it had 5 blooms on each bulb!!  Crazy beautiful!  Had to try to paint some of them.  

This is on Hahnemuehl watercolor paper 140# cold press and I love the way the paper helps the watercolor do its thing.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2022



When we returned from our week away in Florida, I decided it was time to paint some of the amaryllis photos I took as it was blooming.  This is the first one, where it was just starting to bloom.  

This is on Hahnemuehl (?) watercolor paper and I like the way it helps the watercolor work.  

After a few of these, I’ll get to the birds or other photos from our Florida trip.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2022


Washington Oaks park is a lovely, calm refuge when you want to escape and relax as you walk the trails, view the flowers and see the Spanish moss hanging down from the live oaks which says “You are now in the south.”

At Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth park, you could watch the Spanish soldiers protecting the fort by firing the cannon.  Blacksmiths worked and gave educational talks, men fired flintlock guns, and you could drink from the fountain itself - just a sip was enough for me so I should be good for another 50 years or so!

There was a wonderful calm walk onto the boardwalk into the sawgrass and water inlets.  You could climb up into the lookout, see several educational displays around the grounds, and watch the male peacocks trying to impress the female peacocks (there are 20 on the grounds and they wander all around, not afraid or aggressive but boy are they LOUD!!

This poor guy was really trying to impress but I didn’t see any of the ladies interested as he shook his beautiful tail feathers all around.

If you wanted a more quiet place, you could drive out of the Fountain of Youth grounds down a lovely live oak and spanish moss draped avenue to Nombre de Dios where you could walk around the pond, sit and meditate a while in any quiet area - or visit the small chapel to Our Lady of La Leche.  I loved the vine covered stone building and you could go inside and sit a while, with the statue of the Virgin Mary breast-feeding the baby Jesus at the front of the chapel.  

I think that’s all for today - I may show more photos or just end here.  There was so much we did and saw in just a week and that really means in 5.5 days because of travel time.  St. Augustine, the United State’s oldest city, is well worth a visit and you could really spend 2 weeks there so see everything and drive up and down the A1A beachside road to see the wonderful beach homes (some McMansions but many still small cottages and older homes that have been there for a while).  

Since I’m not a foodie, I can’t say much about the many many restaurants close by but I can say the last time we ate at the Conch House Restaurant, it was fantastic food and a great site right on the water.

Sunday, April 17, 2022


Just some photos of the trip - a week of go go go - condo unit was one of three only in the building (nice) and the beach was right at the end of our deck.  Beautiful.  Windy and cool some days with whitecaps and sufers and few people around (not a spring break area so we didn’t have a lot of people - walking on the beach was almost like it was just for us).

The sand is a golden brown color, lighter in areas with sparkles of gold through and the wind and tides carve the beach into great sculptural shapes.

Also went to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm which is for photograping the birds that nest in the trees all around the place (while they are protected by the alligators from other preditors, the alligators sometimes do get a fallen egg or chick).  

Saw roseate spoonbills, white egrets, little blue herons and about 3 other kinds of egrets and herons and the ugly large wood storks, all building nests and squawking over territority.  Some already had eggs and it was a treat to get to see mother getting up off the nest to stretch her legs a bit and see the eggs - all were robin’s egg blue in the heron and egret nests.

Visited the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and walked the 219 stairs up to the top where the wind was so strong I was glad there was a strong metal railing around it!

I’ll share more photos next post.  And have plenty of photos as reference and inspiration for future paintings.

And Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Monday, April 11, 2022



Just a bluejay on a branch in a wet, blue sky.

Saturday, April 9, 2022


 Looking like he (or she) is asking a question - probaby, “Where is the bird seed?” 

Thursday, April 7, 2022


 Same little sparrow in a pine tree branch.  They hide in there by the dozens, waiting for their time at the feeders on the deck - a nice, save haven for them all to sit and wait out the bigger birds.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


 Don’t know these birds - they all look alike as they come to feeders - sparrows of some kind.  

I thought it needed some color around him (or her) so did that.  Not sure it’s better.

Isn’t it interesting how the color of the main subject (which wasn’t changed at all) changes in the way it looks when you put color around it?

With a background, I think the warm colors show up more and the darks look more muted.  

Still wasn’t happy with the bg so darkened it even more.  

Better.  Darkened the bird color, too.  

Sunday, April 3, 2022


 Baby bird in a nest with a younger brother or sister still to come.  

Thursday, March 31, 2022



Just a small angel statue in the garden - with sunflowers for Ukraine and their continued war with evil.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2022


 Well, here is the pre-spring slump again.

Thursday, March 3, 2022



Some dried seedpods still on the plant from a photo taken last fall.

Friday, February 25, 2022


 On Stonehenge Aqua hot press 140# paper.  The paper helps “mold” the features in a portrait so I like it for that - and am getting used to the difference in it and the cold press paper I normally use.  

Monday, February 21, 2022


 Another version, this time on 12 x 16 inch Stonehenge Aqua hot press paper.  

Thursday, February 17, 2022



Finished, but I think the shadow shapes are too dark (I admit, I took a phone call while I was in the middle of the shadow shapes and didn’t take as much care as I should have done).  So got a few splotches in what should have been a clean, solid shape down the middle.  Oh, well.  

Should I try again?  I probably would end up with something even better…but do I have the patience to start over on this one?  We’ll see.

Sunday, February 13, 2022



I tried to paint this painting without planning - so started again with a sketch on tracing paper to work out in my mind where elements were placed.  Then, using the sketch as a guide (but not tracing onto watercolor paper), I sketched it all again (without the shadow shapes) onto a half sheet of Arches cold press watercolor paper.  

Started putting in the dried leaves and then the stems.  Added a light cobalt blue to the dried berries (which will be a dark blue-black when finished).  I will put in the shadow shapes when I’m happy with everything else.  

More planning on this is giving it a better chance of being a success.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022



Another little fat Northern Cardinal.  They aren’t really fatter during the winter, but fluff themselves up to keep warm.  The males are redder during the winter - apparently, the females like their males with a bit of flash :)

Saturday, February 5, 2022


 A bit strong in shapes and color - another abstracted piece while listening to Angela Fehr’s Watercolor Bootcamp online course (just 2 days but full of good stuff, especially if you’re a new painter).  

I realized that I posted this in this position but I didn’t paint it this way.  I painted it in landscape view - like below.

Is it a good abstract if it works in any direction?

Or does it work better in the portrait view so it’s more like a tree trunk shape?

Thursday, February 3, 2022


 An abstracted bit done while listening to Angela Fehr’s Watercolor Bootcamp day 2.  I never just put color down and play but she does recommend it and she is so loose, you want to try :) 

We are getting quite an ice and sleet and freezing rain storm in our area.  No snow yet but it’s coming.  Whew!  Sounds like it’s in a swatch throughout the US right now.  

Thursday, January 27, 2022


 Bumblebee on a fourth sheet Arches rough 140# paper.  Added Chinese White to the wings.