Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Celebraton of Purples

Last night I set out to paint a birthday greeting card for a friend who isn't afraid of color and wears the most gorgeous combinations. She has also collected a number of my paintings. Without a plan, without a design planted in my head, I took out the paints and then diddled with pen and ink. And there it is!

 
Happy Birthday, Sandy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fool


Aren't we all fools in one way or another? This is our day!
I'd be a fool if I ever stopped painting. It's my connection to sanity. When nothing else makes sense, the lines and color have a language that brings everything together. I finished this one last night and waited for the sunshine to photograph it. Only natural light brings out the warmth and color. Yes, there is nothing like sunshine.

"April Fool" watercolor and ink on handmade paper, 29.5"x 22"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Those Springtime Paintings

These are the paintings that paint themselves. I supply the energy, the color and the surface -- the ideas come from the ether. They happen on their own. Of course, I wouldn't want to stop them if I could.
 
 

 

The Inspiration of Music!

A while back, I was listening to NPR and the wisdom of the song made me run for my notebook to write it down and save it with a little line design. Here it is...sharing...
A Sketch in Time
 
 

The Beauty of Spring

When the sun is shining and flowers are starting to bloom, funny thing -- the colors and beauty of blossoms and flowers turn up in the paintings. They just jump out there and happen!

This little 2-minute sketch is an ode to the sweet bird who visited me and sat on the railing -- looking a me, looking around, looking at me and then finally sailing off for something else that was, apparently, more pressing.

A Welcome Visitor

 
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ice Crystals in the Sunshine

It was so beautiful outside I forgot it was cold and kept snapping photos of ice crystals on pine needles and shimmering branches in the sunlight. Extraordinary contrast and color was the payoff.

Last night branches were cracking and I kept hoping nothing would crash down on my house. Whew! No damage...only fantastic sights to see.










 
 And there was more!! I loved the lines and the close ups of ice

 

crystals in the sunshine.

Wishing for Spring, Dreaming of Roses

When you're a painter, you create your own world. With some snow still hanging around and talk of ice on the roads I'd rather think of spring and red roses. Here's what I worked on yesterday and today:
 
Floating Into Spring, Watercolor and Ink on Paper, 30"x24"


a. lower right hand corner

b. close-up

c. close up
                                                         
d. close up
                                                                             
e. close up

f. close up

g. close up