Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I have been excited about this painting from the minute I spied these ornaments 
on my daughter-in-law's table as a Christmas decoration. (Thank you Jenni!)
These are Shiny Brite vintage ornaments popular in the 1950s.
Another thrift store find.
The spheres with all their colors, scratches, reflections are just luscious to work with!

Watercolor, 20" x 24"

When I set this scene up for the photo shoot, I climbed up on my ladder, 
looked down and was thrilled at what I saw.  
All the circular crystal on the blue green pattern and cast shadows 
appeared to swim in front of my eyes!  
It had the feel of the image liquifying in front of me leaving the spheres to bob and float 
on the surface creating ripples as in rain drops on a still lake.
(How's THAT for an overactive imagination! haha)

I tried to keep that effect while working. 
All the background blues unify the piece where otherwise the colored spheres may have 
looked spotty on the page.
All the years I spent as a commercial illustrator always help when I organize a composition.
The dishes almost form a gathered circle adding to the theme.
Also I always like to have the image go off the edges of the page in at least two sides.
It just looks more interesting to me and brings the viewer into the scene.

Also if you looked carefully you will see yours truly reflected in most of the spheres.
That strange black rectangle is me up on my ladder holding my camera up while photographing.

Actually I found the spheres easy and fun to work with but it was the crystal that near drove me mad!
Its all a puzzel as you lay in one section next to the other.

I had some great news last week!
My painting "Summer Harvest" has been juried into the 
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International Exhibition.
120 paintings were choosen from over 500 entries representing
34 states and 7 countries.
I will receive my Signature Membership status at the awards ceremony in September.
It has been a fabulous show year for me of which I am very grateful.
I know how tough the competition is for these society shows 
and how very many deserving paintings entered.

"Summer Harvest"
Watercolor, 18" x 24"

Next week I am off to Seattle for the NWWS International Exhibition.
I will post the sights on my Facebook Studio page all week.

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Show Time!

"Light Reigns" is all dressed up and ready for its trip to Seattle!
I always send these paintings off with a bit of trepidation.
There are so many unfortunate shipping horror stories out there.
But I've shipped a few large paintings at this point and so far so good.

Here you see the painting ready for packing in a float box.
They are so easy for packing and reusable.
I have three in various sizes and have used all of them mutiple times.

Since "Light Reigns" has a more modern feel to it,  I have chosen a simple
 black frame to set off the coloring and composition.

Larry and I will follow out to Seattle shortly for the opening gala reception.
My painting, along with other selected exhibitors, will show in the 
Washington State Convention Center
July 1 through September 30, 2015.

Because NWWS is celebrating its 75th anniversary they have gone all out and are hosting a day of workshops for the particiapting artists along with a vendor convention.
I have four workshops that weekend, one with Brigit O'Conner, which I am over the moon about!
In fact every time I mention the Artists Convention Larry chuckles a little because of
 how excited I am about it.  
Just the thought of meeting so many other artists in the workshops, touring the Dainel Smith facility and the vendors with all their lovely paints, papers and brushes sets my geeky little artist heart all a flutter!
Larry will be salmon fishing while I'm at the convention and we are looking 
forward to visiting all the Seattle sights.

But for now I'm off to the UPS Store and then back to work!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Working Away!

Just dropping by to share my progress so far.

"Ripples" WIP
Watercolor, 22" x 24"
300 lb Cold Press Arches

I am just entralled with the color I have to work with here.
The glowing, the reflections are all facinating to paint!

I am just starting with the shadow work, which along with the cloth,
 are what I'll work on today before moving onto the large plate.

I now have a working title, "Ripples".
Sounds odd but let me explain.
When I first set this still life up I took a ton of photos as I always do.
When I climbed up on my ladder to get an overhead shot I saw an illusion I wasn't expecting.
As I looked down the glass and shadows looked like a water scene with the 
spheres bobbing and floating on top.  
That along with the blue/green/white striped fabric all added to the feel
of water and that ripple effect as when raindrops fall on still water.

A little out there and maybe I'm the only one who will ever see it that way but I'm going with it!
Of course if I can't pull off the effect in the final painting I may change all that :)

So I'm slowly getting there.

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