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l am a self-taught artist and a retired inner city school teacher. Several years ago I began painting watercolors while observing work done by artists who I thought had a special take on how they did portraits or used color. As a starting point for my pursuit to paint with determination a few of the artist I have become familiar with are the works of Alice Neel, Marlene Dumas, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet,and Henri Matisse. “Warriors” is the series title I’ve given to a block of my work.. This series is initiated in part from the colorfully painted faces and bodies of native peoples, who decorate for the various stages of life from birth to death. When I look into their eyes, I see their souls. I feel that in portraying them in the deeply saturated colors and patterns and symbols of my own design, I capture a mystery of humanity which is reflected in their eyes. I always strive to paint with loose, expressive brush strokes, and use bold, vivid colors. I work very spontaneously, mostly in mixed aqua media on paper because I like the way the paint flows and I like the transparency of the colors resulting in an organic piece.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Miner's Lunchpails

I am working on a Lunch pail Project.  These are my first practice ideas.  I am going to submit a 12 by 12 final painting on wood that is for a fundraiser for a gallery in Michigan.  The idea is to do something to represent the history of the area.  My memories are of my Dad and helping him pack his lunch pail before he marched off to the Iron Ore mine he worked in.  I would throw in a surprise treat which he would pretend not to see me doing.  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Real Winters --- but a little too long

This is what winters are like in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and let me tell you,  warm clothes are a must.  I have been not completing many paintings as my ballerina attempt made me realize I need much more practice.  I have been doing lots of drawing...and shoveling of snow and just plain keeping warm.  More to come soon when I do something post worthy.  In the meantime, I do find beauty in the snow...In case you may not have thought of it, the mail boxes are often UNDER those snow banks.  They are chiseled out later on the next go around.  

Saturday, February 15, 2014


This piece is 12" by 12" with a 1.5 inch border of the white watercolor paper around it .  It will give you options in terms of how you might want to frame and mat it.    I have digitally show how it would look in a black frame.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Out of the Closet at Last

My style of Kitschy Art .  I was thinking there is a need or at least a niche for Gay Wedding Art and this is what I came up with.  Just enough glitter and honoring of love.  This piece comes with a mat (not the one shown in the above image, since that is a digital one for display purposes) and it will fit into a standard 11 by 14 frame.    

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Three Martini Lunch

Can you see that third Martini??  I couldn't help myself.  I had to add another to my Martini collection . This is larger than the others and I like the larger size better.  When matted with a standard double mat , this baby will fit in an 11 by 14 frame, which also is a standard size.
7 1/2 by 11inches - 300 lb archival Arches paper

Sunday, February 9, 2014


I would like to clear the deck before I do anymore and am offering what is left for a deep discount..  Look at the link below and you will see what prices I am offering, right below the image of the ones available.  .  You need to buy it thru e mail message to me though.  The discounted price means you do not get a mat for the piece, ( you will have to get your own mat which gives you more flexibility because you can pick the color and size mat you want.  The ones with matts are for an 8 by 8 frame and some folks like bigger mats and larger frames. Shipping is included since I save when I don't have to package it with a mat.  If you are interested let me know.  If this works out, I may offer more pieces in this manner.

See the Martinis 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Nine Martini project completed... any comments would be welcome





$35 - no mat, no postage





Destination: Martini glass

You have heard of the three stooges, well here are the glorious three olives marching gleefully to their destination :  the martini

Salute Martini Valentini

Looking for a Valentine?  This 5.5 by 5.5 watercolor is done on 300 lb Arches archival paper and comes ready to frame in a double archival mat.    It is ready to frame.  

Sunday, February 2, 2014

One for the road

This reminds me of times sitting at a bar at the top of a building like the Hancock in Chicago and looking out at the traffic way down below...

Collage of Day 1 and Day 2 of Martini Project

I am wondering if I should be 
drinking Martinis while I am doing these...maybe not a good idea.  This will give you a preview how they could look framed together. 

Martini Two.....Salute..

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Martini One...It must be happy hour someplace.

I plan on doing 9 martinis.  This is the first.  Keep your eyes open for the next one. After doing 30 paintings in 30 days and still keeping up with my life, I needed a Martini..So the wheels started turning and this is what I decided to do.  Once I have all nine done, I will price them both framed and unframed.  Each one is going to be 5.5 by 5.5 and there are a number of ways they could be framed in a grouping.  They would look great in a 10 by 10 frame, which is a standard frame size or and 8 by 8 frame which is more difficult to get unless you have it custom made.  They could also be matted together with 2 or three in one frame.  Lots of ways to making happy hour more decorative.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The first 30 days of January 2014

What a great way to start the year.  Here is a collage of the paintings I did in the first 30 days of January.  One per day...and now my brain is filled with ideas of what to paint next and what techniques to use.  Fun, fun fun....

48 Days till Spring..............

This is the last of the 30 in 30 Challenge
Bulbs and bugs and bubbles and berries, blossoms and breezes and perhaps a canary.  I love the smell of spring and it is only 48 days away.  

Feather storm in birdland

I added one last touch on the Day 29 painting and I can't go back.  This is so far from what I usually do as are many of the pieces I did in this 30 day challenge.  I am not real thrilled with it but as someone wise told me, put it away for 2 weeks and then see it with fresh eyes.  


This odd little ducky came from somewhere in my brain but who knows... I think this will be reworked...not finished yet but do not know what to do with it...
the shredder is an option at this point.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Get me outta here

Suddenly Ms Social Butterfly could just not stand the crowd and shaking one more hand.. "get me outta here"
day 28 of 30

Monday, January 27, 2014

You don't send me flowers anymore....

This is 27 out of 30 of the challenge and I am too pooped to pop with that ache allover feeling  but want to honor my commitment to the 30 day challenge so I kept it simple ... very simple.  Now to curl up and sleep.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lady in Red (glasses)

I love doing these fun little portraits.  This one is day 26 of the 30 day challenge.  

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Yooper Gram-mas Rock

The Gram-mas and child decide it is time to
 take a good long walk toward Lake Superior.. 
 They LAUGH at the Polar Vortex and are 
warmed by the bubble of their friendship 
let us not forget the layers of  snuggies, and the special tea Gram-ma packed for the adventure.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Real Men wear tutus

Do Real Men Wear Tutus?  I think so. I have no idea where this painting came from. I had the Man in a tutu drawn on the large piece of paper and the rest just happened after hours of doing a bit of this and a bit of that. This is a mixed media using watercolor and collage.  It is the 24th painting out of 30. It is 11 by 15 inches. I am going to miss this challenge. It has pushed me when I would have otherwise made an excuse not to paint and I have been able to see many other artist who have joined this challenge. I think I am one of over 200 participating in the challenge.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Angel Face, did you hear about the Captain & Tennille

Tennille has found her wings and has rediscovered that Butterflies are free.  The Captain says "wha...."  

(This one is day 23 out of 30..)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Menopausal Angel (22 out of 30)

I finally finished the woman I started earlier this week and she has become my Menopausal Angel.  She embraces all of the changes that are happening to her body and her mind and wears these changes proudly.  What wisdom she has.  Now I have to name her.  For now I will call her angel of the morning...mainly because she is constantly getting up early in the morning to make trips to the water closet.  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Angel Baby, its Party time......

This is day 21 out of 30 and I am on a roll.  Angel Baby, how I love you....da da da da da da da da da....I am on an angel kick.  Am working on two others right now and you will see them soon,  

Monday, January 20, 2014

My eyes are up here!!!

Twenty in Thirty
I painted this woman in an earlier painting in the 30 in 30 challenge but I was not happy with it and I wanted to give it another try with a looser style.  Here she is.  I am not finished with it.  It needs a background but I am painted out for the day.

This is the first one I did.  I am going to add to it and see what I can do with it.  Will post when that happens

Here is a collage of the last nine days of my daily paintings. Eleven days to go...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

My Yooper Woodsman (Day 19 out of 30)

When my Yooper Woodsman asked if I needed wood for my fireplace, I had not idea what that involved.  He is a persistent and I seldom run out of wood. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Little Urban Warrior

This is a former student of mine who was born in a refuge camp in Africa.  What a little trooper this 
one was at 3 years old.  She wanted her picture taken while wearing this red sparkly hat and playing
in the dollhouse in our classroom.  She is an old soul for sure.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Always a bridesmaid....

Day 17 of 30.  All I can say at this point is that painting one painting a day for 30 days makes you make time to do something, and just get the job done.  Am learning a lot about color and not sweating the small stuff...lets not get started on figuring out Windows 8 in the meantime.  The Windows 8 part is the hardest part. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pole Dancers Dream come true

How many shoes do you see.  I think it will take a minute to do the count.  I had so much fun doing this one.  Made me dizzy after a bit.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Trick or Treat

Day 15 of 30.  
 I love these guys. 
 They each have their own personalities and are smart.  The yellow background is really orange but it doesn't photograph that way.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Day 14 of 30 and some days it is just a little more challenging to get the paint out.  Fridge broke, all veggies and stuff inside froze...jeez.  Am using the garage as my fridge since it is warmer than the frig is now but colder than a fridge should be.  It will all work out.  

Monday, January 13, 2014

Simple or Simpleton ??

This is what my palette is starting to look like to me. 
 Just having some fun.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cha Cha Poor Butterfly

This is a mixed media piece using watercolor and collage.  I did it after and 8 hour drive and this little number keeps me on schedule.  I see the profile of a woman in this...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Is it cold in here??

Day 11 of thirty

I am  not real pleased with this painting.  The beard looks like I pasted it on and the nose is not in proper proportion but I wanted to get a painting submitted for Day 11 albeit one I am a little embarrassed about.  Not a big thing.  This is a challenge to paint everyday, not to create a masterpiece everyday.  The habit I am developing will show its benefits later on.  Having said that, I don't think I will be able to do one on Day 12, at least not on time.  I think Day 13 will be a two painting day.  So onward I march.

Date Night for Da Mama and Papa Bear

Here I am at 10 of 30 and the bear theme has been something that I can't shake.   All I can think of at this point is, "what will I do tomorrow?"  Something will come to mind, just don't know what.