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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 used color. As a starting point for my pursuit to paint with determination a few of the artist I have become familiar with are 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. I am constantly experimenting with new colors and techniques.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 30 0f 30 days

 I did it.  I did 30 paintings in 30 days (minus one for anyone counting)  I did miss day 13.  What a feat .  I ended with this one which is from a selfie I took while painting.  A little intense.  LOL
Now for a glass of wine.  It is 5 p.m. somewhere.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Maple leaf....Ahhhhh

Day 27 of 30.  I can hardly believe there are
 only 3 days left of the challenge.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Autumns Leaves are drifting by my window..

Experimenting with a technique to get some interesting autumn leaves

Day 25

....The fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down
And the eyes in his head
Sees the world spinning round....


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day 18 of 30 days

This Pear was so bruised and mushy, but what nice color. 

Day 17 of 30

Today was a busy day so that is when
 it is a good time for me to paint pairs. 
 I have a series of 4 and this one is 
Day 17 of my 39 day challenge.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pigs are flying everywhere...

I had a piece of watercolor paper that had
 a blob of paint on it.  All I could see was a pig with wings.  So I finished it up by adding a bit of color and a curly tail and this is what I got.  Whimsical and fun.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oops I did it again

Not happy with this but it is day 12 of 30 and I had nothing else .. so, here you go.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Trio of Sunflowers... Day 11 of 30

OK, I am over the sunflower.  Will do something else for tomorrows painting.  Not sure what it will be yet.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Got Swag Day 8 of 30

Day 9 of the 30 day Challenge

I drew one of the sunflowers that was in a vase of dying flowers that I had picked from a field of flowers last week.  Suddenly I felt that I was looking at a Van Gogh painting and I wanted to see if I could capture that.  I didn't even get close but I had fun doing it.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Did I forget something?? Day 6

Day 6 of 30 and this is where I have gone.  I laughed all afternoon as I drew and painted this one.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 5 going to the dogs

Just playing on Day 5 making myself continue on the challenge without obsessing about it.  One painting everyday for 30 days.  Good warm up for getting back into the groove.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tweet this Tweety Bird

It will be a blue Christmas 
for this little birdie...Do birds hiccup??
Day 4 of 30

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 3 - Hola Mamasita

Keeping it Simple on Day 3 of my 30 day challenge to paint something simple every day for 30 days.  Like this new guy..I need a name for him.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Keepin it simple Kiss

Having fun with an attempt to paint silver foil .  
This is something I did for a chocolate 
show I am involved in.  To give you an idea of  scale, 
the matt size is 11 by 14. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Little and littler ... sweet notecards

I am making mini cards with some of my artwork.  Each one is different...original pieces or art.  Great for little notes to send someone or great as little gifts in packages of 4.  Need to work on the packaging but I do know they will be in a protective plastic and will include matching envelopes.  Any comments??

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gloria's Sanctuary makes it to my sketchbook

New beginnings.  Saw this birds nest in a low bush. Could not believe mom built it so low.  Used ink to make a quick drawing and then added some yellow later.  All color is from the black ink running when it got wet.  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

sketchbook skool

Am doing an online sketchbook skool klass.  It is a group of people across the planet who signed up for a 6 week course.   Basically it is a lesson on how to develop a meaningful sketchbook and there are daily lessons.  

Here is my first one.

This is not on quality paper so the paint does not act the same way as it does on good paper  but that is not the point.  The point is to record something and document a slice of life.  Somtimes they can be redone as a full blown painting but it is more like a diary.  Great to do on vacations as a way to document what is meaningful to you.  
I think it took about an hour to do this one.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mama Lion has "the look"

Yesterday I was painting a lion as part of the Daily Paint Works challenge and the more I worked on the nose and mouth, the more I thought how much it looked like a Martini.  I have been working on a Martini Series so I have Martinis on my mind.  But, really, look at it...All I need to do is add the olives, right??

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rock on !

This little gem  is 2.25" by 3.25" in a 5" by 7 mat". 
 It is ready to be framed in a standard sized frame. 
 Great for filling that little 
space on your dresser or 
giving as a message gift.  
(Here is a piece of the rock for you) 
 (You are my rock) 
(Solid like a rock)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Reflective Pears....Three or Six or Five or Seven

One more oldie but goody using the same technique used 
in the previous post of painting a layer and washing some 
of it off, then painting more.  I forgot how much 
I enjoyed doing these.  Note to self:  Do some more...

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll

As I was going thru my files, I found this little gem that was an experiment in the limits I could put on watercolor.  I put many layers of paint on this painting and washed it off after each layer using a running faucet of hot water.  There is not much control over the process but a big part of the process has to do with what colors are applied and how long the paint is allowed to dry.  All I can say for sure is that it was fun.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Oh boy, look at the Koi

This is a large painting.  It is a full sheet of arches watercolor and is 22 inches tall and 30 inches wide.  It is not my usual style but I like how it turned out.

Monday, May 26, 2014

New Neighbors....

Truly an inspiration for me.  Look at those shades of greens and look at the deer enjoying their morning walk.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Brrr.....Lake Superior at Little Girls Point still has snow and ice...

Now that I will have so much nature to look at,
I know I will find a whole new world of shapes
 and colors to inspire me.