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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.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I see the light...Number 24

I see the light and I crow.  Put me in a dark room and I will shut up...Life is simple.  Cock a doodle do .

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Its hard to be a pimp on the farm Number 24

This barn cat does not have the luxury of crooning.   His survival is a result of his skills in the barn.  He likes fresh meat, and there is plenty of it in the barn.  Its a tough life but as long as those crooners leave him along, he does just fine.
Today I tried a new paper.  I used in once before on one of the pigs.  It is Fabriano and it is really different than the Arches  which I am used to.  In addition to that, there was a power outage in the middle of my painting.  Turns out there was no lights for a good 3 hours.  It gave me time to start a fire and finish a bottle of  wine...I like starts and finishes.  So this is it for today.  I am reserving judgement .  I am just glad I got it done.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Gentleman Farmer Number 23


When, what to my wondering eyes should appear but a gentleman farmer with one big green John Deer. The Farm collection needed a Gentleman farmer so for day 23 of my 30 day challenge to paint a painting each day, I brought this Gentleman into the mix.   He  looks so serious, but Ms Farmer (number 15) knows better.

The Crooning Cool Cats Number 22

This is the 22nd painting out of 30 and I just wanted to do cats and a barn theme.  I have nothing clever or funny to say about this.  Sometimes, when one does a painting each day challenge, I have found  the lesson is not to get it right, sometimes the lesson is to just get it done and learn what you need to do the next time around.  On this one I learned how I would approach the cats in a different way.  I also was not happy with the paper I used.  I mistakenly got a few sheets of 90 lb paper in my inventory of paper and it really isn't so good to use with the way I paint.  I use a lot of water and 90 lb paper warps a lot while painting so I had to stop and let it dry so it would be flat and ready for more paint but then it was too dry to do what I wanted for an effect.  With a heavier weight paper, the paper can be damp with out getting wavy  so it is possible to paint wet into wet without the paint running.  I do like how the red barn turned out both in  color and texture.  Anyhow.  after 22 days, I have gotten a bit more down to business.  These crooners are cute, might do them again, on different paper.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Moo on Crack Number 21

So here I am on day 21 of my 30 day challenge and out of ideas that I like but wanting to go more abstract.  So what do I do...I took an old painting that I didn't like.  I soaked in in my sink and scrubbed it..yes you can do that with good watercolor paper.  There was a lot of color left on the paper  and it was mostly smudged..just what I like.  I drew a cow on top of the mess and all day long I tweaked it, scrubbed it some more, cussed at it, added some more water, added more paint, threw paint at it, scratched it and cussed at it some more.  So this is it.  I give up.  I am opening a bottle of wine. Salute.  Cab is poured..

Monday, January 19, 2015

What a party!!! Number 20

Today I broke  away from the predictable and spend a good part of the day playing with this little Bessie.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Take a little off the top Number 19

Well I am still in the challenge although I was about to give up last night.  This is number 19 out of 30.  I was all mooed out today and wanted to try the almighty Sheep.  Worked on this baby all day long with many layers of color.  It isn't easy to do white and curly white to boot.  Hoping this puts a smile on your face.


Friday, January 16, 2015

How Much?? Number 17

This cat eyed cow looks like she just got some news that is making her see red...Either that or her cud is stuck in her throat.  Not sure which...I just know that she puts a smile on my face. 
 Her name is Fannie May.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Queen of the Spa Number 16

 Jacuzzi day at  the spa was featuring Ms. Piggy in the a  Eucalyptus scented pool.  OOOOM
I laughed the whole time I painted this gal.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beautiful Dreams Number 15

This  is painting 15 out of 30.  That means I am halfway there for my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  I could not pass up  using this as one of my farm animal paintings.  Part of a farm and farm animals is all of the babies that are born and the humans who must take gentle care of them.  This baby Chicken is one that gladly  accepted a couple of warm hands and some individual attention.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Girls Nights Out Number 14

This is Day 14 of the paint 30 in 30 day  challenge.  I  had a busy  day, I wanted to submit this almost finished piece just to keep the momentum going.    This one  make me LOL.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Barn !!!!!! Number 13


This farmyard cat prefers the comfy couch in the farmhouse.  No haystacks and field mice for this one.  Purina cat chow all the way.  
Ok, now when is Super Bowl Sunday and which arm of the couch do you want??    This piece is  ink and watercolor.  The ink bleeds when it is wet .

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Why Stop with a Mud Facial Number 12

Who wouldn't be happy to get a full body MUD facial.  Today I tried a new kind of watercolor paper.  New to me that is.  I used Fabriano 300 lb, cold press paper.  Well, not all water color papers are created equal.  The way they are made effects how the paint reacts on them.  So all of what I usually do, did not work on this paper.  I had to use much more paint and the colors did not mix the way I am accustom to.  Any way you look at it, I had fun and it was a challenge and I ended up with this adorable mud drenched pig.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Where's Moe Number 11

This piece is Number 11 in my 30 paintings in 30 day challenge.  I want to tell you all a secret.  I have only 3 colors on my palette and any variation in color is a result of how those three colors mix and blend together.   It has been a liberating experience to limit my palette to that extent.  I love the intense look on this gals face.  I  love her pink nose and her high cheekbones..she may be on the cover of Vogue next month..Enjoy

Friday, January 9, 2015

One Third of the way there

I am happy to have come up with one painting per day for the last 10 days.  Now I have 20 days to go to complete my challenge and I have not run out of farmyard ideas.  These paintings are done in two sizes.  One size is 7.5 inch by 11 inch which  when matted will fit into a standard 11 inch by 14 inch frame.   The other size is 11 inch by  15 inch which when matted will fit into a standard 16 inch by 20 inch frame.

Kaleidoscope Eyes Number 10


 Bessie found a new field of hay  and is really enjoying how it is making her feel.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

City Dreams Number 9

I agonized over this little guy. I had him in the field and on dirt, then I decided mud was his playground but the more I looked at him the more I realized that he had dreams of running off to a big mud pile in an Urban area. 
 So here he is...dreaming his dreams. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Barnyard Chick Number 8

These little chicks never stop amazing me...Really look at them..they pop out all wet and can barely stand up and when they finally get up on their two legs, they are still the shape of an egg.  It is kinda amazing that they survive all of that drams.  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Migraine Bovine Number 7


I was suffering from a Migraine when I painted this girl and it looks like she suffered along with me.  When I get a migraine, I get a bit dizzy and my eyes go in and out of focus.  I thought I would just go with it and do my painting for that day..so here she is..

Monday, January 5, 2015

Of Mice and Rooster Number 6

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Do you know how many silly looking Roosters 
there are in this world?? And they act pretty 
silly when they are smitten with one of the hens. 
 This guy has a few mice to distract him.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mr. Pig Number 5


Time to take a look around at the other 
farm animals.  And who should appear but 
 Mr. Piggy in all his muddy glory 

Charlie Bull? Number 4




Turns out that not all Bulls have horns and some cows do have horns...Sooo that creates a dilemma.   I did not get a close enough look at this one to confirm gender.  If  she is a girl, I will call her Char-lene.  If he is a boy, I will call him Char-lie.  That is the only solution I have, but either way, 
doesn't this one put a smile on your face??  
Watercolor, 11 by 15, Arches watercolor paper.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ok Girls, are you ready? Number 3

This old cow, lets call her Bessie is so far, this is my favorite.  There is something  so sweet and determined about her.

Friday, January 2, 2015

She said what? Number 2

Does this cow look like a skinny cow, a camel, or a  horse.  No matter what you see, no doubt she is has a mind of her own.  And is willing to talk about it...MOOOOO!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Got Georgia on my mind Number 1

For the month of January I am going to  paint a farm animal each day while experimenting with different color palettes and techniques.  Feel free to comment on your favorites.  If  you click on the image, you will be able to see a larger version of it.  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pre-mature apple crisp

Michigan apples, There are apples,
 apples everywhere. 
 All ready for the pickin and eatin..
(and paintin)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Have we met before....

Today's leaf watercolor was inspired by the leaves I raked up today, continuing to change in color and still as beautiful.

Autumn Quartet

I think the four separate paintings would look so nice framed together. These are truly the lovely colors of the U.P.    If only I could paint
 the scent of autumn.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mapleleaf, maplewood,


The warmth of Autumn

Yes, the snow started to fall, and yes the number
 on the thermometer is low  but who can not feel the 
warmth in the air when the landscape is full of oranges, 
red, and yellow leaves.  Such beauty.

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....