Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Neutral Study

Here's a painting that's in Watercolor Harmony (both the iBook and the PDF file).
Also, I just realized how inexpensive it is to mail DVDs to Europe and South America. (Is it me or is the U.S. Post Office totally confusing?) Anyway, I just sent one to the U.K. and it was only $5.50.
It's about the same to France and Germany. And to Buenos Aires it's $6.00. There's no tracking at this price, but so far I haven't had a problem. Next time I go, I will find out how much to Moscow!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

PDF printed out!

Linda T. sent me some photos that she took of printed book that she made. She said she keeps it under wraps in clear plastic so she doesn't get it messed up with paint! Thanks for sending the photos, Linda so I could share them with everyone in case anyone else has wondered about making a book from the PDF file.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Oil Book

I'm pretty sure I'm going to use this image for my new book cover. And I hope everyone voted today in the U.S.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Response from Russia!

I just received this in an email and want to share it with you. Dariya had two iPads in her family but couldn't download Watercolor Harmony because Apple doesn't have a bookstore open with Russia yet. So I made the PDF file for her and for people who don't have any readers. Responses like hers make all the work worthwhile. Here is what she said:

" I read a lot of books about aquarelle. All of them, both expensive and not so expensive gave me no clarity about how to work with paints, to choose paint for specific works. I thought the aquarelle technic is a secret knowlage and professionals don't want to share it. Some time ago I found Joyce's blog and saw her book advertisement. As I think that Joyce's works are amazing of couse I wanted to know how to approach a little to these masterpieces. The book answers my basic questions and gave me a confidence that I'll achieve good results. Reading the book and asking 'how' I've got the answer on the next page. I really sure that the author sincerely wants to share her knowlage and do it in understandable way. Between the lines I can read "You can and you'll do. Don't be afraid and try", this is the one of main principles of teaching.So even I've already read the book I open it again and again, look, think and train of couse :)"

If anyone has any questions that they have from reading the book, please feel free to ask them in the comments section or send me an email and I can repost it so everyone can read it! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

PDF File now available for Watercolor Harmony!

Here is the announcement for the PDF file for
Watercolor Harmony. Click here to order your copy.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Landscape Watercolor

This is one of my favorite spots in Woodstock, NY. I hope to get there again in a couple of weeks to do some sketching and photographing. Miss it!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Floral Composition

Practicing flowers. I have a friend who is a musician. Every day she practices! What an inspiration!

Friday, September 14, 2012


Here are four steps that I didn't use in the ibook because I did do a video of the same set-up! Just a teaser for anyone with an ipad !!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Watercolor Harmony now on iTunes!!

Here is the link to my new ebook on iTunes!!  You can read it on ipad or through itunes on your computer!! Lots of slide shows and twelve videos!!
Please share link with your friends and if you can download it, please write a review!!
Thank you all!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Granny Apples

Tried a soft palette, very neutral. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Japan Show opens Sept. 13, 2012

If anyone is in Tokyo please stop by my show!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Only a few more days!!

After working on Watercolor Harmony The Tao of the Complementary Palettes for seven months I have managed to get it uploaded to the iTunes bookstore!!! It has lots of slideshows and 12 videos! Now all I have to do is let watercolor societies and watercolor artists know about it! Any ideas would be appreciated! You would need an ipad to view it. I will probably convert it to kindle at some point but need a rest right now!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Primary Painting

It's so new for me to use only the primary colors! And water based oils also! Still liking it. Anyone else tried this?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Another water based oil painting

"Onions with Silver Pot" is 3x4 inches, oil on board.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Water Soluble Oils

This is my first painting using Grumbacher Water Soluble Oils!! And I only used the primaries and white. Anyone else use these?? I found them to be just like oils but dried a bit quicker. I will add a cool red to my next painting. Missed being able to mix a purple.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Email me for Free Subscription to Stone Voices

One of the perks to having my portfolio of watercolors chosen in Stone Voices magazine (online and hard copy) is that I will receive three subscriptions to their hard  copy magazine for a year and a half. I'm offering it to the first three people who email me and who live in the U.S.
Here's what they say about themselves: STONE VOICES is a printed serial publication with a focus on the connections between visual arts and the spiritual journey. Published four times a year on high-quality paper and bound like a book, each issue includes portfolios from several contemporary artists as well as articles, essays, fiction, and poetry that speak to the connection between visual arts and spirituality. Given that spirituality crosses religious boundaries the publication does not purposefully limit its content and discussions to any one religious or philosophical tradition, nor does it purposefully exclude any religious or philosophical tradition. All are welcome. The intention is to show art and to offer inspiration, commentary, insight and information to artists, art enthusiasts, and all those walking the spiritual path. And here is the link to their website.
Good luck!  here's my email:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

Japan Show

This is from a recent gallery show in Japan! Too bad I wasn't there!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Paintings are off to Japan!

It's always bittersweet to send paintings off! Bon Voyage!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ok, this is the final video; I redid it in landscape orientation and added a longer segment on ibook.
Watch here.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I'm not sure if my previous attempt at uploading video worked but here's a revised edition in any case.
Hope you like it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Sister's Art!

I helped my sister, Gail Francine Liebhaber create a website/blog a couple of weeks ago. We both have the art gene!
Check out her watercolors here
I like her outdoor scenes the best! 

Monday, June 4, 2012


Before I got into the habit of squinting I had put a sign up to reming myself! I took this picture to use in the book and thought I'd also do a posting. Squinting forces you to see values and ignore the details! 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunflowers and Lemon

I did a video for the ibook of this set-up. I had these from a previous session which I might include also. It was the first painting that I've done in months; too busy doing illustrations. I only hope I'm not too exhausted to get back to painting after the book is done. Ah well, not to worry it's all part of the process.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Got (small) review at new gallery!

Wanted to let you know about new gallery representation I have in New Paltz, NY! If you're in the area please stop by! It's a great place to visit. My son and daughter-in-law and three grandkids live nearby so I get to visit my paintings often! And Paty is easy to talk to and will be happy to talk about all the artists she represents. Here's a link to an article about us. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Coaching the Artist Within

Been reading Eric Maisel's book entitled Coaching the Artist Within and highly recommend it! He addresses issues that we all face with helpful hints and practical advice. Basically, how do we start?
How do we get out of the way of ourselves?
I like to break it down; I usually say to myself, "I'm just going to set up the still life today!" Of "i'm just going to make a sketch." That usually gets me started for the whole day. What about you?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Cover

This is the "working" image for my ebook cover.  I'm not brave enough to include the title, maybe in a couple of months/weeks? Just started the third chapter yesterday! Whahoo! It's A LOT of work!  Not that I'm complaining. I'm learning a lot and having fun. Last book I worked with a great editor at North Light but this time I'm solo. I miss Erin's input! The book has slide shows and video!! Fun stuff! Books have changed drastically and now can be so much more instructional. Will try and post more often.

Monday, March 19, 2012


I've been busy using Apple's new program called iBooksAuthor working on an eBook in watercolor. I completely forgot that I had enabled spam detector for my blog and needed to read comments before they got published to website! So sorry that I didn't answer comments and also that I haven't been posting. At the very least I wanted to say the reason I haven't been painting and posting is that I've upgraded my computer (hadn't done anything in four years) and spent a lot of time at genius bar in Apple store. They were so helpful. It took about four trips. I hadn't backed up anything and they had to teach me to do that. I'm sure most of you do it, but I will encourage anyone who hasn't to learn how to do it. Also, if anyone wants to write a book for sale or just for yourself their new program is lots of fun and easy to use. It does take some time to get used to, but I think it's worth it. If anyone is using it, I'd love to hear about your experiences. My book will be on watercolor and how to create harmony. Once it's done I hope to have it translated into other languages. If anyone has publishing connections abroad I'd certainly be interested in contact information or suggestions.
Thanks for all your encouragements!
Happy Painting!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Yellow Roses in Clear Vase

Sometimes it takes what feels like forever (but actually just days) to figure out what to paint next. I try and keep some inspiring pictures on my desktop or on my virtual desk but somehow they don't mean as much as when I first saw them if I'm just not in the mood. By in the mood I also mean I'm in a place where I'm not affected by outside world and what I think they want me to paint instead of connecting inside and listening to myself. Of course this is not the first or hundredth time this has happened to me or I would say anyone that's reading this. Seems we just have to keep reminding ourselves it's ok to do it our way. Well, long rant about saying that I painted a floral!
"Yellow Roses in Clear Vase", watercolor on board, 4x3 inches

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Garlic in Winter

Sometimes what I'm wearing ends up in my paintings. Like a brown sweater!
"Garlic in Winter", 4x3 inches, watercolor on board

Monday, January 16, 2012

Clip from OIl DVD

Here is a small clip from my 60 minute DVD of "Roses and White Pitcher". You will see color mixing, the details about the complementary red/green palette, how to block-in, what to look for in your composition, and the painting done in real time from start to finish. It's a great companion to my book, Big Art, small canvas since it covers many of the same lessons. This clip doesn't have the audio; I will try another clip with the audio later in the week!
It's $38.00 which includes shipping in the U.S.
If you're outside of the U.S. I believe shipping is about $15.00 without the ability to track the package. Please email me so I can give you exact amount!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Garlic Sunset

Garlic Sunset, 3x4 inches, watercolor on board

Monday, January 9, 2012

White Stuff

Continuing white studies, garlic studies.

Both of these are 3x4 inches, watercolor on board

Friday, January 6, 2012

Glazed Garlic

I am continuing my garlic festival! Exploring white gouache on transparent watercolor. Liking it!
"Glazed Garlic I and II" 4x3 inches, watercolor on board

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Mayan Sweet Onion

When you paint more than one object and you place them next t0 each other you get to paint the cast shadows that fall on the object as well as the ground!
Love it when I find new brands of onions at local supermarket; opportunity to think less about the name!
"Mayan Sweet Onion", 3x4 inches, watercolor on board