Friday, December 26, 2014

Holbein Opera Used as a Wash

The green background was too saturated so I used a wash of Holbein Opera to bring it down. Love that color.
"Glass Mug and Flowers" watercolor on board, 4x3 inches

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


I haven't painted with gouache in twenty years; I had used it exclusively as a textile designer and then didn't want to see it again cause it reminded me too much of work!! After seeing a painting by William Cotton, I was inspired to try it. Only used three colors!
"Lemon Study" 3x3 inches, gouache on board

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Easy Painting, Learn to Watercolor with Three Colors

I had lost the movies that I made for this PDF when I got a new computer and have finally found a way to retrieve them! So now I can offer this book as a PDF. There are ten movies. If you've ever wanted to use a limited palette or are a beginner, this is the book for you! Easy to follow lessons! Movies can be seen on YouTube and the text can be read on any computer. Click here to order a copy. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Redone; Orange/Blue

Didn't like the flowers and the background when I saw it posted, so back to the drawing board!
I've added Holbein's Opera to my palette; it's a super bright color that when used sparingly can liven up some duller color. Mixed it with Translucent Orange and also applied a wash for the background.
"Orange/Blue Composition", 3x4 inches, watercolor on board.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Orange/Blue Watercolor

My favorite part is the subtle purplish color in the foreground. I think I may fix the vase to make it more symmetrical.
"Orange/Blue Composition", watercolor on board, 3x4 inches.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Big Deep

Big Deep is a local swimming hole. Used to be a lot deeper before Sandy came along I hear.
"Big Deep", watercolor on board, 3x4 inches

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Back to School Sale on DVDs- $20.00

Please email me at if you would like either the watercolor or oil DVD. I will need to send you special paypal invoice (or you can send a check). No charge for shipping if you live in the continental U.S.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Old Favorite

Sometimes I go back and do the same set-up to see how I'm doing; what I've learned. It's an interesting practice!
"White Pitcher and Rose"watercolor on board, 3x4 inches

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cooper Lake

One of my favorites from a summer of painting.
"Cooper Lake", 3x4 inches watercolor on board

Thursday, September 4, 2014

6x6 inches!

I worked outside of my comfort zone in both size and substrate, This is linen canvas. It's ok, Still prefer smooth boards. They seem to let the paint sit on the surface. You can then you can work the paint easier!

"Green Apple and Pitcher", 6x6 inches, oil on linen

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Classes on Skype

I am starting classes in my home!! As of now there are three people in the class. It will be on Mondays at 1:30 eastern time. We are starting off with drawing basics. We will cover how to measure, how to draw ellipses and how to use perspective. We will then move onto either oil or watercolor depending on a majority vote. The class will be open to a few additional students via Skype. I've never done this  so not sure if I will be able to see skypers drawings well enough to make comments right on the spot but maybe you can scan or photograph your drawings/paintings and email them to me for comments. Students will also be welcome to just watch and learn without having to submit any works.  If any one is interested please shoot me an email and we can discuss this further. It's back to school!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tinted Underpainting

I've been playing around with using a wash for an underpainting like oil painters do on their white canvases. I think it gives the painting extra warmth.  There are no absolute whites except for a dash of  chinese white on the upper right of the bowl. Needed to have it overlap onto the glass.
"Bubble Glass and Lemon", 4x3 inches watercolor on board

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Woodstock Landscape

I've been inspired to do some landscapes locally. I move things around a lot and make up my own colors; but hey, that's what we do, right? My backyard faces the woods. We have lots of deer but hopefully not too many ticks.  This was done with yellow/purple palette.
"Woodstock Landscape1409, 3x4 inches, watercolor on board.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sun-Kissed Onion

This was done outdoors on my deck; sun was just before noon and very high in the sky since it was the summer solstice. As I look at it now, I realize it's the colors of my new kitchen. I've been dreaming about bright greens! When we bought the house, the kitchen had a bright green walls. Since I usually don't use intense colors as a major area in my paintings or inside on walls, I've been struggling to decide whether to make walls less intense. I'll give myself time to live with it in order to figure it out!
I used the new primary palette and the painting is once again 4x3 inches.

Monday, June 23, 2014

6x6 inches!

Every once in awhile I try a "larger" painting just to see how it feels. It was ok. For me it's not as much fun as painting 3x4 inches. Go figure!
And this is my first peony from my new garden in Woodstock, NY. I'm so loving living here! Not getting too much painting done because a lot of energy is going into setting up new house and figuring out new kitchen! I used my new non-toxic oils also! Loving them!
"Garden Peony", 6x6 oil on canvas

Thursday, June 12, 2014

For all of us who want to paint healthy (while being conscious of the environment) and learn to paint with a limited palette, here's the book for you! Non-Toxic Oil Painting with the Primary Palette is available on iTunes and ready to order from me as a PDF! It's been enlightening and great fun to make this book.
If you are reading this on an iPad the link is: 
The PDF can be read on any computer:

If you have any questions please email me at

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Studio!

We are now living in Woodstock, NY (again) and I'm loving every minute of it! I've got a whole room for my studio with two big windows. The north/east light is coming out of window by my drafting table. Hope to start painting again next week! Yippee!
Also, will be uploading new book to iTunes shortly!! It's on Non-Toxic Oil Painting, if I haven't mentioned that! See you soon with new paintings!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

International Artist

I'm pleased to be included in the April/May issue of International Artist Magazine!
There's an online version also. They did a great job on the reproductions. I think it's available in the States and in Europe. One of the reasons I haven't posted in awhile is because I was writing the article! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

6 Colors for Double Primary Palette

These are the six colors that I've been using from Holbein; Duo Aqua Oil Paint. There is a warm and cool version of each of the primaries. They clean up with water. No smell. Easy on the environment! I don't like to thin them out, so I haven't done any research on which thinner to use. If I did, I'd see what Holbein has or recommends. I know there are products by Grumbacher and Winsor Newton.
I still use gessoed boards just as I did for traditional oils. I've been using Kamar spray varnish that I used on the oils.
Been working all this out for new book, so any suggestions would be appreciated! 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Primary Palette with Water Soluble Oils

I"ve been trying different brands of water soluble oils. First was Grumbacher, then Winsor Newton and now finally found the best; Holbein Duo Aqua Oils. They are just like working with oils. Loveing them. Anyone use a varnish on these? Think I'm going to fix that highlight on the front rose. Didn't see it until just now!
"Pitcher and Roses", oil, 4x3 inches.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New iBook available on iTunes

My new iBook is now available to view on your iPad or Mac computer (if you've upgraded to Maverick!)  Lots of movies to show you how to mix color and then paint with it!
I found it so much fun to limit myself to these three colors and still make paintings that I'm proud of!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Floral Etude

Now that I see it posted, I want to add a cast shadow. I was thinking about the flowers so much, guess I just forgot!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Video link to Chelsea show

These are the painting that were in the show and here is the YouTube link to the Chelsea, NY show I was in. You can get a good sense of how crowded and noisy these  openings are!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Double Primary Palette

I used a double primary palette while I was experimenting with primary palettes in order to decide how I wanted to organize my next book. I ended up using a single primary palette. I thought I could get almost as many colors out of three colors as six. Now I'm wondering if these flowers need a bit more detail? I'll look at it tomorrow and try and decide!
"Flower Etude" watercolor on board, 4x3 inches