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BEE BOP! Day 22 of 30 in 30

bee bop smaller copy ©

I have had so much to do that it has been hard to keep up with Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 painting challenge. There was a big snow storm last night and it is really freezing out. I wish it were warmer and I could see them in the hamamelis! But spring will come.

I made this little 7″ x 5″ Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord with a happy bee. $75


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Nesting ©

Well it has been an incredibly busy time of year. Postcards are printed for the Exhibit at DeBlois Gallery The Art Stable Gallery is opening this weekend (I will be posting more about that soon), and we are getting ready to go to Europe for the exhibit I am in.  We went to a wonderful rock and roll wedding this past weekend and the bride and groom were one of the happiest couples I have ever seen.

I am loving painting such wild foliage and thought I might make a picture without any creatures. Not surprisingly, a few of them  snuck in here.

I am happy to say this painting is much less expensive than my others. I found that fewer creatures meant fewer hours.

Monday was such a glorious day that it is hard to remember what a cool spring it has been. I love how resilient we are. The flowers have opened in abundance and our nesting sparrow is surely going to have babes soon.

This is a 6″ by 6″ Ink and Watercolor on aqua board and comes with it’s own stand so you can display it immediately. It is for sale for $125.00


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Elephant Walk

elephant talk ©

Sometimes I want there to be lots of interaction going on with my creatures but in this painting I decided to let the creatures speak for themselves.

Although my work  looks “childlike” to most eyes, I spend a long time on composition and work out color values on paper copies before I watercolor my painting.  I often do my work on aquaboard and varnish the finished work rather than use watercolor paper. I can go through 10 to 20 revisions of my drawing before I ever get to the inking stage.  Once I do ink in my paintings, I am using the old fashioned technique working with a crow quill pen dipped in indelible ink.  More on my process and intent in the next post.

Today I hope you enjoy the tamed wildness of sea anemones intersecting with jungle creatures and giant sized poppies.



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3 Little Kittens, 30 Days of 30 Paintings, day 29

3 kittens

I have been working on a larger painting for day 30 so today I am posting a drawing that I will complete over the next week. I continue with my poppies, enjoying the thought of them blooming this summer. But we did have gorgeous witch hazel blossoms today as the temperature hit 55.


These have a heavenly scent.  So joyous to be outdoors and smell their fragrance wafting on the breeze.

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HANGING WITH THE COOL CATS, Day 26 of 30 paintings in 30 days.

hanging with the cool cats copyEMBOSSED

These cats are happy to hang out in this jungle with giant mushrooms and wild flowers. There’s a cool cat leaning against the tree. Again influenced by Henri Rousseau’s jungles.

This is a 5″ by 7″ ink and watercolor on aqua board and is framed in an oak and black shadow box frame.




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Sloucher, Day 23 of 30 paintings in 30 days.


Here it is low resolution.


And with sunlight reflecting the watercolor with ground mica.


And the real thing! Again inspired by my favorite artist Henri Rousseau. As we near the end of this challenge, I want to thank Leslie Saeta for encouraging us all to take on a painting a day.

This has been a great challenge and I had the opportunity to listen to Artists Helping Artists today. I am normally at work but this cold I have is a rough one. It was great to hear Leslie Saeta and Carrie Waller sharing their tips. When Carrie mentioned the golden Section I immediately thought of my husband’s work and the work of Harry Nadler from the late 1980’s.

This is an 8″ by 10″ Ink and Watercolor on  aqua board framed in a maple and black shadow box frame. It is for sale for $600.


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