Monthly Archives : June 2016

Art In the Heart downtown Vancouver show

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Just to let you know I will be at Art in the Heart downtown Vancouver this evening from 5 til 8 at Art on the Boulevard on Evergreen.  Here is a sample of what I will have for sale.  Paintings, marbled gourds, cards and postcards.  Hope to see you there.


April 2015

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Well, my friends tell me I need to share my good news with you in my blog.  The first painting, Grand Opening won 3rd place at the Battleground Art Alliance show.  That was a pleasant surprise ( and prize.)

grand openingsmall

The last painting, Spring’s Song won a special award at the Southwest Watercolor Society spring show.  Another sweet surprise and prize.  This could become addicting.


I am also pleased that the Oregon Society of Artists asked permission to use my 2014 Rose Festival painting, Visual Poetry on their prospectus and show postcard for the 2015 Rose Festival Art Show.  That painting won the Peoples Choice award last June.  I am indeed feeling lucky and happy.


Thank you for reading my blog and sharing your comments.  You really encourage  me to keep my brush wet.  Happy Days to you!

May 2015

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Well, I have been painting but not blogging.  I completed a 30 paintings in 30 days in January.  Then I went to Kauai and painted with a great group of artists for 2 weeks.  Then I flew to Indy to see my grand children and take a road trip to Nashville, TN.  We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  17 acres of tropical gardens and waterfalls, and a mini river all under glass.  Then they flew out here and we spent 3 more weeks checking out the library, coast, aquarium and play parks.  They returned home and I started painting again.  This is my latest painting for the 2016 Rose Festival Art Show at the Oregon Society of Artists.  The Show starts June 5th and runs until the end of the month.  If you love Roses, Portland, and great art come check out the show.  The gallery is open 1 to 4 Monday through Saturday.  Enjoy.curtain-call

June 2015

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Well, this  month I have to tell you about an honor that was mine.  Oregon Society of Artists (OSA) made up their new rose festival postcard. My award winning painting, Visual Poetry, was printed on the front.  What an honor.  So, I hope you will visit OSA to see the show.  There are always wonderful rose paintings as well as Rose Festival theme paintings to be viewed.  This years theme is Blooming Good Time.  I will have my orange rose there.


July 2015

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Thank you for attending the Oregon Society of Artists Rose Festival Art Show.  The orange rose, Imaginations Light, won an honorable mention.  This is always an honor.  Thank you Geoffrey McCormack for selecting my painting.


When I finish the paintings I am working on, I will get ready for Art In the Heart, the first Friday in August from 5 to 8 PM.  I will have marbled gourd bird houses, cards, a few paintings and other surprizes.  I will be inside Art on the Boulevard (210 W Evergreen Blvd.  #300 Vancouver,WA) for the festival.  There will be artists all around town that evening.  It is a wonderful event.  There will be food, wine, live entertainment and good buys on local art.  Please plan to attend this event.


I have been paintings more florals, trying to get ready for my gallery show this September.  It will be the first Friday in Septemeber at Art On the Boulevard, Vancouver, Washington.  I will be part of a three watercolor artist team; Faye Kahn, Denise Joy McFadden, and me.   You will love our show.  Please put the date on your calendar, First Friday Art Walk, September 4, from 5 til 8.  Please say hi and tell me you read about it in my blog.  I have a signed special gift for you!

August 2015

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Well,  I have been focused on getting ready for my gallery show on September 5th at Art On The Boulevard here in Vancouver, WA.  It will be a group show with 2 other wonderful watercolor artists, Faye Kahn and Denise McFadden.  You can find information and photos of our paintings at artontheboulevard.org  Keven Weaver is the gallery director and does a fantastic job of hanging each show.  I am just thrilled when I walk in and see what he has done.  If you come to the show, please mention that you saw this post.

So here are the last couple of paintings that I completed for the show.


Spring’s Promise


Dreaming of Summer


February 2015

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As you know I love to paint flowers so I decided to treat myself to a two week vacation in paradise, “Maui”!  I thought I would take lots of photos to get the creative juices flowing plus take a watercolor workshop.  I read an article in” Watercolor” magazine by Kathleen Alexander about painting plumaria.  I decided to try her style from the clear concise information she shared.  I was happy with the results but I knew there were still a lot of things I wasn’t clear on and so I had several questions prepared for her workshop in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii.


Kathleen’s workshop was very well organized in her lovely studio in Haiku.  One of the things she had us do was bring 300 cold press Fabriano Artistico paper.  I usually paint on 140 pound Arches.  Fabriano is much softer and smoother than Arches.  There is a learning curve.
The first day we drew our plumaria and painted the flowers.  I was terrified at the way she had us paint.  You first wet the entire 5 petals of the flower.  Then you apply juicy paint to it and start tipping the paper from side to side letting the colors mingle and blend to where there are no visible brush strokes.  I was afraid that paint would run every where.  But it did stay within the wet canvas area much to my surprise and pleasure.


The second day we painted the leaves and the remainder of the background.  I liked her technique of using prussian blue for the vein work.  It made glazing the leaves very quick work.
This is a photo of my workshop painting.  I think it is more vibrant and alive than my first study.
Her is a photo of her painting and mine together.  Mine is the top painting.  Kathleen’s is the bottom one.

I had wished I could stay for her hibiscus workshop but there were two weeks in between and even though Hawaii was calling, so was HOME.  Aloha! A hui hau
Goodbye Until we meet again.