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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Commissioned piece

Finished this one up last night, with the help of my teacher, menton and friend, Marni Maree.

Stream of Gold   This painting is sold.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lace Top Hydrangea Watercolor on Canvas

I love the process of painting on canvas with watercolor.  The paint is applied in huge blotches, then the subject is lifted and manipulated.  Once it it just right, dry it and spray with varnish.  This is a mini, 2.5 x 3.5'.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Purple Passion

Purple Passion is an ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5", patterned after one of my early large paintings, Afternoon Delight.  I was told that purple paintings never sold, but Afternoon Delight sold on opening night.  You never know.  I hope Purple Passion will bring joy to a new owner.

Purple Passion

Afternoon Delight

Saturday, June 25, 2011

St John's Church - Church of the Presidents

This is a painting I did for a friend to give to her daughter who lived in DC.,  This was the church of Abraham Lincoln and many presidents since. She wanted it to have some cherry blossoms.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Men can be so oblivious.  This guy was sitting there in Positano, surrounded by beautiful turquoise , seas, gorgeous flowers, beautiful boats and pretty people.  What has his interest???  The newspaper.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fishing Shack

Fishing Shack, a 6 x 9" painting I did as a prototype for a commissioned piece. I did several versions of this scene, one with the fishing shack, one with a boat, and one with just the landscape.  

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Oh Crop!

One of our teachers, Fred Graff, said "if all else fails, just say oh crop and crop it."  Here is a new painting and I am not sure how to frame it.  It is a watercolor and liquid acrylic on yupo (plastic) paper. I used Halloween cobwebs stretched over the paper, then blotches of watercolor paint, and found my design using liquid acrylics.  Maryanne Beckwith demonstrated the cobweb technique at Springmaid in March, thank you for opening up a world of possibilities, Maryanne.
Now it is time to decide on how to frame it.  Which version do you like best?

Cropped Version 1

Two from One 

Full Version 1

Full Version 2

Full Version 3

Full Version 4

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Shading Joyce's Hydrangea

My neighbor put a patio umbrella over her hydrangeas to keep them from burning in the
100 degree heat last week.  I could not  resist photographing and painting it.
This is my first attempt, a 2.5" x 3.5" mini.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ravello Gardens

Our painting group spent a day in the Ravello Gardens while in Amalfi.  My expressionistic side was itching to get out and play.  I splashed some paint onto my paper, laid down some plastic wrap, sprinkles a little salt and later found these abstract flowers forming on my paper.  I love the process of letting the paint play on the's my favorite way to paint. 

Ravello in Bloom

My Lost Paintings have been found

Dumbfounded Mixed Media

I Must Get Organized
These two abstracts got put in safe places before I left for Italy.  I had one frame and, once again, could not decide which of the bottom two paintings to frame.  I found one in the studio, by the backing board and the other one, on the dryer.   That sounds wierd, doesn't it.  Well, one of my teachers recommended the top of the dryer as a good place to store art.  It is out of the way and they can lay nice and flat, so they do not warp.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Paintings for Miniature Show

These are four paintings that I am having framed to enter in the Little Washington Miniatures Painting Exhibition.  I can only enter three.  Which ones do you think I should enter?

Sunkissed Cafe

Monetfalco Moment

Laundry Day in Amalfi

Shadows of Bevagna

Friday, June 10, 2011

New Blog

I have created a new blog for my paintings, so they don't get mixed up in our Bob and Kay Fuller's Adventures blog.  My goal is to post a new painting each day.  Some will be older works and some will be newer.  Some big and some small.  These are today's minis, 2.5" x 3.5".
Bouquet of White Roses - Acrylicx

Lock House Reflected

Wheat and Cedars