Fall Bounty/ Apples



What happened to summer? Fall is in the air in Boston. Today I went to the supermarket and I saw a bounty of apples and pears and lots of root veggies. Outside of our house,  I notice that our beautiful summer Dahlias are fading in color. This week we will clip them down to 6 inches, dry the roots, and dig up the bulbs.  Placing the bulbs into dry sand and leaving them in the basement will ensure that we can replant them next spring. While I will miss the warmth of summer I look forward to family fall hikes and delicious, sweet apple crisps.


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My First Piece of Art in a Juried Show!


Should you happen visit Cape Cod next weekend please join me at the Falmouth Art Guild on September 26th, Friday from 5 to 7 pm.   My painting, “Dahlias” will be part of a juried multi-media show called “Petals and Palettes.” Two years ago I did not know what a juried art show was. I have to thank my drawing teacher Dan H. for his enthusiasm and encouragement to submit a piece into the juror process. This is a learning experience, for sure!

It is exciting to share this news with my WordPress friends. Thank you for all of your wonderful comments.

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Gerbera Daisies in Glass Bottle

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This is my final pen and ink drawing from my class this morning. Dan H. was a good teacher encouraging me to use and observe negative spaces and shade and contour lines. Dan asked me to submit my sneaker study into the teacher/student show and now he encourages me to select a watercolor to submit into the juried fall show. This territory is uncharted for me.

Wish me luck!

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Abstract, something new…

IMG_4391 I had a lot of opportunity this summer to “test” my art wings. A lovely new friend introduced me to abstract art. Thanks, Lois!

I started by drawing some interesting shapes, rotating them around the paper, adding new shapes, on a whim,  for interest.  Next, I selected my color palette. I chose three colors and later decided to add a fourth for highlight. I tried it twice once with a yellowish highlight and again with a darker highlight, each time allowing a “light” path to enter and exit the painting. I used Saran wrap and salt particles for texture on top of pigment. A fun activity for sure! I think I may try this again.


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Still working on Lilies.

Lots of layering of soft undertones and deeper color for contour and shading.

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Watercolor, pen and ink Lillies





A scrumptious bit of color…


For 3 days I have drawn lilies. First in colored pencil, then in watercolor, then in pen and ink with a watercolor wash. Although not perfect, I think the final watercolor wash is more what I had in mind. I still need to add shadows, a background, and some darker greens. That will probably happen after Labor Day as my “troops are landing” in a few hours and life will be busier with company over the next few days.

Time to clean up now.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!


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Summer Lilies, pen and ink

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I spotted these gorgeous lilies sitting on my neighbor’s sun deck.

My goal is to paint the flowers using watercolor paint. But first I wanted to complete a black and white study.  The color of the flowers is a fabulous bright rose. Meanwhile, I tried colored pencils but I am really disappointed in the color pink. It’s not nearly bright enough. Also, I am not pleased with the blending of colors with the pencils.

I bought Prismacolor Premier pencils. Can anyone suggest how to blend the colors on the paper?

Tomorrow I will attempt to paint these flowers in watercolor! I am hoping for better results.

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