Clothesline Art Sale


So we went to stay in south Florida to run away from the cold. The place we stayed had a “Clothesline Art Sale.”  We set up tables in front of the main house and suddenly there was art everywhere…oil paintings, jewelry, watercolors, greeting cards, wood prints…so much! People came & people bought! So much fun, so casual, what a lovely event. I decided to capture a quick pen & ink, watercolor sketch.

I used micron pigma pens.

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Favorite South Florida Photo

Captured this shot unexpectedly. The seagulls can be annoying but are beautiful in flight. Thinking about using it as a basis for a painting.


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This is my first Zentangle.  Zentangles are planned, patterned miniature pieces of art. Zentangles are completed in ink and on white paper. They are not doodles. They require focus and concentration. To learn more about this art form google:

Let me know if you give it a try!

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A Great Painting Lesson

Tuscany Farmhouse

I photographed a farmhouse last spring while driving though Radda in Tuscany, Italy. This section of the farmhouse is now housing chickens and it suggests a slightly abandoned, yet once beautiful, appeal. Lucky chickens!  

This weekend I took a landscape workshop with Christopher Zhang and decided to try painting the old stone building. Christopher is an amazing oil color artist, a master signature member of the OPA.  I learned SO much from his demonstration and his critiques. Chris amazed me with his expertise as a painter, his kindness, and his teaching skills.

Christopher begins by painting in all negative spaces, saving the light, and then layering in shapes. He uses many brushes and a palette knife for painting his oil canvasses. He helped me understand color value, warm and cool colors, shadows, and texture. I felt very fortunate to partake in his workshop.

This watercolor painting is on Arches 140 cold press, 14 x 20.

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En Plein Air

For months, for a variety of reasons, I have not painted. A friend encouraged me to tote a borrowed easel and a stool, and paint at one of the local beaches.  I LOVED it!  I felt totally comfortable painting among the “Light Chasers,” a local group of artists who enjoy painting outdoors. Yes, you need a bit of extra equipment but it is so worth getting up early, catching the brilliant light, and relishing the freedom of the outdoors. There were probably about 25 artists all painting different mediums at a variety of spots along this gorgeous, rustic beach in Venice, FL.

I am going to look for a lightweight, portable easel and stool and appreciate any suggestions you may have. I would like to have a shelf to hold my paints and water.

We stayed for 4 hours. I could have stayed ALL day!

I hope all of my WordPress friends are doing well. I look forward to catching up on everyone’s work!

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Tis the Season

My art instructor nabbed these holly leaves from his wife’s kitchen table display. Ha ha! Now he has to figure out how to return them in place so she doesn’t notice.

Love this season!


Arches 140 lb cold press, 12 x 16, watercolor

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, Yupo paper, 20 x 26, watercolor

I decided to work on Yupo paper again but this time I attempted a landscape of a small town.  IMHO, I think Yupo lends itself to more free-flowing subject matter (see my last few posts).  While I am less pleased with this result than the underwater fish & the fall leaves it gave me another opportunity to explore this plastic surface.  There are some areas that I added pen and ink. I used a fine tip sharpie to add lines after the painting was complete.

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