Spring Flowers – five important minutes

Image 1I waited the 5 important minutes. I found several small items that added up to a better, more thoughtful painting. I added stamens to the flowers which gave them direction. Using Tombows, I added the hand-drawn flower work that is on the original vase (on the left side), and also a bit of detail to scribe out the handle. I received worthy advice from master artist Diane Eugster…always take the 5 extra minutes to observe your painting before you 1. Begin to work on it again, or 2. Call it complete.

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Spring Flowers

ImageI knew that this bouquet of spring flowers was too gorgeous not to paint. They have been on my kitchen table, calling to me, for a few days. It was not until I read a post from a very talented fellow artist and blogger, Diane Eugster, that I was inspired to actually get out my brushes and paint.  You might want to check out Diane’s web site:


This is watercolor on Arches 140 cold press paper, 11 x 14. The pitcher, hand painted from Mexico, is from a local thrift shop.

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Fanciful Contour Drawing

ImageContour drawing is fun. No outlining, just inside shapes. Then add values of light, medium and dark and watch the shapes appear. Suddenly there is depth. All you need is pen and ink and paper.

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A Little Bird Study – in progress

Image 1While in Florida my friend, Sylvia, introduced me to Tombows. Towbows are acid free watercolor markers. They have a fine tip on one end and a broader tip on the other end. They are a fun and easy way to use watercolor while you are “on the road.” It takes a bit of practice to recognize how hard to press down on the paper. The more strength, the more pigment emerges. Once you get the hang of it, it’s quite fun to blend colors together. I started by buying 8 colors. They’re about $3 each. I quickly realized I needed more colors to get the effect I desired. So, back to the store I went. I now have about twenty colors, including a clear which is great for blending.

ImageOnce my drawing was complete I began to experiement with the markers. While Tombows do not take the place of working with tubes of watercolor paint, they are fun to play with for a quick study. They also come in handy if you have small areas that you want to correct on a larger painting. I am about 1/2 way done with this painting.  One of these days…

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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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