WATERCOLOR and WATER MEDIA My passion is teaching adult “beginners” - weekly classes in my home, seasonal classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission, workshops. My work is shown throughout the US in state and national shows – see “Featured” on my sidebar for more information. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia Watercolor Society, Ohio Watercolor Society, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Monday, October 20, 2014


S o o o o o o . . . . . .

I was under the impression that when my son built a house and moved into it that he had moved out of our house.

Apparently I was wrong, since this was the view out my kitchen door on Sunday - my son and a friend set up to target shoot.

Does this mean that I can now go to his house and get comfy on his deck?????  (Yep, probably not).

When the shooting starts the dog gets nervous, scared and cling-y.  Each time a shot was fired, he flinched.

Not sure which way to go . . . .

Can you see that look of concern!
Welcome to life in the country!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


On Sunday we drove to Indy where I received my Signature from Watercolor Society of Indiana.

My painting "Industrial Revolution" is on the back wall just left of the floating wall..
The show was judged by Kathleen Conover so there were lots of abstracts, and most, if not all, of the paintings had an abstract quality to them.
Several abstracts in view.
The show is held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  This year we are on the first floor, in a new gallery just opposite the gift shop, so I hope it will draw many more visitors.

The gallery is on the left, the gift shop on the right.
Here are photos of a couple paintings that struck my eye.
This is called "Evil Eye".  If you ever owned a cat you would understand!!!

This one made me think of one by Laurin McCrackin.  It is beautifully rendered.

This is by J. Anna Roberts TWSA.  I'll be participating in a show with her in October, 2015.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

THE NEW PHONE (or: The Reason I Have no Time to Paint!)

I kept saying that I was going to get a “smart phone” this fall.  But I did not specify exactly when “fall” was going to arrive. 
Not to worry – my friend did it for me.
She bought a new iPhone and GAVE me her old one!  So, no more excuses - it was sink or swim.
The phone sat about a week (much to my daughter’s chagrin) before I finally went to Verizon and had it activated.
I was so worried about texting that that’s all I did.  So, when my phone actually rang and I had to answer it, I had no idea what to do!  (Yes, this IS a true story).  
Help!  The phone's ringing!!!!!
Well, I’ve gotten over that and have graduated to being able to take photos (including "selfies") and get them transferred to my computer (via email, but, hey, whatever works – I’m learning!).
I can even change settings and add people to my contact list.
Other times I add them and they just disappear. 
My daughter and my friend’s daughter have become my “phone gurus”! 
Speaking of daughters - my daughter convinced me that I would drop my phone at any moment and it would shatter into smithereens – even though my friend had it for 2 years before and it was in excellent shape.  So . . . .
I purchased an OtterBox to protect it.  
The phone - totally protected from any catastrophe known to man.
(Not even the Ebola virus could figure out how to get into this thing.)
I was thrilled when it came, but then could not figure out how to get the phone into the box!  I waited until my daughter could come over and take a look at it.  Turns out she couldn’t figure it out either but went to the internet on her phone (something I have not yet graduated to doing!) and watched a video.
It’s pretty bad when you not only have a phone that is smarter than you are, but a box to store it in that is smarter, too!
Now my phone is totally protected from splashes, crashes, spills and all manner of other ills.
Wish I was!
ps - my husband hates this photo - guess he doesn't get the humor!

Monday, October 6, 2014


After more glazing on the flowers and some "finessing" of the paintings, here are our results.
Here is my finished piece.

Here is my student's completed painting.
So - what do you think?

She is pleased with her painting, as well she should be!

Next I'll be helping her complete a painting from her own photo and idea.  Can't wait!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Then we began to paint the daisies.  As you know, I like to glaze, so we used several layers to bring up the color on the flowers.

Then we removed the miskit and began adding the colors on the background and on the vase, popping in a few darks in the flowers.  We then added the shadows on the fabric and vase - (I didn't get a photo of the painting after we added the vase shadow, but before completion).

Monday, September 29, 2014


This summer I began teaching a private student and she's doing great!  The next couple of posts will show a painting we did together with the end results.

I showed her a simple set up, using some of my oriental designed fabric, a small vase and some daisies from my local Kroger store.

I created a drawing from this photo and she followed along with me - I'm using my painting for the steps we followed.

We miskited the design on the fabric, then painted the background and around the edges of the vase and flowers.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Here is the completed painting.

Josie's Tomatoes, 16x20, on Ampersand board, Chroma Free Flow and Classic Acrylics

Monday, September 22, 2014


Last Saturday my husband and I went to the ViewPoint show, sponsored by the Cincinnati Art Club.  

The venue this year was Art Design Consultants - a beautiful venue at the far eastern edge of the City.

A view of a few of the art patrons.
I tried to get a couple photos of the venue itself - it began filling up shortly after we arrived, and I kept stopping to talk to people I knew, so I didn't get too many photos.

It always amazes me how many people I've come to know in the local "art world"!  Only problem is I usually don't get around the whole show because I'm always stopping and chatting.  I did walk around ADC completely, but I'm sure I still missed seeing a few of the paintings.

I also wore heels, not all that high, but high enough that after a while I could no longer feel my toes!  I was able to sit through the awards ceremony - and was happy to hear the names of several people I know called out!
One of the "rooms" set up around the outside edge of the facility.
Art Design Consultants places artwork in public and private venues, and I'm assuming that usually these walls in these "rooms" are set up with clients' artwork for viewing by possible buyers.  But right now these rooms are filled with ViewPoint artwork.

Another "room" - you can see one of the large windows.
Well, no award for me, but I thought it was cool that I was one of only 4 who had two works accepted into the show, and they hung mine together!  I think they kind of compliment each other and it's always interesting to see your work hung in a gallery setting - looks different than when it's hanging on the wall at home!
Here are my two paintings.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Here is a gentle progression of the painting, showing the building up of shadows.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Color has been added to the tomatoes and more to some of the leaves on the napkin.
Color was added to the lace, and a light shadow added to the tablecloth and napkin.