Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Book Arts: Flag Book Seasons and Months of the Year

I enjoyed exploring the book arts while I made this flag book for one of my sisters.
This sister of mine loves to take long walks in all seasons of the year,
so I thought it appropriate to create a book that showcased all the months of the year
with watercolor illustrations and corresponding poems on the back of each page.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Merry Christmas! 12 Days of Christmas painting

12 Days of Christmas
10x10" watercolor and ink
I enjoyed painting the lovely, old Christmas carol, "12 Days of Christmas"
 with vibrant color and humorous flare. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Spring Color

11x14" acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard
Available on Etsy

I painted this pretty spring scene yesterday during our "snow day", after we had 6-7 inches of snow drop down on us the night before.  This painting is of a street in a little New England town filled with charm and old architecture. I snapped many pictures that beautiful spring day and this is the second painting I have done of the same street, just from another angle.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tugboats, Portsmouth, NH

Pushing Through the Storm
Portsmouth, NH
This painting is one of my favorites. This stormy scene is of one of the Moran tugboats working to guide a huge container ship into the Portsmouth harbor. I love the mood of the painting, and how the tug is churning up water and pouring out smoke as the rain comes down and the sailors look on.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sunflowers I

10.25x14" Watercolor 
One day when I was walking along the "Marginal Way" in Ogunquit, Maine, I saw a garden of beautiful sunflowers reaching to the sky. The sun was at just the right angle to illuminate their gorgeous petals, and the sky was so blue... I just had to stop and take photos. This painting is rather impressionistic - I worked to add layers of paint over wet paint to showcase the light and the movement of the sunflowers.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Beach Rock Sculpture Painting

9x12" acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard
One day a friend and I played a little "hooky" from life, and decided that
the beach was the best way to spend our free time.  We played around with rocks on the beach, both making different rock sculptures for fun.
This is a painting of my friend's sculpture. Mine was so simple, it was essentially just stacked rocks - something a kindergartner could do.
(possibly a reflection of the "burnout" of too much work!)
Anyway, I always enjoy coming across one of these sculptures,
whether it's out on a mountain hike or at the beach.  It signifies that someone took a little time for intelligent play...  a little time out to study nature and leave an art form for others that will eventually fall back into place, as if it were never there.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Lights, Portsmouth, NH

16 x 20" acrylic
 on 2" gallery wrapped canvas
Click to see in Shop
 I really enjoyed turning the beautiful seacoast town of Portsmouth, NH into
a winter wonderland in this painting.  This scene of Market Square is a favorite
spot of locals and visitors alike.  During the holidays, there is a huge Christmas tree, as tall as a building, set up across from the beautiful North Church.
I loved painting the holiday lights, twinkling amidst the falling snowflakes.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Christmas Carol: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

       It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
watercolor, colored pencil,
          gold acrylic
Available in December, 2016 at
New Hampshire Art Association
Holiday Show
I really enjoyed painting this
familiar Christmas Carol.
It lends itself to a medieval feel and the gold paint is an element that makes it very different to view in person
rather than in a photograph. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Discoveries and Detours

    10.5x14.5" Watercolor on 140lb paper
The process of this painting was a fun journey, as I started this piece
with no end result in mind.
In addition to the symbolism, the intricate shapes and lines of the skeleton keys, compasses and roads are central to this artwork.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Camden Christmas

16x12" acrylic on 2"gallery wrapped canvas
This painting was so fun to paint. The bustle of holiday shoppers and the beauty of snowflakes floating down among the Christmas lights in the pretty little town of Camden
 is quintessential New England charm.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Summer Woods I (monotype)
Available on Etsy

Summer Woods I (monotype) This rich, dark monotype has deep hues that showcase the lovely shapes of summer plants.  I walked through the woods and collected a variety of plants and then used both the subtractive and additive methods to make this multi-layered monotype print. I had a lot of fun creating this piece.

Summer Woods II (monotype)
Here is a second monotype with the same kinds of summer plants. 
 I really liked layering the various shapes and lines to create a unique composition. 
These two monotypes have really great surface texture as well.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Hampshire Art Association

These four paintings from my Dogs on the Beach series were submitted
to the New Hampshire Art Association for jurying.
I am honored to have been awarded membership based on the strength of this series.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Pasture

7x9" watercolor

- Another painting of a scene from the upstate NY area. 
 I often used to pass this pasture when I lived there, and in the summer the cows could be found in the tall grass down near the road. These cows were curious about me, as I stopped and got out of my car to take pictures a few weeks ago. When I stop to observe farm animals and farmland, I often think about how these scenes were common for most people a few generations ago, and how much slower-paced life was.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dogs on the Beach #7

8 x 10" acrylic
View in Etsy Shop
This is the 7th painting in the series, Dogs on the Beach.  I decided to paint the same little pug from painting #2 from the side this time. I love his curly tail and the way he plodded slowly along behind his owner. This one is being set aside for consideration
 for my group of four I need to submit to NHAA.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dogs on the Beach #6

8 x  10" acrylic 
This is my 6th painting in the series of "Dogs on the Beach." 
 Although dogs are supposed to be on leash while on the beach, I enjoy watching them when their owners let them run around. This painting is of one such group, and it was comical to see them interact and enjoy the open space.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Old Red Barn

12.5 x 10" watercolor
This old barn stands at the end of a field, showing its age with its missing and faded boards.
 I think it is beautiful though - this bright red structure amidst a field of yellow,
silently telling a story of a different time.

Saturday, July 16, 2016


10.5 x 7.25 watercolor
I recently made a trip to upstate NY and came home with many pictures of beautiful open spaces to paint. I snapped pictures of farms with their wide fields, old barns, rusty tractors and a few curious cows. I chose this scene to paint first, because I love the way the land looks like it is layered in colorful stripes that lead up to a few lonely trees and sky.

Friday, July 15, 2016

July Reflections

16x20" acrylic on 2"gallery wrapped canvas
This Camden Harbor painting is all about the colorful reflections, the midsummer light and the interplay of dark and light. I enjoy creating compositions that are challenging
and that keep the viewer's eye moving around the painting.
The straight and curved lines of the ropes and rigging contrast with the ripples in the harbor water to create a lot of movement in this piece.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Portsmouth Tugs Print

14x14" giclee print
I finally got around to getting more prints made of one of my favorite paintings.
I have often watched the Moran tugboats in Portsmouth, NH hard at work
guiding large vessels in and out of the harbor in all sorts of New England weather. 
Here are three of the four tugs, docked in the harbor on a beautiful summer day.