Tuesday, October 7

Thursday, October 2

Rose hips along the Erie Canal...


With so many lovely September days~
The rose hips and bittersweet along the Erie Canal path
are brilliant red & vibrant yellow-gold!


Fall colors are in full swing!


A few snips...


A photo session to record them fresh...


Sketched out in walnut ink that I made last Fall...


With a few puddles of watercolor and
sunshine streaming through my studio windows~
I have a small collection of framed originals to share in my Etsy shop!

I hope your October is off to a wonderful start!

Tuesday, September 30

Pen & ink harvest scarecrow


My walnut ink has sat idol for far too long~


Kept stored in air-tight containers...
It waits patiently.


Start at the top and work down...
Keeping the rest of my hand from smudging.


September has been lovely in Upstate New York~


Clear, starry nights...


Warm and sunny days~


Touches of color beginning to kiss the landscapes!


Hope you have a beautiful day!



Wednesday, September 24

Harvest perch~


On these warm nights I imagine our feathered friends
perched in the pumpkin patch...


Sharing stories of their day...
Wishing on falling stars~


No hats & scarves are needed this week!


Dancing in the moonlight?

Hope you're having a wonderful week, Friends!

Thursday, September 18

2015 Calendar Peeks!


"Outside My Window" by Michelle L. Palmer
Legacy Publishing Group

My artist samples have arrived!
Legacy does such a beautiful job with my original watercolors~



A peek at the 12 months of 2015!


This month reminded me of vanilla-cherry!
The colors!


How I love blue...
Especially vintage & antique blue!


Cheery little wren posing in a patch of happy daisies~


The graphic designer in me...
How I LOVE old type!
American goldfinch, potted geranium...
All brought to you by the letter G!

Wishing your heart joy~
Thank you for stopping by, Sweet Friends!

Thursday, August 28

New color!


With soft morning sunshine streaming in the studio...
It's color time!

A new watercolor to share~
'Dark Brown' by Winsor & Newton

It is a muted, matte~ cool brown.
I think I will use it as a warm gray!

Hope your day is filled with 'warm tones!' ;)

Saturday, August 16

Western Journey~


Hello, Sweet Friends!
Hope your summer has been filled with relaxation, joy....
Laughter and fantastic memories~


Traveled across through this beautiful country with our daughter...
From New York to Arizona!


She will soon be starting classes 'Out West!'


We have family in Arizona...
It is so much fun to explore when you're with people who can
share in similar interests and find their way back home!


We lost a few hubcaps in three different states...
Broke down in Illinois due to a rusted radiator hose clamp...
We had brown dust on our car from the East.
Golden-brown dust on our car...
Red dust on our car...
The torrential rains from wild storms washed some of it away!
Met the most AMAZING people along our journey!


Enjoyed seeing the desert and its inhabitants...
The flowers...
Saguaros, prickly pear, barrel cactus~ so many more!


The days were filled with gorgeous landscapes...
Laughter, reflection, old memories & new memories with Alaina!
The colors are so inspiring!


Although I left our girl in the West to learn, grow & follow her dreams~
I brought home a vision of new colors!
A rich palette!


When the desert shares colors---
They are unfiltered!
They are brilliant!
They are rich!


On one of my last days in the desert it was 117 degrees~
It went down to 50 degrees here last night!
Brrrrrr....


The most amazing journey with the most wonderful girl!
I'm so thankful we made it across the miles safe & sound.
So thankful to have seen more of America~ how I love this land!
It was a joy to meet beautiful and kind people at every stop~
Off the beaten path is filled with wonder!

Hope your day finds you exploring~
My studio 'needs exploring!' 
What a mess!

Wishing your heart joy~


Wednesday, June 25

Watercolor palette tutorial...


Every now and then I share about a new color that I have added to my palettes.
I enjoy colors...
Some palettes have very few colors & the aritsts create stunning images!


I love to share my colors...
This new palette is for our daughter who will soon leave the nest!
Start by laying the tubes near the wells...


I recorded the paint names for her on the back of the palette information sheet.
Just-in-case there is a PERFECT color for the PERFECT project &
she needs to purchase more!


I was commissioned to paint a large collection of baby-themed pieces.
Instead of trying to mix the perfect 'baby' blue...
or find the right red for a soft, pastel pink----
I purchased tubes so that I could keep the collection consistent.


My first palette was set up for landscapes with a few basic colors:
(Example) Winsor Red, Winsor Yellow, Hooker's Green,
Cobalt Blue, Indigo, Sepia, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber.
Then I added an Cadmium orange, Sap Green, Leaf Green, French Ultramarine Blue...
Then I added Phthalo Blue, Violet, Quinacridone Gold, Green Gold etc. 


Today, my palette choices are often based on collections I am working on.
'Warm Wishes' (my latest snowman fabric collection through Red Rooster Fabrics)
had aqua backgrounds that would have been impossible for me to make 
with my very first palette colors.
I don't paint with the color directly from the tube...
I always mix something with it~


I wrote little notes on the palette images...
Please click on the photographs for a closer look~


I am often asked...
Winsor & Newton is my favorite watercolor paint.
Holbein is my 2nd favorite.

Good paint is expensive.
Permanence is very important.
Choose lightfast pigments, acid-free papers & archival storage/framing sources.

Hope your days are filled with creative!


Monday, June 23

A new red!


To paint the sweetest strawberries & cherries~
To find the exact 'red' in Americana and darling little red hearts...
I keep adding to my palette!

This new color is 'Pyrrol Crimson' from Daniel Smith.
It is a little 'cooler' than some of my reds...
The perfect touch that I often look for in the shadows!


Inspired by the season, I'm sure!

Hope your week is off to a great start, Sweet Friends~

Thursday, June 19

Patriotic Sparrow!


I met this little love in the garden this morning while I was weeding...
He sang me a beautiful song!

I came inside and sketched him...
Then I drew this!
Hope you have a song in your heart today~

Wednesday, June 18

Strawberry Patch...


Do you suppose they are sharing strawberry recipes?
The mouse looks like he's catching his breath!
That's a big berry for a wee little guy to carry all the way home~

Hope your 'strawberry season' is sweet and sunny!