The words “Peak Bloom” inspire millions to flood to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC to see the famous cherry trees framing the Lincoln memorial. Luckily, for crowd averse people like me, there are plenty of other places to see these beautiful trees in bloom.Read More
What happens when you paint the same subject every day? When you do one small painting every single day, you can’t help but improve. I’ve recently begun experimenting with oil paints in the “Alla Prima” method. This week’s post is all about my new series of espresso paintings.Read More
At the moment, I’m more interested in painting from life instead of photographs. But I am not always able to find the flowers I am dreaming of painting. Sometimes you have to wait until just the right bouquet comes along, but it can be worth the wait.Read More
“How long did it take you to paint that?” is on elf the questions I get asked most frequently. I have a hard time answering that question - here’s whyRead More
i love to paint outdoors, but not in the winter. There are many plain air painters who enjoy being outdoors in winter, painting snow scenes; but I am not one of them. I would much rather spend my winters in the studio working on larger paintings…Read More
How to make your own hand painted snowflake cardRead More
Painting a portrait of my own cat was an interesting challenge.Read More
Painting outside requires thinking outside the box, flexibility and fast decision making. Every time I go out, I learn something new about painting. In this post, I’ll share with you all I have learned in my third year of plein air painting.Read More
The series is done - for now. I have enjoyed this series so much, I’m dreaming of another trip to the Bay Area, preferably with my easel and paints for a little plein air painting. Until I make that happen, this series is done.Read More
Some places seep into your bones and become an important part of you. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of those places for me. We recently took our sons to see the place that is so important to us, and upon return I was inspired to paint many of the places that I love.Read More
Not sure how to install hanging wire to a canvas? Here is a step by step guide to how I do it.Read More
Where does inspiration come from? For me, it comes from showing up in my studio every day. Its the habit of being creative and painting every day. Each idea leads to another. Getting started is the hardest part. In today's post, I've given you a list of ideas to get you started. Once being creative becomes a habit, there will be no stopping you!Read More
When you are an artist, you never know where your next big inspiration is going to come from. Sometimes, you need to get out of the studio and look around a little. I had the intention of painting big vista landscapes, and I ended up with a series of poppies.Read More
My second season of plein air painting with the Loudoun Sketch Club just ended, and I'm reflecting on all I have learned. Read on to find out what I learned, what I bring and what I leave behind.Read More
Take a peek inside my art studio and see my painting process from the beginning to end of my new acrylic painting "An Unexpected Treasure," - a landscape painting of the gardens at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT.
Have you ever been to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut? My Mother and I recently found ourselves with an unexpected free afternoon during a family vacation, and decided to check it out. We had no idea what a wonderful experience was waiting for us! I've written about our visit on my blog today.
What artists inspire you? These are the "Big Six" who have the most influence over my own painting. In today's post, I'll tell you what inspires me most about each of these modern masters.Read More
Taking just a few minutes a day to make time for creativity will greatly reduce your stress and enrich your life. Don't know how to get started? I've got a few ideas on my blog today. What is your favorite way to be creative?
Ever wonder how an artist works through a painting from start to finish? In today's post, I will take you step by step through my new painting - Her Morning Graces. This is one of four new floral pieces that I'm very excited about. They will be released next week, and I can't wait for you to see them all!Read More
I love professional framing, but sometimes its cost prohibitive. In today's post, I'll take you step by step through my latest framing project, with links to all my favorite supplies.Read More