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The small stuff!!

I have been working on “studies” with my acrylics and acrylic markers. The Liquitex acrylic markers really make this easy, since they are really a “no muss, no fuss” type of marker. Just shake them up and off you go!

The first offering is a study that I did for one of my craftsy classes. The instructor had some comments, which I will try to address this week.

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

The next painting is the same scene, slightly larger 8 x 10

8 x 10 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

8 x 10 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

Next, is the 5 x 7 spring study for my Grand River series.

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

5 x 7 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

This is my WIP (Work In Progress) for the Spring on the Grand River = 12 x 16 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

12 x 16 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

12 x 16 Acrylic Marker/Acrylic

Finally, I have to throw in my Watercolor study of Springtime on Country Brook and a Marker/Charcoal rendering of my orchids… Enjoy!!

5 x 7 Watercolor

5 x 7 Watercolor

5 x 7 Marker and Charcoal

5 x 7 Marker and Charcoal

Have a great week!! Don’t be afraid to leave me a message. I would like to hear your comments.


I AM BACK!! (Really..)

Hi All,

In my last post, I did promise to be MORE diligent about my blog in 2015 than I was in 2014. So, I got the paints out, the camera out and took some pictures of my work in various stages of completion.
The first is a plein air painting (started in 2013, finished in 2014, framed in 2015). It is a Christmas present for my dear friend Deb. This is the first Christmas present that I have completed for 2014 (yup, last year), but I plan to have them all done in July of 2015 – then start on THIS YEARS Christmas presents

Ada Shed - 8 x 10 Oil

Ada Shed – 8 x 10 Oil

The next three are all acrylic paintings, done MOSTLY with Liquitex acrylic markers on different surfaces. Two are WC paper (its OK), but the third is on Senso Linen Canvas Pads. I really prefer the Canvas Pads. They are convenient and the markers don’t shred (?) the canvas as they are prone to do with the WC paper.
Acrylic Marker Sketch 12 x 16

Acrylic Marker Sketch 12 x 16

Acrylic Marker Sketch 9 x 12

Acrylic Marker Sketch 9 x 12

Acrylic Sketch - 9 x 12 on Senso Linen Canvas

Acrylic Sketch – 9 x 12 on Senso Linen Canvas

Hope to be visiting with you again in the NEAR FUTURE!

This year has FLOWN by! And tonight may be the last chance I have to do Plein Air painting before the snow flies! But I think that we did good (it was in the 60s tonight). For that I am thankful. Here we go. I painted at the Ada Covered Bridge. Here is a picture of the scene and then a picture of my painting. The painting is an 8 x 10 Oil Stick on Canvas Board.














Have a great week! Hope to post more now that the weather is turning…

Happy Holidays!

It has been a LONG LONG time! But I have been very busy! Frustrated, but busy. I have these paintings in my mind, but the execution of them is alluding me.

First, though, I present my 2011 Christmas card

12 x 16 Fallsburg Bridge - Watercolor on paper

Next as a few 8 x 10 Goauche on Canson Watercolor Boards (Christmas Presents)

8 x 10 Swan in Goauche - WIP

8 x 10 Sunrise in Goauche

Here is one of the watercolor sketches that I did yesterday Hope that it turns into an oil magically overnight….

9 x 12 Traverse City Barn - Watercolor Sketch


I cannot post all my “christmas presents” on the off chance that someone is lurking out there – but once all are delivered and opened, I should have more to post.

FINALLY, here is an acrylic that I am REALLY struggling with. It is quite large (24 x 30) of our Middleville hiking trail in the fall.  Not only the size is daunting, but the material ( a perfect fall day with a swan gliding by so gracefully) requires it to get fluid with brilliant colors. On top of that, I’m painting it on canvas that survived a hurricane! Anyway, here it is. Will post more if I ever get it finished!

24 x 30 Swan in the fall - Acrylic on Canvas


Have a GREAT week! I’ll post when I can!


Been a LONG TIME!!

Hello out there! I know that it has been a LONG time since I posted anything. June FLEW by and now it’s the 4th of July weekend. I’m trying to savor every minute of it. So, here are some of my works in progress:

Backyard Fall - 7 x 11 Watercolor


This has been FUN because I am taking a watercolor class in a few weeks and am trying to get my head wrapped around watercolor techniques again. I am using Daniel Smith WC, the colors are brilliant. It is a joy just working with them. Here is another WIP of Sturgeon Point Lighthouse.

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse - 7 x 11 Watercolor


Will post again when finished.

For some reason, I have been on a Canadian Goose kick lately (I should have a separate post just for all the Goose artifacts I have produced lately). This one is an Oil Pastel on ColourFix paper –

Canadian Geese - 9 x 12 Oil Pastel


Finally, my weekly Heron. This is a big one and don’t now exactly where I’m going with it yet.

Ink Heron - 12 x 16 Inktense Pencils and Sticks

I was attempting to do an abstract background (you know, get a loose look). We’ll just have to see where this one goes! Have a great day! Happy painting!


Completion Anxiety

I am going to have to learn how to SAVE drafts. I had almost completed my blog for this week – and POOF! It was GONE!! Never mind, I’ll recreate it. First thing I would like to share are my two sketches. The acrylic sand crane and an oil pastel flower that I made up, Both are DONE!

9 x 12 Sand Crane, Acrylic

5 x 7 Oil Pastel Sketch












Next, I have two BEFORE and AFTER picture. I hadn’t noticed what a BIG difference one week could make. The problem that I struggle with on these next two sets of paintings is color. I like to mix yellow and blue to make GREEN. but that doesn’t make for a very interesting painting. Things look plastic and FAKEY. So I am working on my greys and pushing the background back and accenting the foreground brighter colors.




9 x 12 Macaw in Acrylic (WIP)

9 x 12 Macaw in Acrylic (WIP) picture is getting a bit more depth.

14 x 18 Birch Trees - Alkyds

14 x 18 Birch Trees - Alkyds























Finally, I have one of my acrylics that I had abandoned two years ago. It was another attempt where I had used primary colors, but no grays. I am very happy to report that I have learned a little bit since that time, and I think that this painting can be saved.

12 x 16 Backyard in Fall, Acrylic

Experiments! Franken-painting!

Greetings on this winter weekend. WE are all dug out and I did have an opportunity today to work on some of my art stuff. (And I got a hair cut)

I did a blue glaze on my Ludington picture which made the water seem more shimmery. That seems to work.

Ludington State Park - 12 x 16 Oil Sticks on Sand Paper

I have been experimenting with using washes over oil pastel and I may have found the technique that I like best. I started with very hard oil/wax pastels for the macaw and the palm frond. Then I went over it with water soluble oil pastels. The  color of these pastels is out of this world.  I used Hot Press Watercolor paper. The colors are still vivid after the wash! My apologies to the macaw, I need a little more practice drawing him.

11 x 14 Oil Pastel washed with WS Oil Pastels on WC Paper

I TOLD you that this was Franken-Painting today. Expect the unexpected. Next, I was using alkyd paints on canvas board, with a blue glaze. I really want to get loose with my strokes so I gave up the brushes and am painting only with ColourShapers and painting knives. (Knives go well with the FrankenPainting motif), This is more of a OIL SKETCH.

Viero Wetlands - 9 x 12 Alkyd on Canvas Board

Next, I have been doing some oil pastel on clear primed canvas. I also like where this is going.  I may have to glue the results on hardboard to make it more permanent, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.  I did one of these last week, and thought that I would try this again…(okay, I ordered more of this canvas since it was so much fun)

Ludington Winter - 9 x 12 Oil Pastel on clear primed canvas

And lastly – I bought some Bogus Rough paper and did a sketch of the birch trees at Tahq Falls. – It is not a great sketch, but I like the paper (Don’t you just love the name?).

9 x 12 Birch Trees on Bogus Rough Paper

If you stop by, please leave me a comment!

Getting ready for Christmas

Hello out there!!

I have been neglecting my blog this month since before Thanksgiving. The time has just flown by! I have been working on my Christmas Cards (I only have one more to address), working on a painting for a friend (the pressure is on) and playing around with another oil stick painting from my photos this fall from Ludington State Park.

SO! Here it is – my work in progress (WIP) 12 x 16 on Sand paper

Ludington State Park - 12 x 16 Oil Sticks on Sand Paper

I have just started using Phtalo (sp?) Blue – Wow! What a great color! It really works well with yellow ochre to make a rich green.

If I don’t post anything before Christmas, I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!