Sunday, March 30, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Darrell Hill

4 years ago I was so lucky to have taken a workshop with Darrell Hill here on the big island. He passed away last year. We saw a few of his paintings yesterday at a gallery at the Mana Lani resort . Such a sweet kind guy and really awesome painter.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Roxie and Hawaii journal page #1

This is my second attempt to capture.
the cuteness of Roxie-poi dog on the farm here on the big island. She is adorable!
The journal page is on a half sheet of arches watercolor paper- I am setting out to paint one page a day while I'm here and when I return bind them into a book.

It's heavenly here! Here are a few blogging from my phone and iPad so it's a bit wonky - bear with me!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Can We Talk? and see you later WINTER!


I had to paint the scene around this guy- it it so cool how he's leaning out the window.
 Heres a watercolor of my studio. I have truly enjoyed this winter - but tomorrow I go to Hawaii - winter will be over for me! I will continue to post from the farm in Honokaa, Hawaii where I will be visiting my dear Dad and his wife- and all the critters there. Aloha!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Je t'aime

Tara Bull! 

In other news- the 3 year map mural project at the Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury is done! I photoshopped the world map together for them to sell as prints, mugs, whatever. I think I may return for one more session next year to do the remaining wall in the lobby- and the kids will paint people from all over the world. It's been a blast!

Friday, March 21, 2014


Charlie belongs to my dear friends the Benzaquins. Charlie gets long walks in Norris' reservation  to the river. Lucky dog!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Aren't you glad it's spring?

Doesnt feel like it yet.... But I can smell the river... And a lot more birds are singing!
This face just tugs at my heart strings....

Wednesday, March 19, 2014



Monday, March 17, 2014

I know you are getting some food for me

Looks expectant, right?
My cousin's daughter's other dog who lives in Florida!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Buddy and my wall of dogs

Here are my dog goes that remain on my wall. I have really enjoyed painting them! At this point I am painting them on a commission basis- if you have sent me one and you would like to purchase it please let me know. The price is $125. For a 6"x6" panel, $150. For an 8"x8"
Two for $200.
I have created a display down at the Marshfield hills general store. Orders are coming in....
Who knew this would be so fun and succssful for me? I was born in the year of the dog. Hmmm.
Buddy ( below-4"x4") belongs to my nephews Antone and Luis. I had done one of these for Antone for Christmas-  this one is for Luis!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Commissioned piece 20"x36" acrylic on stretched canvas

I posted this watercolor the other day- a mash up of David Brega's beautiful painting of GAR hall, and one of  Carole Bolsey's amazing boat paintings. It was just for fun! But I was asked to replicate it on a canvas at a much bigger size. CHALLENGE!
Watercolor and acrylic are very different- although I could have tried to approach it in a similar way,  I have to paint how it comes naturally to me.
 Here is the painting I had posted.
Somehow I couldn't do a winter tree. Hmmm. I had done the distant trees first and they were green and lush and summery. So I made a tree with leaves, and added fireflies into the middle ground. I sure hope the client likes this!
its not a great picure,as you can see we are having another snowstorm. those are snowflakes- not shooting stars!
I still need to tweak this a bit more...
and I really want to say thanks to David and Carole!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Southie Dog

I've known the owner of this dog for a long time- Emily Clifford. She was a camper when I started teaching at Derby Academy's summer program-now she is a teacher herself!  My girls and I love her. Markie, my oldest- couldn't wait to get back to camp to see Emily. She is one of my favorite humans! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

One of them is named Sally

Not sure what the other ones name is….
these are Patti Abbotts dogs!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blue boy

This lab isn't quite as blue as he may seem... And I ventured into a bird painting- way harder than dogs I think!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Happy Sunday!

                                                            Who am I?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Bright deer 6"x6" mixed media

Not sure exactly why I painted this image- but I think this describes  how I am feeling this winter. I have never felt so content to be in my studio painting- every morning- very early- looking at the dogs faces, listening to the wind, the owls in the woods, the birds at the feeder. Often I play soft dreamy music. I love the quiet soulfulness of winter. We keep getting storms, and I am very fortunate not to have to commute in them. Being home is right where I need to be. The garden is resting.No outside chores except shoveling. Early evenings snuggled up by the fire ( gas log LOL) makes me happy!
Spring is coming though- the sun is working its way around my house shining into corners ( very dusty ones!) and I feel the wake up is coming. And I will be ready!