Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Summer Chapel

Summer Chapel
oil on panel 8"x10"

I live very close to Duke Chapel and so I get to see it in all seasons. It is challenging to paint Gothic architecture!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Flicker's Find

Missing my oil paints-not sure I'll make it to 30 of these. Part of what's making it hard is I'm doing them all in card and postcard size! Planning to send them to my best real estate clients!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

MY Apple!

There has been a brief pause due to a snow barrage. Been scurrying around to get supplies and also get ready in case the power goes out-a frequent event in my neighborhood.
This is watercolor on Bristol board. Lots of adding and wiping out. It's fun but it takes a while because you can't wipe out spots unless the paint is kind of dry.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My Apple WIP (Day 3)

Today I'm trying an old favorite technique learned from Burton Silverman's Breaking the Rules of Watercolor. You use Bristol Board and a tiny bit of white gouache, paint in layers and wipe out here and there as you go. This is the first layer. Hope I can still do this! 5"x 7".

Monday, January 2, 2017

Gordo-Day 2

Watercolor on Lanaquerelle 4"x6"
Years ago I lived in an apartment with a deck. We installed a nail sticking up on which to stick fruit and pinecones. A very fat mockingbird visited so often I named him Gordo. Gordo would come to eat and even sometimes to get out of the rain.
I am enjoying doing watercolors again and in this very busy January, a small watercolor is just about right!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Day 1: Blackbird

This is pretty embarrassing. Last time I attempted 30 paintings in 30 days I only got to day 2. Hopefully this time I can keep going.
I'm actually kind of excited; I'm doing these 30 paintings in watercolor-a medium I haven't used in over 20 years. I recently started missing it, and inspired by some others' watercolors I've seen, I wanted to pick it up again.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Day 2 Thirty Paintings in 30 Days

Another Day
Acrylic on 5"x7" on  Greeting card
Well, I've learned that using a palette knife and acrylics on these greeting cards is not the optimum approach. Still, had fun anyway! Will be trying some new approaches in the next days!

DAy One: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

This feels very daunting! Some of my paintings will be greeting cards-experimenting with different mediums and layers. This one is a larger one for the grand opening!
Ocean View with Feathers
18"x24" Acrylic on 1 1/2 gallery wrapped canvas.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Blue Boat

6"x6" Oil on archival panel.
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In honor of Earth Day I named this painting Blue Boat in reference to our Unitarian Universalist Hymn Blue Boat Home.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Mango Madness

Mango Madness
11"x14" Oil on linen Click Here to Buy

Day three of the 30 day painting challenge. I'm thinking I might change the background to white. Any thoughts about this?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Day 2 Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge PEAR PAIR

 5"x5" oil on archival board
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I'm practicing to teach my first Palette Knife painting class at Olli, Duke's Center for Learning in Retirement. I took this photo a little bit crooked, so some of the corners aren't cropped. This is an exercise I will use to teach the class. Pears have a more interesting shape than, say, apples.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Oil and Cold Wax with Collage  12"x12"

It's amazing to me how this title just popped up in my head as the painting progressed and it started to look like the fires in the West.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fly Away

Fly Away
12"x12" Oil and Cold Wax on Gessoboard

Interesting that these in retrospect I see that these titles, Breakthrough and Fly Away are congruent with my current desire to retire from real estate and paint!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Breakthrough Oil and Cold Wax 12:x12"
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First day of Leslie Saeta's September 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. This one is also a "breakthrough" for me; I've learned a new way of painting that is compatible with my real estate business. I can put a layer on, go show a house, put another layer one, make some calls, and so forth. I'm SO excited!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Trying a new process

Kathy Cousart has inspired me to try cold wax so I'm taking an oil and wax workshop for 2 days in Raleigh this weekend with Jeff Erickson. Can't wait.
 I've been trying it on my own and I'm not really sure how to proceed but it seems to be fun. Only problem so far is I have a hard time being patient enough to let a layer dry before I go on. I'm painting  scene of a goose in a pond and I think this is the 6th or 7th layer and I can see quite a few more to come. I plan to cover most of the water and just have some of the color showing. It's fun though!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Oil on canvas panel 8"x10"

30 Paintings in 30 Days, #2

Here is another black and white old photograph (don't know the photographer) that I have painted, imagining the colors.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mom's Family Beach Time

8" x 8" Oil on gessoed panel
So we all know what Mom really gets to do at the beach! What wonderful weather we have had this year!
I started this one with a transparent underpainting as I learned to do in a recent workshop with Dreama Tolle Perry.

Then I went on to add some opaques and also darken the figures.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Family Beach Time

Oil on canvas panel 8"x10"
Here we are cold again. My azaleas are blooming and the dogwoods all around are peeking through the woods like shy angels.
I'm dreaming of the beaches of my life. There has always been a beach either close by, such as when I lived there when my father was in training for the Navy, when I lived there as a young newlywed, and now just 2 1/2 hours away whenever I want to go. It still thrills me to walk along the shore and pick up treasures or to take my raft and float in on a wave.

                  At the Sea-Side
 When I was down beside the sea  
 A wooden spade they gave to me       
 To dig the sandy shore.  
 My holes were empty like a cup.  
 In every hole the sea came up,       
 Till it could come no more.
                            Robert Lewis Stevenson

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring at the On Ramp

Oil on panel 9"x12"
Every spring I love seeing all these beautiful yellow flowers at the on and off ramps of the roads around my home. This one is at 15/501 business in Durham North Carolina.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Beach Dream

8"x10" Oil on Gessoed Board

I have always loved the beach and go there every chance I get. I'm painting a series of beach paintings right now to keep me warm and to look forward to my next beach adventure.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

IPad Beau

When I got ready to paint Beau's image on my iPad I couldn't find the stylus so I just used my finger. I couldn't even remember how to work the great App Paper 53. Now, I wonder where that stylus went!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Homer 100 Shelter Dog s#36

$100 ($25 goes to animal rescue)
Day 3 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in thirty days. The hardest part for me is deciding what to paint and also navigating my topsy turvy studio. Must clean!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

So What do YOU Want?

6x6 Oil on Panel
This chief sheep is the spokesheep and is protecting the others from intruders(me.)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Tucson Hummer

Oil on gessoed Board
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I saw this little hummingbird at the Zoo in Tucson, sipping on some pink flowers. I was so thrilled to see him and that he actually showed up in the picture! This is the first day of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days for January 2014.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Thankful Oil on gessoed board 5"x7"
I just finished a wonderful workshop with the fabulous artist and teacher Dreama Tolle Perry. This is the first painting I have done since that workshop. She is a former watercolorist as am I, and her method is to paint the first layer of the painting with transparent oils. Yes, there are transparent oils. Then, withoust waiting for the first layer to dry, you start right in with your regular paints-some opaque, semi-opaque, or even transparent. It's a really fun way to paint. As a vegetarian I look forward to Pumpkin Pie as my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. My daughter, Lauri Norman, makes a delicious Pumpkin Chiffon PIe and of course we have it with plenty of real whipped cream! You can email me for the recipe!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

X4 Zorn Cow

4" x 4" Oil on Panel

This painting was done using the Anders Zorn Palette: black, yellow ocher, red oxide and white. It was fun, and amazing simple to use only 4 colors. I did sorely miss my cadmium yellow however!

Birdx2 Hungry Birds

Day 3 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge
9"x12" Oil on arches 140lb paper

Well, I've learned a lot so far! I thought I would take this period and experiment with different surfaces, media, etc. and so far I have. I thought that would be quick and I wouldn't be invested in "perfectionism." Turns out that Every one of those differences is more challenging than I thought! It takes even longer to figure out what surface to use, what experiment to try, how to use different media(acrylics drove me nuts) and even how to compose in different sizes. I still think it will be a valuable way to grow, however I may only try one change per painting instead of 3 or 4 at once.

Monday, September 2, 2013

BirdX Bird Feeling Alone

9"x12" Acrylic on Arches 140 lb paper
Having fun with experimenting and using different materials. This was painted on top of an earlier brightly colored non objective acrylic painting. I have been reading Finding Your Visual Voice by Dakota Mitchell. One of the questions she gives for consideration is about whether your vision and inspiration is from internal focus(imagination) or external focus(physical world.)  Many artists are somewhere on the continuum between. My passion is for the beauty of the earth and reverence for life so my paintings usually are on the external side of the continuum however I have dreams of crossing over at least to suggestion and mystery, depicting the great mystery.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Loose Cow

 6"x6" Oil on Board
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I'm starting the Leslie Saeta 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I haven't painted in a week so I'm glad to have a push. These cows were painted quickly in an attempt to loosen up. I think the photo lighting could be better.  Next in the 30 day series I'm going to use some fun ways to create paintings like color transfer, stamping, and even acrylics. I've been reading my Edward Betts books. Now there was a creative soul.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fairmont Cows

5"x7" Oil on Panel
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I am inspired to paint more loosely and use thicker paint so I'm painting some small quick studies. I just received 2 Cow Calendars from Roos Schuring. They are just amazing so I got out my cow photos and started painting. These cows were in the mountains of NC near Asheville.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Off to Class

A classic scene from a photo I took many years ago. I'm currently reading Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth which is all about building Cathedrals-one of his longtime interests.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sunday Call

6"x6" oil on panel
Driving around the Duke quad past Duke Chapel on a Sunday morning all was quiet and this gal was enjoyingthe quiet and the outdoors.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Duke Chapel

6" x 6" Oil on Panel
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I got the idea to paint this from Leslie Saeta when she painted the tower at Notre Dame. I live only a couple of miles from Duke Chapel and enjoy seeing it peeking out above the trees.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Qiang Huang Workshop in Cary NC

Just finished a wonderful painting workshop with Qiang Huang at the Waverly Artists Gallery in Cary. What a privilege to be taught by this very accomplished artist right here in the Triangle. I didn't have to travel to Austin TX where he lives.
Qiang is a very fine artist and also a superior and giving teacher. He had the best set up for viewing his demonstrations that I have ever seen!
His teaching of the basic principles of painting, composition, value, color, brushwork, and edges, are applicable to all media. Qiang went around to each student several times a day and gave instructions according to the students level. He is planning a painting workshop trip to his native China for this fall. Check out his blog to see his beautiful work and also for future updates about the China workshop

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Today I am excited to announce that I have started teaching an oil painting class here in Durham NC. Class is Wednesday afternoon, 1:30 to 4:30. We talk, have a lesson and then paint with supervision in my glass walled living room.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Koi Club

8"x8" Oil on Board

I love Koi, they're so colorful and they love to stick together! These koi were at a zoo in south Florida.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Going Upstream

6"x6" Oil on Museum Quality Panel
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I love marshes. I used to stop along the bridges in Georgia, get out of the car and take pictures. Of course, I envied this boater out on the water.

Friday, January 18, 2013

100 Shelter Dogs #33 Buddy

4"x4" Oil On Board
$100 ($25 goes to Animal Rescue)
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I picked up a brush instead of a palette knife today! Also tried a new looser style of painting and I enjoyed it a lot!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Spring Hope

4"x4" Oil on Museum Quality Board

Wow, this one was so hard to photograph; rainy day, etc.  I know Spring is all mixed up this year; trees in Duke Gardens are already in full bloom and tonight we're supposed to get heavy snow! I always love it when the irises come up!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sea Bear Play

4" x4" Oil on Museum Quality Panel
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Polar Bear  in the Central Park Zoo having fun!  Another palette knife painting for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Roost

6"x6" Oil on museum quality panel

Today I was in a funk; couldn't decide what to paint, even if to paint, Going around and around looking at all my photos. Finally I saw this one I had always wanted to paint but I had envisioned a large painting. Anyway, I just grabbed a 6"x6" black gessoed panel and sor of attacked it with my palette knife and a wipe out tool.Had FUN and I kinda like it!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Looking for Love

6"x6" Oil on Museum quality panel
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This is a great white egret I photographed in the everglades. During breeding season the area around their eye becomes bright green and they grow special plumage -long white skinny feathers not visible in this view. It is always challenging to paint a white animal or bird and mix all the different nuances and shades of white for shadows, curves, sunlight. This is another palette knife painting for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Guy Bird

4"x4" Oil on Museum quality panel
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She's looking at him but he's playing hard to get! Palette knife painting # 10 for Lesie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I'm planning to switch soon to a new brush I bought for Dreama Tolle Perry's Workshop.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


4:x4: Oil on Museum Quality Panel

Another palette knife painting for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


5"x5" Oil on museum Panel

Day 8 of Leslie Saeta's 30 painting in 30 days Challenge. Oops, I missed day seven and I hope to make it up soon. Still painting with only the palette knife. Sure does save on Gamsol!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sea Bear SOLD

4"x4" Oil on museum quality panel

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Day 6 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge. I thought I couldn't do this one with a palette knife but I'm pleased at how it turned out! Saw this guy in the Central Park Zoo.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Two Koi

4"x4" Oil on museum quality panel.

I finally found all my original koi photos. I was reduced to visiting pet stores! This is another palette knife painting and day 5 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge! Good thing she did this; been a little lazy lately but this has got me going! Thanks Leslie.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Chickadee at Feeder

5"x5" Oil on museum quality panel

This chickadee was looking around to make sure it was not threatened! This is day 4 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days Challenge.