Monday, January 28, 2013


I am working up my nerve to give watercolor another try. Very few of my attempts have been rewarding in any manner, but a number of my favorite artists keep pulling me back. Anne Karp, my friend from the Pacific Northwest is always a source of inspiration and Lian Quan Zhen's makes the medium look so easy. He has a number of demonstrations on Youtube that make me want to rush down to my studio and start throwing paint everywhere!

His website is located at

Youtube  -

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Years ago on a trip back east I had the great pleasure of seeing Matt Brown work on his beautiful woodblock prints. That event started me on my printmaking journey. If you are interested in printmaking and especially the Japanese Hanga method, visit Matt's website at

 My first woodblock print - In The Park

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


This pastel is the smallest one I have ever done. I haven't been able to spend much time in the studio but wanted to feel like I was doing something. It is only 9X12 and done mostly with pastel pencils (except the sky)

Monday, January 14, 2013


Below is a re-post of a post I did in August of last year. I recently revisited Amie's website and enjoyed it all over again!

A friend sent me a link to a wonderful site belonging to an artist from British Columbia. Amie Roman creates beautiful prints using all of the traditional techniques. Her section on printmaking information explains many of the ways prints are made, and is well worth a visit.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


I just completed another pastel. This one is of my nephew's daughter Thea. I used a photo I took of her on the recent beach trip. It's always fun when I send these to the family after I finish them. They have little choice except to say how well they turned out :-)

Saturday, January 5, 2013


I've been spending some enjoyable time with my extended family this past week. Rented a great house on the beach in central California. Found time to work on a new pastel.