Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cape May House

8" x 10" in the shop

I painted this one 5 years ago at a workshop with Marge Chavooshian.
What a wonderful teacher and artist!  I was terrified to paint a building and had tried several times in the past workshops with little success.  Plus, it's hard to sit next to my architect daughter and draw a building while she just whips one onto her paper.

This time I got it..I painted a house!
I was so pleased (and relieved) with myself, but when Marge looked at it, eyebrows up,
 and then looked at me and said "Wow!", I could have floated off the ground!

It's my husband's favorite painting and one of my favorite moments on my journey as an artist.

 Just took it out of the frame to change the mat and take a better picture.  
Better camera now than I had then.
Have a great week!  We're having a heat wave in NJ.

Sunday, August 30, 2015


197 times on Pinterest!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Finished commission for happy customer!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Is it just me?

This is a screenshot I took of this company's webpage in The Netherlands.
Yes, that's my black butterfly.

In about an hour, I found this image used, without my permission, on six different sites. 
 There were actually 10 pages where this image was found.  
With 10 hits per page, you can see how time consuming this is to check just one image.
I understand if it's on Pinterest or Etsy treasury pages. 
What I don't understand is how frequently I find my art used for Twitter pages, Tumblr accounts, poems, stories, etc.  To be used by a company is just appalling.

Yes, I sent them an email.

Friday, August 14, 2015


Our card collections are now on gorgeous glossy paper!
(matte on the inside for writing)
in the shop

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Artist Appreciation Month

Mercy Mermaid Ornament 

I was recently reminded by the Patience Brewster Co.
that August is Artist Appreciation Month and was invited
to join in a conversation of artists about the artists who inspired our work.
Click here see Patience's wonderful ornament collection.
What a joy to see her whimsical creations every year!

I have always enjoyed art history and made that a vital part of my curriculum when I taught.  
I loved sharing the beautiful works of  Van Gogh, Cassatt, Vermeer, Rousseau, Cezanne,
and Monet, among many others, with my young students.

Summer's Dream of Spring by Joseph Raffael

As a watercolor artist, I am constantly amazed by the beauty of our contemporary artists.
I am especially inspired by Joseph Raffael, whose huge watercolor flowers are incredible,
and Lucy Willis, who fills her watercolor paintings with beautiful light. 
I treasure Lucy's books on her technique and style.
I have seen Joseph Raffael's work in person and they are breathtaking.

Cows in the Orchard by Lucy Willis
I'm glad I had this chance to share some of my favorites.
I hope you find the time to explore the works of Willis and Raffael.
You will get lost in their beauty, I'm sure!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

new print in the shop

8" x 10"

Print of Amanda's beautiful still life