Sunday, April 28, 2013

My Cottage Garden | Intruder

Look closely and you will see the intruder in my nesting box.  
I'm wondering if the nest is a mouse nest. The wrens that usually nest here 
typically use twigs and grasses and this is mostly moss and fur. 
I'm not sure if the snake is dead or hibernating. 
Either way, I'm not going to touch it. Yikes!

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Euphorbia growing outside the design studio. I might need to paint it. 
I jut love the shape of the leaf, the stem and the clusters of flowers.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Closer Look | Robin Specimen

robin specimen II
robin specimen
robin specimen IV
robin specimen IV

This perfect little robin was lying on the ground outside my gate. 
It is a beautiful specimen of nature. I had to take a closer look.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Giveaway | One Word

My first giveaway of the year!
You all inspire and encourage me so much.
 I am so grateful that you stop by from time to time to say hello. 
It means the world to me. So, here's what I'm thinking. . .
To enter this giveaway simply write ONE word of inspiration. 
Just one word describing what you would like me to paint.
It can be any word that you want - an object or an idea. It's up to you!
If your name is picked as the winner I will create a small, 
original watercolor painting inspired by your word.
Anyone can enter from anywhere in the world.
I simply need a way to get in touch with you.
Please leave your word in the comments below.
The deadline for entry is Thursday, April 25, 9 PM EST.
I will announce the winner right here on Friday!
Good luck my friends!
Thank you all for participating!
Congratulations, KaitShe wrote the word "grow
for her little painting.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lily Pads

A pond of water lilies and lily pads.
What's next? Frogs? Turtles?

Friday, April 19, 2013

What is a weekend?

It's been a very busy and productive week.
Seems I'm always working on something. I often get carried away.
To quote Lady Violet from Downton Abbey, "what is a weekend?"
I know very well what a weekend is.  I just haven't seen one in a while!
Here's to enjoying Saturday and maybe even Sunday!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Studio | Marshland

studio | wip marshland
It's been a while since I painted black swans. I've been imagining the place where they live.
A marshland or swampland, the ferns and fiddleheads, the water lilies. 
I've been down this road before. Remember this one?
It's not entirely unexpected, however I think it might be time to start dealing 
with the unquestionable lack of space and environment in my paintings.
Introduce a narrative? Maybe. 
For now I think I'll stop thinking and just do.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sneak Peek | Pencils

drawing bird bath
Pencil sketches for an illustration project I'm working on!
Happy Friday all! Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My Cottage Garden | Springing

Quite a riot of yellow in my cottage garden.
Spring is here!

Monday, April 8, 2013


Birds are the greatest architects!
The one on the left is a hummingbird nest.
I'm not sure about the one on the right. Perhaps goldfinches.
Any ideas? 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gouache Palette

I love a pretty palette picture, don't you?
The gouache paint is so vibrant. The colors are just begging to be used.
Have a great weekend all!