Friday, December 31, 2010


Daisy DeSoto
As we drive head on into the year 2011, may we all have
daisies everyday, highlighting our days.
May our health be good all year, and healthy families too.
May we have all kinds of creative thoughts, and ideas,
And paint our best painting yet!
Happy New Year Art Colony

On the fourth day of Christmas ...

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me—
Four Colly Birds 
watercolor and ink illustration on Arches 140# cp paper
8x8 inches

I learned that the verse using Four "Calling" Birds is actually an Americanized term. The original verse spoke of the Colly (or Collie) Birds which are a Blackbird native to England. Continuing on with the series, the fifth day switches from birds to five gold rings. You can see the previous days at my blog link under Artists' Sites in the sidebar column.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Did someone say bugs and alligators?

Okay, Mary. I see your Bearded Dragon and raise you one Alligator and one Assassin bug. Debbie, you're so right about big. This Assassin is 5 times the size of it's California cousins. It was on my golf club cover when I got back to the cart after teeing off. The snails are really big, too! The alligator was in a tank at the airfloat boat ride shack in the everglades. It was being raised in an incubator. Only about 20% of the eggs survive to become gators. The guide actually talked my into holding one. Felt weird. It was so warm. It was a wonderful ride through the everglades seeing all the birds and alligators. Most of the rest of the time was spent people watching in South Beach, Key Largo and Palm Beach. Great trip.
Luckily none of my flights got canceled... like all those poor people out of New York and other cold climes.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


THANK YOU KAY!  My painting arrived today and I am absolutely delighted with it !  It fits my home perfectly Kay and will grace my walls :)

On the second day of Christmas ...

December 27

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me—
Two Turtle Doves 

Two Turtle Doves
watercolor and ink on Arches 140# cp paper
8x8 inches

Day 2 of my 12 Days of Christmas series. This is watercolor and ink on 8x8 inch Arches and was sketched and painted in about 1-1/2 hours. I am having fun with these as my daily paintings for the transition of 2010 to 2011. As I illustrate more days, the paintings will be posted to my blog until all 12 days are past. On January 6th, I will post a composite of all the 12 days.


Chris has put up a year in review on her wonderful site!
Think you will be surprised how many Artcolony girls we have there!!!
You had a great year CHris!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Well, hello everybody!

Yes, it has been a long time! But the truth of the matter is that I have not been painting that much and had nothing to show until now. I am not only working but on overtime! And on top of that I am continuing with school. So something suffered in the process; my time on the internet and my painting. It is either feast or famine. My New Year's resolution is to work on some more significant work and to get it out there once again. Now that I am gainfully employed and things are going well, I should be able to participate in applying for exhibits.
I do have a pretty big thing happening 2011, it looks like I will have a one-woman show of my work right in GM's Design Center gallery. I have about 12 paintings that are enough to make up my own show so that will be a first for me to see all of my watercolors hanging in one place.
I am gradually getting them all matted and framed and they look good.

This is one that I have had on my drawing board for awhile and now with the holidays and time off, I finished it. It is called: Linge de Maison. The plan is to create a series of three paintings in this same format also showing some of the old facades of building found in the South of France and Portofino.

Sorry for disappearing for a long time. I don't spend a whole lot of time on Facebook either but do check in from time to time. Hope you are all well.

Monday, December 27, 2010

OK...There's some 'splainin' that needs to be done here. Above is a photo of two of the paintings, aka "pieces" of a full sheet painting that I did last Fall. I was very, very happy about parts of the painting but as a whole it wasn't making it. After successfully cutting up an other such unworthy painting before, I decided to do the same with this one. I was equally excited about these results as before. Both were done on Arches hot press with fluid acrylic. I LOVE working like this. If only I could get a full sheet to be as exciting as it's parts ! (In time I suppose.) These two were a present to my oldest son, Nick. His brother, Christer, got an other pair and ...akkhem...Verena got the other half of the full sheet. I had done a painting for the exchange but wasn't happy with it and so rather than send Verena a painting I didn't really care for, I was willing to do this and feel much better about it. So, if/when you see the exchange painting, that is why it may seem incomplete. Also wanted to give you aheads up so when you do see it, the collective deflation of sighs don't blow the blog off the internet.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

LOOK what I found under my Christmas tree !! Ok, it came in the mail and I hafta tell you SERIOUSLY ( which you all know it is hard for me to be serious ) that I GASPED when I opened the package. When I gathered my chin back up off the floor, I ran to get my magazine copy to make sure this wasn't one that had been in Verena's article. I was truely relieved. I mean...truely relieved. I felt "How can I accept THIS ?" I'm still shaking my head about it. Verena, Thank you so much. You are incredible and I am honored.

Winter White Peony Watercolor

I am calling this one done...and I will not point out all the things I feel are wrong. Let me just say painting while I am sick never works the best! ha! I have been having back troubles again so it has been extra hard beside the cold which is still hanging on.
This is 1/2 sheet which is a faster size but I wish it had been full sheet as those are just so dramatic in real life. I have decided to work a little smaller this winter to see if I can get more paintings done however...we will see how that goes.

GrandKids with their Gifts

I was very touched by the kids reactions to their torn paper paintings. Both boys couldn't quit looking at them, and studying them. The basketball has red cars in it because Dustin got his license this year, and he has an OLD red corvette. Kenyon loved his because all he wants to do is farm. His has a cotton stripper in it, since he loves to run one. I told them that since they were canvas they would tear, etc. and they all had a fit and said I am HANGING mine up as soon as I get home. The girls oohed and awed over theirs too.

To My Artcolony Friends!!

Dear Lord,
Every single evening
As I'm lying here in bed,

This tiny little Prayer

Keeps running through my head:

God bless all my family

Wherever they may be,

Keep them warm

And safe from harm

For they're so close to me.

And God, there is one more thing

I wish that you could do;

Hope you don't mind me asking,

Please bless my computer too.

Now I know that it's unusual

To Bless a motherboard,

But listen just a second

While I explain it to you, Lord.

You see, that little metal box

Holds more than odds and ends;

Inside those small compartments

Rest so many of my friends.

I know so much about them

By the kindness that they give,

And this little scrap of metal

Takes me in to where they live.

By faith is how I know them

Much the same as you.

We share in what life brings us

And from that our friendships grew..

Please take an extra minute

From your duties up above,

To bless those in my address book

That's filled with so much love.

Wherever else this prayer may reach

To each and every friend,

Bless each e-mail inbox

And each person who hits 'send'.

When you update your Heavenly list

On your own Great CD-ROM,

Bless everyone who says this prayer

Sent up to GOD.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Painting for Mollie from Ellie

I am pretty sure that you have opened the painting Mollie so I will post the picture that I took. Here it is. I decided to paint a miniature. It won't take up too much room Mollie. I hope you like it. Merry Christmas!

Suzy's Painting(s)

Wow was I ever blessed . Suzy went way out of her way and sent me two paintings. The first one is "Woven Cactus". I commented on how much I liked that one a while ago and she sent it to me! I love it Suzy! Thank you so much. The second one is a Christmas one of me painting in my studio (note the surfboard Mollie). She made some wonderful cards from it too. Thank you SO much Suzy!! I love them both. Actually, I got 3 because of the snowwoman on the outside. Of course, I saved that one too. Suzy, I know that you wanted a picture of me with them. I'll get someone to take a picture after I get dressed. I am still in my pj's. Have a wonderful Christmas day everyone. The pictures are a little bluer than they are in person and the mat is not blue. I took the pictures inside. Also, my son gave me a new Photo Shop and it placed frames on them. I really don't know how to work it yet.

Merry Christmas to meeeeeeee!

When, what to my wonderous eyes gives me thrills?
But a quarter-size painting and three tiny daffodils!!

Thank you Ruth!! We don't get daffodils down here much... its too warm! In fact I miss all the bulbs that shoot up through the soil in the Spring. There's something to be said for having a bit of winter, because I miss the waiting for the crocus' and daffodils to break through. Thank you for your gift. I believe I remember when you painted it! It will go on my "wall of fame" in my studio!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I was late getting my cards designed so never got them in the mail, but here is one for all of you. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas... Happy Holidays... Blessings for the New Year

The children were nestled, all snug in their bed,
while visions of beef jerky danced in their head...

Merry Christmas Eve my beautiful friends! Please know that my life is so much richer by having you all in it these four years since I've been involved in ArtColony. Thank you Janie and Verena for making it all happen. I love you all... and, yes, there's less than two hours until midnight... I'm picking at the tape on my painting just DYING to open it... but I'll be good!! If I'm still awake at midnight I'll rip that package open, girl you know I will!

Mollies Painting

Mollie's Painting
I LOVE my poinsettias! Such a beautiful painting! Thank YOU Mollie!
I love the reds too! Keri took the picture so the tree would show.
This was such fun. Will be excited to do it again next year.
Merry Christmas. December 25th is 'almost' here.

Balls, Birds, and Branches

9.5 x 18 watercolor on Strathmore paper of various ornaments, including a glass bird, a nest, and a female cardinal that took me all day to paint. I did the background icy tree limbs first then the next layer of the brownish gold horizontal branch from which other glass balls hang by purplish ribbons. Have a Merry Christmas everybody!

Christmas Exchange

As you know there was an odd number so I bowed out of the painting exchange and our dear sweet Mollie took it upon herself to paint a painting for me too!!! It is the cardinals we saw her paint and that she has been teasing me about saying maybe some will come up here...and me saying no Mollie it is too cold...ha! She was planning this the little stinker!!! I am so excited!!! I even have a frame for them already! YIPEE!!! Thank you so much Mollie! I hated to miss it this year and now I have one of your lovely red paintings! Thank you ever so much!

The Wise Men

The Wise Men
In my bible, Matthew 2: 1-2 it says:
"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews: We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
May we remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. May God Bless you and your families, and may we truly worship him this special holiday season.

This painting is watercolor but I put gesso on it first. I really enjoy painting on the texture of the gesso, and how the paint settles into the textured paper.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Got Debbie's Painting Today!

Woo-hoo it came in today's mail, my lovely gift of glass jars still life Debbie painted! Wow, Debbie, I totally love this! Thank you so much! When she and Mollie visited last year in August we set up lots of colored glass jars and balls outside in the hot sun then photographed them to paint later. It was such a fun time to be with those two clowns and this certainly brings back those hilarious moments. Merry Christmas!!!


Here is a card for everyone!!! Stay safe, well and warm!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Smiley Face

6x4 watercolor on Saunders 140 CP paper, AJ paints done yesterday in less than 30 minutes. I attached it to my art club gift of another watercolor inside. It was on the outside of the package and the person opening it never saw it; almost threw it away in the trash. Good thing he is smiling and not frowning. But she did rescue it.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Peaceful Blessings

My youngest daughter called me tonight to say her boyfriend asked her to marry her today. She is so happy, and he got on the phone with me and told me he's made some mistakes and bad decisions in the past, but asking her to be his wife isn't one of them. He really loves her. They've only been together about 9 months, but it is nice to hear them happy. They are coming here with my grandson on Monday, and bringing my other two grandchildren... so all the grandkids will be here, as well as my stepsons. We will have a full house!  Kay... your painting was mailed today priority mail and they said it should be there on Thursday! I'm looking forward to opening mine and us all posting the photos! If those that recieve the painting are unable to take a photo and post it, then maybe the artist can post it (if they took one)... after, of course, the opening of the paintings!

May all you, my dear friends, have a beautiful holiday this season... may peaceful blessings follow you into the new Year.

Duck the Halls's stupid. But it's the best I could come up with in the little time I've got! The sentiments are the same though. I wish each and every one of you a blessed Christmas and a fulfilling, creative 2011! You are all such an inspiration to me!!!

Woodland Deer

6x4 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper painted yesterday in under an hour as part of my paint a card-a-day series; I started this series in November and now can't stop. This doe was photographed in New Mexico in a dry grassy field, so had to make up the snow and evergreens.



Whew! I finished it! All I need to do to it, is varnish it after it dries overnight.
I would love to have time to do a couple more. If I could squeeze them in, all our kids could have one. Not just the Grand-kids. I have several pieces but not the things they like or collect.
Just don't know if it will work out for me. Stuff to do in the house.
This one is for our Granddaughter who will be 16 Jan.4th.
My how time flies. I hope she will like it. I took a picture of this shoe, somewhere in PA I think,
but it was turquoise, pink and yellow. The black and red just stands out so much better. Plus it had a strap going to the top of the shoe which didn't look right so I left it out.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Kiss by Debi Watson

This is a full sheet watercolor painting of the area by West Chester University. It won First Place Teacher in the Student Teacher show at the York Art Association in York, PA. I love to paint small towns, but never realized it involved so many cars.

I also posted a new How to Paint Christmas Cards video on To find the new video, click All or Playlist at the top and the video will come up on the right side, top. Happy Holidays!

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Suzy's Package

This is the painting that was on the outside of the package that Suzy mailed to me. Suzy, you are really making me feel special. I will cut this out and keep it too. On top of the pole that the snowman is holding was my address. Just thought that I would share.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hold Your Horses!

9x12 black Tombow brush pen on Bristol 100 lb regular surface (no pencil), done by drawing in dark areas first, blending gray tones with #1 script liner brush with water. Time limit was 2 hours.
This was in a weekend drawing event contest on WetCanvas; photo courtesy Alain. Later I'll do a color version in watercolor. I love drawing with the double ended brush pens!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bug Collection photos now online

"Trumpet Taster" photo shot at sunset. I've just posted 80 new photo images from my "Bug Collection" on my website. You can see them here There are a few non-bug photos interspersed. Just click on through to see them all. The images are for sale in a variety of sizes printed on paper with mats or as gallery-wrap giclees on canvas.

Greta's Boot

'Greta's Boot'

This is the boot that Mollie's group got from me.
I felt very honored that she would get it for their group gift.
Thanks Mollie.

Christmas gifts for my Grandkids

Hunter's Shoes

Kenyons Cotton

Gifts for Grandkids

Even my Grand-kids have made remarks about the torn paper collage.
They can't figure out how it is done. So, I decided this year I would make them a
small one for Christmas.
The cotton is for our oldest Grandson, Kenyon who lives, breaths, sleeps farming. He
plans on taking over the farm when he gets out of college. He came and stayed with us this
harvest season (we just finished) so he could help his Papa get the cotton stripped.

Dustin, the 2nd Grandson feels the same way about Basketball, and is a very good player.

Hunter is our 8 year old ballet dancer, basketball player, and artist! She does it all. They have her a little art corner in the basement because she draws and paints all the time. It is easy to buy for her!

I have one more to do for Karla, our soon to be 16 year old, and I am thinking it will be a stiletto of some sort. That is on the agenda for this week end. When I get hers done, I will post it.

Years ago, I made all our Christmas gifts. Somewhere down the line, I stopped.
I have really enjoyed doing them, and as I did them, I thought about them, and how precious they are .
I ask God all the time to bless the work of my fingers, and I feel blessed to get to create.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A little birdie told us it's cold!

Here's Wintertime 15x11 watercolor still life finished yesterday of an old worn out ice skate with holiday greenery decor and a bright cardinal just landed on its toe. This one is for all of the Colony artists who are currently braving the snow and ice, except for the California and Texas artists, etc.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rose 20x20 in watercolor

Rose "Elfe" - watercolor
size: 20 x 20 inch (50x50 cm)
copyright: Doris Joa

Hi Ladies, I am again so behind with all these posts here.
You all have posted so wonderful artwork here, it is a joy to look at them.

We are covered with snow - it is vey early this year here.
My computer was sick and needed to see the computer hospital but all is working fine now again. And much better!!!

Here is my newest Rose in watercolor. It is 20x20 inch and I stretched the paper again over stretcher bars. I am always hoping that prestretched watercolor canvas will be available here, but I don't think that this will ever happen in Germany.

Monday, December 13, 2010


 I Recently finished a new little mini - it was actually hurried because the person that bought the sailboats also wanted the flamingos. I'm not as happy with them... I think I could have done a lot more detail, but the client loved it, so I have to let that go! I was at a craft fair Saturday and these little miniatures are perfect to work on while I'm in my booth.

Both of these are 2" x 2" on hot pressed paper. Hey, Mary & Ellie, I just bought five Winsor Newton Series 7 Kolinski Sable mini brushes! Now I get to play some more... but first, I have to finish my painting for our gift exchange!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Evergreen Santa

Yesterday I finished this new watercolor for my card a day project, only he's bigger than a card at 11 x 7.5 almost 8 inches. Last night posted him on Facebook and now he is sold to our chamber of commerce director. Yay!

Merry Christmas Art Colony

'The Artist'

This is a little early, but I have stayed so far behind this year, so I thought I would be early with a Christmas Card to all. I just got my tree put up last night, and left half of my decorations (snow people) in boxes. People have given me snow figurines for so long, I have so many,
and is hard to find a place for them all, not to mention all of my snow paintings.
So...I just wanted to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011.
Time does not stand still for us! May your holidays be filled with love, laughter and joy.
May we always remember what this season is for. Jesus' Birth.
May we all paint our masterpiece in the year 2011.
Hopefully we will all get in the shows that we try so hard for,
and sell enough to buy a new palette full of paint!
Not to mention, enough to buy lots of beautiful white paper.
(and in my case, magazines)
and may we all stay healthy and creative!
Merry Christmas Art Colony!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Carnation Carnival

15x11 watercolor painted several days ago using only a black & white photo copy of a pink carnation. It is my birth month flower for January, and Nita's too. I tried to give it a carnival cotton candy appearance and began by spritzing yellow, blue, and pink onto dry paper then working on each petal at a time. A pale blue wash for its background was done last using UB and manganese.


♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday, dear CINDY ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Marilyn Wear's Art at Watercolor West

Look what I got to see today! This photo does NOT do the painting justice. Marilyn's washes are to die for. Oh my, you all should see it. So beautiful.
Drove over to Brea today with 2 friends to see the show. It's about a two-hour drive. Lovely lunch and day.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lonnie's Ladies

22x15 watercolor on Saunders 140 cold press paper. These cats belong to my husband's and my friend Lonnie who keeps all at his farm. In this photo they are milling around his back door wanting food. My favorite is the lilac point Siamese with the blackie peeking around her shoulder.

Whooping Cranes spotlight on Texas Country Reporter

Since I know many of you are bird lovers... and Janie, you've been so good keeping us abreast of the migration of many species... thought you would enjoy this video on Texas based show about the migration of the only natural flock of whooping cranes in the world, here in the Texas Gulf Coast. Next week I'm going to the wildlife refuge to check it out and see if I can get a boat ride... Check out this video on YouTube:

Christmas Card for My Daughter

T-Bone Driving


Well, I hesitate to follow Diane's wonderful paintings. I am so proud for her.
Keri, my daughter ask me to paint a card for her with her dog,
T-Bone driving. He drives all the time,(when he goes with keri)
so she thought a card with him driving would be good.
T-Bone is a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix, and is so bossy!
He is about 3 years old, and is so cute. If I go and spend the night with her,
he insists on sleeping with me. He is so hilarious.
It is like he knows I am the Grand Ma and he is supposed to sleep there.

It was such fun to do. Every time I do a new card it is such a joy, so much fun.
Keri says I am a cartoonist at heart. Maybe so. Or maybe just a kid at heart.

Diane Morgan juried as member of International Guild of Realism

"Liquid Sunshine" oil on canvas 24" x 30"

"Diversity" and "Autumn Delights" watercolor

"I Love Bees" oil on canvas

I have been juried in as an official member of the International Guild of Realism in Scottsdale, AZ. The roster of members is quite impressive. You'll find Janie Freeman there! I'm thrilled and honored. The 5th Annual International Exhibition was held last February at J.Willott Gallery on El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA not far from my studio. I hope to be a part of the show next year. My oil "Liquid Sunshine" was chosen to represent my work on their website. In the acceptance letter they commented that they especially enjoyed "Autumn Delights", "Diversity" and "I Love Bees"