Saturday, September 30, 2017

Monkeying Around, 30 of 30

monkeys. Cincinnati Zoo, Watercolor sketch
Monkeying Around, 6x8" watercolor, 30 of 30

Today I spent the morning at the Cincinnati Zoo acting as a Mentor for the Highschool Paint Out Competition sponsored by the Cincinnati Art Club. I was really impressed by the independence, maturity and talent of the participants.  While hanging out at the Japanese Macaque Monkey Island with my group I managed to also sketch these colorful creatures.  At least their faces and rears are colorful! Also known as Snow Monkeys, click the link for a short video of these fascinating animals in their natural hot springs.







I am really thrilled to have completed the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  Tomorrow, October 1, marks the beginning of INKtober. A daily drawing challenge. Today's painting can work for that as well! Here's the link to the suggested prompts for INKtober2017 . I'm probably just gonna wing it...

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming Essex Studios Art Walks. We are open to the public the first Friday & Saturday (6-10 pm) of October, November & December.  I am in Studio 231. Come on out and explore the diversity of local arts talent available at Essex. 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today!

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Friday, September 29, 2017

Struttin', 29 of 30

rooster painting, rooster, key west rooster, chicken painting, oil painting
Struttin', 10x8" oil on panel. 29 of 30

Today I continued my theme of Key West Roosters to celebrate the Keys being open to tourists starting Sunday. I have spoken with the landlord of the house we rent in Key Colony Beach (Marathon) & he expects to be back in business by early November. "Only 2 FEET of storm surge went through the property. He seems to be doing well over all.

My husband says this one has "roostertude". I can claim that...

Transparent underpainting

Blocking in...

adding details




I am really pleased to have done so well on the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge this month. One more painting to go!  I'm heading back to the zoo to mentor some Highschool students who are participating in a paint out sponsored by the Cincinnati Art Club tomorrow.  stay tuned...

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming Essex Studios Art Walks. We are open to the public the first Friday & Saturday (6-10 pm) of October, November & December.  I am in Studio 231. Come on out and explore the diversity of local arts talent available at Essex. 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today!

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Belle, 28 0f 30


oil painting, dog portrait, pet memorial, pet portrait in oil
Belle, 8x8" oil. 28 of 30

Today I wrestled with an ewok.  At least this pup stayed very ewok like for most of the day. It was a struggle and the client loves it. Whew!

I paint wet-into-wet, starting with a transparent layer that may or may not reflect the final colors. 

Transparent layer.  Lots of "uglies" goin' on here.


I then start adding the opaque paints. The eyes still look spooky.

It's always better when the eyes start looking right.


oil painting, pet portrait, dog portrait, pet memorial
Belle, 8x8" oil. 28 of 30
As you can see, Belle has her very own leopard print doggie bed upon which to recline. She lives a blessed life. As do we all...

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming Essex Studios Art Walks. We are open to the public the first Friday & Saturday (6-10 pm) of October, November & December.  I am in Studio 231. Come on out and explore the diversity of local arts talent available at Essex. 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today!

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mama Rhino, 27 of 30

zoo, rhino, Cincinnati zoo, watercolor sketch
Mama Rhino, watercolor sketch, 27 of 30

Today was Cincinnati Zoo Day with the Cincinnati Urban Sketchers / Illustrators group. We met just after 9 am, at Hippo Cove to start our morning with Fiona, Cincinnati's rock star of a baby hippo. She was born prematurely at 30 pounds and just tipped the scale at 500 this morning.  She's so darn cute, (for being one of the most dangerous animals on the planet.)



Even the polar bears were active!
Mama Rhino on location sketch


It was HOT today. Hard to believe September's almost over. As is the 30 in 30 challenge.  Amazing.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming Essex Studios ArtWalks. We are open to the public the first Friday & Saturday (6-10 pm) of October, November & December.  I am in Studio 231. Come on out and explore the diversity of local arts talent available at Essex. 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today!

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Flock, 9x9" watercolor. 26 of 30

chickens, roosters, Key West chickens, Key West roosters, watercolor
The Flock, 9x9" watercolor. 26 of 30

Today I was working in my studio. I am getting a huge backlog of framing at this pace.  I need to get some of these painting prepped for the October ArtWalk. Others are getting ready to go to new homes.  I prepped a board for a rooster in oils, then decided to paint this small flock of Key West chickens.  These have survived Irma.  They may have been the flock that someone collected, wrapped in newspaper & stacked in the back seat of their SUV. I can only imagine what chicken poop did to that leather interior...

Loose sketch with a gel pen

Original is 12x9" but I plan to matt it in a square.

colorful & juicy, just like I  lwanted...
 I had a blast painting this one, can you tell?

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming Essex Studios ArtWalks. We are open to the public the first Friday & Saturday (6-10 pm) of October, November & December.  I am in Studio 231. Come on out and explore the diversity of local arts talent available at Essex. 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today!

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Monday, September 25, 2017

Resting, 25 of 30

figure study, watercolor sketch, sketch group image
Resting, 8x8" watercolor study. 25 of 30

Today I returned to sketch group at the Cincinnati Art Club.  I am also happy to report that deep in the bottom of my materials bag I found my missing markers and water brushes. Yea! No need to go out & replace them. This sketch took about an hour to complete. I like that it is loose and juicy.  And yes, I do seem to be avoiding those tricky feet...

5 more paintings to go.  Whew!  AND in three months it will be Christmas.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming Essex Studios Artwalks. We are open to the public the first Friday & Saturday (6-10pm) of October, November & December.  Come on out and explore the diversity of local arts talent available at Essex. 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today!

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fall, 24 of 30


watercolor, pumpkins, autumn
Fall, 3.5x3.5" watercolor sketch. 24 of 30

Today I worked in my small travel journal. This painting is a 3.5 INCH square.  Could be a plan for a larger painting but stands nicely on its own.  I used a photo I took last night at Lowes. It's way too hot and early to buy a pumpkin but they sure look tempting, don't they?

Original inspiration




I am struggling a bit because I have misplaced some of my traveling sketching supplies.  Can't find my markers or InkTense pencils.  Frustrating.  Hopefully I will find them at the art club tomorrow afternoon. That's the last place I had them.  Meanwhile I certainly have other art supplies to use...

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming Essex Studios Artwalks. We are open to the public the first Friday & Saturday (6-10pm) of October, November & December.  Come on out and explore the diversity of local arts talent available at Essex. 2515 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH 45206

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today!

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can