Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Gorilla, Munching

ink and wash in my sketchbook

Monday, July 15, 2019


ok, maybe the paper is NOT magic. Paint wouldn’t stay in the intended areas, moving into already painted areas for no particular reason. Very puzzling.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


The late, great master watercolorist Irving Shapiro once said “there is no magic paintbrush,” but for me there may be a magic paper. I recently rediscovered watercolor board and am loving the way it responds to my brushes and paint. So happy to have rediscovered my old friend!

Friday, May 31, 2019


I have long felt a special affinity for herons. I had never seen one until about 20 years ago when my marriage was breaking up and they started showing up frequently, both in Hawaii where I lived and on the mainland when I would visit family. It was sort of uncanny, but in a good away. When I researched the species, I learned herons are determined, patient and independent. As an artist, I can identify with those qualities. When I see one, I feel a happy tug in my heart, like there you are.


A few years ago I spotted this swan being rehabbed in a tiny pool on Sauvie Island. I hope he or she has fully recovered and is splashing in much larger bodies of water now.

Monday, April 8, 2019


It’s Draw a Bird Day! 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Gang-Gang Cockatoo

I didn’t realize until I finished this colorful cockatoo that I hardly ever paint anything red. It’s really zingy to see on the palette.