Curious Calves


Curious Calves watercolour 9×12
This was an exercise playing with value and tone. The summer light brought out the subtle colours in the calves coats.  Thankful they were curious enough to stay for several photos. More likely they came running in the hopes of scoring some sweet clover.

Tried to stay loose though I couldn’t resist some detail. Let me know what you think.

9×12 Arches 140lb cold pressed


Sea Shell 

This little 9×6 watercolour is the first work I’ve completed since April. I’ve two more paintings, in various stages, which I still need to finish.

Reflections fascinate me. They create the illusion of the existence of something virtually invisible. The interesting thing with water is seeing what’s on the surface and what lies beneath.

The shell could use a bit more effort and the sand under the water a little more detail, but the reflection seems to be working.  Do you agree?

Snow Fort

Snow Fort

On April 10th,  mother nature sent us another 4 inches of snow. To paint snow in watercolour is to paint shadow.

This chickadee popped his head up from behind a “snow fort” on the rail by the bird feeder, and I took his picture.

The grey tones in the original were too subtle for the feel I wanted. I enlarged the bird as a focal point and emphasized the shadow.  The screen image makes it look dramatic but it works well in the actual painting. It gives a sense of how tough these little soldiers really are. Let me know what you think!

Pretty sure this will be the last snow of the season.

6×9 on 140lb arches

Rainbows are nature’s palette

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The skies over the salt marsh always have something to offer.

They’re breathtaking, dramatic and full. They have inspired me to paint more times than I can count…


but when this happens, I drop my brushes and run for the camera

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to capture all the colours in nature’s palette, separated and pouring into the earth.

much love

Inspiring Workshop with Poppy Balser

A terrific workshop with Poppy Balser on Wednesday.  Poppy is an award winning plein air landscape artist who lives and paints in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The  workshop covered tonal paintings, using scrap paper for testing colours, the importance of softening edges, composition and balance. There were about twenty artists who attended and lots of great questions and answers.

After the demo we were tasked with doing our own.

Below is the tonal painting and finished piece I painted.  Two tips were to use more pigment and to not get too far into the details.  Poppy liked my sky and, even though she told me to put my brush down,  I couldn’t resist dropping some purple into it when I got home. It looks good when you stand back but isn’t as brooding as the photo I used. I feel the painting is vibrant though and I’m happy to have achieved that.


More of Poppy’s beautiful work can be found on her website at