Category urban sketching

Urban sketching in Gatlinburg

My first trips to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, were when I was young. My parents would take our family to the mountains for camping and hiking.  Eventually we would end up visiting Gatlinburg and stroll down the main drag of Gatlinburg, inhaling the fudge fumes and eventually succumbing to a purchase or a free sample. Sometimes we […]

Oregon Lavender Garden

Artist-in-Residence: Painting and social distancing

This week I was scheduled to be one of the invited artists for the Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout.  Like so many other events, the Paintout was canceled. And so I have decided that I am not just social distancing, as has been ordered by the Governor of Florida, but I am now an […]

Urban Sketch - Watching a game at the Pickleball Capitol of the World

Pickleball Capital of the World

Playing pickleball at the East Naples Community Park was amazing. The park calls itself the Pickleball Capital of the World because it has more pickleball courts (54 courts – with 10 more to be added) than anywhere in the world. I had watched on YouTube the 2019 US Open Pickleball Championships, held at the East […]

Lighthouse under the Bluewater Bridge

Great Lakes – painting water and sky

Water and sky present interesting challenges when painting with watercolors. A recent trip put me on the shores of two Great Lakes – Lake Huron and Lake Erie — and gave me the opportunity to paint water and sky. I painted the Gratiot Lighthouse, at the juncture of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. […]

Thornebrook Poster 2019

Art Festival 2019 at Thornebrook

Come to the Art Festival at Thornebrook to see my latest artwork. The festival is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. My work includes pieces I created at the Lavender Festival in Oregon, views from hiking in the Grand Canyon, and new scenes from Barcelona. I will be selling original […]

Portland Trolley

4T Trail – exploring and painting Portland

The 4T Trail was one of my ventures during a visit to Portland, providing a different way to see Portland. From attending conventions in Portland, I’d already come to admire the city’s progressive transportation system. Using the train (MAX light rail), I traveled from the airport to my hotel and was able to travel by […]

Selecting paints for my new watercolor palette

My new watercolor palette arrived in the mail. Now it’s time to decide which colors to include. My new palette includes 12 small pans (the containers for the paint). I have dozens of tubes of wonderful watercolor paint, but I can only choose 12 to include. A big factor for me is that I do […]

The art of business cards

I just had new business cards printed. The process of designing the new cards made we think about the evolution of my business cards and my art endeavors. When I first began my own business, my focus was on making Native American-style flutes. (I still make those flutes!) One of my goals was to make […]