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Sycamore Leaf

Sycamore Leaf  watercolor painted on Daler Rowney paper 10" x 7"/  25 x 17cm.
 Fall is coming slowly but I loved this dead leaf I found lying by the river bank surrounded by moss. 

 I started this painting plein air and finished working on it at home.I build up the layers over my wet into wet sketch. I used salt in the background  and negative painting in order to try and recreate the effect of the moss.


 Work in progress drying in the sun.  I like to work from life as much as possible, the colors are always more vibrant.
My photo reference, I love the bright moss color against the earth tones.
Thank you for stopping by!

One Year Blog Anniversary!

Sweet Treat watercolor on Daler Rowney paper 10" x 7" / 26 x 18 cm.
My blog is celebrating its first year. I  never dreamed of finding so much support, generosity, friendship, inspiration and encouragement. I am still overwhelmed when strangers take the time to wish me well and follow my progress. I have found I have received more than I have given and I am truly grateful!

To celebrate, I thought I would share some cake ... what better cake  than "Confetti Cake." I've already taken a bite, as you can see. How can I resist it!

Sunflowers

Sunflowers watercolor on cold pressed Daler Rowney paper 10" x 10" / 25 x 25 cm.
I always wanted to paint sunflowers, it's funny how we put certain things off... Well, these sunflowers were growing as high as a house, screaming to be noticed.

I wish everyone a great weekend, thank you for stopping by!

For a girl that likes blue...

Glossy Leopard watercolor on "Fabriano Artistico" paper 5"x7" / 12 x 18 cm

My oldest daughter, Sabrina, turned 17 this weekend. She had asked me to paint something for her room a while back. I thought her birthday would be a great time to make good on my promise. Blue has always been her favorite color even when she was a little girl. She also loves leopard print and make-up is her creative side. I combined all these things into a painting for her and surprised her on her birthday. She recognized the items I used. It's hard to please a 16 year old... a 17 year old maybe is worse!



A Room with a View PLUS Figs!

A Room with a View watercolor on paper (Daler Rowney cold pressed) 18 x 13 cm/ 5 x7 in. 
“One doesn't come to Italy for niceness," was the retort; "one comes for life. Buon giorno! Buon giorno!”
E.M. Forster, A Room with a View


Sunday morning a fishing competition forced my husband and I up river to kayak. There was no place for me to sit nearby so I ventured into the town of Subiaco to plein air paint. I have always wanted to paint a portion of this house which I have been infatuated with for years. I was also very attracted to the old style street lamp and the flowers blooming on the sill. This home looks over the Aniene River and has a beautiful mountain view. The owner of the house is very kind and came out to see what I was doing as did many of the friendly folk walking by. Being accustomed to the colder ways of the big city, I appreciate smaller towns where people take the time to  greet each other, even strangers. "Buon giorno"  is all I hea…