Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Welcome - First Day of Winter

JOURNAL - WELCOME FIRST DAY OF WINTER!! I sat in the dark this morning, a single candle illuminating my journal page as I wrote .. coffee, a warm blanket, and a bit of light to welcome the Winter and the return of the sun ....

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Splash and Splatter Holly - a page from my journal

Journal - #Worldwatercolorgroup
I love when snow dusts our holly trees ... haven't seen any yet this year -- but it's coming ...
(Note: These small works are stapled into my writing journal. The paper I"m using for my journals is not suitable for water.)

Friday, December 09, 2016

'Tis the Season

No snow yet here, but the cold has definitely arrived.  Winter has hit hard!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Hope you have a most wonderful, gratitude-filled, Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This Old Barn

Journal - I've been painting this barn in different seasons each year. For some reason, I really love the feel of it. But as the years have passed, it grows more and more broken, and the plants around it take over more and more of its structure. Still, like an old friend, it makes me feel like home.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Season of Squashes

Journal -- This time of year I am absolutely in love with squashes! Small pumpkins, large jack-o-lanterns, gnarled and bumpy ones .... they mirror the colors of the leaves ... and say FALL!

Friday, November 04, 2016

Praise Song

Journal - Sometimes a poem will inspire a painting -- and this one by Barbara Crooker certainly did .....

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

On Sunset Beach with the Girls

Beach Journal - Finally having a chance to upload some images from my trip to Sunset Beach last
week ...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


With Halloween around the color and the leaves really taking on color, I thought I'd share another collage/painting created during Karlyn Holman's workshop last month.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pumpkin Time!

Our temps have finally acknowledged the change in seasons ... we're due for a week in the 70s -- fall weather at last!

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Harvest Moon - grapes ripening, colored leaves. Fall is fast approaching .....

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Though in my part of NC we won't see this rich color until November, the yellowing leaves, bright blue skies, lower temps and humidity, have me in mind of that marvelous season.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Mixed Media- Gelli Paper Poppies

Something different -- taking some ideas from Karlyn Holman's workshop, I decided to try a gelli print collage - this time poppies ...

Monday, September 05, 2016

Saturday, September 03, 2016

For the Table

Another painting from Karlyn Holman's workshop

For the Table

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Red Winding Path

Another workshop painting ... Our dive into abstracts ...acrylic paints, deli papers, on canvas

Monday, August 29, 2016

Northern Lights 1

Another from Karlyn Holman's workshop - From a series of the Northern Lights --

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fall Sunflowers and Fruit

Several friends and I are just back from a week long workshop at Cheap Joe's in Boone, NC with Karlyn Holman! The facilities, food, home we rented, restaurants and the weather couldn't have been more pleasant!!! And the best part was Karlyn herself -- FUN, informative, filled with new ideas, and megawatts of creativity! I chose fall for many of our project creations ... I suppose it was the incredible 60-75 degree temps, fresh mountain air, and the beginning of the color changes ...

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Herbal Art Retreat

Been preparing for this event for a few weeks.  Had a blast!
Breakfast: Toasted Coconut, Banana and Thyme Muffins
Break:: Boursin Cheese Mix with Herbs
Tortellini with Sage Butter and Olive Oil
Garlic Bread
Herbed Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette
Dessert: Citrus and Rosemary Popsicle
Chocolate Mint with chocolate bits Popsicle
Mint Chocolate Cookies
For the ride home: Aztec Chocolates
Drinks: Coffee, Unsweetened Tea, Herbal Teas, Citrus Mint Punch, Lemon Balm for flavoring tea, Water
For Planting: Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Thyme, Dill

Artwork coming soon ...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Through the Queen Anne's Lace

Journal -- The view of my neighbor's farm through the Queen Anne's Lace.....

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Courtyard at La Romita, Umbria, Italy 2009

I'm participating in a month of journal writing and watercolor.  This is one of this month's entries.  The prompt was "Where would I have liked to spend more time?"
 Journal ‪ #‎NaJoWriMo‬ ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

When I think back about a place I had to leave too soon, it would have been the courtyard at La Romita, Umbria, Italy, 2009.
There was something mighty special about that flowered courtyard -- flowers, pots, benches, chairs,fountains, brick and grilled beautiful windows and inviting doors, olive groves behind it, welcoming aromas from the kitchen, the sound of baa-ing lambs and sheep on the farm behind the courtyard, sunlight and shade, a sense of peace. Such beauty -- blue hills behind tawny-hued buildings, birds butterflies -- an oasis - a slice of heaven.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Found Flowers

Been a mighty busy summer. Hope eveyone is having a great one!

Monday, June 20, 2016


Journal - HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE! My single gardenias are finished blooming, but those prostrate shrubs that have sat idle for several years have finally bloomed -- and they doubles! Now to paint those!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Old Oxford Homestead

Journal - Pen and Wash - There's an old homestead near my home that I just love to capture in each season. The family has built a new home also on the property, but it always warms my soul to see these older buildings still standing.

This free-standing sheet will go into to my looseleaf journal as it is too large for my spiral-bound journal ...

Monday, May 23, 2016

Field of Daisies

Journal - Field of Daisies --- I really love when the daisies fill the fields ....

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Golden Iris - #Omnijournal

Journal - It's been an intensely busy few weeks -- but I hope to return to my journal soon!

Home-made marbled paper, painted Iris (still blooming in my yard), image and hand-made textured paper.

Sunday, May 08, 2016



Sunday, May 01, 2016

Hot Springs, NC - Journal

Journal - Didn't have much time to sketch while away, but did a couple. These are some of the journal pages I created when I got home.

Great memories!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Phlox and Corn Flowers

Omnijournal - Blues - The phlox has filled all the spaces under my thin sprawling shrubs making such a delightful view; and I found these bachelor buttons (corn flowers) in a field I never saw them growing before. Truly sweet surprises.

(Cardstock, paste paper envy made years ago, stickers, craft paper, dragonfly button)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Viburnum and Crimson Clover

Journal -- After spending MUCH time on sorting and divesting many of my art supplies and now knowing where I can find each item I've kept!!, as well as being inspired by the work of Yippie Cahier's 'Omnijournals-- I thought I'd try to incorporate some of the BOXES of collage, stamping, ink and ephemera I still have into my journals.

Here's my first attempt ... I did a pen and wash of the wonderful Vibrunum abloom in my yard and the surprise Crimson Clover blossoms that popped up after 6 years since I planted some..I used card stock, watercolor, ink, tags, cut-out of tag holders and 'flowers' given to me years ago by a dear friend, some art paper and some clear 'words'.