Elaine’s #11 – Lavender field.

April 9, 2011 by

Lavender field

This is a watercolor on 9×12 Arches 140 lbs rough paper. I’m not particularly happy with the foreground, nor the lavender rows on the right… too much purple it’s just a bit overwhelming… but an interesting exercise none the less.

Sumie inspired landscapes

March 7, 2011 by





I’ve decided to get back to this landscape project.   I’ve thought about it for a while, but just couldn’t get moving.  I REALLY want to complete the 100 landscapes I promised myself.  With spring coming, I hope you all are getting motivated too — I miss seeing all the lovely landscapes on this blog!

These 8×10 landscapes on watercolor paper are taking advantage of the sub zero temperatures we’ve had here in Pennsylvania this winter.

I first wet the paper thoroughly and then add the paint.  The paintings are placed outside in a protected area on my deck to dry.  The best days are extra cold and dry.  As the painting dries, ice crystals form on the paper.  It doesn’t always work, but when it does, the crystal patterns are so exciting!  I’ll then decide what to keep and what to paint over.

# 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37….A reason to love winter!

“The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.” ~Quote by Terri Guillemets

Hope to see more paintings here soon!!!

Marsh – Elaine’s into double digits now… #10

January 29, 2011 by

Elaine's #10 a Marsh

Elaine's #10 a Marsh

This is the other painting I did in Helen Beecham’s class. I saw a painting like this on the internet, unfortunately I do not remember the name of the artist (if you recognize this as similar to a work of yours, please let me know and I will give you credit). So this is a copy, not an original… I’ve actually tried to reproduce what I remembered about the original painting several times… but this time I think I captured the look that I liked so much, so of abstract and dream like quality to the marsh. It is on 300 lbs paper size is 11×14.

Sail away… Elaine’s #9

January 20, 2011 by


Sail away - Elaine's #9 landscape

This is one of the paintings I did in class. It is a watercolor on 9×12 300 lbs Kilimanjaro Paper.

comments please…

January 14, 2011 by

I’m looking for some feedback…

I’ve taken a very part time job as a painting instructor for beginner /Sunday painters.  I receive a lesson plan for step by step instructions from the company,  for painting a landscape, still life or seascape, from a reference photo.   The first class I’ll be teaching is landscape.  We’ll go through each step of the painting as a class and at the end, each student leaves with a finished painting.  The classes are 2 hours long.

The first class is a landscape and this is the reference photo:

I’m excited about the job but not very excited about my paintings.  Below are my 2 attempts.

I like the sky in the first one and parts of the tree trunks.  (although the color of #2 is off a bit from the camera)

I’m interested in any  and all comments you may have.



The Loire Seen from the Bridge in Amboise

December 20, 2010 by

This one is quite large. Number 37.

OOPs – a friend asked me why I put pine trees near the Loire – in the heat of the painting it just happened.  I am currently re-working this one.  I transformed them back to poplars, but in the process messed up all the shapes and values.  This one will be a learning experience. I almost took it down, but that seems dishonest somehow.

Jack on the Beach … Elaine’#8

December 18, 2010 by

Jack on the Beach

Jack Russell on the Beach

What better way to chase away a gray rainy day… paint a beach scene and include a Jack Russell… This is on 9×12 300lbs Kilimanjaro watercolor paper.

Sky Study

December 17, 2010 by

I’m calling this a landscape because there is a horizon in it….The camera filtered out all the yellow tones for some reason, and made the clouds look green.

I’m up to 36 now.

Dunes – #7 for Elaine

December 11, 2010 by

Watercolor Landscape #7

Just a little Dunes painting… I used raw sienna, it doesn’t look this yellow in person even so I’m not particularly happy with this ‘sand’ color.

I’m still here!

December 11, 2010 by

I just have had a hard time getting back into painting (not to mention blogging and even visiting blogs).  Anyway, I have finally broken through to the other side of whatever was keeping me from painting, and am thus able to present numbers 34 and 35 on this journey to 100 landscapes.

We had a gorgeous autumn here in Touraine this year.  A few weeks ago, while I was out walking with my sons Damien and Paul, a storm rolled in in the distance, creating a thrilling contrast between the dark stormclouds and the gold afternoon light we’d had until then. Luckily we were armed with a camera.  I think Damien took the photos.  Here is my feeble attempt to paint the scene.

I was thrilled to have finally finished a painting, but felt there was too much detail in it, so I did another one.

And now all I feel like doing is painting.