a collection of daily paintings and drawings

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BLUE VELVET (SOLD) iris flower watercolor painting

Another blue iris. I just can't resist these beauties. Lucky for me, they grow in all my "home territories" : California, New York, and Virginia.

Blue Velvet (SOLD)
watercolor  8 x 7"

Saturday, March 14, 2015

SUMMER'S PRIDE (SOLD) iris flower watercolor painting

Summer's Pride (SOLD)
watercolor  11 x 8"

Friday, March 13, 2015

SERENDIPITY and a fat white Camellia watercolor painting

When I lived in California, camellias were everywhere, and I took them for granted. But, that is before I became an artist. Now, I am impressed by (and challenged to paint!) their regular forms, translucency, and soft colors. 

watercolor  7 x 6"

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SPRING BECKONS watercolor painting of Tree Peony (SOLD)

Another delightful pink peony from last Spring.

Merry Bloom (SOLD)
watercolor  8 x 6"

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

LILY BELLE (SOLD) flower watercolor painting

Lily Belle (SOLD)
watercolor  8 x 8"

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CONTINUUM waterscape oil painting

oil on canvas 24 x 8"
This painting is currently in an exhibition, so contact me for purchase.

Friday, February 27, 2015

ODE TO IMOGEN calla lily flower watercolor painting

Painting inspired by a gorgeous photo by Imogen Cunningham (so gorgeous that I didn't include it in my blog for comparison). I just love Imogen's work; it has the precise but sensual quality that I strive for in my own work.

Ode To Imogen
watercolor  7 x 6"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The SECOND ARTIST gets great press

Front page, right above the Best Souvlaki in town!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOW DRAWING SAVED MY LIFE portraits from my drawing group

pencil on white paper

I named this drawing "Princess Bonnie" because it reminds me of those sweetly flattering drawings that artists at Disneyland used to draw when I was a kid. 

charcoal and conte on grey paper

Quincy has an adorable crooked smile that I tried to capture, though it looks somewhat like a smirk here. So pretty and smart; I could draw her for hours and hours. Speaking of which, most of my drawings are completed in 1-1.5 hours.

Most drawings that look like this: (by Sabin Howard)
take considerably longer to do. 

How did drawing save my life? My sanity in this culturally narrow and conservative place was being wacked right and left. I gave up all fine art and focused on design and illustration. For 10 years, I painted what I thought would sell. I survived physically, but emotionally and spiritually, I was a wreck. A series of things helped put me right, not the least of which is a Thursday night drawing group. Drawing from life is a difficult thing. Focusing on one thing and recreating it with a little pencil is a wonderful thing. Spending $5 for the privilege is a delightful thing. An evening in my drawing friends' company is priceless. Thank you to everyone who helped save my life.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

WINDOW PICTURES figure watercolor painting

Window Pictures
watercolor  22 x 15"

Friday, February 20, 2015

LATE BREAKING NEWS portrait watercolor painting

Good old Bob posing for me. I love the light and colors in this. 

Evening News
watercolor  16 x 20"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

RED KISS chocolate candy still life painting

Red Kiss
oil on linen  4 x 4"

Thank you to Peter, Arti, Catharina, and Sue for your kind comments recently. I so appreciate all of you readers/ and or viewers. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SOUTHERN BELLE magnolia flower watercolor painting

Started a few watercolor flowers weeks ago (I'm good at starting), and finished this one last night (I am bad at finishing). Sometimes it is so bad that I give myself a rule that I cannot start another painting until I finish 3. Usually it works. People tell me "just paint looser!", but I am compelled to finish with all the detail, value, and colors that I like in a painting.

Southern Belle
watercolor  6 x 7.5

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AUTUMN MEMORIES landscape oil painting

This painting is going to an exhibition this week. I have a number of snowy landscapes, but at this time, that just seems cruel.

oil 8 x 8"

Monday, February 16, 2015

TOAD HOLLOW CREEK winter landscape painting

Hard to believe there is a family of beavers living in there somewhere. I'm not sure what the creek's true name is, but it runs under Toad Hollow Road, thus, the title.

Toad Hollow Creek
oil on linen  8 x 10"

Sunday, February 15, 2015

WINTER. thank you, you can leave now

A commission for a nice couple from Canada. They wanted a snow scene in warm colors, and they were very happy with this creation.

Winter's Grace (SOLD)
oil 16 x 20"

Friday, February 13, 2015

RENDEZVOUS IN A QUIET PLACE marble still life oil painting

Rendezvous In A Quiet Place
oil on canvas  18 x 36"


I am excited to be participating in this exhibition that benefits the Dog Ears Bookstore and the Enlightenment Literary Arts Center. 
see more here:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BEHIND THE 8 BALL (SOLD) still life oil painting

A new painting of my Billiard Balls, this one is 4 x 4". It's a winner.

Billiard Balls #2 (SOLD)
oil on linen 4 x 4"