a collection of daily paintings and drawings

Friday, April 24, 2015

ROYAL WELCOME tulip flower still life oil painting

Home from Virginia. Glad to be back to focus on painting and some other things. Sad to leave the lovely weather and people in Nelson County.
I started this painting in NY, and finished it in VA. 

Royal Welcome
oil on linen  8 x 10"

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CROSSROADS FARM landscape oil painting

My first plein air painting in Nelson County, Virginia. I just love it here; painting and eating and enjoying the sunshine. And meeting nice, friendly people, like the fellow who stopped while I was painting this scene. His Grandparents owned this farm, and he spent every Summer here, and wants to buy the painting. 
Serendipity in the Blue Ridge in April, I love it!

Crossroads Farm
oil on canvas  12 x16"

Friday, April 03, 2015

FULL OF GRACE (SOLD) still life floral oil painting

The workshop with Anthony Waichulis has given me a new appreciation for the power of detail. and focal points. Even though I signed this new painting, I am still mulling over some changes. I am pretty happy with it though. It is only 6x6", but took a long time to paint. 

Full Of Grace (SOLD)
oil on linen  6 x 6"

Thursday, April 02, 2015


Orbital Landscape
oil  6 x 6"

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

IN THE WILD. Painting while watching for bears

Painting from my journey to the Adirondacks last year. I started painting in an isolated spot, and was constantly jumping at every little noise. (I have a deep rooted fear of bears.) After an hour of nervous painting, I packed up and finally finished this painting in my bear-free studio. 

High Mountain Lake 
oil on linen  8 x 10"

Sunday, March 29, 2015


Another portrait drawing influenced by my workshop with Anthony Waichulis. 

Portrait of A Girl
Charcoal and white conte on grey paper

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Alla Prima Still Life
This is a quick practice painting from the workshop at Anthony Waichulis' Ani Academy. I can't say enough good things about the workshop and Anthony. He is truly a Master. I only wish I were young and free so I could attend his academy. 


Here are some jewelry pieces by my son, Trevor Brachmann. You can see more of his work at www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Growth-Jewelry/326838687482305

All fine or sterling silver wire, gold fill wire, and natural and cut gemstones.
He has a remarkable sense of design and composition.

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"