a collection of daily paintings and drawings

Sunday, May 24, 2015

POISED ON A STARRY NIGHT marble still life watercolor painting

This little image is one of my favorites of my marble series. It is professionally framed with an off-white mat and white-washed wood frame. Shipping is included in the price. I am also sending out my newsletter any day now. A shoulder injury has prevented me from offering any workshops, but I am trying to get a couple of online demos up and running.

Poised On A Starry Night
watercolor   6 x 6"
framed  12 x 12"

Friday, May 22, 2015

REFRESHED vintage coke bottles oil painting

Thank goodness for Ebay: a treasure trove of so many interesting still life possibilities.

oil on linen  4 x 4"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Rich Red
oil on canvas  12 x 12"

Monday, May 11, 2015

BASEBALL (SOLD) still life oil painting

Comes with a cute little easel or I'll pop it in a little black frame.

oil on linen  4 x 4"

Saturday, May 09, 2015

A ROSE FOR MOM (SOLD) flower watercolor painting

I hope everyone has a lovely Mother's Day.

Princess Rose (SOLD)
watercolor  8 x 8"

Friday, May 08, 2015

SPRING MAIDENS lily flower oil painting

Spring Maidens
oil on linen  6 x 6"

Monday, April 27, 2015

CAMELLIA flower oil painting

This was one of the first paintings I completed after my workshop with Anthony Waichulis at Ani Academy, thus the title. I learned a lot from him, but mostly, I learned that what I was already doing was okay. I was thinking I had to use more paint and less brushing, less layering and more texture. It is such a relief to find an artist whose technique I love and can respond to. Thanks Anthony.

Ani's Camellia
oil on linen 6 x 6"

Saturday, April 25, 2015

IRELAND IN WINTER landscape painting

My first painting from my trip to Ireland this Winter. Yes, it was cold. But not as cold as here in NY. Actually, I would not hesitate to travel to Ireland in the Winter, if you are used to a cold climate. Lots of touristy places are closed, but the rates were good at many hotels, and we had no problem finding good places to eat.

Near Kilkenny
oil on linen  12 x 9"

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