Artist Statement

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Girl with Braids


Girl with Braids

Charcoal, Acrylic Paint on Watercolor Paper

Image Size 14" x 19", Paper size 19" x 23"

Available at $30 plus $12 shipping


Detail Above (Close Up)

Continuing with My Hands and Faces class, taught by Sabra Issa

And loving it.

Monday, November 16, 2020

What I've been up to

I'm taking an online class, which has been challenging, in an effort to "loosen" up. Learning some new techniques and being inspired to boot. The teacher is terrific, but understated. Sabra Issa is her name, and you can see some YouTube lessons if you google her name. Otherwise, her portfolio is here: Here are some of the projects I've done, and next we'll tackle portraits, some with hands showing also.

Thought you might like to see them. Nel

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Requiem for Summer - SOLD

This was originally going to be a set, but the images all turned out pretty much the same. So, more of a series, though please feel free to hang as many as you wish, as a set if you should choose to. It is an ode to summer, that precious and fleeting season that really only lasts 2 and a half months. While sadly, winter gets 5 months. Now, is that fair, I ask you? LOL.

These are on Bristol Board (Paper) size 9" x 12"

Mixed media, collage, acrylic, pencil and crayon.

Images are 8.25" x 6"

Requiem for Summer One
Requiem for Summer Two
Requiem for Summer 3

Requiem for Summer Four
These are priced at $10 each, or $30 for the set, plus $10 shipping no matter how many.
Thanks for looking, and my sympathy to fellow summer lovers, who with me, now face the long, cold time until Spring. (Wouldn't it be great if we could all just hibernate? Sleep right thru all the cold?)

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Election, 2020 - SOLD


Election 2020

Mixed Media on 140 lb Watercolor Paper, Paper size: 12" x 16", 

Image size: 10.25" x 14.25"

Available at $20 pus $10 shipping.

Just in case you haven't had enough talk, distraction, news, jokes, and conversation about the election, here's one more thing. I wanted to commemorate the season in an artistic way, and this is what came out of it. Mostly acrylic, some markers and oddball pencil work. Since it's on paper, it can easily be cropped.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Soft October Mixed Media Quartet - NA, Gifted

 So, some semi abstract work for you this week. I think I've been influenced by the overcast, rainy weather we've been having here in Maryland, with a few glimpses of sunshine interspersed. At any rate, I've had some fun working with collage, crayons, paint, markers, pencils...

Theses are 6" x 6" images on 7" x 7" watercolor paper.

From top to bottom, Soft October 1, 2, 3, and 4.


These could be a nice set, or grouping, or feel free to buy just one or two. I'll leave that up to you, ...but to encourage someone to get all 4, I'll price these at $15 each (plus $10 shipping for as many as you like.) The set at $40.00 plus shipping.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Floating Poppies, Watercolor - SOLD


Floating Poppies, Watercolor
Watercolors on 140 lb Cold Press Paper, 15" x 23"
Available at $60 plus $10 shipping

I feel some abstract work coming on, so wanted to "clear the deck", so to speak, and get this one done and posted.
I'm pretty happy with the results, and I like the sense of airiness around the flowers, something I've had trouble achieving.

Monday, October 05, 2020

Watercolor Card Set - SOLD

This time it is 6 for $25.00, plus $10 shipping. I figured for $10 shipping, you might want to have more than 4 or 5 to make it worthwhile. Blank inside, 100% cotton, Arches watercolor paper, 140 bl paper. Hand painted.

(And me too, for the trek to the PO.)

Send an email if you are interested in buying this set.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Wild Ones - SOLD


Wild Sunflowers
9" x 12"
Arches Watercolor Paper
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.


Wild Irises
9" x 12"
Arches Watercolor Paper
Not Available, TIC (Turned into Cards).

More watercolors, still trying to paint nice and loose.

Shoot me an email if you are interested.




Friday, September 25, 2020

Poppies and Sunflowers, Watercolor - SOLD

Here are four attempts at loose watercolors. Any of them are priced at $20 plus $10 shipping. Shipping can be combined.

Poppies and Sunflowers. All are on 140 lb Watercolor paper, sizes are listed.

Getting there.

12" x 16" - SOLD

12" x 16"
TIC (turned into cards) Not Available

9" x 9"
Not Available - TIC (Turned into Cards)

9" x 12"

Not Available- TIC (Turned into Cards)

Thanks for looking!

Shoot me an email if you would like to buy one.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Loose Red Poppies, Watercolor - SOLD


Loose Red Poppies
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"
140 lb Cold Press Paper
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping.

This is how I am liking to paint right now, all loosey goosey and free.
Though I still like a controlled piece as well. 
But I like how this one turned out.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Handmade Note Cards- Watercolor Set - SOLD

Set of Handmade Note cards
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Arches, A2 size with Envelopes
Set SOLD at $25 plus $10 shipping

A set of six blank note cards in cellophane wrap, with envelopes.
Each one is hand painted.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Handmade Note Cards - Set - SOLD

Set of Handmade Notecards
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 140 lb Arches, A2 sizes with Envelopes
Set SOLD at $25 plus $10 shipping

A set of six blank note cards in cellophane wrap, with envelopes.
Each one is hand painted.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Playful Watercolors One and Two - NA

Playful Watercolor One
Watercolor with Acrylic Overpainted and Pen and Ink Added
on Watercolor Paper, 7" x 7" Image Size
Not Available - TIC (Turned into Cards)

Playful Watercolor Two
Watercolor with Acrylic Overpainted, Then Pen and Ink Added
on Watercolor Paper, 7" x 7" Image Size
Not Available - TIC (Turned into Cards)

These were just plain fun to do. Watercolor messiness to begin with, with salt and alcohol inks to make textures. Once that dried, I "found" some organic shapes and added the acrylic background, and then either pen and ink or marker on top. Fun stuff!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

July Watercolors - SOLD

Acme Bouquet
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"

Pines Study
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"

The Bouquet is from a very colorful bouquet of flowers from the grocery store. There was a phlox sprig included, but it didn't last more than a day. The sunflowers I caught just on the cusp, but I still have the roses and maybe a dahlia variety? Not sure what it is. The pines study is a copy, so I priced it for materials only. I was interested in making one of those silver lined clouds, but it didn't actually work. Need to try again.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Japanese Irises - Turned Into Cards

Japanese Irises
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, 16" x 20"
NA, Turned Into Cards

This one is larger. And I tried a new technique.
I first drew the irises out in watercolor pencil, then washed over the drawing with the loose, runny background, just let it flow, and let that dry. Turns out that you can still see the watercolor pencil marks under the wash. Cool. Then I painted on top. The leaves are loose like I wanted, but the irises themselves got a little stiff, and I used some gouache to make the whites show up, All in all, I'm mostly pleased with it.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Japanese Iris and Repeat, and Repeat - SOLD

Japanese Iris One
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 10" x 14"
SOLD at $17 plus $10 shipping

Japanese Iris Two

Japanese Iris Three

All three of these were done in succession over the course of this afternoon.
Interesting how differently they came out, I think.
if you would like more than one, I will charge shipping only once.
Click on the images to see them larger.
I can tell you later which is my favorite!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Summer Watercolors - SOLD

Squall on the Bay
Watercolor on Arches 140 lb Paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $15.00 plus $10.00 shipping

And something a bit looser again.
Happy Yellow Bouquet
Watercolor on Arches, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping

Mountain Sky
Watercolor on Arches
Watercolor on Arches paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping.

Still happily playing with my watercolors.
Staying home, staying safe, except for forays to doctors appointments, and to the grocery or PO. I'm still content though, as long as I have books, pens, brushes, pencils and colors. And some dirt to putter in. And what would I do without my laptop??

Hope you are all doing okay as well.
Hang in there!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A Couple of New Watercolors - One SOLD

Misty Pines
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 9" x 12"
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping

Spring Bouquet, 2020
Watercolor on Arches Paper, 10" x 14"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

Misty Pines was a chance to play with painting mist, fun stuff, with a lot of backward paper clearing, painting clear water up into the pine trees. And the bouquet was what I could find at the local Acme. My cousin B will be tickled to see her old Dutch vase depicted very close to it's actual color.

Stay safe, everyone. We're not out of the woods yet!

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Lilac Bush Watercolor - SOLD

Lilac Bush Watercolor
Watercolor on Indigo Watercolor Paper, 16" x 20" Paper Soze
Image Size 16" x 16" or 17"
SOLD at $75 plus $10 shipping

I used a different paper for this one, and it acted a little differently than my normal Arches paper. In some respects, more adaptable, in some ways, it felt a bit "unstable." It was recommended by an online watercolorist that I watch on YouTube a lot, and it is cheaper, so I'll use up what I have, but I may not order it again. It IS 100% cotton, so archival, I think.

This one took awhile to do, a lot of dabbing and dashing. If you are interested in it, please send an email to me at to claim it. 

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lilacs Two - SOLD

Lilacs Two
Watercolor on Arches 140 lb Paper, 9" x 12", including border
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping.

I didn't get to the larger version of the lilacs, but decided to do another practice painting instead.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Lilacs April 2020 - SOLD

Lilacs April 2020
Watercolor on Arches Paper, Paper Size 10" x 14"
Image Size 9.5" x 12.5"
SOLD at $20 plus $10 shipping.

As planned, staying with the blue, pink, purple color theme.
Tomorrow more lilacs, but probably bigger.
Being brave!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Pale Anemones Watercolor - SOLD

Pale Anemones
Watercolor on 140 lb Arches Watercolor Paper, 9" x 12" including border
SOLD at $15 plus $10 shipping

I am planning a series of Anemones, Lilac and Hydrangeas, all Blues and Lavender florals.
We'll see how it goes.
Meanwhile, I like this one simply because it's different from what I usually paint.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The End of the Daffodils - SOLD

Daffs, April 22
Watercolor and Gouache on 300 lb Arches Paper, 11.25" x 15.25"
SOLD at $40 plus $10 shipping.

This one involves a splashy under-painting, all loose with splatters, salt sprinkles, and Saran Wrap. After that was dry, I did my drawing with the last of the lovlies, and today they are pretty much wilted. One was left unshriveled for me to use as a model. Now they will sit on the back porch table, waiting for a warm enough day for me to plant them in the garden, hoping they will come back next year. If not, I've certainly had my $7.00 worth of beauty and inspiration from them.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Loose Daffodils - SOLD

Loose Daffodils
Watercolor on Heavy Arches Watercolor Paper, 15" x 11"
SOLD at $35 plus $10 shipping

This one is a tiny, tiny bit closer to the way I would LIKE to paint watercolors...loose, sketchy, confident. Like Jean Haines!

Hmmm, still have a ways to go. But I did get the "impression" of jonquils, so that feels like progress. I'll keep plugging along. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Reclamation Art Cards - SOLD

A set of watercolor cards, most of which have been cut out from failed larger watercolor paintings. Even if the paintings don't "work," I save them for useful scraps, and this is the sort of reclaiming I really like to do.

Several are also experimental, splashy, sketchy cards that sort of "work," for the most part.
Good enough for a quick note, anyway.

Set of 10 assorted cards, blank inside, with envelopes in cello wrappers
SOLD at $30 plus $8.00 Flat Rate shipping.

Please send an email if you are interested in claiming these, which will make you a claimer of the reclaimed, LOL. Hope you are all enjoying sunshine and good weekends!

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