Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Clocktower

"Summer Clock-tower"
7"x5" Original Watercolor and Pen 
Available at Northgoods in Petoskey 

Down on the bay front in Petoskey there is a tall red clock-tower. I have now painted this in every season. Thinking about doing them up as a card pack...

Look for me this Friday as part of downtown Petoskey's "Petoskey Rocks!" event. I will be set up and demonstrating painting from 6-9pm somewhere in town. Other artists will be out too! Stop by and see what they're up to! 

Also! On Saturday I'll be in Kalkaska taking place in an Art Fair! Come check it out! 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Watercolor Classes and Workshops

I've finally begun to solidify my fall schedule! I will be teaching several classes and workshops, some in the U.P. and some in lower Michigan.
 If you've ever wanted to dabble in watercolor this is a great opportunity! I supply all the materials for my classes so there in no commitment if you discover that it's not for you. If you find that you do love watercolors however, you will walk away with the knowledge to begin!
Beginners Workshops are 2-3 hours and one day long. 
Beginners Classes are 4 days of 2-3 hours. 
Check out the "Classes and Workshops" tab at the top of the screen to see a schedule! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Night At The Grand

"Night At The Grand"
5"x7" Original Watercolor and Pen on Paper

The third in my series of the Grand Hotel. 
This one was a lot of fun to paint. I haven't done very many night scenes before as I find them difficult to execute correctly in watercolor. I feel like I need to blend to get from where the light is hitting as it fades into darkness. It's hard to do over large areas, working quickly, trying to control the paint. But I digress. 

In the night sky I used a salt technique to give the impression of stars and to add a little texture to the painting. It's a tricky technique as you never quite know what it will do but in this instance I think it worked great. 

I also found it hard to take an accurate photo of this and so the color is a touch off. The sky is actually darker than it appears as is some of the foliage. 
I hope you enjoy it! 

Have A Great Weekend! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Grand Fountain

"Grand Fountain"
7"x5" Original Watercolor and Pen on Paper


Another addition to my Grand Hotel series.
 This painting is based on photographs I took while eating my lunch one afternoon. 
In front of the Grand there is a park where you can play croquet or admire the flower gardens. There is also this gorgeous fountain with benches around it. A perfect place to relax and enjoy the view. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Grand Hotel Welcome

"Grand Hotel Welcome"
5x7" Original Watercolor and Pen on Paper

I've been working on several projects lately, along with trying to settle into the new apartment. One of the main projects is a series on the Grand Hotel. 
The Grand is an impressive, welcoming icon on your voyage to Mackinac Island. You can catch a ferry in Mackinaw or in St. Ignace and 20 minutes later you'll be stepping  back in time on Mackinac Island. If you can't travel here, watch Somewhere In Time featuring Christopher Reeves. You'll get to see much of the Grand Hotel. The only thing that isn't accurate in the film is the vehicles. Normally, there are no cars on the Island, other than emergency vehicles. Mr. Reeves wanted them in the movie for some reason. On Mackinac, everyone gets around by walking, or riding a horse or bike. It's only 9 miles around and  the perimeter can easily be made on a bike in a few hours. 

One of my studio assistants. This is Sophie. She makes sure I keep my nose to the grindstone. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Keepin' Busy!

Just wanted to drop in a say that yes I am still alive and yes, I am still making art. Summer has been keeping me busy!

Thanks so much to the SOBO Arts Council! I won the "Best Booth Display" award at the show in June. I was tickled! 

  •  I recently joined a new gallery in Republic, due to open at the end of this month. Check them out if you're up in the Marquette area! Old Park City Gallery and Cafe! 
  • I am signed up for two more arts festivals in August
      • Kalkaska August 2nd 
      • Art On The Lake in Curtis August 30th
  • Look for me in Petoskey on August 1st during Petoskey Rocks Art Night. Local artists will be out around town demonstrating. 
I am also in the process of adding to my lake tile collection and painting new pieces for all three galleries. 
Also in the works: Children's Books. 


Will post again soon! Thanks for checking! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Looking for something to do on this wonderful Saturday? Come see all of the artists participating in the SOBO Arts Festival in Boyne City! It's a beautiful day to be near the lake celebrating the arts!
I'll see you there!