Monday, September 29, 2008

Roses in Watercolor

8 1/2 x 11  watercolor
Peppermint Rose is considered a Hybrid Tea, which usually yields long stems with one perfectly formed flower at the top. Hybrid Teas come in all colors except blue.

South of Balboa Park in San Diego, near the large water fountain is a footbridge that crosses over Park Boulevard into the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden. This collection of American roses (2,400 bushes in 800 varieties) was honored in 2003 by The World Federation of Rose Societies as one of the Top 12 Public Rose Gardens in the World, one of only two in the U.S. to receive this distinction. It was carefully designed to be a model municipal garden which would stand the test of time, and fluctuating park department budgets. This is a popular wedding spot and is open year-round. It’s especially beautiful April through may, which is when I painted the roses you will see over the coarse of the next couple weeks.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dear Watercolor Pony

5 x 7  watercolor
Something a little different here. This Little Watercolor painting was originally done for a greeting card. I and my younger brother each had a horse of our own when we were young. But I never had a pony. Someone we boarded our horses with had a team of Shetland Ponies he hooked to a little cart and rode around our small town in. I always thought it looked so charming.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Painting Daydreams at the Beach in Watercolor

22" x 29"  watercolor 
Watercolor painting on a relaxing day at the beach, feeling gentle breezes under the shelter of a porch with background sounds of sea gulls and ocean waves crashing in the distance. The sandy beach and grass I used as a reference in this painting was actually the edge of Lake Michigan and the porch was of a Bed and Breakfast in historic Old Town, San Diego. My daughter modeled for this painting.

The most interesting section to paint in this scene was the shadows on the side of the house…and of coarse my daughter. I love putting people in my paintings.


22" x 29" original (Contact Mara to see higher resolution image and price quote)
18" x 24" gicle'e prints (limited edition of 150 signed and numbered) $250

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Graphite Portrait Sketches





I’d like to introduce you to my children. These graphite drawings were done nearly 20 years ago. In these pictures they are approximately 7, 4, and 1 year of age, respectively. I used photos as reference because I just could not get them to hold still long enough to sketch! As I recall, l I did all three in one sitting late at night as a Christmas gift for their grandparents. I have made prints for myself and have them framed together hanging in my studio so I can see them every day. Boy do I miss those days when they were little and the world was new to them!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Watercolor Painting of Windansea Beach

30” x 22”  watercolor
Welcome to my very first watercolor painting post! This is so very new to me and I am a little excited.

I have decided to showcase a watercolor painting from an area right here on the west coast called
Windansea Beach in La Jolla, California. It was made popular as the scene for novels, songs, and several Hollywood movies. It’s waves offer consistency for surfers because of an undersea reef. Low tide offers beachgoers the wonders of seeing tide pool marine life.

My husband is a surfer and made sure I painted the wave just right for that area. The sand on the beach shifts with the seasons as the water washes it and the breezes blow.


30” x 22” original
(Contact Mara to see higher resolution image and price quote) 
24” x 18” gicle’e prints (limit edition of 150 signed and numberd)