May 22, 2018

Watercolor of Jenny

I guess we could say Jenny is my favorite model.. She doesn't mind and she's always here... Don't have to look for her.   An 8x10 matted watercolor.. 

May 8, 2018

David Howell

As an admirer of the artist David Howell I have his book and decided to paint one of is paintings.. Well almost one of his paintings.. He is a master, how can you beat that?. 

I love that he uses a fairly limited palette, but the thing that gets me most is the way his backgrounds and even some of the painting itself is no more than a whisper.. So I had to try it. And will again, using my own photos.

I discovered the use of this palette gives me that soft look that I always like in paintings but never seem to achieve. 


May 6, 2018

Sunday Afternoon

Sunday afternoon at Lake Talquin near Tallahassee.  Went there to paint and try to do plein aire.. I never get to do that and have been wanting to..

The start of a painting. 

Then a visit from this six foot long creature and it wouldn't leave. He came almost to waters edge. Once they get on land they can run pretty fast.   It was time for me to say BYEEEE!

May 2, 2018

Country Living

How good is it to sell three pieces to one person.. I guess she likes the country. Photos were taken after they were put into cello sleeves..

Sorry if I've been AWOL.. I had to have some tests done, and my mind was blah... I have a few new problems, things that can be expected at this time of my life.  Can't waste time thinking about it.

April 20, 2018

I Love This !

You all may have seen this before, but I love this picture of my sweet cat Jenny.

April 19, 2018

Country Haven

Worked on this country painting, and first time placing figures in them.  Not really my thing, but wanted to give it some interest.

April 14, 2018

Two Small Works Today

Just a couple little ones done today, and yesterday.  

April 9, 2018

TropiGals ..onward

Had to get some bright reds in there.  I did sign it already, and this one is (with the mat) 16x20".  Still got a lot in my head . Want to do some cool ? colors.   Thanks for all your input and encouragement. 

April 7, 2018


Continuing on my TropiGals series this was my latest one. I plan on doing larger, perhaps half sheets.
 This one, a pair of ladies in the Islands.
These are meant to look drawn and painted, not with any realism especially the women.  All of it including plants, trees, animals birds are from my imagination.  No part of these are taken from anywhere else.
They will be in my Etsy shop soon. 

April 4, 2018

TropiGals Series

Thought to put a border around this one and ok. But I'd like to keep the subject more color and the main feature. 
Not following anything and can make it what I want.  
 I've gotten a lot of positive feedback. To be continued. ... 

April 1, 2018


I'm painting what I call TropiGals.  They are from images in my head of women in the Islands. Fun, colorful pieces and even blue eye shadow.  There will be many more as I'm thoroughly enjoying the process.  Done in watercolor and measuring 11"x14" with the mat. And I will be doing much larger pieces.
A different direction for me, but so be it .. They will eventually be put into my Etsy shop .

March 21, 2018

Jens Place Too

Art Hearts Place is also Jens Place.  ! Yes she closed her pretty green eyes at the exact instant of course.!!!

March 2, 2018

Yaaaay! I MADE IT !

At the finish line.  I never doubted I would finish, but have to say it was difficult some days.   This challenge to paint every day really got me moving again. I was also able to add a few new pieces to my Etsy shop. 
Thanks for all the encouragement I received from my blogging friends near and far.
Barbra Joan

March 1, 2018

Day 29 of 30 in 30

Almost there. I enjoyed painting this late last night. 

February 28, 2018

For REAL !

Just yesterday I saw this.  If you want to read it go to my Journey blog . 

Day 28 of 30 in 30

I found my reference photo for this sunflower that I painted and sold a few years ago. So decided I should put something sunny and bright for the Challenge. I enjoyed every minute of painting it. 
We have 2 more to go .WooooHoooo!!

February 27, 2018

Day 27 of 30 in 30

I like to do these little cottage style houses. Most of these you'll see 'across the pond'.  

February 26, 2018

Day 26 of 30 in 30

Yes this is for today.  I know pears are not blue and green but I've heard that if the values are right then any subject  can be any color.  So blue pears it is.   

February 25, 2018

Day 25 of 30 in 30

This is a Blue Heron that lived on the lake behind my house. He was stalking a fish for dinner when I took this.  
Well I suppose today brings us to just 5 more days.  Easy peasy !  We're doin' it.! 
Thank goodness my internet is connected today. No problem (so far) . 

February 24, 2018

BIG trouble with my internet service all day.  So here it is 5:30 p.m. and I'm on another pc.  Finally able to post my giant of a watercolor.  LOL ! Actually I was sure I wasn't going to post it at all, and yes I was more than  upset.  I'm on the last week of the challenge and to not be able to get this on would not be good.   
I live right outside the Capital of the State, and our reception on internet goes in and out.  Go figure.  I hate to say how much time I wasted today trying to do this.. Any way hey, it's not the end of the world. Right?

February 23, 2018

Day 23 of 30 in 30

I've decided that the last week of this challenge I'll do a different version of a pear or two.  I love painting pears, it's a subject that you can test your washes and values.  Kind of do what you want.
Nope, pears don't mind what you do with them.

February 22, 2018

Day 22

Day 22 ... I've done some small sketches in my Stillman & Birn sketchbook and decided to post a few of them this week. 
I'm still painting every day and I'm very sure this is just what I needed to do ... It's put me right into that mindset that I like. Since February is a short month, 28 days, we have til March 2. That will be thirty days.  

February 21, 2018

Day 21 of 30 in 30

Another day, another painting. I took this photo 4 years ago on the beach in St. Pete.  I was on a wonderful  3 day workshop event, my first and only one. At night the sunsets on the beach are amazing so I made sure to capture a few. But nothing beats being there.   

February 20, 2018

Day 20 of 30 in 30

I'm very late with my post today.  I painted this one this morning, but the morning went into afternoon.  This is my second or third window I did.. I've always liked this scene .. windows with flower boxes and have done a lot of sketches of them.  But when it came to this mornings painting... uh oh! .. but here is the end result.  
See you tomorrow.  

February 19, 2018

Day 19 of 30 in 30

This was my grandmothers old enamel pot. She used to keep her olive oil in it.  But now it holds flowers. 

February 18, 2018

# 18 on 30 in 30

A little late this morning but here is peace and tranquility. 

February 17, 2018

Day 17 of 30 in 30

We're moving right along not always easy, but over the halfway mark.  Thought a little something Florida for today.  

February 16, 2018

Day 16 -30 in 30

Paradise is today's Challenge post. Just finished and have to post on the Challenge site. 

February 15, 2018

Day 15 of 30 in 30

Painted this late last night with my eyes closed.  lol. I was that tired. We've reached the halfway point and still going. I think everyones' really improving on their paintings. I see some have given up.  
I have a blogging friend Jan who did the challenge with me a few years ago. And is doing it this time also.. She does very creative collage work, and we push each other. Check her out.

February 14, 2018

#14 30 in 30

So I'm dancing as fast as I can... of course it's a challenge, but one that was very much needed for me...

I need to keep my Etsy shop up to date and list fresh pieces and that's not something I was doing.. so this is really helping me..
In fact I'm getting anxious to do some 'real' art.  I'd love to attempt a larger piece than my 8x10 's.  Thanks to all of you logging on and making such nice comments.  I really appreciate it.