November 6, 2018

Watercolor vs. Acrylic

A while back I decided to try oil painting again after a very long time away from it... As it turned out I tried, I liked, but it didn't like me.. The smells, and the mess, but mostly the smell didn't agree with me.. I was using a medium, Liquin, to mix and it's toxic.. 
I have a very small place, studio and living space.  Eating and sleeping in the same room with oil paint is not a 'good thing'.
So now I'm using acrylics, as a second choice to my watercolor.. Oils are still the best of the two.
Here is my interpretation of the same scene in watercolor, and second in acrylic. 
Very different in terms of application and confirms my belief that watercolor is delicate as opposed to acrylics. 
That's my story, stickin' to it.  Do you have one. ? Let me know. 

                                 Watercolor 8x10

                                    Acrylic 8x10

November 5, 2018

Sketches from Savannah

 I'd hope to be inspired by my trip to Savannah last week and I suppose that's what happened.. So much art to appreciate whether it's the parks (Squares) ,  the buildings are restored not replaced, and they try to keep them historically correct.  
The windows, and doors are replaced in the period of the time.  But most of them are from hundreds of years back.
This was the windows on one of the the homes there. 


November 1, 2018

Watercolor Sketch

Did this quick sketch of the beach at Tybee Island GA.
 The day I was there it was very windy.
Good to do a watercolor and there will be more. 

October 30, 2018

From Monet To Matisse

This was the exhibit at the Jepson Museum in Savannah while I was there... An exhibit of Monet, Matisse and everything in between.  Renoir, Cassat, Sargeant, Van Gogh It was so impressive to see them up 'close and personal' as the saying goes..
This one above is a Matisse, and here's a few more including Renoir's Storybook .  
 If you think I haven't seen many original impressionist paintings then you would be right.  And I loved every minute there.

And the Riverboat on the Savannah River at night. My phone camera is not that clear from the 9th floor, but the sight was spectacular.
And this one below
was from my cousins IPhone so a good clear photo right after it passed.
I think any artist would love the city of Savannah.  So, Whats not to like ???

October 27, 2018

So This is Savannah !

Spent my birthday in Savannah, Ga.  A big old Southern town with so much history and places to visit. 
 Very old mansions, beautiful 200 year old oak trees and every thing is built around  'Squares'.
 It's home to SCAD ...Savannah College of Art and Design.
Very artsy, art students everywhere.  
Little walled in courtyards, tons of plants and green stuff.
This is a good time of year to go there, perfect weather.
 Restaurants, cafes, and great hotels.. Then there's City Market, River Street for shopping.
So many places you can paint.. Lamp posts, interesting architecture.  I was there four ? years ago and always wanted to go back.. So I did.  My first cousin Joanne flew to Savannah and I drove up from Florida.. 
And since she's from up north we had to visit Tybee Island a beach town across the river... So the Tybee Lighthouse.

October 21, 2018

How about THIS Guy!

First I want to say thank you to all my online and blogging buddies that wrote to send their thoughts and prayers before and after the hurricane.. I appreciate it so much.  
Jen and I are fine.. 
And the next thing I'm sending you a picture of this Walking Stick.. He was on a tree in back.. He's over 
5 inches long... Yes, I measured him .. LOL ! 
 Ok so he's not gorgeous, but give him some credit for growing that big !!! 

Leaving for a few days to one of my favorite places, Savannah, Ga.   I'll take plenty of pics and hopefully new enthusiasm for watercolors.  

October 15, 2018


 Sunset the night before Hurricane Michael.
Neighbors house. This is what happens when you live in a canopy of trees, but I love them.

 An artist friend in Tallahassee.  

I'm just able to get online as our power came back last night.

Just wanted to say Jenny and I are ok. Damage all around. 
But this place was spared.  
We are a city of large oak trees that are over everything. 
That tore into everything.  Roads, homes, electric wires. 

Thanks everyone who wrote.. 

October 10, 2018

Last Time

The last time I went to Panama City this quaint little coastal town was beautiful... We are waiting for Hurricane Michael to go onshore there ..  
I'm just north of Tallahassee , and it looks like we'll get it here also.  Fingers crossed and prayers .. 
And this is Appalachicola  last time I was there.  About 6 months ago.. 

September 24, 2018

Favorite Grapes

I've always found painting from life difficult.  So I never do it, but yesterday I put this bunch of grapes in front of me and painted away. 
Delicious, all gone !!

September 20, 2018

Thank You!

Thank you all.   I asked for help on this and really appreciate each and every comment.. Every one had great suggestions..
I tried to listen to your advice and although I'm sure more could have been done to it,   I'm going to call it finished. I think I've learned something with this one and yes, one of my never ending problems has always been with shadows, contrast, and lost and found edges ..(that's enough) !!

The END !!


September 18, 2018

Still WIP

I've been working on this the last couple days... I should have stopped after 3 hours, called it 'finished', and posted, but oh noooo, not me.  It's a watercolor, about 16x20, and I stuck it behind this old white mat to see if I liked it any better.   I didn't.  But after all my years of painting I think I need to come to terms with the fact that I'm not stopping when I should.. This was a composition of 2 different paintings that I did in the past.   
Possibly softening edges?   When you've never had any professional help and have been painting w/c for 32 years it's very difficult to even know WHAT is wrong.. 
You Just Do !  Any HELP ?

September 2, 2018


Almost finished , just need a bit of color on that left side.
I've started watercolor painting again, not that I was ever far from it.  
But sometimes a break is good. 

August 31, 2018

St. Marks Lighthouse

I've painted this lighthouse before, but I'll post this one on my Etsy site. Watercolor . 
  This is in Apalachee on the St. Marks Bay Florida. That's in the Panhandle area on the northwest coast.
 It has quite a history, built around the 1830's, was occupied by the Confederate troops during the Civil War and has withstood major hurricanes that destroyed the surrounding area.  Today it's preserved and on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.   
Still wild and wooley, right on the bay and surrounded by wildlife and nature.   

August 25, 2018

Oil #2

This appealed to me as I had an old white chair with a tub of flowers on it when I lived in Fremont, Ca.
16x20"  Oil.

August 23, 2018


 Doing some oil painting after being away from it for over 30 years.  Last time I painted in oil was 1984.  I remember it well because it was a defining year of my life as I knew it.

Four years later in 1987 I picked up a brush and started watercolor.  So now here I am doing both .. I'm doing a once a week oil painting class at the local Center here in Tallahassee so it can help me get back into it.. Enjoying it .

My goal was to paint in a more impressionistic style but it isn't going that way. In fact, as you can see it's gone the exact opposite.   But I intend to work at it so as follow in the style of the American painter, Frank W. Benson.  I admire his work, style , palette and subject matter. 
I'll be doing both watercolor and oil, and will post here when I can. Thanks for the visit.
Barbra Joan

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.  

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.