Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This is a 4 by 6 inch painting available at for 25.00

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

November Snow

I love snow well let me rephrase that...i love painting it

Friday, November 06, 2009

A fungus is among us

a iddy biddy painting 5 inches by 5 inches... watercolor on paper

Saturday, October 31, 2009

fall mushrroms

fall mushrooms
5 inches by 5 inches $30.00 plus s & h
watercolor on paper
beautiful fall colors!

This is a photo I took of some mushrooms in my yard. They were my inspiration.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Amy's Hummingbird

This little humming bird was inspired by my daughter, Amy. It has the look of her Tattoos. Its 6 by 6 inches painted in watercolor on paper. This little guy is a bit stylized and different from the many hummingbirds I've painted in the past. I hope you like it. Yo may use this image if you make sure to give me credit for the painting.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Here is the latest pup, he is adorable , a palomino boy who is such a lover, we call him romeo.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Magic Days

This painting is a traditional Watercolor on paper. 200.00 USD 11 by 15

its all about the tree, I love trees that have long gnarly roots that cling to rocks or the shore line, It just seems to be saying" I'm a survivor!" for pay pal invoice.

Monday, October 05, 2009

geisha good bye

This painting is part of my series of paintings about geisha. I love the way the skin looks on their neck as it peeks out of their white make up. 10" by 10" watercolor on canvas, ( gallery wrap) 150.00 plus s& H

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Geisha red

This painting is the second in a series... it is 10 inches by 10 inches and appears a little too blue... its actually very white with the red lips. Its part of my geisha series... Oil on canvas 150.00

Saturday, September 12, 2009

my second painting space

I'm painting in watercolor these days and also in oil.... so I had to set up a small easel in my upstairs bedroom. You can see G man my funny guy giraffe. This is just the first pass and I will tone down the bright blue background. This painting is from my animals with attitude series. I painted it in Watercolor and I decided ....I'll do this one also in oil.

Monday, September 07, 2009

in memory of Cecila A. Price

This small watercolor painting was painted by my good online friend Cecilia price. What a wonderful artist and person she was. She passed away saturday evening and she will be missed by her friends, students and of course her family.

If you would like to see some of her free lessons she has a website and a blog a you tube site, and she even wrote a book. Take a minute to google her and see her complete profile.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Studio... In the Hot August days of Summer

I thought I would take a photo of my studio since its half way cleaned up... I'm working on my geisha series. Doing my research of course and that includes hiring models to wear the kimono and make up for my reference photos. I've purchase 2 kimono and a obi, also you can also see the Geisha wig on top of the book shelf. Another thing I'm working on is Yupo paper...
Since we (me and 14 other artists...(please sign up now, I need more people) are going to Wild Acres in September and the class instructor will be teaching figures on yupo, I thought I would show Leagh Anne ( my apprentice) how the stuff works. Check it out, its September 25, 26, and 27th. The Charlotte Art league is the sponsor. ( ). I've just finished the dog painting "bad hair day" its in front... its 18 by 24 Gallery wrap.
Then I have a larger painting, A koi painting from the Koi series, its on top of the flat fine, It needs some more glazing and it will be completed... its an Oil painting.

On my small table easel is the yupo painting, its far from being finished but it is what it is, a painting in the early stages.
Then the last photo is the view at mid day of my Koi pond out the large sliding glass window...

I'll post the paintings when I finish them, thanks for stopping by and take a look at the Art leagues's site.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

reference photos for my Geisha series

I' m taking photos of some of my models in kimonos and have been planning to start my geisha series soon. This model is Michelle and I like the way her pink hair hangs down in this photo. She is my model for my life drawing sessions on Sat. I'm hoping we get enough people to come to wild acres so I can ask Michelle to beour model there at the workshop. It would be lots of fun.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Midnight Poppies

This 8 by 10 inch mixed media piece was fun and even though there isn't any such thing as a "Midnight Poppies" I thought it would be a great visual feast!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

New Koi Painting in Oil

I've been painting Koi in watercolor for a long time and this year I decided to paint some Koi paintings in Oil. This painting is pretty big and took a long time to paint. Mostly because my studio is rather small and its actually set up for watercolor. This painting was so big and each time I chose to work on it I had to pull out all the oil painting supplies and put everything away after each session.
For me this is a pain...
My watercolor supplies are set out ready to go.

I will always love my Watercolor paintings, but after painting 7 or 8 paintings of Koi in oil I'm getting a better feel for the medium. I have plans to paint more Koi but I'm also very busy doing a lot of research on my next series which will be Geisha. I'll paint them in both oil and watercolor and maybe even in mixed media. I hope you'll be around to see some of those paintings.

I haven't figured out the name for this piece yet, so if you have any ideas let me know...

Some names that have been suggested to me by others are ( try not to laugh some are funny)

Carp Ahoy
Colony Koi
Carp deluxe
Fantastic fantasy
Koi menagerie ( I've used this already for another painting)
Wrecking Crew
Creme of Koi
Colored Carp
Fabulous Koi
China Koi
under the H2o

This is the painting as it sits in my studio... The size is 44 by 44 inches

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Leigh Ann's Koi

This is a start to a new Koi painting I did today as a demo for an Art student. This is the first stage to the wet into wet technique I use to paint these Koi.

I will ultimately use a variety of techniques such as direct painting, glazing, negative painting, splattering and scrubbing or lifting out. The final painting will take at least one more session to complete. check back with me for the updates.

12 by 11 inches watercolor on 300 lb paper.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Plein Air Painting Charlotte NC 2009

Ok so I went outside to paint and here is a video of the park.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

All dogs go to heaven # 15

It was my friend's birthday and I painted this painting for her.

Its part of a series of paintings depicting dogs and I usually have them looking up to the sky.
5 by 7 watercolor

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Angels are amongst us

4 by 6 mixed media on illustration Board. This painting is part of a series and I usually don't paint the angel in this traditional manner but because the water was white and the other colors so bright or somber, I felt it needed to be accented with another light value.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Misty Koi pond

This is a small painting 11 by 8 and is a watercolor on artist grade paper.
Its cool here in SC I'm hoping this winter snow will disappear tomorrow. My California blood is too thin for this weather!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Snow and Koi in March in SC USA

it was pretty cold this weekend and my Koi are eating a snack after the snow storm

Thursday, February 26, 2009

all dog go to heaven #12

this is another watercolor of my dogs... 4 by 6 watercolor on paper.. 40.00 This is part of a series.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Feb Koi ACEO

watercolor on gessoed masonite
2.5 by 3.5 I like the blue koi mixed in with the orange.

I've been ill today so I may be taking a couple of days off.

How to do this acrylic gesso paint it on masonite ( get it from the hardware store) allow the gesso to dry, paint your picture in watercolor, allow to dry & varnish! I used matte varnish but gloss gel is nice too!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

collage on clayboard

4 by 4 acrylic on tissue paper mounted on claybord

This image is a piece of clay board ( ampersand) covered in one of my painted papers. So I guess you can say this is a collage.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Collage Journal #2

Not for sale but I would be happy to tell you how you could make your own.

This is the cover to a journal.
I made today in preparation for a collage demo I’m giving on Tuesday. It has papers I created with tissue paper and acrylic paint. In the center there is a watercolor paper insert which I painted in WC but used a transfer from my sketch book. I also used wallpaper, around the edge I think they call it grass cloth plus various tapes and screens for texture.
I'll cover it in UV varnish & it should last many lifetimes.
Oh yeah… I forgot to mention…
I covered the whole thing in “Golden” Soft Gel Gloss for now.
The actual journal was a “composition book” you find in any drug store or school supply for $1.00. It has lined paper inside which is nice for notes, recipes, journaling and even some creative writing.

Monday, February 09, 2009

ACEO Moon Card

2.5 by 3.5 watercolor on paper.. start your collection today $15.00 plus 1.00 postage in USA.

I've been busy these days making collage papers and trying to finish up a commission. So sorry this is out of focus, my hands were rather shaky today. The actual painting looks better!

Friday, February 06, 2009

The Fall

This 8.5 by 6.25 original collage on illustration board was created this morning and reminds me of a landscape although it is an abstract. $95.00

Thursday, February 05, 2009

All dogs go to heaven #12

This little 5 by 7 watercolor on paper is a part of a series called "all dogs go to heaven. I love these three characters!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Valentine Koi


Today the DP artists are doing a valentine theme. I thought to make this little Koi valentine. its 8 by 10 on Canvas panel and it $95.00

Monday, February 02, 2009


Watercolor on 300 lb paper $100.00 8 by 10 inches
Rembrandt is one of my Koi, & as most of you know, I name my fish after famous artists.

In a letter to Huyghens, Rembrandt offered the only surviving explanation of what he sought to achieve through his art: the greatest and most natural movement.” Whether this refers to objectives, material or otherwise is open to interpretation; either way, Rembrandt seamlessly melded the earthly and spiritual as has no other painter in Western art.

One of my favorite paintings of Rembrandt’s “The Mill”

Thursday, January 29, 2009

KoI Koi Koi

I was thinking of doing an abstract with three large bands of color... yeah I know its been done but what hasn't... So I decided to do reddish orange and another red and then yellow with gold thing you know there are three Koi..

I added the green and "Voila" another Koi painting... I guess I just have Koi on the brain. This is 8 by 10 and can turned in any direction.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Painting negative shapes in watercolor

Hello folks! This is my first attempt at a video, I promise I'll get better!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lilly Pad

4 by 4 watercolor on clay board. This stuff is very smooth almost like Bristol paper but less absorbent. I painted this in the deductive manner.

Friday, January 16, 2009

American painter Andrew Wyeth dies at 91 in Pa.

A very good story about the great American painter. He perfected dry brush technique for portraits.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I'm back from the holidays

I've had a few weeks off and now I'm planning to get back to work. I'll be posting again this week. Happy New year!