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I found it in Waldport, Oregon

What did I find? I found paradise all wrapped up in a sun drenched day! That was back in 2008 when we traveled down the Oregon Coast and stopped to spend a few days in Waldport, a charming village by the sea. We followed a rough country road that led off in the direction of […]
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Pennsylvania Peonies inspires painting

In 2009 while traveling through beautiful Pennsylvania I was able to collect lots of information for paintings. Following is a scene I’ve wanted to paint for quite some time. I hope you will enjoy my interpretation of a scene that seemed quite ordinary at first, but the old red house and pink peonies soon became […]
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New 9×12 Watercolor Study

Last year we had the most wonderful time traveling through some amazing country with irresistible scenery. Below is a photo of an old red house and pink peonies that caught my eye. It was a flat, over cast day, but not a problem as I can always imagine some sunshine and shadows. First my artist’s […]
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Painting Chosen for Magazine Cover

Just found out and I’m thrilled! My painting Out Santa Rosa Creek Road will be on the cover of the April/May 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. There will also be a full length feature story about my work inside. Visit my Blog to read more about the inspiration for this painting and the day […]
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Time To Go Home

On the road since November 12th, but now it’s time to go home! We’ve had an absolutely wonderful time seeing some of the most incredible sites you can imagine. I’m so inspired to paint beautiful places and have lots of great new photographs, small sketches and studies to help me step back in time to […]
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A Buggy Ride Through Old Town

Saint Augustine is the oldest city in the United States so walking through it’s Old Town was like stepping back in time. We walked down cobbled streets at our own leisurely pace instead of taking one of the many guided tours. For a ways we were able to follow along behind a horse drawn carriage […]
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Tropical Captiva and Sanibel Island

Sanibel and Captiva are known for their great shelling, so I was looking forward to finding pretty new sea shells to add to my collection. Unfortunately the sea shores and beaches of this spectacular place are pretty much closed off to the public, are very crowded and require a fee to even step on to. […]
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Cedar Key Island Community

Cedar Key is an Island community with small town flavor where it is said time stands still. It is located three miles out in the Gulf of Mexico on Way Key, the largest island in the “Cedar Keys“. It has a rich history with natural beauty and is also one of the oldest bird and […]
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Local Color at Apalachicola

If you love seafood then Apalachicola, Eastpoint and nearby Carrabelle is where you’ll find the freshest ever. It’s oystermen and shrimpers go out daily in small boats to harvest some of the best to be had. Their bounty is sold “fresh caught” from small shacks along the roadways or served up in a variety of […]
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A Visit to Bayou La Batre, Alabama

We came across a small town named Bayou La Batre just before crossing over to Dauphin Island. A busy fishing village, one seemingly untouched by modern day society whose main industry revolves around the sea. There was no activity this day after Thanksgiving, but it’s colorful harbor was packed tightly with boats of every size, […]
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Historic Fort Gaines

A visit to historic Fort Gaines took us back in time. The fort, established in 1821 is the site of the Battle of Mobile Bay and for the famous phrase “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
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Dauphin Island, Alabama

Dauphin Island, AL, a charming laid back seaside community completely unspoiled by the commercial attractions one often finds along coastlines.  Our first day we enjoyed an Arts Festival being held at a local park amid ancient oaks and perfectly beautiful weather. We’re staying at a woodsy park just a short walk through palmettos and tall […]
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Early Morning Louisiana

Up before the sun and anxious to be on our way after spending the night in Iowa, Louisiana. The countryside is beautiful to see as the morning sun  illuminates the landscape.  Below are photos I took from my window as we sped along the deserted highway. Traveling to a new destination during the early morning […]
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First Stop Galveston, Texas

The first leg of our travel found us in Galveston, Texas to see some of the historic homes there before going on. We took a ferry across to the Bolivar Peninsula to see it’s landmark lighthouse before continuing on our journey.
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Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2010

A Farmhouse I Saw in Virginia was chosen for inclusion in the Kansas Watercolor Society’s 2010 National Exhibition. The show will be held at the Wichita Center for the Arts October 9th – January 2nd 2011. I am especially thrilled to say that this painting was also chosen for publication in the new Splash 12 […]
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Driving the Enchanted Circle

The Enchanted Circle is a scenic drive through beautiful country in New Mexico. The circle includes the mountain villages of  Red River, Quest, Taos, Cimarron, Angel Fire and Eagles Nest.  All of the towns were charming and quaint, but I think Taos was my favorite. Flowers were blooming everywhere  and the Hollyhocks were abundant. Following […]
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Splash 12:Celebrating Artistic Vision to feature painting!

I’m excited to say that my original watercolor painting A Farmhouse I Saw in Virginia was one of only 100 paintings chosen from a field of thousands of excellent entries for North Light’s latest Splash book. The new book, Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision is tentatively scheduled for publication May of 2011. I’ll post new […]
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American Watercolor Society awards painting

I’m pleased to say that my painting This Way to the Vineyard has received the Paul Schwartz Memorial Award in the American Watercolor Society’s 143rd International Exhibition. The award will be presented April 30th, 2010 at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. The American Watercolor Society was organized in 1866 to promote the art […]
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2010 Travel Plans

Now that the holiday season is past we are beginning to think about what beautiful places we might want to travel to this year. One idea for Spring or early Summer might be to make our way South along the coastal highway to the tip of the Florida Keys. Salt air, white sand, seashells, turquoise […]
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The American Watercolor Society announces winners!

The American Watercolor Society published it’s  list of juried Artists for the 143rd Annual International Exhibition. My original watercolor painting This Way to the Vineyard was selected to be included in the exhibition. The show will feature watercolors from artist throughout the world and is held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City April […]
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On our way to the Pacific Coast Highway!

My husband, Larry and I left Tyler, TX September 11th traveling through Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada. Finally on September 16th we reached scenic highway 1 and the spectacular Oregon Coast. We were tired but exhilarated by all the beautiful landscapes we drove through so we took a few days to rest and explore before […]
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