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Making beautiful memories at Rosemary Beach

The day after Christmas just us girls, Mom, Daughter and Granddaughter headed for Rosemary Beach, Florida to bring in the New Year. The boys opted out so they could stay home and watch all the Bowl games on TV together. We had a wonderful time with no specific agenda in mind other than making the […]
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Workshop fun in Melbourne, FL

I just spent four exciting days painting with members of the Brevard Watercolor Society in Melbourne, FL. Everyone was totally engaged and open to all I had to share and before I knew it was time to say goodby. I am blessed to be able to share my art and always come away from these encounters feeling […]
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Good news to share!

I just signed with Art Licensing International, Inc, a major licensing company who will now act as my exclusive agent to represent my work! What does this mean? Well hopefully, it means my art will eventually be reproduced on various products throughout the retail industry. This could be anything from home décor, gifts, cards, prints, […]
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Book deadline met

I felt such a sense of satisfaction when I finally had Chapters One and Two of my new book on its way to my editor, Vanessa Wieland, who has been such a big help to me. Since I’d never written a book before I knew it was going to be an exciting new challenge and […]
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Florida Workshop Scheduled

TRANSFORMING THE LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR Workshop emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. I teach simple methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. You learn […]
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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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Painting Mendocino, California

A 2008 road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway took us through scenic Mendocino, California. I fell in love with the quaint architecture of this small coastal village that sat at the edge of the sea. This scene was the subject of a demonstration painting I did for the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor […]
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Coastal scene inspires new watercolor painting

This new 18×24 painting is from a road trip we took down Highway One along the Pacific Coast Highway. We stopped for lunch in the small coastal village of Elk, California and I spotted this quaint seaside cottage. I couldn’t resist stopping to photograph and sketch my impressions and the following  is my interpretation of […]
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Home now and thinking about new paintings!

It seems like only yesterday we arrived home having completed our 2 month long Florida Coast journey. It always takes me awhile to get back into the routine of being home after having been gone for so long. But I’m now feeling inspired to begin new watercolor studies some of which may become major paintings. […]
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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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Cottage Charm in Old Saint Augustine

We spent a beautiful sunny day walking through several blocks of an old Saint Augustine neighborhood to see some of its historic cottages. Below are photos of the charming examples I saw that day. I have always been drawn to Cottage Architecture which continues to be a favorite painting theme of mine.
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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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Exploring Cedar Key

Exploring the little village of Cedar Key doesn’t take very long. The town is so small it doesn’t even have a stop light, but it‘s charm and natural beauty more than makes up for what it lacks in size. Larry picked out some island fruit for us and then we topped off a wonderful day […]
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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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St. George Island, Florida

Today we explored St George Island from one end to the other. There is a beautifully restored lighthouse there with a unique and interesting history. Even though it was a little blustery we walked it’s beach but didn’t find many shells. They’ve been scarce since we reached the Coast, but I’m in hopes of finding […]
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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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Meet Sassie!

I’d like to introduce you to our little dog Sassie, a treasured member of our family. She’s a Havanese, a breed which originates from Havana, Cuba. The breed is known for their robustness, joyful disposition, intelligence, fluffy coat and incredibly sweet and loving nature. She is our constant companion and loyal friend, one who tugs […]
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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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New Travel Plans!

Spending time in Taos earlier this year seems so long ago now, so we are anxious to be on our way again to new and beautiful destinations. We are scheduled to pick up our new Casita Travel Trailer at the Rice, TX  factory on November 12th. We will leave from there and leisurely make our […]
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