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Artist signed book now available

A Signed Edition of “Painting Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes” is now available from my e-Shop! It is also available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and North Light Books. If you enjoy my new book a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble will be very appreciated! It is so helpful to me and for those who […]
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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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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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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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Large Watercolor inspired by Virginia Barns

My latest large watercolor painting was inspired by our travels  through Virginia. Peaceful pastoral scenes like this one dot the beautiful Virginia countryside. I’ve included the sequence for the painting beginning with the photo taken from the car window as we sped down the highway on a very cloudy overcast day. I prefer painting scenes […]
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Laurel Mountain Highlands Barn Study

The Laurel Mountain Highlands area in Pennsylvania is so beautiful and picturesque and I loved every minute of our time there. Some of the small villages in the area are Somerset, Mount Pleasant and Donegal. Below is a new watercolor study of one of the many different and unique barns that dot the countryside.
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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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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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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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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 man we met…

While walking along the waters edge in Bayou La Batre we met an interesting man fishing from one of the many docks there. He said hello and we struck up a friendly conversation with him. He told us about how he had lived in this small village all his life, how much he loved it […]
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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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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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Beautiful Sedona, Arizona

A collector told me to be sure and see Sedona I’m glad we took her advice! Just as she said it’s an incredibly beautiful place. Below are just a few of the many photos I’ve taken so far.
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