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New Demo Study

Another demo study for my upcoming workshop at Dillman’s Bay Resort in the beautiful North Woods of Wisconsin! I experimented with some really bright color for the look and feel of Spring when the first flush of emerald green makes a show ! Lets meet and paint together May 17-20. www.dillmans.com www.jhicksfineart.com/workshops/workshop-calendar  
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I love Boston!

I had the best time in Boston painting with the Newton Watercolor Society! I came away from the experience with new friendships and wonderful memories. It had been snowing for several days when we arrived leaving a soft, blanket covering most everything. That was a real visual treat for me since that’s something we don’t […]
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On our way to Boston

Larry (aka best friend, hubby, etc) and I will be on our way to Boston early Wednesday morning to present a watercolor workshop for the www.newtonwatercolorsociety.org/workshops. Since I’ve been working non-stop for the last several months on my book I haven’t had time to paint except for the work needed for its pages. In view […]
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Texas 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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Country depot inspires new painting

When we travel  small towns and country roads across America I gather so much information that it’s often hard to decide what I want to paint next. But when I start browsing through my digital libraries and thumbing through all my sketches it doesn’t take long before something catches my eye and triggers memories from […]
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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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Rural Rhythm in Virginia

I am drawn to open fields and the way planted rows curve away into the landscape. I’ve now painted several field paintings that were inspired while traveling through the open countryside. As you can see from my photo below I deviated quite a bit from the original scene. I was very attracted to was the […]
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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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Cambria California Farm Inspires New Painting

In 2008 we traveled down the Pacific Coast Highway visiting many coastal villages along the way. In Cambria, California we took a drive out Santa Rosa Creek Road where I found this lovely old farm sitting before a vineyard. I’ve included some images of the work in progress and hope you will enjoy my interpretation […]
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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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Pennsylvania Idyll a new painting from small study

Below is my latest large 18×24 Original Watercolor Painting I call Pennsylvania Idyll. I have included photos of it’s evolution for those who may be interested. Inspiration is the all important catalyst for any painting and that was not hard to come by when we traveled through the lush Pennsylvania country side as one idyllic […]
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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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American Watercolor Society Announces 2011 Exhibitors

AWS was founded in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America. Each year the Society holds a juried exhibition of watercolors from artists throughout the world. The society’s exhibitors list is now posted on the American Watercolor Society website. For me to find that another of my paintings was chosen again this […]
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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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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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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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