Happy Dog

I had such a great time creating this piece for a gentleman that wanted to give this to his wife for Christmas. The personality of this painting matched up to the happiness of the dog in real life. I am very content with the outcome of this creation. This is a 11 x 14 pastel painting

Out with the Old and In with the New?


Happy New Year  (2013) to Family and Friends!  

I wrote an acrostic of what I thought this coming year should be like for me. Although I haven’t been active in writing on my blog this year; it is my hope to challenge myself to write and create more. Both mediums are very therapeutic to me and balance my life out.

This painting “Weathered” was created a few months ago.  The idea was taken at an antique show in Massachusetts. I was drawn to this setup because of my love for the garden, the ocean and antique accents.   The colors that attracted me to this picture gave me a sense of what has been used in the past, but is very welcomed, for some,  in our lives today. Most of us cherish aged pieces from the past; it gives us comfort and can remind us of situations or people who were once in our lives, (warm fuzzies).  In most instances I can’t agree with the saying “Out with the Old and In with the New”. Some things have emotional ties, maybe an attachment to the past, or just a warm memory you’ve created yourself. It is all in the hands of the individual. So, I will end this with my creative writing piece, enjoy the New Year with lots of love, health and happiness!

My 2013

Happy, Healthy, and Heartfelt

Attitude is everything

Practice patience

Prosper with my creativity

Yes” to a brand new year!

New Beginnings with family and Friends

Every day will be a new gift

Work to make a difference with everyone I see

“You”, my family friends & students, are my sunshine

Energetic for health

Artistic license renewal

Risk taking is a must!


Sunshiny Day Pastel

This painting is with no doubt my most favorite painting I have done yet!  I am so excited to be sharing this with everyone.  People have asked me, “Why did you do the back of the sunflower and not the front?” and I said, “Why not?” We always see the front of a sunflower and its beautiful designs that are on display for all the outdoor critters to see and eat.  I feel it is important to see an object all the way around  and inside out.  You wouldn’t judge a book by its cover;  nor would you just look at some parts of a person to get to know them. You want to see the whole person and his or her beauty, Right? One has to investigate every avenue and search for its beauty; and that is what I did with this painting! Love it!!!

I learned a lot from this painting. It was tough for me to get the petals to look translucent and to get the leaves to look natural and not stiff.  Layers and layers of pastel ( of all colors) cover the sanded paper that holds my creation. I can put up to 25 layers of color on this type of paper, but sometimes I lose tooth on the paper because I push a little too hard to get more color on there.  In that case I can have a bald spot in the middle of my paper. I have switched to mostly soft pastels in order to avoid “baldness”.  It does help a great deal.  So, play around with pastel, it’s forgiving, you can blend well with them and if you don’t like what you see…cover it!

Hope all of you have a great 4th of July! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day to all those special women that take the time to make everyone’s day complete! Being a mom is the most rewarding job on this planet. I am proud of my family and take such pride in watching them grow into the adults they’ve become. Being a mom is a 24/7 job in which I can be proud. It has taught me not to take anything for granted  and emotions I never knew I had. Yes, I still worry about my children every day, even though they are 25 and 26. I will never stop worrying and will always put them first in my life. Nurturing my kids to what they are today puts a smile on my face and reminds me just how lucky I am in being the mom I am today. Happy Mother’s Day!!

Sunny Pumpkin

A new painting has been born!! Not only did I paint the picture; I picked the pumpkin and the sunflower from my garden! Talk about “Homemade”:)  I am very pleased with this painting and love the colors of fall that show. This was the only pumpkin that had the little knobs on it and of course I had to pick that one to paint.  I know that I could have made it easier on myself by picking a smooth one out of the bunch, but for some reason my brain always wants to challenge me! It seems to happen a lot, but personally I don’t like taking the easy road all the time. Things like this painting help me to think outside of the box. I learned to make little knobs better (there was enough of them!) and I learned what other colors to use other than orange and black. It is neat to see the end result. Enjoy the weekend and Happy Fall!

A Peaceful Sight at Boothbay Harbor

Peaceful Sight

Another painting finished… I love the ambiance of it all! The  Adirondack chair, flowers and the ocean just calm me down completely.  I wish there were times when I could just jump into the picture and sit in that chair.  I took a picture of this when my husband and I drove to Boothbay Harbor, ME. I knew I would paint it in order to keep the vision of that sight alive.  It was so beautiful to drive along the shore. There are so many cute shops to go through, art shops of course.  Every where you look the creativity just reaches out to its patrons.

This particular picture is a 4×6  pastel painting.  I plan to make copies and cards for my ocean collection.  I hope you enjoy this landscape!

Beach n’ Balance

 I am so excited to have finished this painting!  This is the second of my beach collection. Now that I’m out of school; I can add to that collection.  This particular picture was taken in Rye, NH.  The minute we get to the beach it is a guarantee that there will be some sort of rock pile on display. Check back for more to come!