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!


Sense of Wonder

Happy New Year Everyone!  I know it has been a while since I posted something, but I had to start some of those resolutions, you know, organizing, catching up with friends, more organizing  and so on. 🙂 One of the things that I haven’t been able to achieve, for myself,  in years, was to finish projects in which I started.  My mind goes into overdrive when I see any new project.  I feel I have to take part in a project just to feel complete.  But, this year, I think things will be different.  For the first time this week I actually turned down a chance to learn a little about painting with oils.  Now, I would love for the chance to experience it, but that means I have to get all the supplies and actually do something with them.  Now add that to my love of pastels, watercolor, photography and creating silver jewelry AND what do you get?  “Jack of all trades and master of none!!”  It sounds cliché, but I find it to be a very true statement in my art world.

Above is a picture that someone took of my brother Mike.  Yes, I actually created another picture in watercolor, but I was not happy with the outcome, so I felt the need to do it over in pastels.  I absolutely love this picture.  I feel it has a sense of depth with a lot of vibrancy.  I also feel that I captured his “sense of wonder” in this picture…a thought provoking action I always see in my brother.  To me, this picture by far shows some warmth and true emotion. Enjoy 2012 everyone!

Brown Eyed Girl

It’s no secret…I love flowers in every color, shape and form! I especially love getting close-ups, because they are just as interesting and beautiful on the inside than on the out. (Huh, sounds like something we would say in expressing our feelings for others we know and love 😉 ) Flowers create a sense of happiness; it’s a pick-me-up and they light up any room we put them in. Back in the day, when I was in elementary school, I had a teacher who had a dancing flower on her desk. Whenever any student was having a rough day, she would just tell us to look at it and it would make us smile/laugh.  It always did with me.  To this day I look at “Brown Eyed Girls”, like the one I’ve painted, or sunflowers and I think back to that point in time.  Sometimes I would just love to put googly eyes on all of those flowers! 🙂  I don’t like picking  flowers often because they always end up dying. On a positive note…they do produce seeds for the following  year.  I finished this painting a short time ago, and I absolutely love it. I hope you enjoy it as well!  Have an awesome day!  Debby 

“Family Ties”


Introducing my newest painting; “Family Ties”!  I am so excited to have finished this pastel piece!  Originally I started with the opposite colors of what is showing right now. It was a difficult piece for me to do…it took a lot of thinking, but the end result was absolutely gorgeous! The original photo was taken by me at Pawtuckaway State Park. I decided to turn it into a pastel painting.  Our kayaks are looking on to what we call “Frisella Island”.  We usually dock our kayaks there to eat lunch, have cocktails and pick blueberries.  It is an awesome time!

A New Year’s Wish

Three Times a Charm
Three Times a Charm

I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful and healthy Christmas!  With all the hustle and bustle of baking, wrapping and not getting near enough sleep, we always have  a smile on our face come Christmas morning.  It was nice to spend time with my family.  We shared many stories, with laughs to go with them.  I love the warmth of every ones hugs and the delicious treats that are scattered throughout my family’s homes.  It was the best!

I finished the painting above just before Christmas.  I was so happy with the outcome of this painting.  I think I might do a few more paintings of candy I use to eat as a kid.  Any suggestions? Dots was a fave of mine AND candy cigarettes, but first I’ll have to find them.  As I close this piece of writing, I want to wish you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year; 2009 here we come!



What a cute dog!  It took a while for me to paint this, but I wanted to study the color involved in drawing an animal.  There are so many colors to take into consideration.  Pinks, eggplant and even dark blue were used in Molly.  It is amazing how many colors we don’t see when we look at an object or even a human being.  Of course, I have an amazing instructor to point these colors out to me.  This medium is very fun to work with.  Pastels blend beautifully and give an artist so many options of the texture they want to display; like adding the fuzziness to dogs or the shine to glasses…the sky is the limit!  Enjoy my pictures…I know I am thrilled with this one!