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Yosemite sketchbook

Watercolor paintings and felt…students did both media at my teaching site up in Wawona, about 40 minutes south of Yosemite Valley. The ground stood inches dry in dust that seeped through shoes and socks to my feet; it was no surprise that the huge Rim Fire was burning out of control 50 miles away. Somehow the sugar pines and incense cedars created their own shade against the dryness and made a backdrop for the cooling sound of the fountain at the Wawona Hotel.

Watercolor and ink, 6 x 8 inches, 2013

Watercolor and ink, 6 x 8 inches, 2013


I’ll be an artist-in residence at Yosemite National Park this summer during the third week of August 2013 teaching felting, the process of turning colorful merino wool into art fabric postcards and cloth. When I’m not teaching, I’ll have a chance to soak in and paint the grand trees, mostly evergreen, that I think could be the next subject for a series.  In this piece, 6 x 8 inches, I was looking at new spring leaves against pine trees in Cunningham Falls State Park.  Look for more art felt images under Paintings, above.

Poppies (and recent studio work)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the show in April and made it a sell-out!  I’m working on the next set of paintings, based on sketches I did over the summer up in Boston and Philadelphia.  Here are poppies from the Chanticleer Garden,  the sketch on newsprint first, next the painting in progress.  It has the main shapes and colors, but without the veils of translucent white on top, it looks flat and slightly too bright.


I had my 3rd solo show at the Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, April 2012.  Here are 6 of the the 10 studio pieces I did for the show. The studio pieces are 20 x 16, acrylic and latex house paint on board.  The other 7 include a triptych of 8 x 8 paintings,  and direct prints and monoprints  of leaves done on site at the U.S. National Arboretum  in Washington, D.C

Sunflowers, late May                                               Mahonia, early March



Camellia, late February                                           Clematis, mid-June



Hydrangea, mid-August                                         Sassafras, late October