New Skillshare Class Released!

I have just released my latest Skillshare class. It was recorded in 2020 and I was only now able to finish editing and publishing it. In it, students will learn drawing and painting techniques to illustrate various beverages. These are valuable still-life skills that will be applicable to rendering many different subject matter.

If you’re interested in watching the introductions to my other Skillshare classes, head over to my YouTube channel and click on the Skillshare playlist. I wholeheartedly enjoy taking classes on Skillshare. I have been a member for a few years now and I have taken classes on video editing, how-to make a Skillshare class, marketing, building a YouTube channel, business, visual art, and more. If you sign up for Skillshare using my dedicated LINK I will get a portion of your first payment. (The first month is free so you can see if you like the platform and find out all it has to offer.) While this link takes you to my teacher profile, from there you can explore various subjects like watercolor and see how many other amazing classes there are as well.

Thank you for your interest and support in my painting and teaching! I appreciate every one of you. Please share this with whoever you think might be interested!

Morning Glories

I had a great painting day today. The subject matter just sort of came to me and before I even thought about it I had already gone outside, plucked some morning glories off my vines and begun painting! That’s the joy about studies: I try not to think too much about them. The whole point of studies is just to get me in there and working, free up my hand and warm up my eyes.

The fun part was realizing that I had a small window of time before the blooms completely closed up. The three of them sit now in my studio in their jar, all closed up and looking like they’re huddled to keep warm in the middle of a snow storm. Tomorrow I expect to see them open and smiling happily back at me again.

Morning Glories, oil/canvas, 8 x 10"
Morning Glories, oil/canvas, 8 x 10″

Fabric Landscape Study 4

Today’s painting was really fun to make.

In case you’re wondering why I’m calling these still-lives landscapes, I just think it doesn’t hurt to look at things in different ways. Yes, I am painting little piles of fabric in my studio, but I’m shading slopes and folds and peaks in the same way I would paint hills and valleys and sunlight…

I haven’t painted as much still-lives as I have landscapes, portraits and nature scenes…  but looking at these little piles of things in my studio as if they were enormous worlds in themselves is providing endless inspiration for me.  For instance, this little stack reminded me of a mini-version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I wanted to name it “Leaning Tower of Fabric” but am saving that name for a higher, more “leany” tower which I may paint tomorrow…


Fabric Landscape Study 4, oil/canvas, 8 x 10"
Fabric Landscape Study 4, oil/canvas, 8 x 10″

Blanket Landscape Study 3

Today’s painting took me a bit longer than I’d hoped but it was still lots of fun. I’m new to quilting and it’s neat that without even having “quilted” this funky quilt top I made, I can immortalize it in paint.

This photo gives you an idea of how I set up my still-lives. It also gives you a better idea of the scale difference between my daily “studies” and my bigger piece, “Quilted Lake”.

Still-life painting in the studio
Still-life painting in the studio

Blanket Landscape Study 3, oil/canvas, 8 x 10"
Blanket Landscape Study 3, oil/canvas, 8 x 10″

Yarn Bowl Study

Today’s small study was inspired by a visit to my friend Liberty’s house yesterday. Her house is a quilty/crafty/shabby-chic heaven and I took lots of photos to work from in the weeks to come. Thanks Liberty!

My husband commented that the yarn ball on the right looked a bit flat. I hope some of my knitter friends may counter with, “but it’s a yarn cake silly! Tsk tsk.” I’m going to sleep on it before making any alterations. Feel free to give your input by commenting on this post.

Yarn Bowl Study, oil/canvas, 8 x 10"
Yarn Bowl Study, oil/canvas, 8 x 10″