Thursday, July 29, 2010

Large shell

This was drawn from an 8" long shell that I found in Aruba. The background effect was done by sprinkling salt onto the wet paint.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Eagle Beach

A colorful scene sketched and painted on our beach. The stand is where the Jet Ski operaters set up. This is looking north.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Table for two

A tiny sketch that I did during dinner at the beach restaurant.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Getting on toward evening (which came at about 6:30), the sky was a pretty blue against the orange roofs.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Two beach scenes

While standing in the water, I drew a scene about 9" long showing a good portion of Eagle beach. I am showing it in bits and pieces, because it looks better. I painted it later on. It was actually fun to draw with the waves bumping into me, threatening to soak my paper.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Drawn with my Lamy pen on Vellum bristol. I don't know why more tourists weren't exploring the lava rocks, where very cool things like this could be found. Just wait until you see my Chiton exoskeleton!

Friday, July 23, 2010


This is an early painting from my trip. I like the energy of it, and would like to try to acheive this look for more of my work. Slightly underworked with the focal point being the most detailed part of the painting. I think mood is a key factor- I sat down intending to read but decided to just scribble a little. I was just having fun and not intending to do a 'serious painting'.
Funny how that works.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

view from archway

This is one of the first paintings I did in Aruba, and one of the few I have decided to keep. The rest I mailed away to friends and relatives.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Two scenes from the balcony

There was such a gorgeous moon that I couldn't help but paint it. Above the pool , bar and restaurant area there is a covered lounge area which was never used by any other guests but our group. (those obnoxious Americans!) There are some lovely views from up there and it was great for reading or painting, and enjoying the breeze.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I just spent a week in Aruba for a wedding. The entire family stayed at The Amsterdam Manor, a resort filled with charming little courtyards and artistic cactus plantings. Each day I discovered a new corner in which to sketch. I felt so spoiled to have time to just sit down and take as long as I liked with a sketch. I would usually jump into the ocean after a sketching session. According to the locals, it was very hot for this time of year. These paintings were done on Strathmore watercolor postcards so I can send these in the mail.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

wind- blown rose

I decided to stop at the Acton Arboretum on a sudden whim yesterday when I was passing by on the highway. It was a beautiful breezy afternoon!