Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bluebonnet Wildflower Watercolor Painting

Bluebonnet Watercolor Painting

It's that time of year when we Texans begin to dream about fields of Bluebonnets,
and Texas artists get the urge to start painting them.
It's that way with me, too. I'm going into a Bluebonnet phase, starting with small
Bluebonnet vignettes like this one, and then working my way up to larger ones, and then
fields of Live Oak Trees and Bluebonnets. 
I have original paintings here - if you are interested, just message
me at Tranquility (at)
And THANK YOU for looking !

Friday, January 5, 2018

Pink Mums in Terra Cotta Pot Watercolor Painting Flowers Floral

Pink Mums in Terra Cotta Pot
One of my old favorites, now available in prints.
Soft, fluid colors, pinks and greens - my favorite combination.
It's the new year, and we had a little bit of snow in Texas.  We don't like snow much here.
That's why we're in Texas.  Can't wait for hot weather again!
Thank You, friends, for looking at my blog.  I love to read your comments.
Have a wonderful, fresh new year!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Purple Flowers on the Stairs Watercolor Painting

Purple Flowers in Flower Pots on the Stairs
Watercolor painting on Fabriano cold-pressed paper.
It is getting cold in Texas, and I have very few flowers still blooming at my home.
A few periwinkle and a small white rose, up on my patio.
I hate cold weather. But this painting reminds me of what will happen next spring
when it's warm again in Texas.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sunflower and Hydrangea Watercolor Painting Flowers Floral Garden

Sunflower and Hydrangea in Old Pickle Jar
Watercolor painting on Fabriano cold-pressed watercolor paper, drawn in
pencil.  Another very casual bouquet, my favorite kind.
Soft, pastel colors. A gentle reminder of gramma's favorite flowers.
Wishing you all peace and safety and good health, every day.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wildflowers in a Glass Jar Watercolor Illustration

Is it finished? Most painters have a difficult time deciding when a painting is "finished".
 Most of them keep going way too long, and overwork a painting. In my opinion, 
they usually should have finished about 10 steps ago. I have done that, too. 
I try to stop early enough to just give an impression...a feeling...and leave something
 to the viewer's imagination. Plus I like to see a lot of sparkly white paper and crisp
 pencil drawing when I'm looking at watercolors. When I reached this point in the wildflower study
above, my instinct told me to stop. Every time I started to go back and paint more, 
something stopped me. So, in my opinion, it is finished. I love it just the way it is. 
I'm going to frame it for my new kitchen. 
I hope you all had a quiet, peaceful Thanksgiving.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Little Boy Fishing Original Watercolor Painting

Little Boy Fishing

I don't paint many outdoor scenes, except for my Laundry Day Watercolors,
so this was something a little different.  I drew it in pencil,
as usual, and painted it in watercolor.  I have tubes of many different
watercolor brands, but most of my favorite tubes turn out
to be Sennellier, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke and Grumbacher.
Grumbacher is a very old brand, but it still produces some fine, smooth pigments.
This watercolor is available - just email me at
THANK YOU for looking, and I hope you have a peaceful day.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pink Roses Watercolor Painting Flower Bouquet Floral Garden

Pink Roses in Glass Vase

This watercolor is on its way to Mary Jo in California.  Thank You so much to
my new customer! I've been asked if I paint from life or photos. I paint from life,
photos and also my imagination.  It's awfully hot in the summers
here in Texas.  That makes it difficult for this little old lady to get out there in the
outdoors to paint. So I use my imagination.
And anyway, I'm not one of those literal photographic painters.  I'm painting
about a feeling, a quiet memory, a peaceful moment.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bouquet of Strawflowers Painted in Watercolor

Painted in watercolor.  A casual bouquet of simple flowers,
painted in pastel tones.  I love Strawflowers.
So simple and soft, nothing fancy or flashy.
Very sweet flowers.
I have prints available, and custom paintings are available
on request at Tranquility (at)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pink Roses Watercolor Painting Flowers Floral Botanical

Pink Roses and a New Home

I've just come thru an exhausting move to a new home. It's just a few blocks away
 from my old home, but it was still a major ordeal. I moved all my watercolor studio items
 by hand, in my  trusty little Chevy Cavalier. One load at a time. It took a long time, cause
 I'm nearly 70 years old  and it was hovering around 100 degrees here in Texas.
 As the British say, I feel like I've been drug thru a hedge backwards.
 One of the reasons for my move was that I needed a bigger studio space, and
 now that I've got it, I'm itching to get back to painting. In fact, the second night in my
 new home I started painting flowers. And now that I have room, I have some larger florals
 on the drawing board. Flowers are my therapy. My refuge when the world outside
 is so chaotic. I hope they provide relief for you, too.
By the way, my little Chevy Cavalier is now 17 years old, and I have no
intention of ever letting her go.  She's a gem.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wildflowers in Glass Jar Watercolor Painting

Wildflowers in Glass Jar
I'm painting wildflowers in my watercolor studio, as usual.
They are one of my two favorite subjects - wildflowers and laundry day scenes.
I'd rather have a glass jar of wildflowers than a big fancy
vase of expensive hothouse flowers, any day of the week.
Painting wildflowers is keeping me grounded, cause I'm also packing up to
move across town, and that is extremely stressful.
But I'll have a much bigger painting space, and that's wonderful.
I will have some much larger floral watercolors soon.
Email me at, and
THANK YOU for looking at my little blog.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lavender Field in Provence France Watercolor Painting

Lavender Field in France
I was lucky enough to have a trip to France when I was younger, and I'll never
forget it.  It's so magical.  Everything about it was amazing.
Later, when I started painting, I couldn't resist some of the French
scenes that are still in my memory.  
I have prints of this watercolor available.  Just email me at
and THANK YOU so much for looking !

Monday, August 28, 2017

Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and Wild Primrose Watercolor Painting of Texas Wildflowers

Texas Wildflowers
Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and Wild Yellow Primrose
Some of our favorite wildflowers.  A casual bouquet in an old glass jar, 
my favorite kind of bouquet.  Nothing fancy.
I have made some new prints of this watercolor painting.  If you are interested,
please email me at
and THANK YOU, as always, for looking at my blog.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Original Watercolor Painting of Bluebonnets Flowers Floral Wildflowers Garden

More Bluebonnets
Here in Texas, we call them Texas Bluebonnets and we act like nobody else has them.
That's not true, though.  They grow in many states, and some people call them
Lupines.  There are different colors, too.  White and pink, for example.
This watercolor is available in my Etsy shop, or you could email me
at for more information.
Thank You for visiting my blog!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tomato Original Watercolor Painting Veggie Vegetable

I LOVE to paint little veggie studies.  That's what I do whenever I feel
a bit of "artist's block" coming on.  I start painting simple, colorful little veggies,
and it makes me feel inspired and happy.
I also recommend veggies to every new watercolor student.  Their simple shapes
and bright, clear colors make a terrific learning exercise.
I always have a series of veggie paintings in my Etsy shop, but they are
also available by emailing me at
I'll post some of my favorite veggies here in the next few blog posts.
THANK YOU so much for looking at my blog!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Texas Bluebonnets in Glass Jar Watercolor Painting

Texas Bluebonnets in Glass Jar

I never, ever get tired of painting Texas Bluebonnets.  I especially like to see them
in a casual country bouquet in an old glass jar.
They are not easy to grow in a garden.  I finally had one this year, and I
sure hope it comes back next year.
This original watercolor is in my Etsy shop.
Thank You for looking!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Red Tulips in Vintage Creamer Watercolor Painting

Red Tulips in Vintage Creamer

I have a small collection of vintage creamers.  There's something about the smaller size
that appeals to me.  I like to think about the ladies who may have used them in
their tea parties many years ago, or maybe the fancy restaurants that used them years
ago.  They are perfect for small casual bouquets of flowers, fresh from the garden.
This was a painting I did a few years ago, but I have prints available in
my Etsy shop.  Thank You so much for visiting my blog!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hydrangeas Watercolor Painting

Another flower that is difficult to grow, but fun to paint.  A friend of mine
used to have so many of these growing all around her home,
and she could control the color with different types of plant food.
I could hardly believe it!
I wouldn't even attempt that; I'm satisfied just to paint them.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Roses in Glass Watercolor Painting

Roses are difficult subjects, I think.
I always struggle with them, and I always swear that I'll never paint another one.
But then I always try again.  I do think they are usually better
with a simple background, because they are so flashy.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Controlled Blooms in Watercolor Paintings

What is a "controlled bloom" in watercolor? First you have to ask what is a "bloom"? A "bloom" is when you start painting next to another painted area that is almost dry...but not quite. Suddenly the water and pigment from your new area begins to invade the older, almost-dry area, and that creates a wild, random flooded area that is unpredictable. It looks a little like an incoming tide on the beach. This little painting has quite a few "blooms". Were they accidents? No! I LOVE blooms, so I try to create them all the time. When I create them on purpose, I call them "controlled blooms". To most watercolorists, a "bloom" is a bad thing. We are taught in school to avoid them. They supposedly ruin a watercolor. Hogwash. I think they make a watercolor much more interesting. I ignore most of the "watercolor rules" that I have read about.  What do you think?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Umbrella in the Rain Watercolor Painting

Umbrella in the Rain

It's late July in Texas, and we celebrate every drop of rain that comes our way.
I watch the radar, looking for rain.  If I see a possible rain cell,
I'm so exited because it not just rain, it's Nap Time!
I love to take a nap when it's raining!
Prints of this watercolor painting are available in my Etsy shop.
Thank you for looking at my blog!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pink Evening Primrose Watercolor Painting Texas Wildflower

Pink Evening Primrose
An earlier painting of my very favorite Texas wildflower,
the tender-hearted Pink Evening Primrose.
It volunteers itself all over Texas in the roughest, dryest terraine,
in spite of the intense heat.
It opens and closes during the day, and the flowers don't last long,
so you have to soak it in while you can.
I love this delicate darling thing.
Prints are available. Just email me at

Friday, July 21, 2017

Succulent in Terra Cotta Flower Pot Watercolor Painting

Succulent in Terra Cotta Flower Pot
This is a watercolor painting of a succulent in an old terra cotta flower pot.
Painted using mostly Sennellier, W&N, and Schmincke 
watercolor paints on Fabriano paper.
Drawn with an extra-fine point mechanical pencil before painting.
Prints are available in my Etsy shop.
THANK YOU for looking!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pink Amaryllis Lily Watercolor Painting

Pink Amaryllis Lily
I love any flower that is soft pale pink.
This study of a pastel Pink Amaryllis Lily is available in my Etsy shop.
It was painted in watercolor and drawn with a
fine-point mechanical pencil.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Baby Bird Watercolor Painting

Baby Bird Watercolor Painting
Sometimes I just want to paint something whimsical and fun, 
so I will take a break and paint a cute baby animal.
This is my idea of a funny little baby robin.
Not technically correct, just a whimsy.
The original and prints are available in my Etsy shop.
By the way, the pencil marks are left on purpose.  
I like to see the pencil marks under a painting.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yellow Daisies in Vintage Creamer Original Watercolor Painting

Yellow Daisies in Vintage Creamer
My original watercolor of a handful of wild daisies in a
treasured antique creamer.
Drawn with fine point pencil and painted with
artists archival watercolor paints on Fabriano paper.
Available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Purple Wildflowers in Old Glass Bottle Watercolor Painting

Purple Wildflowers in an Old Glass Bottle
This is a print of one of my watercolor paintings, available in my Etsy shop.
People often ask me what I use to draw with.
I sometimes use a fine-point Micron pen, but mostly I use
a mechanical pencil with a very fine .3mm lead.
I like the Forte Pro II mechanical pencils made by Pentel.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Roses and Lilacs Watercolor Painting

Roses and Lilacs
Have been experimenting with dark backgrounds, using two or three layers of color.
I started this one with a deep purple background, and then added a layer of almost black.
I've been neglecting my blog this year, due to other obligations.
I will try to do better.
Painted on Fabriano CP watercolor paper, using a variety
of watercolor brands:  Winsor & Newton, Sennellier,
Schmincke, Grumbacher, and others.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Original Watercolor Painting of Tulips

Watercolor Painting of Red Tulips in Terra Cotta Pots
Red tulips seem like holiday flowers to me.
These were painted in watercolor on Fabriano CP watercolor paper,
using a variety of paint brands:  Winsor & Newton, Sennellier, Schmincke, etc.
I don't use just one paint brand.  The colors vary so much between brands.
For example, Hookers Green by Graham is remarkably different
from Hookers Green by Grumbacher.
So I make lots and lots of color charts, and then choose the swatches that
I like best.  I think I have favorites from almost every paint brand:
Winsor & Newton, Sennellier, Schmincke, Grumbacher, Graham, DaVinci,
David Smith, and a few others.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lavender Flowers in Glass Cup

Lavender Flowers in Glass Cup
Pale, pastel purple garden flowers, plopped into a glass cup...
a simple, casual bouquet from grandma's garden,
my favorite kind of bouquet.
Painted on Fabriano CP watercolor paper, using a variety
of watercolor brands:  Winsor & Newton, Sennellier,
Schmincke, Grumbacher, and others.
A print of this painting is available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wildflower Watercolor Painting

Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and Yellow Primrose
Some of my favorite Texas wildflowers
Painted in watercolor, of course, on
Fabriano CP watercolor paper
These wonderful wildflowers cannot possibly be an accident.
They volunteer themselves, without any help from us,
in the fields and along the roads all over Texas,
often in the most inhospitable sandy, rocky places.

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