I started this painting as a demo in a class I teach at J.J. Cardinal’s Wild Birds & Nature Store. It showcases a wet-on-wet technique for the sky and some of the leaves and petals. The bird is a mix of wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry. Finches love coneflowers as much as I do. American Goldfinch on Coneflowers is 9” x 12” and sells for $110. It’s also available in notecard format. Click here to contact me about purchasing a notecard or the painting.
Meet Tom’s Hummingbird. Tom, my brother-in-law, lives in Boulder, Colorado, and loves to garden. His thumb is greener than green and he has a vast knowledge of plants, vegetables, etc. One day, he videoed this little hummer going crazy for his bright-red bee balm. I saw the video on Facebook, and paused it in various spots to try to capture the bird for a painting. This is the result. It was difficult to do because the bird is seemingly always moving and even when you pause the video you only catch it, well, moving! It’s about 5 x 7 inches and sells for $50. It’s also available in note card format. Click here to contact me about making a purchase.
Hello from Longboat Key! We spotted this Snowy Egret during a kayak adventure. It was tucked back just sort of watching us go by in our kayaks. This painting is about 9 x 11 and sells for $140. It can be available in notecards/postcards.. Click here to contact me about making a purchase.
This pretty white ibis was watching us from the shore as we kayaked around Longboat Key, Fla., on a beautiful day in March. Longboat’s American White Ibis is about 8 x 11 inches and sells for $125. It can also be available in notecard format. Click here to contact me about making a purchase.
Cardinal Messenger was started as a demonstration for a cardinal-painting class. It was a good start, so i decided to finish it! Cardinals are spiritual messengers. I can never have enough cardinals around me. :)
Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting or notecards of this painting. I am also continuing to use iit as a reference for bird-painting classes I am teaching in 2019 to beginner watercolorists.
Cardinal Enjoying Berries is about 9 x 11 inches, $125, and features a few techniques including a m ix of Gesso with the watercolor. I just wanted to convey a happy cardinal loving his surroundings. I enjoy these colors together: yellows, resd, greens and blues. This painting sold at the 2019 Master Gardeners of Oakland County symposium. Click here to contact me about purchasing notecards of this painting. I am also using it as a reference for bird-painting classes I am teaching in 2019 to beginner watercolorists.
The Coneflower Lovin’ Finch painting showcases various techniques, including a wet-on-wet background. Splatters and splashing are some of my favorite techniques, as well as scraping into the paint to add texture and layers. These are a few of my favorite things: American Goldfinch, coneflowers and … painting them! This painting is 11 by 12 inches and sells for $150. Notecards are also available.. Click here to contact me about making a purchase.
Cardinals. As you may know these lovely birds carry messages for us and good karma. Even the name, cardinal, refers to spiritual meaning. They say if you see one, focus on what you’re thinking at that time, or put out a good and positive thought to the universe, to the One above, or to those you love. This painting is a combination of cardinals I spotted at Stony Creek Metro Park in Michigan and my back yard flowering crabapple tree, which shows its glory throughout the year, from May’s pink blossoms to December’s berries (always a draw for birds). Spiritual Messenger is about 8 by 11 inches and sells for $125. Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting. I am using it as a reference for bird-painting classes I’ll be teaching in 2019 to beginner watercolorists. It also will be available in note card format.
“Snow-Splashed Cardinal,” $70, was painted when the area where I lived was going through what weather experts called a Polar Vortex. It was 12 below, and felt like 30 below. The painting was inspired by photographer Ernie Griffith, who photographed the cardinal on a gate/fence, and then I just had to add all the snow and ice and put snow on the gate. I guess I was channelling in my studio what was going on outdoors. It’s about 8 x 8 inches and is also available in notecard format. Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting or a notecard.
This little guy was juried into the annual 2019 Our Town Art Show and Sale, which runs in May and raises funds for The Community House in Birmingham. I photographed this chickadee — one of the friendliest birds — at a metro park in metro Detroit in March. I just had to embellish the painting with green leaves because there were no leaves on the trees yet. This painting is about 8 x 11 inches and is available for purchase for around $120. Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting. It’s also available in note card.
This painting, Chickadee Two, was started during a class I was teaching at a cool wild bird and nature shop. I finished it back in the studio on a really cold day, so had to add some yellow to bring the feel of sunshine! I photographed this cute little bird at Kensington Metro Park in SE Michigan. It’s about 9 x 12 inches or so and sells for $120 .Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting. It’s also available in note card.
April is the month when a veritable robin fest explodes here in Michigan. When I go for walks I see robins landing, flying, feeding, nesting, you name it. This one’s enjoying a stroll in the grass. I painted him in preparation for a Robin beginner watercolor workshop I am teaching. The American Red Robin is Michigan’s state bird. It’s about 9 x 7 inches and sells for $75. Click here to contact me about making a purchase. It’s also available in notecard format.
I love thistle and I love goldfinches — not much more to say here! Golds and violets/lilacs/lavenders look so nice together! This small painting, about 8 by 11 inches, is available for purchase: $80. It’s also available in note card. Click here to contact me about making a purchase.
Two of my favorites — goldfinches and coneflowers. So this is a natural combo for me. Oh the golds and pinks together :).!! This small painting is about 8 by 11 inches and is available for sale: $140
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One of my family’s favorite birds is the blue heron. We see them a lot around Michigan and Florida. I love their nests and of course here I’ve created a nest in colors that I feel when I see herons, if that makes sense? Herons Nesting is a 15 x 11 painting, $150..Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting. It’s also available in note card.
Heron's Nest, 15 x 11 inches, $175, is now hanging at Blue Heron Talent headquarters near Jackson, MI. The founder of Blue Heron Talent is crazy about herons and water ... Of course, a heron's nest isn't really this colorful, but it feels colorful to me when I see it, soaking up the atmosphere around it. Click here to contact me about commissioning a similar painting.
Hummingbird's Lunch, 7 x 7 inches, $50, is an attempt at capturing a little whirring bird which I often hear more than see at my cottage in northern Michigan. This was painted on an Italian Fabiano paper, a smooth and silky paper that doesn't absorb paint as much as other papers do. Click here to contact me about purchasing the painting.
This sweet little dog was commissioned by a woman who wanted to give a painting of her to her husband, who’s crazy about the dog. I LOVED painting this, from a photo. It was like sculpting, using lights, mediums and darks to form the structure of this beloved pet. Click here to contact me about commissioning a pet portrait.
Sea Turtle, 15 x 11, $200, has been sold to a Milwaukee-based woman who writes garden books. She first purchased a hibiscus painting and a poppy painting while in town at a gardening conference (I had an artist booth at the conference). It seems she couldn't stop thinking about the turtle she saw on the site, so off he swam to Milwaukee. Click here to contact me about commissioning a similar painting.
Sea Turtle 2, 15 x 11, $150, was juried in to the Birmingham, Michigan Community House Our Town show in 2015. Once I found out it would be in the show, I decided I needed a really antiquated and charming frame to house this cool old sea guy. I found a woman who refurbished a vintage frame, giving it a driftwood-y appeal with tarnished greens and making it a perfect home for him. The piece sold. However, I LOVE to paint turtles. Click here to contact me about commissioning a similar painting.
I spotted this heron in Northeast Michigan. He likes to hang out in this area. The painting features various scenes in Northern Michigan that come together in my mind … pine trees in the distance, trees up close, water, fields and meadows. The colors — blues, greens, golds, tans, siennas, pinks and yellows — are quintessential Michigan. Heron on Creek is framed in a vintage cerulean blue frame and is 15” x 22”. It was juried into a statewide show and sells, framed, for $220. Click here to contact me about making a purchase.