Dreamy Koi


6″ by 6 on clayboard  go to  www.dailypainters.comfor pay pal information.

I was sitting in my car while I was waiting for my husband to pick up some dog food from the grocery store. While staring out the window of the car, I saw an old man walk slowly and rather gimpy into the store and for some reason he peaked my interest so I continue to watch him as he went inside. I could see him near the entrance and as easily as you or I pulling out a shopping cart he grabbed some stuff off of the shelves near the door and walked back out.  I was so shocked I just sat there and stared at him.  He sauntered back thru the parking lot walking back the way he came. I kept looking back at the store to see if anyone was coming after him, no one ever did. When my husband got in the car minutes later I told him everything I saw and he casually said lots of old people steal, it common knowledge. They just claim their can’t remember stuff and are confused, people feel sorry for them and let them go.

Koi Solo


This is on gessoed Masonite, (watercolor) Its for sale for 40.00
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Turned in my painting today for the “spring into Art” art show at the Charlotte Art League, lets hope it gets into the show. Since these things are subjective, its hard to know what will get in and what won’t. Sometimes I select the wrong piece to enter for the wrong judge. Once when I was helping out with a show I overheard the judge say to his assistant, well, now I have to pick an obligatory nude. True to his word, he only chose one nude to go into the show and it wasn’t one of the two that I entered. You never know…. I also put in a still life which I didn’t think was as good as either of the two nudes and it got in…

Red Koi, green Water


This is painted on smooth clayboard 6″ by 6″ $40.00 In intertested… go to http://www.dailypainters.com for pay pal check out.

I spent the afternoon prepping boards and getting things ready for my entry into the Spring show. I try to enter several shows a year, because it helps keep my work fresh and I look forward to seeing what everyone has been painting all winter. I’ll post a picture of my painting if it gets in. cross your fingers!

Fast Moving Koi


8 by 8 sold To Marnie in Texas, Thank You

I ‘ve been getting our pool ready by getting the gate repaired, painting the fence and ordering new signs. Any day now people will be calling me because they want to lay out. Unfortunately the water looks like pond water. It isn’t too inviting to look at. Now if it were a Koi pond, I’d be right out there. I don’t lay out any more just because it seems my skin only wants to freckle ….Hey are those age spots? Ya think? Man, a girl can’t get a break.

I’ve been studying sail boats because I want to paint a scooner, if you have any good photos, let me know… I was down at the Marina today ( in Tega Cay) but of course all the sailboats are more like Dingys.

Spring Koi

6 by 6 watercolor on gessoed masonite $40.00   www.dailypainters.com for pay pal link

I wish I knew how to say no. Lately, I’ve had lots of people asking me for things, big and small… like teach a class at the local high school, hang a show in the fall, chair another art group, write a magazine article, loan them some money for beer, mentor college fine art student for thesis project, assist national artist for their workshop in Charlotte, attend grand opening meeting. This are only the requests for the last week or two.

Now, one of these may stick out as a little different than the rest, sure its easy to spot, its the beer money. I guess I look like the type that will not dismiss them and will at least be nice when I say no if I do say no. Of course I have not been able to say no to any of these folks. Not just the person who comes to me for my spare change but all the others. This is why I tend to rush from one thing to the next. So,…..this year is my year to say no. I’m going to try to cherry pick these tasks and figure out which ones I really enjoy and which one are helping others. I do believe in providing service to others and volunteer to several groups now. The problem comes in when one groups hears you do something for free and they want in on it.

Now that I have written this plan down, I hope I can stick to this plan, I’ll still do things for others and yes I’ll still give my change to people who are down on their luck, (no,don’t write me for money, see I’ve already started))but I won’t say yes to everything that is asked of me.

“Koi pals” 8 by 10 watercolor on Gessoed Masonite


I had a bit of a headache last night and even though I had plenty of paintings to post I forgot to post one.
This is one of the Koi I painted last week. Its painted on heavily textured Masonite and it gives the painting a nice effect which looks like moving water.
This morning I went down to the boat ramp with my dogs and the wind was really blowing, I gingerly stepped along the Rip Rap of rock along the water’s edge, trying not to fall into the lake. while the dogs sniffed the rocks I looked out over the water and saw a small sail boat with a brightly colored sail. I’m not much of a sailor but I do enjoy seeing the boats on the water because they have such a great profile.

Koi Gossip wc on clayboard


8 by 10 75.00

The colors I used here are: Skips green (Cheaps Joes)  cobalt blue,  Halloween orange (cheap Joes) lemon yellow WN. This is on clayboard which I guess they are now calling Aqua board, its an ampersand product. Basically its a Clay like product sprayed onto Masonite. It comes in smooth and textured. The surface is not like paper and the paint is not absorbed into the surface but sits on top. For this you have to remember not to add too much water since it has to evaporate. This is the textured, it tends to break up the color a bit more than smooth.

This product takes watercolor, ink, acrylic and most mediums, it can be varnished or sprayed with fixative if you would want to hang it without glass.
I usually paint on this product for customers who like oil or acrylic paintings or if they do not like to hang their art under glass. Its a good fit.

Spring Koi SOLD

16 by 20 Acrylic on Canvas $350.00 Shipping is $10.00

I will paint Your Koi if you send me a photo, you of course will receive first refusal for the piece. I will maintain the copyright and all artist rights.

My price list is

Daily paintings
ACEO 15.00
4 by 4 = 30.00
 6 by 6 = 40.00
 8 by 8 = 50.00
 8 by 10 = 75.00
Most of these will ship for $5.50 in US

Larger paintings

11 by 14 or 15 = 300.0
16 by 20 = 350.0
18 by 24 = 400.0
24 by 24 = 450.00

odd sizes or commissioned pieces are quoted by actual size not the framed size.

Items can be painted in WC, egg tempra, acrylic, or pastel on….
Wood, paper, clayboard, canvas, gessoed masonite, Illustration board, and slate.

Ancient Ritual 119 Sold

a-72r119.jpg15.00 2.5 by 3.5Its difficult for me to discuss these paintings because they are rather abstract in nature. The concept is simple, its the study of ritual and what role it plays in our lives and in our culture.I love these colors and find more colorful work appearing in my paintings during the spring months.I’ve had a number of folks write to me telling me their ideas of what they see in these paintings. I find it absolutely amazing …. All the stories people have as to what is going on in these paintings is varied and interesting. This is another reason I don’t talk about what I see going on in them.  I like the viewer to decide.

Ancient Ritual 118 ACEO Sold

2.5 by 3.5 $15.00 Watercolor on paper
This ACEO is part of my ancient ritual series which explores the use of ritual to mark the passing of time and events in our lives.
This blue is cerulean blue, one of my favorites!
Quin gold is used and of course the old work horse… burnt sienna

For those that so not know… ACEO stands for Artist Collector’s Edition or Original

I closed down my ebay store today, its too difficult to be selling in so many places. You end of spending too much time on the computer. I want to paint not sit around writing copy and uploading photos. I’ll open it during the Winter months when things are slower.

Blue Pond Lilly

8 by 10 watercolor on gessoed masonite $60.00 plus 5.5 S and H
This little Koi is looking up at that blue flower and wondering how something so beautiful could come from the muddy depths of his pond.

It was overcast and cloudy this morning when I went to the park and I thought it might even snow. Of course I was wrong… no snow but just another grey day. I don’t mind the greyness but all the trees are budding out and the daffodils are up so it seems like Spring is around the corner. The grey skies are just a subtle reminder that even though Easter is almost here Spring is not.

 My youngest daughter’s birthday was today and she is 28. Happy Birthday Amy!



4 inches by four inches A watercolor on clayboardthis flower was painted with yellow, quin gold, orange red, and green.

Each of the petals was painted with the lightest paint first then the darks were laid over the lights while wet. Last was the leaves and stem, they were painted with the light yellow green first then the darker green. I use a flat brush which makes it easys to do the leaves and petals.