All About Me and My Adventures, Trials, Tribulations & Travels ... Fine Art, Design, Photography and Lettering Arts

Monday, December 14, 2015

updated website is

Hola, I am back in Costa Rica to paint for the 11th year.... first week...settling in slowly. Adjusting to weather and of course the language. The language, well, this is the toughest for me. I do have to study more vocabulary. It has been raining a little each day...looking for the rainbows and chasing butterflies, pool is calling my name.

There are two new dogs here, Julia, little terrier and a black dog named Coco.

Business as usual here, some new people living here long term, and older ones along with new artists also visiting for the month.

Francisco planning our Cuba trip for January 10th, Carlos, doing chores around colony, cleaning pool, fixing things, trimming trees, and raking gardens before it rains again. It's paradise! Hibiscus in bloom, ginger, bananas growing in front of my studio window, zinnias, flowers I never saw before. I will take a walk tomorrow and see what else's in bloom now.

Yellow brick road, pink in my path, ticking, chirping, aches, fresh air, breathe,squinting, greens, bamboo swaying, bananas, mangoes, stars, blue sky, clear water.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I saw this sign in a cafe yesterday, I thought it was so beautiful.

I ordered a coffee and a passion fruit mousse. It was wonderful, thinking of making some myself next week.
Tomorrow, Thursday I will be getting some "Bee Therapy" (APITHERAPY) for my arthritis in my hands. Wish me luck! Just to see its magic!

Hummingbirds are hummin round here. One crashed into my window and fell to the ground, I turned right side up and he was shaking terribly, but after 10 minutes he was able to fly away and hovered in front of me first, as if to say thank you! Would love to have a hummingbird feeder here to watch.

Costa Rican, one sneeze say "salute", second sneeze say "dinero", third sneeze say "amor"!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

"Birthday Bamboo" 8x8 watercolor

Here I am again in Costa Rica, my 10th  winter year here at the Julia and David White Artist Colony.

OK now what...I am starting to feel settled in, I think. Preparing myself for painting. Cleaned the palette from last year as much as I could, I actually gessoed the surface of palette, cause there was so much acrylic on it, I scrapped some off and now have my pointer finger bandaged. Scrapping with a razor blade and the angle that you have to use to get it all off has made my knuckle raw. I didn't realize how much I use this finger, 
It is very sore.

I have unrolled the 36x60 paper to start the biggest painting I have ever tried. Yup! I am going to attempt it, but I have no idea what I am going to paint yet. Waiting for the muse to show up. I did this small painting of bamboo for a birthday party I am invited to by my friend Bernarda today at 2:00. 
Thought I would get into painting and loosen up a bit.

Going through all my photos of Costa Rica to clean out and organize and at the same time find the perfect one to use for references. Too many...oh boy. Here at the colony... it is so has rained everyday so far, but only a little like maybe an hour a day. The sunshines and then it rains a little again..I can't find my umbrella either, it is a "goner". That makes me want to stay in studio, I don't want to be caught in a downpour. It is still rainy season in Costa Rica until middle of December and it sprinkles alot, then it downpours randomly.

I like this small bamboo painting, I kept layering colors on it and finally wiping even some off on the left side which created a movement I kind of adore!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

new website

In my studio at 58 Edgemere Avenue, Warwick, RI 02889
$80.00/4..... Fall CLASSES 2014, beginning October 30th
10:00-12:00 and 6:30-8:30

2015 SPRING CLASSES (March-April)
email me

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Recent work from my artist residency in Costa Rica

Coastal Living Gallery
83 Brown Street, Wickford, RI

Exhibit: June 3-30

Jungle Reception
June 13, 2014   


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2014 Classes starting May 6th Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 -8:30pm
North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Watercolor paintings are often technically 
good but still lack spark and freshness – it’s a challenge.

This class will focus on: Color theory • Fresh, clean color • Intuitive negative painting • Incorporating soft lost edges and sharp found edges • Spontaneous, sure brushwork • Stronger composition & design, Landscape scenes and flowers will be our subjects and photos will be provided for your use. There will be demos, exercises, critique and lots of painting time. Bring your materials and for suggested supplies email: