Wednesday, December 26, 2018

In the Cascades

First of all, I still have a handful of bird calendars left, check it out here if you would like one! This lady is included in the calendar. I love this one!

I finished another painting from our trip west, this one Washington State, "In the Cascades" (16x20, wood panel). For this one I used a sketch I had made on site. I am finding that I don't really like to paint from pictures, even though I sometimes use them, and obviously had to in my bird series.

I enjoyed doing this one. The sketch is below, so you can see I just took the basic idea, and went from there. 

This was the actual spot. The painting could have gone different ways. When we were there I really liked the yellow flowers growing between the rocks along the raging river, so that is what I made sure to put in the painting. I loved the time we spent there, and the hike we took!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Poppies and interview

There goes my intention to keep up with this blog! It's already been a month since last post. Time flies!
I've been painting quite a bit. I am currently working on some paintings of our trip out west last summer. There were so many beautiful spots that I would have loved to sit down and paint. Because of time constrains I could not, but I did do a lot of sketching and took tons of pictures. So with the help of these I can still make some paintings.

This is one of them. We saw these California Poppies on San  Juan Island in Washington. We stood there watching this view for a while. I loved seeing these orange beauties!

In other news; I am honored to be Spotlight Artist at Daily Paintworks! That means I am giving away a painting to one lucky winner, and there is a interview on the website. Check out the painting, how to win, and the interview here!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Bird calendar

I put a calendar from a selection of my bird paintings! I like how it came out.

Here is the video to see all pages.

And if you are interested in having one, or maybe gift one to a bird lover, here is the purchase information.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Boot Camp and shows

Two weeks ago I took part in a professional development program organized by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. The program is called NYSC/NYFA Artists as Entrepreneur Boot Camp. In the three days topics covered were strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. We learned so much through presentations, group work, and discussions. We were lucky to have an awesome supportive group and awesome presenters. This Boot Camp really got us thinking in all the ways we could grow. We bounced ideas off each other and bonded as a group and I feel like I made a lot of new friends! If you get a chance to take this program in the future or something similar in your state, do it!

In other news, here is my latest newsletter with upcoming shows and events:

Craft Fair at the Enfield Valley Grange, Enfield, NY

Saturday, November 17, 9AM-3PM

Craft Fair at the Ithaca First Assembly Church

197 Bostwick Road, Ithaca, NY

Saturday, December 1, 9AM-3PM

I will be there with small paintings, cards, and eco-printed silk scarfs.​ 

​I also have work in the following shows:

State of the Art Gallery's Juried Show, Ithaca, NY

 December 5-30; Opening Reception December 7, 5-8PM

Annual Group Exhibit, School of Music and Arts, Ithaca, NY

December 7-January 25; Opening Reception December 7, 5-8PM
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 3, 2018


This painting was accepted into the Annual Group Exhibit of the Community School of Music and Art, December 7 through January 25.

I painted this with the help of a facebook photo posted by my friend Kung of her trip west. I was immediately struck by this scene of her standing up there looking into this immense space. In the caption she wrote about her feeling of awe and gratitude: 

"This is the moment that I couldn't explain. I stood still and looked around and all of a sudden my heart was so full. Tears ran down my cheeks. I realized how my heart is full with emotions when I am surrounded by all this natural beauty. This moment made me appreciate how grateful I am to have the opportunity to see this very beautiful place."

I recognize the feeling of the heart overflowing with happiness and gratitude, and I hope you will too!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Adirondacks and Paint Off

We had a couple of short trips to the Adirondacks, and I was able to do some plein air painting. It always feels so good to be out there painting. However challenging, there is nothing better than painting from real life! 

This next one was a few weeks later, as you can see by the colors of the trees. It has been many years since we were in the Adirondacks in peak leaf season, and it was so beautiful! It was cloudy the whole time, but every once in a while the sun peaked out for a second and it looked like the trees were on fire. 

Then there was this painting challenge: the Ithaca Festival held a Paint Off as a fundraiser last evening. Every artist created a painting in 90 minutes (the paintings will be auctioned off at a later date). I had never done anything like this, and I heard from several other artists that they had not either. I thought it would be a good challenge. I decided to do a large version of one of the 50 small sky paintings I did last year. As soon as the signal was given it was game on! Initially I felt nervous about doing this, thinking what if it sucks? But soon after starting I got into the zone, not even noticing much going on around me. People were walking by and stopping to look at artists painting. I usually get very self-conscious, but I was able to ignore that. I am just not good at talking when I am painting. 

This was the result when the 90 minutes was up!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dogs past and present

Last year I made black walnut ink, and I still have a bunch left. My sister in law had asked for drawings of her dogs past and present. So here they are: Tara, Ziva (their current dog), Tess, and Laki.

It is fun to play around with ink, and good to shake up your usual medium, stepping out of the routine. Drawing this reminded me how much I like ink, and I should do more of this!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Back from The Netherlands

It's been quiet here, I know! I was away, back to my home country of the Netherlands for a bit. I did a few "touristy" things, but mostly spent the time with my family, catching up and just doing fun stuff together. I brought my sketch book, and managed to get a couple of sketches done.

These little roadside chapels are everywhere in the south of the Netherlands. This one is next to the house where I grew up.

The view from across the river. The castle on the right, De Keverberg, is pretty unique. It was destroyed at the end of WW2, and recently restored. They did not just rebuild it as it was, but blend the old with the new. I had my misgivings seeing the building plan. I did not think it could be any good, but now I love how it looks. I think it is beautiful. 

On a side note; my elementary school was to the right of the castle ruins, so that view was part of our lives. We would occasionally sneak up there to play. Plus I got married in the church on the left, so this view always brings back memories.

The walkway next to the river, a very popular place.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

"Taking Flight"

I took this painting to the Evelyn Peeler Peacock Gallery in Corning today. It will be part of the fall member show. I painted this while working on the 50 small bird paintings. At some point I was craving to paint something bigger than a 6"x6", so I did this 24"x36" one. It was a good challenge! Deciding on the composition, the shape of the swans, the different shades of white, and getting it just right did not come easy. I had a couple of reference pictures by photographer Andre Jacobs that I combined into this composition. I do like how the painting came out. I don't think you can see it well in the picture, but it looks like the light is coming through the wings.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Two paintings

We spent some time in the Adirondacks this week. Even though it was a family visit, I got some painting time in. Plein air is hard! I feel like I am hardly ever happy with the final product, but when I have a look at it the next day I usually am at peace with it. And on occasion tweak it a bit. What better way to learn than being out there!

 This spot is so beautiful! I am not sure that I did the mountains in the distance justice (the big one is Whiteface). A couple was getting their wedding pictures taken, so I decided to put them in the painting too. I left the parked cars out. It was a nice couple of hours spent in a beautiful spot!

 The next morning I got up at 6 AM to get my painting kick. The light changes so quickly! One moment there is mist, and the next moment the mist clears and you can see the mountains in the distance.

I love the unexpected sights you might see while painting and being in 1 spot for a few hours. This time it was the river otters! A lot of splashing and 2 heads popped up. I was told it may have been musk rats or beaver, but I'm sticking with river otters!
One or both of these paintings may lead to a bigger studio piece (these are both 9x12" oil on board).

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Back to plein air!

Getting ready for the Summer Mosaic took a lot of time the past months. It does feel good to focus on one thing. It was good to have a goal and a deadline. That helps keep me on track. Plus doing a series of paintings like that helps to really push your limit. Now that that is done, the question is "now what." I've been wanting to get back to plein air painting, so I have done a little bit of that. Plus painting birds led to a commission to paint some turkeys. I finished that one. And I just remembered that I promised to do some dog sketches for my sister in law... working on that.  
So for now my next goal is to do as much plein air as I can while the weather is good (I guess I am a fair weather plein air painter only!). I want to make a lot of outdoor sketches so turning them into paintings can keep me busy painting through the winter. I think that is a good goal for the next few months!

Plein air on a nice summer evening. 

It felt good to get back to this! There is nothing better that being outdoors, being in the actual moment, and try to capture what drew you to the scene in the first place.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Artist Market

Thank you to all who came out to the Ithaca Artist Market yesterday. It was a busy, hopping place! Such a nice event to be part of, and it looked like everyone was enjoying themselves. Music, food, art, good company, what else can you ask for?! It was wonderful to meet so many people.

A lot of paintings went to good new homes! I will be posting the remaining bird paintings soon in my Daily Paintworks Gallery. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018


The Summer Mosaic Show was great! Wonderful to see everyone's art, and to meet a lot of new people. I'm happy that 8 of my pieces went to new homes!
This week I have been getting ready for the Ithaca Artist Market on Friday; 12-7PM at the Ithaca Farmers Market site (Steamboat Landing). I have taken part in this the past 2 years. It is a beautiful spot, and covered, so always a good place to be, rain or shine. I'll be bringing some of my birds and other works.

I'll be in booth 68. Hope to see you there!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Show info

Today I hung my bird paintings. It is nice to see all that work from the past few months finally on the wall! I got to see some of the other artists' work, and it looks like the Summer Mosaic will be an awesome show! So if you have the chance, check it out. Thirty artists have created 50 pieces of work each. Wow!

The Summer Mosaic Show will be at the  Cedar Arts Center in Corning. It is open for viewing July 16-18. No sales are made during this time. 

VIP RECEPTION - July 19 - $70ea
Enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvre, and music, as we open the exhibition. You’ll be among special guests who’ll be the first to make selections from 1,500 six-inch square artworks. Artwork sales begin at 5:30 PM. The first 50 guests receive fun gift-bags. VIP ticket holders are invited to return Friday for the Mosaic Bash

Mosaic Bash - July 20 - $40ea
Experience an evening surrounded by talented artists, inspired artwork, lively dancing, delicious food, and refreshing libations.
Guests are encouraged to purchase remaining artwork from one of thirty regional artists. Food is complimentary and your first beverage is free.

New Moon Sale - July 21 & 22
This event is free and open to the public. Purchase any remaining artwork. All remaining work will be de-installed July 23.

I was there for last year's show and it was pretty amazing to see the artwork fly off the walls as soon as sales started! Sales benefit the Cedar Art Center.
Check here for ticket information.

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Last but not least! The final three of 50 are done! 
Downy woodpecker (from a picture by Petra Glorie).

I had trouble deciding which birds to paint next, until co-worker Mashelle showed me some of her pictures. This one of a starling that had fallen out of a nest was just so cute! She put it back in its nest, so hopefully it all turned out well.

The oriole is such a beautiful bird! This summer I saw one in our yard for the very first time.

All these birds will go the Summer Mosaic show in Corning. They will be part of 1500 pieces of art in the show! I'm looking forward to see what everyone has been working on.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Back to painting!

It's been quiet here for a while! Almost a month since my last blog. Time flies when you're having fun! We were away for a couple of weeks for a drive across the country! It's a big country.... We saw so many beautiful places. I can't wait to get started on all the new ideas for paintings. But for right now I'm still working on birds. A couple of these I did before our trip, but did not post yet, so here they are.

This pink flamingo was in a zoo in the Netherlands that I visited with my friend (she provided the picture). It's not complete without the pink flamingo!

This snow owl is in the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge. We visited there earlier in the year. Check it out when you're in the area!

The nuthatch is from a picture by Petra Glorie. Unfortunately the story of the baby birds did not end well in this case. Nature can be cruel, and predators are everywhere.

My son's girlfriend made the picture of the barn swallows. We stood watching them as the parents flew in and out every few minutes. They were flying like acrobats while catching insects around us on the grass field. They are fast! It was fun to watch those beaks pop open at every prospect of food!

I made some bird pictures while in Yellowstone. They were stuffed birds at the information center, but hey, it works. This magpie was one of them. We did see some life ones. They are common in the Netherlands too. 

I thought I had missed this year's peony bloom, but there were still some blooming when we came back. Since they will not wait till I get around to it I painted one right away. The next day they were pretty much gone. I'm glad I grabbed the chance!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A penguin, a hummingbird, a nest, and two doves

My son loves penguins, and said I needed a penguin in this bird collection, so here it is. I gave him a different background than the zoo where the picture was made. 

I believe this nest was made by a house wren. It was build into some outdoor curtains. House wrens will start building just about anywhere. As time went by the nest sagged more and more. The eggs did hatch, but I am not sure if the birds lived. They were gone one day. The nest was just too open and exposed not to be noticed by predators. 

I have a birdhouse that lost its hanger, so I just set it on the deck next to our kitchen window. It did not take long for 2 house wrens to find it. Every once in a while they serenade us. When the window is open it is like they are singing inside. It was so funny to watch them start building! You would think a twig like this would not go through that small hole in the birdhouse, but they are persistent and get it in there after a few tries. So after seeing this I wanted to paint another wren.

These mourning dove babies sat in a nest under the roof overhang of my parents' shed. They just sat there the whole week I was there, watching everybody come and go. My dad said they are back this year and had another two babies. It does answer the question of why you never see baby pigeons. I guess they like to stay at mom and pops for a long time and being tended to.

The reference picture for this hummingbird was made by Petra Glorie. She makes beautiful bird pictures while attending bird banding sessions. Birds are caught, banded, and released. Besides painting the hummingbird, this was good practice in skin colors!
I'm now in the home stretch of these 50 bird paintings! Down into the single digits. Yeah, getting there! It's a good feeling to see them all together. They are looking good.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Swan, egret, Cooper hawk, and a goose

I find that I enjoy painting swans. I finished a large painting of a couple of swans which I will post later. This swan we saw while on a bike trip in the Netherlands. So beautiful!

An egret from Florida; this one was in a bird sanctuary.

Thanks to my co-worker who rescues birds, in this case this Cooper hawk. He wants to get out of there!

Mama goose is keeping a watchful eye out while the babies discover their world. Geese are everywhere these days.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Kestrel and titmouse

The American Kestrel is a small falcon, beautiful, and colorful. I like how this guy is just looking at you. 

 The titmouse is such a cute little bird. So funny that while I was painting this one a real titmouse sat in front of my studio window on a left over dry coneflower from last year.

Picture credit for both these goes again to Petra Glorie

Monday, April 30, 2018

Two more

The first time I saw a bald eagle I was driving on the freeway and he came flying over. Wow! I was so excited to see this bird! Picture credit for this one goes to Petra Glorie

When I had a birdfeeder out the blue jays quickly took over! They were a bit of bullies to the other birds. Beautiful birds though. Once again I found painting the markings on the back tricky.
Jan Peels made the picture I used for this one.

Friday, April 20, 2018


This duck had a nest in my parents backyard. Their yard is small and fenced in, but it has a lot of greenery for a duck to hide in. My parents saw the duck fly into their yard several times and after some searching found the nest. A couple of weeks later mama duck emerged with seven ducklings. I happened to be visiting at the time and it was so cute to see. My dad even got them some baby duck food, and the little ones swam in the water bowl he set out. A few days later mama duck got very restless and was looking for a way out of the yard. My mom helped guide them to the river through the streets of their village.

These birds were sitting in a nest under our canoe, which was hanging on the outside of the shed. I saw a bird flying under the canoe a few times and went to investigate. I found the nest with eggs, and so decided we would not use the canoe till the babies were grown up. So we did not canoe for about a month! These birds are fly catchers so they are doing good work of catching insects. The are quite the acrobatic too.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"Winter king"

This little wren has a much cooler name in Dutch: winterkoninkje (winter king). Big name for such a little bird, but then again, the song of this bird is so much bigger than its size. Thanks to Andre Jacobs for the picture!

I'm inching my way to the halfway point of 25! I have two more in progress, so I hope to be over the hump tomorrow. Each of these birds has been taking longer than expected. It's a challenge for sure, but in a good way.