"To draw you must close your eyes and sing." PABLO PICASSO


Sepia is a rich dark brown, grayish color and it creates a classic look in portrait painting.  I have added sepia to my watercolor palette.  These are my first steps in painting in light values of sepia.   This portrait will be painted in sepia only, using a range of values.
The supplies for this portrait are very simple and include 1 tube of sepia watercolor by Winsor Newton and a pencil.   The beautiful ceramic mug that is holding my watercolor brushes is by one of my favorite Michigan artists,  Sue Bolt,
http://www.suebolt.com .  Sue, her husband Russ, and their daughter Lori are exceptional artists from Charlevoix, Michigan.

This is the finished portrait in sepia on Arches archival watercolor
paper. http://Sketchbookstudioart.etsy.com
This is a sepia portrait of my husband that I painted many years ago.  The inner mat matches the sepia.

This little girl is all grown up and her personality continues to sparkle!

Quick Sketch Custom Portrait of A Dog

This is a recent Quick Sketch Custom Portrait of a Dog named Honey.  She is as sweet as she looks!

This portrait is on a toned fine art paper with graphite pencil and white charcoal pencil for highlights.


 This is my talented mother at our week long painting workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School in February.   She studied fashion illustration at the Cleveland School of Art many years ago.  She continues to take drawing classes and is an inspiration to her children and grandchildren.

Quick Sketch Custom Portraits

I have been drawing and painting portraits for over 20 years.  www.sketchbookstudioart.etsy.com

Sweet St. Bernard Puppy is Complete!


As you can see, additional layers of transparent watercolor have been applied to the puppy to create a range of values and more detail.

A Watercolor Painting in Progress

This is is a  painting of a sweet St. Bernard puppy.  I begin with a light detailed pencil drawing.  Many watercolorists complete their paintings in 1 step.  If you are trying to achieve a realistic image, I find that it works well to paint with glazing techniques, allowing each layer to dry before applying more paint.  The final painting will be posted soon.  When this painting is completed it will appear in

Happy Easter

It feels like Spring in Michigan! Welcome to my new shop: Puppy in the Window Art

Original paintings, prints and greeting cards of adorable puppies and dogs.



www.Sketchbookstudioart.etsy.com                                                                                                                 Have a Sweet Valentine's Day!!!


Beautiful and Feminine Fine art Handcrafted Jewelry by JenifersfamilyJewels.etsy.com

I love these stunning pieces by Jenifersfamilyjewels.  Jenifer says she is most inspired by nature.
When inquiring about her work, she commented, "I love bold pieces that make people say "Wow" when I go out."

Exquisite Porcelain Ceramics at White Earth Studio Pottery

Enjoy touring this exceptionally talented artist's Etsy shop at www.WhiteEarthStudio.etsy.com.  You will see
exquisite Porcelain Ceramics by Nancy Monsebroten.

Welcome to KraftyMax

Please enjoy meeting this talented artist at her unique shop at http://www.Kraftymax.etsy.com where you will find "Handcrafted Fully Beaded Original Jewelry Creations."   I love this featured piece which is called "Patchwork Quilt Tulip Bracelet."  It was inspired by her "mother's quilting pattern."

In her own words she has a valuable message for all artists which is to spend your energies on what is a good fit for you.

"But, one thing I can say as a tip is that no matter which of the wonderful ideas you find in Crafting Success Books, find what you like and work it. Don’t try to do everything all the time, I tried and found out I had no time to bead. Now I work on what fits with me and I really work it and just check in with some of the others on occasion."

Also visit her inspirational blog at http://www.Kraftymax.blogspot.com

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." Claude Monet


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Original Watercolor

This is a new original watercolor painting of a very sweet puppy I met in Chicago last September.  If you are not familiar with this adorable toy breed, they are considered very affectionate, playful, and can be pleased easily.

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Puppy

Welcome to Judy Snow Mosaic Tiles

I hope you enjoy viewing Quality Hand-Cut Mosaic Tiles by Judy Snow.  Her Etsy Shop includes vintage china, pottery and glass hand-cut tiles.   Here is a lovely piece by Judy called "Rose Medallion."
You will see a unique and charming selection at her shop:  http://JudySnow.Etsy.com

Puppy Love

Hope you are staying warm with your puppies and pets and enjoying this New Year's weekend!

Stay connected with friends and family beyond the internet with cards of these  heart warming puppies.

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy, Healthy and Peaceful!