Peruvian Retablo at peaceable kingdom

From a wonderful art class at Peaceable Kingdom on Ives St. in Providence.  Joan and her husband have a fabulous collection from around the globe.  It was hard to settle down and sketch one thing but I managed with this …are you ready? dog party retablo.  Can you believe it?  I think it might be my bravest sketch ever, small endeavor that it was.  I love my paint box, not because it allows me to capture what I am seeing but because it helps me enjoy it, and life, more.dp2646_1.jpeg

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we started with color swatches
Peruvian Retablo from Peaceable Kingdom

Collaborating with Juniper Blue Studio

A gorgeous bouquet from Juniper Blue floral Studio!  I asked Moriah, the designer at Juniper Blue to create a bouquet for me-she has a sensitivity to shapes and textures that moves me.  This week I have the pleasure of sketching and painting this bouquet in my studio. I’ve barely scratched the surface. I’ll send E some photos so she can join us. It feels like, gosh,  Christmas.

My studio doors are open this month, if you’d like to schedule a visit and see my work in progress with Moriah’s arrangement click here to choose a time.

Partial Tree, RI Statehouse


I went to the RI Satehouse last Wednesday to do a bit of research for our roving watercolor class. Turns out they were putting up the tree, or had been.  I knew the tree was scheduled to be lit in the coming days but surprised me, somehow, to see the opened boxes and leaning ladders.  Thrilling to be in the grand rotunda with that incredible tree! Looking forward to going back with my students.

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Sketching workshop at Bryant

Photos and demo sketches from a workshop at Bryant U for a Creativity and the Arts course taught by Joan Zaretti.  The students were fabulous! We went over guidelines for drawing from art. (Like the thumbnail sketching tutorial here.) We worked from university portraits but also tackled Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa, Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, as well as a Cezanne and a Monet from the RISD Museum collection.

I found the work of Suzanne Hodes in the Bryant art collection and had trouble pulling myself away.

Little sketchbook in the museum.

There’s a wonderful exhibit at the RISD Museum called Lines of Thought:Drawing from Michelangelo to Now.

One of my students is an art historian and she gave an inspiring lecture to accompany the show, some of these are from her talk.dp2630_1.jpegdp2630_2.jpeg

(My note “Michelangelo was there” refers to the fact that Sandy, our class art historian, told us that Michelangelo was present when the Laocoön was unearthed in Rome in 1506.