Day 15: Box Turtle

Sometimes it's fun to take a closer look. I had a great time painting details of a box turtle shell for Day 15 of the 30 in 30 Painting challenge. Box turtles are common residents of Fire Island. Sometimes while walking along the sidewalks you can hear a rustling in the shrubs. Often it is a box turtle making its get-away. The local nature center has tracked sightings of box turtles and even developed a map!



Day 14: Favorite Feathers

In the 1990’s I worked in the tropical forest of Belize. I spent my days working on ecological projects amongst amazing tropical vegetation and Mayan ruins. Every once in a while I found a brilliant colored feather. Some are pictured here.  My favorite is the motmot second from left. 



Watercolor of my collection of Belizean feathers. 


Here are the real feathers with my trusty bird book.  

Day 13: Beach Combing

Why is beach combing so enjoyable? For me it is the pleasure of strolling the beach, whether it is warm or cold, and coming upon nature's beautiful surprises. Mostly it is just fun to look at these treasures in their natural habitat. Sometimes though, a shell, a stone, or a perfectly smooth piece of brightly colored sea glass calls out to be taken home where I can enjoy it in my studio. Once home, these mementos inhabit the essence of why I love the beach. Why do you beach comb? And where do you like to go?



Day 12: Seashells

I love collecting shells at Fire Island. I collected this piece of purple wampum, a cat’s eye shell and clam shell last summer. These treasures feel all the more special when I’m far from the beach.



Day 10: Tulips and Daffodils

Amazing the joy that a little bouquet of flowers can bring. Savor each day. I have had so much fun painting these I decided to put some in the shop.  Click here to go to "Shop for Flowers"



Day 9: Back in the Studio

Nothing like some fresh flowers to brighten my day. This 5x5” watercolor  is available for $35 plus $4 shipping. Send me an email at for inquiries. 



Day 8: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Yesterday we celebrated the life of a remarkable woman, Pat Palmiotto. She touched so many and her legacy lives on.  



Day 7: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Time in the studio is limited these days. These quick sketches help to tide me over. Hoping to have more time next week. 


Day 6: 30 in 30

Change in plans. With the snow storm hitting the northeast I had to hightail it out of DC this morning. Made it safely home to Walpole, NH. Here’s a quick sketch I made on the plane of Walpole’s Congregational Church. I needed to be home before tomorrow to celebrate the life of a special woman, my dear sister-in-law, Pat, who lost her fight against cancer on World Cancer Day. 


Day 5: 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Whew! What a day pounding the pavement. Great meetings in our Nation’s capital. Finally at the end of the day had time to make a quick sketch. Flying home tomorrow hoping to beat the snow storm. 


Quick sketch of the Capitol Building

Day 4 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days hosted by Leslie Saeta

Today I traveled to DC so I didn’t have time to paint anything new. But here is a little painting that I did recently. I hope to paint something tomorrow between meetings on The Hill. Going to bat for New Hampshire’s drinking water systems! 



“Melancholy of Departure” 

30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 2

It's been a busy Saturday but I managed to squeak in this little 5x5" watercolor. There is something meditative about painting these small seascapes. This one is called "A Journey Begins".



30 Paintings in 30 Days

Podcast host Leslie Saeta, of Artists Helping Artists is hosting a "30 Paintings in 30 days" challenge for artists around the world. And yes, I have signed up for it (what have I gotten myself into???). It's a busy time of year between hauling my kids around to Nordic ski races and heading to Washington to lobby on behalf of NH's small water and wastewater systems. But what the heck! The challenge is to commit to posting a piece of artwork every day. It can be a demo, small painting, whatever works. Interested in seeing what artists are posting? Check it out here. Interested in listening to "Artists Helping Artists? Click here.

So here we go: Day 1. A small watercolor entitled "View from the Stile".