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I have reduced my shipping fees to one price for any size house or pet portrait painting, effective immediately. Please visit my gallery for examples of my work; I will be happy to answer any questions you may have… Continue reading… 0 comments

These invitations have been designed for children's birthday parties and coordinate with my birthday cards, thank you notes, and prints using the same illustrations. This is one of the boy's sports; please check my gallery for all the boy's and girl's designs… Continue reading… 0 comments

After transferring to watercolor paper, the first washes of paint are applied. I like to start with the largest ones: (sky, lawn, roof) to feel I'm making a lot of progress. My favorite thing at this stage is making a gray sky turn blue… Continue reading… 0 comments

The house portrait is finished and matted for delivery. I'm able to trim bushes where necessary and add flowers at the client's request; Winter scenes can be transformed into Spring/Summer. If I've given you the feeling you're "home", I've done my job… Continue reading… 0 comments

I've added all the smaller details as well as checking what's already been done. This is the time I adjust values or change colors to more accurately depict the house… Continue reading… 0 comments

When clear pictures are received I begin with a rough sketch, followed by this more detailed one. I've straightened lines, added or deleted details as needed. An indication of shadows is included, as this will be my "working" sketch to be transferred to Arches watercolor paper… Continue reading… 0 comments

The most popular house portrait size requested by my clients is 8 _ 10. In this particular case, 9 _ 12 was the better choice. We did not need much more space vertically, but horizontally the length of the home needed the extra two inches… Continue reading… 0 comments

One of the things I love about Spring besides the fact it signals the end of Winter, is the bright array of fresh new flowers and bushes in bloom. The red azaleas on this church property are spectacular and their size indicates they are quite old. This watercolor is another in my series of churches in my local area… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercolor was created using the same photograph that was reference material for a previous pencil drawing. I guess you might consider this a more "formal" portrait… Continue reading… 0 comments

The 2016 real estate market in New Jersey was very active. In recognition of this trend and the many wonderful and hardworking realtors I've met over the years, I'm continuing my realtor's discounted prices. When selecting closing gifts, I invite all realtors to check out my new Realtor Gallery on this site… Continue reading… 0 comments

A very cute photograph (you can't really "stage" these things!) taken during last year's Super Bowl was used as reference for this pencil drawing of my friend's dog, Lucky. I used colored pencil for the party hat and favor and a 2B pencil for the rest. It was used for a birthday card. I feel it's an appropriate post for this time of year: Best wishes for a happy, healthy Christmas season to the hardworking ArtId staff and my fellow ArtId artists… Continue reading… 0 comments

Stone has always been one of my favorite things to render, whether as an architectural detail on a house, or as part of a stone wall. Both can be a variety of irregular shapes, very textural, with various colors or color combinations. This ink drawing was a pleasure to create, though watercolor could have been the more interesting choice. Painting wet into wet can create some wonderful stone colors… Continue reading… 0 comments

This is another in my collection of children's sport prints. Please view my Gallery for the complete set and details on variations available as custom designs. There are a few more ideas perking for new designs as well as more uses for the current work. I welcome your comments and suggestions… Continue reading… 0 comments

Pencil was the first medium used when I started selling art in the 70's. As my skill improved and I started exploring with color my work gradually evolved to using watercolor. I've been experimenting with pencil again, and like the look of this pet portrait completed with colored pencil and a 2B drawing pencil… Continue reading… 0 comments

This watercolor is the same as the kittens in my last blog… Continue reading… 0 comments

If you know New Jersey, you know Califon is a rural area. This house says "rural" to me .... complete with a large porch to enjoy quiet country days. I see myself in a rocker with a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day… Continue reading… 0 comments

One of the interesting things about painting house portraits is the ability to change structural details when necessary. This ink drawing was completed using old and new photographs and notes from the client detailing memories of the house from her past. I love the architectural look that was achieved. It was necessary to show something of the neighboring homes, but those portions of the drawing were kept to a bare minimum… Continue reading… 0 comments

You've got great gift ideas: pet portrait, house portrait. Trouble is, there's not enough time to have it painted and shipped. Or you don't have pictures. Then there's the children. How about a print .... but which one would they like? A gift certificate is a great choice for any occasion. You'll receive a printed certificate in time for gift giving. See my Gift Certificate Gallery for complete details… Continue reading… 0 comments

I freely admit I prefer painting snow to shoveling it. We experienced our first snow of the Winter during the weekend of January 23rd, with a total of over 24" here in Berkeley Heights. One week later at least half of that had melted due to warmer temperatures. February 1st had a high of 55 degrees. Mother Nature liked us for Christmas: 72 degrees Christmas Eve and 66 on Christmas Day… Continue reading… 0 comments

Created from my original watercolors, this print celebrates a young child's awkward, yet enthusiastic, approach to sports. All of the sports prints shown in my Gallery are the result of many hours of sketching over a period of 8 years. The idea was conceived in 2007-8 but before too much had been accomplished, Fate intervened in the form of my husband's illness and then his death in 2010. While getting back into the swing of things, commissioned work had priority and serious effort on the prints was not resumed until 2014… Continue reading… 0 comments