Wednesday, September 27, 2006


This is my first ever linoprint. My cat found one of my empty wicker baskets sitting on the floor and just couldn't resist the urge to lay down in it.  What fun this was to carve out the soft material and then roll the black ink over the surface and watch the magic appear. 

I worked on this pretty fast and after it is all said and done, I was very pleased with the results & realize with some patience you could create some very lovely work.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Wetland Series

Near our home, about 30 miles away, is a beautiful wetland area. The last time we visited it was low tide and fog was mingling in the nearby trees. It was so peaceful and quiet.

There is a number of areas where you can sit and view this beautiful place. There were some beautiful fall colors and a lot of birds foraging in the near by grasses.

Each of these paintings measures 5" x 3 3/4" wide and will fit into a matted 5" x 7" frame.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Bathing Beauties

This is a series of small beach scenes I recently painted using some old family photos for my reference. I used sepia watercolors only on 140 lb. Arches watercolor paper.

This first photo shows the three paintings together on my work table along with my ruler close by so you can get a general idea of the sizes of the paintings.

Although this photo isn't very clear you can tell that this person was enjoying a warm day in a canoe.

This painting shows a woman posing for the photographer in front of a private property sign.

This last painting was fun to paint because I felt these girlfriends were having a great day at the beach.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Island Mist

Island Mist, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", Watercolor on Arches, © Nancy Van Blaricom
Wikipedia says "The only difference between mist and fog is visibility. This phenomenon is called fog if the visibility is one kilometer or less. Otherwise it is known as mist."

This painting is another small ACEO, measuring the standard 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". This time I left a margin of the white 140 lb. watercolor paper on so that the person who purchases it may frame it showing some white border.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Autumn Scarecrow

Hi, welcome to my first blog post.  I hope you will follow along with me on my journey to becoming a better artist.  Here you will find some works in watercolor, some sketchbook entries as well as some oil paintings.

Recently after seeing beautiful fall colors appear here in the pacific northwest, and searching through some photos, I was inspired to paint this happy scarecrow that we made a few years ago for our front porch.

This small painting is called an ACEO, measuring 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions & Originals, Artist Trading Cards, or ATC's, are miniature works of art. It will be up for auction on e-bay later this week. SOLD