California (Poppy) Dreaming

California Dreaming

An early summer has my flower garden blooming like crazy! I love poppies, especially the delicate orange California species. When I see …

Marie Wise oil portrait of Renoir, her beloved golden retriever

It’s a Dog’s Life!

Monsieur Pierre Auguste Renoir entered our life in January 2013 and we fell in love with a red-haired, puppy breath, whirling bundle …

Claire Charbonneau oil painting of peaches in a glass bowl

Restoring Mom’s Paintings

Terrebonne reminded me of a little town trying to push itself out of the past but the houses were hanging on for dear …

Notre Dame Cathedral and Seine River watercolor painting by Marie Wise

Notre Dame Cathedral: the Final

My commissioned watercolor painting of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, surrounded by the Seine River, is finished at last! As featured in two previous …

Halloween Pumpkin carved with Van Gogh Starry Night

Starry Night Halloween

Never underestimate the power of an artist to implement art-themed holiday decorations! In my case, a recent visit to the Museum of …

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Art in the Big Apple

We spent three days in New York City to see as much art as we could. It was amazing!  Here are two of …

Notre Dame Cathedral: final sketches

My commissioned watercolor painting of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, surrounded by the Seine River, is progressing nicely. As I mentioned in my …

Copy of master artwork by Childe Hassam

Happy Bastille Day 2015

A small painting by American Impressionist Childe Hassam caught my attention this July 14, a national holiday in France. I painted Bastille Day, …