Some of you liked "Diane," and asked about the painting. I did it in a workshop with Ted Nuttall http://www.tednuttall.com/, two summers ago. Ted's style of teaching and painting [including his signature "sloppy dots"] are first class. Although his style appears to be effortless and fast, Ted spends a great deal of time drawing his subject [primarily from photographs], so the painting has a good foundation.
Here is the other painting I started in Ted's class. It is Shannon, my granddaughter, at age four.
When I returned to art classes, I wanted to paint and play with color right way. You know, immediate graitifcation. I was told I HAD to take a required basic drawing class, but I got that requirement waived because I could show that I had taken art in high school [hah!] and didn't think I needed drawing. Well, for two semesters, I took watercolor classes, but then the following semester, there were no classes for me to take, so I signed up for the dreaded drawing class. Little did I know that that class was to have an almost life-changing effect on me, and on my art.