Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Website !

Thank you for checking out my blog these past years, I so appreciate your visits and comments.

I've just created a new website and will be starting a new blog.  You can see what I've been working on at   "Morning Hawk Studio"    here's the link to my new site.

Morning Hawk Studio

Thanks again for all your visits and generous comments.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Soaring Hawk Spirit

"Soaring Hawk Spirit" 19" x 27" watercolor
This painting has been selected for the IWS Canada's Biennale Exhibition!
I'm so proud and honored to be among esteemed artists selected from around the world.
The 1st International Watercolor Biennale will take place in July 2016 in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC.  Please check out their website for further details by clicking on their name.
Equally important is the honor of being able to paint my little hawk friend (who named this painting) and who's family of traditional dancers is completely inspirational, and by the way, I painted is younger brother last year who was the model for "Ribbonz"   I look forward to seeing them in all their traditional glory this powwow season! 

Honor Song II

"Honor Song II"  18" x 24" watercolor
Another painting of a powerful and kind dancer, it's an honor to know you Percy.

Sunday, November 1, 2015


"Hello"  12"x9" watercolor
Happy Halloween!  I've been torturing my classes by having them paint glass for the past couple of weeks so I thought I'd better paint glass myself!  I've discovered over the years that the secret to painting glass is to look at it as shape and color until your done. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Honor Song

"Honor Song"  30" x 19"  watercolor

I had the great pleasure of meeting one of the nicest guys in the world, he's a fantastic dancer and is truly and inspiring mentor.  It's quite an honor watching him dance.  I look forward to creating some more paintings with him. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

La Invocacion

"La Invocacion" 26" x 20"
This just might be one of my favorite paintings.  I don't think any artist really feels like they've created a masterpiece but this sure seems close as far as what I've put into it.
It's like a dream to watch these ancient dances full of exciting movement, colorful regalia, tradition and heart.  I am so honored to know these dancers.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


"Ribbons"  17" x12" watercolor
I love it when the little ones are in the dance circle learning and carrying on traditions.  Some are focused and serious, some are wild and carefree, all are important.

Water Lily

"Water Lily"  20" x 14" watercolor
Just something I was working on.  I enjoyed playing with a combination of focused realism and dreamy washy passages. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015


"Lakota" 19"x30"  Watercolor
This magical moment happened during an Honoring the Elder's powwow I attended, she was amongst the dancers, enjoying the music, the energetic dancing and dancing with her grandma. 
It's the little moments that really touch me.

Monday, December 29, 2014

I am honored to be accepted into IWS Mexico

"Hummingbird"  will be included in the International Watercolor Exhibit in Mexico City!  I am beyond excited as it has been a long time dream of my mom for my paintings to be shown in Mexico. It's doubly exciting that they have chosen a painting of her. 
You can see all the selected artists here:

Monday, December 22, 2014

Doña M II

"Doña M. II"  20"x14" watercolor
I've been working overtime on Doña M's blouse, it was lots of work and I think it came out pretty good.  I've decided that I really like that "what was I thinking" factor of painting because it keeps me focused and makes me push myself to do better.  I'll be having more of those moments in the new paintings I'm working. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Watiq' Oniq' On

Watiq' Oniq' On 17" x 13" watercolor
Did I mention the love/hate aspect of painting hair?  I love the way it turns out in the end and though I don't hate painting it, it is time consuming to layer colors upon colors without making it look overworked.  I really like the perspective of portraits when they are turning away from you, tricky not to make it flat or look like they're in full profile. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tiny Dancer

"Tiny Dancer"  10" x 8" watercolor
I love watching the smaller kids learn the dances at powwows.  So cute and fun to watch them walk around and try out the steps that more accomplished dancers are showing them.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

This Little Piggy Went to Market 4

"This Little Piggy Went to Market 4"  17"x13" Watercolor
I rarely paint fruit so I thought it would be a good time to try it again, I love the color of these pears and the taste even more so! 

My favorite molcajete is always fun to use and painting the texture is a good challenge for brush techniques.  I've said it before and will say it again, I have no tricks up my sleeve, just good ole' fashioned straight forward painting. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ma 'Anax'+' Alaptipu

"Ma 'Anax'+' Alaptipu" 18"x 24" watercolor
Sometimes I can't really express the feelings I have working on a painting and surely this is one of them.  Let me just say how honored I am to be able to be able to paint this Chumash brother.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Slop it on and make it work! . . . that's my go-to motto!

 It's been a busy summer so far what with kids out of school and a summer track and field club (my son not me!) But I've been managing working on some new paintings.  This is what I'm currently working on.  Can't wait to finish!

 Here's the slop in my palette.


Here's the make it work part!

Monday, May 26, 2014

My latest painting

 "Untitled" until further notice.  24"x 18"
I fell in love with this regalia, so beautiful with intricately woven feathers into the headdress and cape.  With so many of them similar in color, I had to focus on the nuances in each feather to make them come alive visually, as if they weren't already stunning to me! 
Here's some process photos.  :0)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Under The Influence 1

"Under The Influence 1"
I hear Peeps are poised to take over the candy world this year infiltrating the store isles with a variety of flavors and even sizes now!
So, since they want to go even more global. . . this is my take on some guy who put Campbell's Soup cans on the art world map  ;0)
Oh, and Happy Easter everyone! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Life Lessons"

"Life Lessons"  18" x 24" Watercolor
Because at some point in your life, you're just going to have to learn to float!

This painting was pretty tricky, never having painted sparkly water let alone submerged/floating people before it created another one of those "what was I thinking" moments.

I think my thought process was something like this.  .  What a great image!  I should paint that!, well, maybe not, it looks kinda hard, but then again, it would be a great painting, oh I don't know, I've never done anything like it before, well what better way to learn!, Ok, I'll try it!, I think . . .  maybe after I do some easier paintings. . .oh, I'll just go for it! Ok I'll do it . . wait,  
I'd better stock up on chocolate. . . yeah, chocolate will make this easier.  ;0)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Totes Adorbs

"Totes Adorbs"  8"x8" watercolor
Here's a more current take on the Sweetheart Candies. . . love notes in the texting/tweeting world!