at the seashore

Carolina Beach view

This sketch is from my trip to visit my daughter and granddaughter in the Wilmington, NC area. We had a lovely lunch on an inland waterway in Carolina Beach.  Sketch took as long as it took to choose and get our lunch, probably 20 minutes with pigma micron felt pen in my trusty moleskin sketchbook.

carolina beach photo

Then we went to the beach in Liz’s jeep wrangler. Carolina Beach. Beautiful family place. Nice and clean with great warm surf to play in.

Carolina Beach

This beach view is also in my moleskin, felt pen and my new Derwent intense watercolor pencils.

Wrightsville Beach

From my visit last Spring. Wrightsville Beach. Painted in my studio from a photo. Watercolor on arches paper.

I love visiting North Carolina!

Who says you can’t work on a watercolor forever?

I started this painting, pure transparent watercolor, last winter, entered it in three shows. No successes!

Morning Gold1

So, decided to begin by washing off most of the color, especially the greens, and then covered a lot of it with white gouache. Then color, then gouache, then tinted gouache, then watercolor, and more watercolor.

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Tried cropping it in iPhoto.

  morning gold cropped6

Then cut it in half, added more color. Done for the time being.  One of those paintings that gets too much attention!


You Are Here

Siracuse_2.Granger Front yards Siracuse_3.Toms Fence

6 of my paintings and sketches are included in the “You Are Here” Painting for Preservation Exhibition at Artspace Buffalo Gallery,219 Main Street, Buffalo. The Show runs from September 12 to October 4.  The opening reception is tonight!, Friday, September 12th, 6-8. Lots of nice heartfelt work.

Siracuse_6.Elmwood Village Backyard


I love where I live, and derive inspiration from my husband, Tom Palamuso’s creations, both inside and out.

Painting For Preservation, August 12, 2014, Black Rock Locks, Canal on the Niagara River


The Army Corps of Engineers opened up the Locks at Black Rock Canal adjacent to the Niagara River to artists and members of Painting for Preservation. It was a beautiful day; a day to paint or sketch or photograph one of our Western New York treasures with other artists and believers in preservation of our environment.

From the P4P blog,

“Welcome to Painting for Preservation! This initiative, founded by artist Sara M. Zak, is aimed at drawing attention to distressed, at-risk, and under-utilized historic locations through on site art making.

Mission: To bring together artists of all media in support of historic distressed properties and communities. To create artwork on-site related to the location as a means of raising positive awareness of the space.”