Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Working on some new watercolor paintings.
I hope to have a shop update soon.
This goose is nearly finished.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Mixing up washes on my palette.

 Color inspiration comes from a miscellany of objects on my desk at home.

Painting on the fly.  

Decision. Details. One of eighteen birds.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

GB Editions | new prints!

I'm so excited about these new prints!
Large and small Terra Feather Collection, Domed Nests,
and small Opossum prints in my shop!
I'd say this is an autumn palette. Wouldn't you?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

GB Hatchery: Black Swallowtails

This summer I have enjoyed rearing monarch butterflies again
 as well as eastern black swallowtails!
Swallowtails lay eggs on host plants in the carrot family:
queen anne's lace, dill, fennel, parsley.
It's fascinating to watch them eat and grow as caterpillars and finally form a chrysalis.
This chrysalis turned brown and now looks like a piece of bark.
I'm not sure if it will emerge this year.
Late season swallowtails diapause in the chrysalis stage and overwinter, 
emerging the following spring.
Stay tuned...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Studio Days

 Proofing some new large and small prints of my domed nest.

A collection of prints on my work table at the studio. 
I have had so many questions and emails lately about printing giclee prints.
All of my prints are printed with archival inks on 100 percent cotton rag paper.
If you are an artist just getting started I have more information
on my FAQ page on my website.
If you are a collector do check out my shop policies page to read a bit 
more about my paintings and prints and how to care for them.
I'll have a shop update soon!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Botanical Blues

Working on some botanical silhouettes in cool blues and browns.
Simple washes, studying form and shape.
Getting the brushes moving.

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Paintings!

 Domed Nest
 Rust Insect Collection 
Woven Nest
A few new paintings in my Golly Bard shop tonight! 
Have a wonderful weekend all!

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Nestlings in Rose Bramble
New prints in my Etsy shop!
Nestlings in Rose Bramble prints available in small and large format.
Twig type alphabet prints from A-Z also available.

Early morning painting is the best.
working on a few new nest studies.
I've become slightly obsessed with the negative space.

Tangled up in another woven nest.
I'm still a bit tangled up in this one but I'm getting there.
I hope to have a shop update with original paintings some time next week.
So stay tuned!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Drawn to Nature

Cover Drawn to Nature journal
I'm so excited to share some news with you…
Last year I licensed my work for a nature sketchbook and journal.
It's filled with new images and favorites from the GB archive.

Inside Drawn to Nature
Drawn to Nature encourages you to take a closer look at the natural world around you. 
Each journal includes a pencil and plenty of space for you to write and draw.
My favorite part is a pocket filled with envelopes and stickers 
for gathering things you find.

Forest and trees
You can pre-order Drawn to Nature on Amazon now. 
It will be in stock in early July in the USA and later in July for Amazon UK.
Do check with your local booksellers as well!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Busy Bees

Beekeeping from the beginning.

Beekeeping from the beginning.

Beekeeping from the beginning.

Beekeeping from the beginning.
Things have been busy here at the GB studio.
I'm working on a few different illustration projects and that's always exciting,
 but I look forward to simply painting for me - which seems like a luxury these days!
I took a beekeeping class this winter which is something I've always wanted to do.
I helped my neighbors install packages of honeybees into their hives last week.
So far so good. We checked the hives on Sunday and the queens are alive and well!
That's me with our mentor who is firing up the smoker.
We really didn't need it. The bees are so calm and docile.
I'll look forward to helping my neighbors this spring and summer.
Hopefully I will have beehives of my own one day!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Making Plans

Birds are very distracting when I am trying to work. 🐦
I'm working on roughs for a fun illustration project.
I can't live without my kneaded eraser!
Making plans.
I really do enjoy drawing. Illustration projects often require a bit more planning.
Piecing some ideas together. ✂️
I rarely draw out ideas in advance of a painting when I'm painting for myself.
Working on roughs for a fun illustration project.
Sometimes it's fun to work differently, play with new ideas,
and change up my routine just a little bit!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Be Mine

Be Mine
Hello all! A sweet deal just for you!
I'm having a shop SALE! 
Enjoy 20% off prints and paintings through February 14th.
Use coupon code: BEMINE at checkout.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Studio Days

A light snowfall today. The dogs are loving life!
GB studio
Back in the studio. We're toasty and warm, 
painting flowers and working on some new illustration projects.
amaryllis and winterberry branches.
Amaryllis and winterberry branches.
As soon as it blooms I'm going to paint it!
Palette puddles.
Palette puddles.
tiny insects
A pile of tinies.
This watercolor of paperwhites has sold 
but I have large and small prints available in my shop!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Old Dogs. New Tricks.

old dogs. new tricks. Old Dogs. New Tricks. New Year! 
Happy new year all! I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you. 
I'm pleased to say that I finally launched my WEBSITE! 
 I had to take my own advice and just put it out there. 
I can tinker endlessly and the new year seemed like a great time to go live. 
You will also see a few small changes to my blog as well.

  Watercolor palette The GB sudio is humming along. My paint and brushes are out. 
Truly, I never suffer from a lack of inspiration and ideas. 
My goal this year is to focus just a wee bit more.

  Winter berries. I keep dreaming about doing more botanicals. 
 These dried winter berries are simply divine. 
So, I think a good place to begin is working with what's around me. 
I always think it's best not to make things too complicated. 
 Do you make resolutions or set goals for the year?