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Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for visiting. Take your time to view the blogs I have written here.  I have moved all new blog postings to my new site and store where I also have a blog section. So please, continue to follow my blogs at WWW.ArtsyUs.Com! And visit my Store!

Thanks and God bless!

Now Available!

Jonathan’s Hanukkah

A Picture Book

Click on picture to order your copy today!

By Bonnie R. Pearson
Illustrated by Janis Lee Colon
Making Hanukkah come alive, using fun rhymes and simple language, Jonathan explains the history and traditions that make this Jewish holiday exciting!  He also discovers the true light of Hanukkah in a unique twist which also reveals the Hanukkah-Christmas connection.
The Hanukkah-Christmas connection devotionally explained by Pastor Peter Colon.
20 pages of colorful illustrations
5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ soft cover
for young children

Cost: $4.95 plus $2.05 Shipping/Handling

Pelicans: Just love them!

Pelican watercolor 16″x20″

This little guy was posing so proudly as all the tourist in Key West snapped a picture of him.  I was one of them!  Every time I go to the beach, I look for pelicans.  I love the way they glide so gracefully a few feet above the water, looking for unsuspecting fish swimming close to the surface. When they spot one, they circle up into the air and then dive into the water, coming up again with fish in their bills.  They are expert fishermen!  They love to hang out by the docks, where they can rest and maybe catch a snack thrown to them. Thank you, God, for making pelicans!




White Orchid Watercolor Steps

White Orchid Watercolor

We didn’t have any plans during the Labor Day Weekend.  Just stayed home.  So, I picked up my brush and paints and began this painting that I had been wanting to do for a while.  I was inspired by the beautiful orchids at the American Orchid Society in Delray Beach and had taken many photographs there.  This is one of my favorites.

Here are the steps I took:

I sketched out the flowers and then painted white mask around them to keep them white while I did the wash (2nd step)

I wet the paper all around the flowers and applied colors. The colors infused together and give an unfocused feel.

After it dried, I rubbed off the mask and began to paint in the details, bringing in more focus and painting the background (negative painting)

I continued to paint in the details and shadows and letting it dry in-between. Each time, the flowers became more focused, just like moving the lens on the camera.

White Orchid Watercolor- 14″x21″

This was a lot of fun and the time went by so fast, I didn’t even notice it.  Hope you like it!

Yellow Orchids

Yellow Orchids

These are my yellow orchids that bloom every spring. I had taken some really nice photographs of them, but this time I wanted to paint them.  Here is the progression of this watercolor painting.

First started with the sketch and painted white mask on the white areas.

Color wash – Wet the paper and applied color

I let it dry and removed the mask. Then started painting the flowers in.

Continued with the flowers. At this point I thought that this painting was not going to turn out good.

Then I did the negative painting (the background) and I thought, Wow! The flowers started to really stand out!

Painted in the centers.

Worked on the negative painting again and continued refining the flowers

More glazing (painting over to deepen color) and detail work.

In the end, I used yellow and green watercolor pencils to give some texture and deepen the lines.

Let me know what you think!  Painting is so relaxing and fun.

I hope you give it a try!

Mommy and Me at the Beach

This is my daughter with her little girl a few days after her stay at the hospital, delivering her second daughter.  Her little toddler really needed this special time with her Mom, after being separated and having to share her attention with a new baby all of a sudden.

I used a different method this time in this watercolor painting.  I only used 3 colors! Yes, that’s all!  I had seen demos of this done and the results were all so pretty.  Believe me, I was really temped to introduce other colors, but resisted and continued working with these three.  I really like the ending result!  Do you?

The colors I used were Winsor Yellow, Rose Madder Genuine and Antwerp Blue,  Basically, you choose 3 colors that are equally separated on the color wheel.  Test them on a scrap paper first, to make sure you like the colors as they blend with each other..

Here is the progression of this painting:


Sketched and painted in white mask the areas I wanted to remain white.

Worked on the sky – wet on wet

Worked on the foreground- the ocean, sand, dunes and grass

Painted in the figures. I thought I was done. But after studying it for a day, I felt it needed more…


Fixed and added shadows and highlights and more details.

I’m really happy with the results!  Hope you give it a try, too!

Banyan Beach House

Banyan Beach House

Oil Painting 40″x 30″

This is a painting of an old Key West House we saw last time we went to visit.  I love the beautiful southern charm of the wooden houses there. This particular house looked like it was left alone for a long time.  The banyan tree and the vine (a common house plant called Philodendron) had grown  “untamed”.  It’s what really caught my eye to paint it.

    As I started painting, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the details going on.  I found that focusing on one part or section at a time, helped me get through it.

   The little girl on the porch, eating her ice cream cone, reminds me of one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid. And the little cat is waiting patiently for a drop to fall!

Hope it brings back some good memories for you too!

I’ve been working on a new Children’s picture book on Hanukkah.  I’m painting the illustrations with acrylic paint and then outlining with a fine point black ink pen.  I am more than half way done.  Here is one of the illustrations I just finished.  The author is Bonnie Pearson. 

Lighting the Candles

We hope to have the book ready for the season this year!

Each panel is 16″ x 20″ – separation is about 2″ in between each.

Does this remind you of spring?  I painted this pretty wall painting in acrylics on canvas for my granddaughters room.  It’s a mural they can take with them if they move to another place. She loves butterflies, flowers and birds.

Makes a nice painting to put over a bed or crib!

The painting is finished, wrapping around the edges.

I plan to paint some more of these with different themes for kids rooms and have them available for sale.  If you would like one of these in a special theme or picture please email  me at  The cost for this size would be $175.00 plus tax and shipping and handling (if needed). The size and panels can be adjusted.

Note:  The “ArtsyUs” watermark on these pictures are for web viewing only, not on the original painting.

Banner 56"x59"

 We will be participating in the Military Show at the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale this coming Friday, Feb. 10th.  We will have a display to represent the First American Volunteer Group, better known as The Flying Tigers, who fought in Burma and China just before the war.  I made this banner for our presentation.

Painted all the black first

 It’s 56″x59″ made of silky Charmeuse fabric.  The writing and picture are all hand painted with fabric paint.


We plan to attend other military shows in the coming months.  We hope to see you at one of them!

I am available to make a special banner for your group or organization!  If you are interested, email me at

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