Monday, December 28, 2009

Red Currants

Red Currants
Watercolor on paper
Oh, the weather outside is frightful,But the fire is so delightful,And since we've no place to go,Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
There is a flurry of snow outside - although it is not sticking onto the ground it is beautiful to watch it fall.
Yesterday, I painted these bright red translucent berries to remind me of the warmer days of early fall, several months ago, when winter still seemed to be so far away. Somehow, the bright colors of the currants kept me warm and fuzzy throughout....
I hope you are all having very happy holidays!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Peppers Trio

Pepper Trio
Watercolor on paper
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers? If Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers,Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

I love to paint peppers - painting their beautiful, bright, colorful and smooth textured skin makes me think of the warmer days in the summer, even when the weather outside is frightful. The best part is that we can find them at the market all year round - always available to model for one's latest painting and topping his pizza afterwards. Yum! These were grown in a greenhouse in Holland, I hear...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Persimmons by Theresa Miller

Persimmons Trio
Watercolor on paper
This is one the many watercolors I have made from the persimmons that my next door neighbor gave to me the other day for still-lives. I saw him the other day putting up Christmas lights in his persimmon tree which is totally covered with fruits, just outside of my kitchen window... Every year, around Christmas time, the persimmons become ripe and flocks of birds come to eat - in a matter of a couple of days, all the fruits will be gone and only the Christmas lights will remain...
the persimmon tree in my neighbor's backyard...
The tree outside of my kitchen window... it's really lovely at night when the lights are on....

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A portrait for DSFDF

Portrait of an Artist
Watercolor on paper
Here's my contribution for the end-of-the-year challenge from Karin Jurick's blog DSFDF.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Azaleas by Theresa Miller

Watercolor on paper
I have been painting landscapes, pets, still-lives and I really missed painting my flowers.... so there, I got my fix! So, now I can go back to painting landscapes, pets and still-lives...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Chair at Chateau de Nyon II byy Theresa Miller

Chair at Chateau de Nyon II
Watercolor on paper
Chairs are fun to paint....

Monday, November 2, 2009

Autumn II (acorns) by Theresa Miller

Autumn II (acorns)
Watercolor on paper
Same acorns from yesterday's painting - another study from a different angle....

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Watercolor painting of Acorns by Theresa Miller

Autumn I (acorns)
Watercolor on Arches paper
Acorns on the ground and squirrels running up and down the trees, stocking food for the winter - autumn is here is stay.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Old Town Geneva by theresa miller

Old Town Geneva (Rue de l'Hotel de Villa)
Watercolor on paper
If you've visited old town Geneva as a tourist, you probably have been to this site: Canons de l'Ancien Arsenal on the right and L'Hotel de Ville on the left and flags everywhere along the narrow street. I just thought that the cafe at the end of the street looked especially inviting this early morning. Canons and l'Hotel de Ville in the near future...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Chair at Chateau de Nyon I
Watercolor on Arches paper
Another painting of a chair.... I had a great time doing it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Red Chair at Chateau de Nyon
Watercolor on Arches
I was at the Porcelain Museum of the Chateau de Nyon, the other day, with a group of people I regularly go out with, on cultural visits. Nyon is our neighboring town, a beautiful place by Lake Geneva, that dates back to the Roman times. You can learn more about this quaint town at if you wish.
The display of the porcelain and the history behind the pieces are remarkable and I really recomend you to go and see it for yourself, if you have a chance. If you happen to be there, please notice the beautiful chairs in the Museum - each room has an unique style of chairs, a very beautiful collection of chairs, indeed, available for you to sit on and rest your tired feet while enjoying the exhibits.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Autumn Ivy

Autumn Ivy I
Watercolor on Arches
I love the cooler weather and the autumn colors in the neighborhood. This ivy is from a church wall in Gland, Switzerland. The whole church tower is covered with ivy, so you can imagine how beautifull it is in the fall...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Horseback riding in Commugny

Horseback riding in Commugny
Watercolor on Arches
Two young ladies riding their horses in my neighborhood... a very common sight.
We just came back from our vacation and I'm very much inspired by what I tasted, smelled and saw in the exotic city of Istanbul. I painted the above watercolor just before we left on our trip. Hopefully, I'll be posting Istanbul paintings in the near future...
Alexandra, our daughter, is learning about the Bizantine and Otoman Empires at school, so we decided to go to Istambul for her autumn break, to learn more about the city and its history. We all had a great time sightseeing and learning a great deal about the Eastern Roman Empire and about the riches of the magnificent Otoman Empire. David, my dear husband, was able to spend a couple of days with us before he had to rush back to work. Luckily, he was also able to sharpen his negotiation skills while purchasing a Turkish carpet. Pomegranates, Turkish delights, Turkish apple tea are the few things that we learned to appreciate, yum!

Monday, October 12, 2009

African Violets

African Violets
Watercolor on paper
African violets from my mother-in-law's living room, which I painted some time ago. I love the furry quality of the green leaves...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Daisy (sheep at the Chateau de Cheserex)

Watercolor on paper
Sheep at the Chateau de Cheserex - one of the many cute animals that I saw, including a lamb that was no more than 8 days old!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Autumn at the Chateau de Cheserex - Pumpkins

Pumpkins at the Chateau de Cheserex
Watercolor on paper
Last week, I visited a 17th century Suisse Chateau and it's beautiful gardens, along with a group of delightful lady friends. The day was just perfect for a stroll in the neatly coiffed flower, vegetable and fruit gardens, and to watch the playful ponies and sheep. Thank you, Elisabeth for being such a delightful and generous hostess!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Watercolor on paper
More flowers... I just love painting them! These orchids are not from any exotic faraway tropical country - they come from a local orchidarium in Prangins, Switzerland, not too far from my house....

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Watercolor on paper
I just LOVE painting flowers! I could not resist painting the paper-like petals of this most delicate flower that I saw at the Geneva Botanical Gardens this summer.....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Garden Daffodils

Garden Daffodils
Watercolor on paper
I have a whole bunch of daffodils in my garden here in Geneva, and these are a sample of what I look forward to every spring! Well, the timing of painting these flowers couldn't be more "off" than now for we just entered autumn, but I always remember that in the southern hemisphere it's spring! So, I painted this yesterday for my friends in South Africa, South America, Autralia, and the others who are enjoying spring now. Happy spring everyone!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Black Eye Susan at Chateau de Prangins

Black Eye Susan at the Chateau de Prangins
Watercolor on Paper
I walked to the the gardens of the Chateau de Prangins the other day and saw beautiful Black Eye Susan in full bloom. Aside from the the beautiful flowers and fruit trees, the gardens at the chateau grow old fashioned vegetables from the 18th century. I hear that they serve the food they grow right there in the chateau restaurant. I must make a reservation and have a 18th century meal there, one of these days. The chateau is now a fabulous museum that deserves a visit.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Como, Italy

Como, Italy
Watercolor on paper
Como is a beautiful little town by the lake (Como), less than 30 miles north of Milan, in northern Italy. It took us around 30 minutes to get there from Milan by train (Cisalpino), a nice change in scenery from the crowded streets of Milan, full of shoppers. Como is crowded with a different crowd of people - laid back tourists enjoying their well deserved vacation. The above painting is a street scene just around the corner from the Duomo (Cathedral) in the middle of the town.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Venice - Piazza S. Marco

Venice - Piazza S. Marco
Watercolor on paper

Alexandra is back to school and I am back to painting! It hopefully means that I'll be posting here on a more regular basis... We had a wonderful summer filled with many events and activities. The highlight of our vacation were Sho and Kate's wedding in the USA and our family trip to Italy. I hope you had a wonderful summer, too!

The above painting is one of the many happy scenes that we witnessed during the holidays. The children in the painting were just some random kids that we saw at the Piazza S. Marco, in Venice, feeding the birds - they were really having a lot of fun! I had a great time painting birds for the first time....

Thursday, August 20, 2009


10"x15" watercolor on paper
My husband, daughter and I went on a longuish Italian trip a few weeks back and this was one of the stops: shopping time in Milan. The scene is Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, next to the Teatro Alla Scala and the Duomo. The galleria is actually a very old shopping mall, dating back in the late 18 hundreds. Nowadays, it houses expensive boutiques, including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, etc. Therefore, there was lots of window shopping!

Friday, July 31, 2009


10" x 15" Watercolor on paper
I love this time of summer when the sunflowers are blooming and the wheat is ripe and being harvested. There is a sense of bounty and richness everywhere. This field of bound up hay is just around the corner from my house. Can you see the Alps in the background?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Steps to the chateau

Steps to the chateau
Watercolor on paper
Every time I walk these steps to the chateau de Nyon, I wonder about the people who walked the same path since the Romam times... these walls must have witnessed a lot thoughout the centuries.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Chateau de Nyon

Chateau de Nyon
Watercolor on paper
Twice a week I drop off my daughter at her dance school in Nyon and go for a brisk walk in the neighborhood for the duration of her class. Nyon is a beautiful town, full of insteresting history and is surrounded with lovely and shady places to go for walks, either along the lake or in the parks nearby.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Geneva Morning by Theresa Miller

Geneva Morning
7" x 15" Watercolor on paper
I just finished painting this street scene of old town Geneva, I hope you like it. I found painting people very difficult, but the more I paint them, the more I like it. I find that it gives the paintings more movement and soul. These two guys were going up the hill in such a hurry that I wondered what the deal was.... morning rush hour, I guess...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

a challenge...

Plate of Vegetables
6.5" x 10" Watercolor on paper
So, I decided to get back to painting today, after a couple of weeks of not being able to pick up a paintbrush... Karin Jurick's challenge in Different Strokes... seemed to be a good way to get restarted. So, above is my version and contribution to her blog... I hope you like it! Theresa

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tomatoes and a bit of painting news...

Two Tomatoes in Tobe yaki
6.6"x10" Watercolor on paper

Juicy Summer Tomatoes
6"x6" watercolor on paper
I planted three tomato plants in pots in my terrace and they are looking great. I hope I will get a nice harvest of fruits for my still-lives, again, this year - some of you may know that I made a series of paintings from my "terrace harvest" last year, which I posted in this blog. I'll create a link to them when I get smarter with my computer... These juicy tomatoes that I painted last year came from a store, though...
And, yes, I have been painting everyday! I have not been posting as often, but I have been painting everyday. More recently, I have been working on landscapes, cityscapes and lake scenes - scenes of the beautiful area I live in - surrounded with mountains, by the lake and where everytime you turn around you see a postcard scene - lucky me! I shall post my next painting as soon as I get something "postable." Thanks for following my artblog - I appreciate it! Cheers!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Chateau de Chillon -Table, Chairs and Sunlight by Theresa Miller

Chateau de Chillon - Table, Chairs and Sunlight
6.5" x 6.5" Watercolor on paper
I hear that Chateau de Chillon is one of the most famous medieval castles in Europe, so every time we have guests in town, that's one of the places we must stop by. Since I am always looking for light to put in my painting subjects, I found in this set of mismatched table and chairs a perfect model. I hope you get to visit the Chateau some day, if you haven't done so yet. There is a long history attached to it that's worth learning about.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Ferney-Voltaire Terrace

Terrace (Ferney-Voltaire)
6.5" x 9.5" Watercolor on paper

The other day, I was happily walking down the street in Ferney-Voltaire, France, when the sunlight hitting this planter on this terrace struck me hard. I made a photo reference and wouldn't rest until I ended up painting the watercolor above... I hope I was able to convey the warm feeling I felt when I first saw the "still life" sitting there for everyone to enjoy.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Apple Blooms I by Theresa Miller

Apple Blooms I
6.5" x 9"
Our apple tree in the back yard is blooming! Despite a few cold days, it's definetly spring...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Peony by Theresa Miller

Watercolor on paper

There is a huge peony bush just around the corner from my house along the quiet street, in my neighbor's yard. Year after year, without fail, the peonies bloom beautifully in the spring and the colors are perfectly white! I can't wait to see them bloom again, this year... I painted this one last year....

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Annual Exhibition at the United Nations Geneva

Pears in Tobe Bowl
Watercolor on paper
Next Tuesday evening is the much awaited opening vernissage of the annual art exhibit at the United Nations in Geneva. If you don't have any plans for that evening, please come to the party to take a look at the artworks, chat with friends and have a glass of wine with us. This year, I will be showing 8 still lives (including the pears above) along with 30 other artists. I hope to see you there!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Coppet by Theresa Miller

6.5" x 8"
I love walking to the town of Coppet, a quaint medieval town on the lake, to buy delicious freshly baked bread, excellent chocolate and fresh fruits and veggies in the shops along the arcade. It's just a 10 minute walk from home, it's great exercise!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Snow day by Theresa Miller

Snow day
6.5" x 9" Watercolor on Paper
No, it's not snowing outside, LOL. It's a perfect spring weather! The flowers are blomming, the birds are chirping.... It's just that I painted this yesterday and was happy with the "snow" effect done with kitchen salt... Just wanted to show you. The little boy in the painting is my friend's son...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Magnolia III by theresa miller

Magnolia III (Cave de La Charrue, Commugny)
6,5" x 8" Watercolor on paper
This is my third and last magnolia painting that I did this week... hope you like it!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Magnolia II by Theresa Miller

Magnolia II (Cave de La Charrue, Commugny)
6,5" x 8" Watercolor on paper
A petal from this magnolia fell off just so that it could show off it's beautiful, multicolored pistils... Too bad it's been raining a lot today, it means that the beautiful blooms will be gone sooner than later. I guess that's why we appreciate them so much - they don't last forever. Tomorrow, I'll be posting another magnolia, the last of the three that I've painted this week...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Magnolia I by Theresa Miller

Magnolia I (Cave de La Charrue, Commugny)
6,5" x 8" Watercolor on paper
The blooming magnolias in the neighborhood just look FANTASTIC! Last year we had a lot of cold rain around this time of year and the magnolias were looking pretty shabby and sad but they came back this year more beautiful than ever before! More magnolias tomorrow....

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Daffodils by Theresa Miller

Watercolor on paper
The daffodils in my gardcn look splendid this year. Spring has arrived to stay!
I just love painting white flowers...

Friday, March 27, 2009

White Rose by Theresa Miller

White Rose
Watercolor on paper
I love painting white objects - white is never really white, you can always find other color pigments in it. I painted this white rose several years ago and showed the painting in one of my past exhibits....

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chateau de Tannay by Theresa Miller

Chateay de Tannay
5.5" x 12 Watercolor on paper
So, my friend suggested that I might want to venture into cityscapes... here is my first installment! Chateau de Tannay is just a five minute walk from my house, a lovely place to go for a walk and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. I hope you like it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Flower Vases

Flower Vases
6.5" x 8" Watercolor on paper
Ok, I have to admit, I'm not so sure about this one. It's just that it's the first time I attempt to paint metal... I think. I couldn't resist painting the shiny surface of the brass vases, and have to admit, it was fun!

Monday, March 23, 2009

White Catleya by Theresa Miller

White Catleya
Watercolor on Arches paper
This is another painting that I showed at my last show at the UN...
Tomorrow I shall post a small painting that I'm just finishing up today. Have a good day, everyone!

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Technology restored

Pink Catleya
Watercolor on Arches paper
It took way too long, but I had my PC and camera fixed, yay! Now, I have to get acquainted with the new programs and how they work and so on and so forth. Fun... not! What I really find fun doing is painting, which I have been doing this whole time. More precisely, I have been painting large (30" x 40") watercolors for my next show at the United Nations, which is hapenning next May. I shall post the finished paintings when they are ready, meanwhile, I shall post this, from the last show... I hope you like it! Will post the others in the days to come... have a great day!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Technology meltdown

I've been painting every day but haven't been able to post... it's a bit frustating that my computer and digital camera broke down about the same time a couple of weeks ago... ugh!.. While computer and camera are in the shop, I have been painting large (40" x 40") and having a good time! I will go back to my small daily paintings as soon as technology is restored. Hope you are all well, enjoying the winter. Hugs!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

WIPO Exhibit

What a lovely evening we spent viewing the beautiful works of over 30 artists (I was one of the proud artists, of course!) and catching up with friends! Thank you so much for coming to the vernissage at the WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization, last Tuesday evening. If you couldn't make it for the opening, the exhibit goes on until the 20th of February, 2009. So, if you are in Geneva, please stop by.... The WIPO building is at the Place des Nations, just across from the United Nations building. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ducky II

Ducky II
6" x 6" Watercolor on paper
I saw this duck sitting on the shelf at my photography teacher's home. I liked the way the light was hitting it's head, just so, and the shadow over it's body - I just had to paint it! This duck looks like the ones I used to feed at a park when my daughter was little.... Of course the ones we fed were not decoys...
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