Saturday, July 4, 2020

California Poppy

16x12 watercolor on Italia Magnani 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday, a macro view of a small golden yellow orange poppy, or California poppy.
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Friday, July 3, 2020

Patriotic Cockatoo ~ Happy 4th of July!

12x9 watercolor on Canson XL 140 lb paper for a previous online event.  WetCanvas had a patriotic challenge for USA artists so since the bird is white its beak had to be indigo blue.  Abstract background is a mix of thalo blue & green, alizarin crimson, ultramarine, Grumbacher red, and Blue Bice for the red, white & blue.  Splatters with Blue Bice and Grumbacher red. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Kids Zone

7x10 mixed media on Canson paper using pencil, Derwent Inktense, watercolor, and Conte' Pastels. These four young goats are a detail from a larger photo featuring many more, courtesy Oty/WetCanvas! I added a tail on the left kid and changed the background and foreground into a vignette.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Little Sunflower Trio

5x7 mixed media (watercolor, acrylics, alcohol inks) on paper done last month of free form sunflowers using no reference and no pencil drawing beforehand.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Palm Fronds

12x9 watercolor botanical in monotone using only sepia pigment on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, a close up view of inside a palm and its leaves.  I featured this one in another online challenge and think it would make a great print as well or look stunning in an all white room.
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Monday, June 29, 2020

White Coffee Cup on Red Cloth

11x8.5 watercolor on Stonehenge 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend for another online event I was hosting.  This simple white cup about half full of coffee looks like an easy still life subject but it was anything but! Multiple ellipses and curves to get just right so many washes were painted before finishing.  Sepia was the perfect hue for black coffee.
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Siamese Secrets

9x9 mixed media on Magnani 140 lb cold press paper done today.  First I sketched the cat's outline with a chopstick dipped into black India ink.  Carb Othello pastels in flesh tone, white, yellow ochre, brown, gray, black, and orange yellow used to apply the Siamese's fur.  The same chopstick was used for whiskers when done.  I was missing Jezebel, studio Siamese, today and decided to use a photo of her (although her nose was not that long like a purebred) and the pastels.  Those were given to me when a friend's wife passed away and is a nice set of them plus colored charcoal pencils just waiting to be useful again.
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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Koi Kraze

8x8 watercolor on Masters 140 lb cold press done today from my koi pond photos taken in Midland at Alldredge Gardens recently.  The white koi were the largest I'd ever seen and so neat with their speckled bodies.  Colors used to paint the water were sepia and indigo blue with cerulean blue first in the tiny swirl areas.
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Friday, June 26, 2020

Vacant Lot Wildflowers

4.25x2.75 watercolor on Bristol board 300 series of Mexican redhats and others growing down the street in a vacant lot.  This was brush only, no pre-drawing with pencil today.  I first did an underpainting with Naples yellow and cerulean blue and when dry put the blooms into the composition.  Blades of glass were last and darkening the undergrowth with sepia and sap green in this west Texas wildflowers scene.
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Pots of Pansies

5.25x8.25 mixed media, a row of clay pots and imaginary pansies in my junk journal.  I used Magic multicolor pencils to sketch over a page that had splatters of walnut ink, then watercolor + gouache. 
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Adult Bald Eagle

5.5x4.25 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Fabriano paper, painted last Saturday 6/20/20 which was National American Eagle day but did not get to post this bald eagle until today.  They were nearly driven to extinction by poisons and poachers by 1972.  Pesticides such as DDT collected in fish, the carnivorous bird's main diet.  Their status was upgraded from endangered in 1995 to least concern, a US Fish & Wildlife success story.  Our national emblem since 1782, these majestic eagles are most abundant in Alaska and Canada and have a life expectancy up to 28 years.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Sea Lion

10.25x9 watercolor over ink line with Micron 01 pen done last week for an online challenge, ref courtesy Morguefile.  I've not painted a sea lion before and enjoyed exploring this one with its tiny ears and big muzzle.  This is done in one of my sketchbooks.
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Monday, June 22, 2020

Doe a Deer

7.75x5.25 walnut ink on Bristol 300 series paper, a deer I've sketched before in ink but not on slick Bristol. No pencil drawing was done beforehand only a wooden chopstick.
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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Beef Pasture

8x8 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done today for another online animal challenge on WetCanvas. Ref courtesy rainowl.
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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Abstract Inks

7x11 alcohol inks on paper, an amazing abstract done as a demo.  This work is SOLD.