Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fat Chef with Red Moustache

8x8 watercolor and Micron 01 pen on Italia 140 lb hot press paper done over the weekend from my photo of a figurine chef.  I omitted the round tray he held with a drink on it.  Love doing these funny chefs.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Downtown

9x6.25 watercolor pencil sketch with watercolor done over the weekend on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper.  The photo from downtown somewhere had to be finished in 2 hour time limit so my painting time was one hour, 10 minutes.  I liked the cute couple holding hands wearing their green and red complementary colors while a guy seated on the right past the hotel sign was watching them stroll along.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Chester Cat Looks Up

7x5 watercolor on black Stonehenge 140 lb cold press wc paper done this past weekend.  Working on black paper was a first for me and this took 3 days off and on.  With this dark of a paper you have to build up light values, opposite from working on white paper.  Sketched with a white watercolor pencil and #2 pencil, I got the cat done.  Chester was perched on the back of my brown leather chaise.  White Daler Rowney watercolor used for white fur, and mixed blacks for his black fur.  Patterns on coral background were made using a paper stencil doily and Mint Julep and Periwinkle blue (American Journey).  Those two cool opaques were applied to far left background.  Whiskers were sketched first using white wc pencil.  No masking was used.  Highlights on the cat's black fur were thinned versions of palette greys.  A step by step demo can be seen on WetCanvas! in the Learning Zone on the Watercolor forum (www.wetcanvas.com)
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Kitchen Chefs

11x16 watercolor and India ink line on 300 lb Saunders Waterford paper, an imaginary kitchen scene of three chefs hard at work.
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Daffodil Day

8x8 acrylic inks on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago, wishing for a nice spring next year with lots of rain and sunny yellow daffodils in bloom.
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Desert Skull

6x9 mixed media (walnut ink, watercolor, and spray ink stain by Tim Holtz) done on  140 lb hot press paper done last weekend.  In order to depict desert colors and the feel of heat, I had to use browns, clay colors, and oranges to support the almost all white bleached cowskull.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sperm Whale

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper painted last week for Facebook page All Animals Watercolor challenge.  This paper does not blend well so lots of water had to be used to paint the blue water.  Note reflections above the gigantic creature.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Spanish Town after JM Parramon

14x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Kilimanjaro paper done last month while studying earlier watercolorists' cityscapes (after Jose Parramon).  In this scene it had been raining in Spain and buildings and figures are very abstracted.  You can see some reflections in the rainy street.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Susan's Mom

9.25 x 6.5 India ink on dictionary page of a fellow artist's mother, circa 1950, done last week for another WetCanvas! challenge to do a 2 hour minimum painting.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Fiery Tops

6x4 alcohol inks on pro photo paper, an abstract floral design done two summers ago but not ever posted.  This is a fitting title to the triple digit days we've been having here.
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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sweet Swan

10.25x6.25 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper done yesterday as part of this weekend's drawing event on WetCanvas! Also the subject 'swan' is the prompt for this week's animal on Facebook's All Animals Watercolor page, so both challenges are now done with one image.  Ref courtesy Shane (WetCanvas!)
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

New Mexico Aspens

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday, another scene from New Mexico.  Three tall aspen trees take center stage in the foreground while behind are others.  Colors are starting to turn in this southwest country landscape.  Photo courtesy Jo/WetCanvas.
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Tall Flowering Cactus

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper using Daniel Smith and American Journey paints.  This imaginary desert flora scene was painted a few days ago.  The cactus seem to be reaching for the sun.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Colorful Palms

9.5x7 watercolor on paper in Ecosystem sketchbook done the last week of July, another Florida scene from WetCanvas/Valri.  I tried to make the tree tops look more color infused than in real life.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Summer Rain

8x8 gouache on Italia 140 lb. cold press paper done a few days ago using brush only, no pre-drawing with pencil.  In this imaginary scene dark skies with rain begin pelting the meadow flowers below.  There is a red poppy, a tulip, and a daisy surrounded by wildflowers.
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