Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mum Jar

3.5x2.5 watercolor done this weekend, a miniature art card edition original from a photo of chrysanthemums in an old glass jar for a country look.

See actual size below.
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Carousel Pony

5.5x8.5 watercolor over ink sketch done in May but not posted yet, from a cropped carousel pony image.  I used a Lictin 0.3 pen to sketch in Masters sketchbook then complimentary colors of background shapes.
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Potted Geraniums

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper of potted geraniums I had at the studio steps.  Shortly after the photo was taken to do this painting, someone stole the middle pot and the one on the right that were hand decorated mosaics.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

April Alligator in Junk Journal

5.25x8.25 black ink over gessoed page in my old discarded book that morphed or turned into a sketchbook done in April that I've not yet posted.  They are not my favorite wildlife to do in art.  A Tombow brush pen was used along with water.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Red & White Frilly Tulip

10x8 alcohol inks on slick paper done this afternoon, an imaginary parrot tulip made with Poppyfield red ink, Honeycomb, and Willow.  A wooden chopstick pulled the green down to make a stem.  I'm having too much fun.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Playful Pink Cosmos

11x14 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, a demo started yesterday for a class then finished up today.  I used one of my pink cosmos photos from my studio backyard flowerbed taken about 9 years ago when we had rain regularly.  I've used this reference before for a very loose version.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Buffy Mouse Slayer

22x15 watercolor over abstract background done of an orange and white tabby cat, a pet of a friend.  It was painted wet in wet on 140 lb cold press paper.  This work is SOLD.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Floral Trio

7x15 alcohol inks on white freezer paper, shiny side, done yesterday while doing three other floral paintings.  Today I even planted four lantana and plumbago in a large pot.  This trio is for the kind person who cares for my cats when I'm not here.  Below is the framed image using one single frame that looks like separate ones. They are imaginary blooms using no references.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018


4x6 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for a Miniatures forum challenge hosted by Virginia.  Such a cute little critter! A member of the squirrel family, the chipmunk has stripes and is much smaller.  I have a nice rustic wood frame to put him into tomorrow.
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Poppy Cats

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a painting using my fractured image style where various rectangles are marked on top of a pencil drawing.  Then each section is painted differently but the whole composition jives in the end.  These three cats belong to the owner who commissioned this unique pet portrait.  Flowers were also to be included so I chose poppies that would set off the neutral colors of the kitties.  This work is SOLD.
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Japanese Couple

7x4 mixed media collage done yesterday consisting of alcohol inks, watercolor, markers on top of paper used to catch drips while doing inks.  Flattened and collaged to watercolor paper with matte medium both sides, a brayer was used to remove any air bubbles.  When dry, an old Japanese woodcut from the 1700s was used to sketch with Lictin 0.3 ink pen then details and color added with watercolor then sealed again. The used paper gave an unusual background for this couple who appear to be arguing about dinner.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

KoolAid Summer

11x15 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, a summery imaginary still life of red items:  Strawberries, watermelon, and KoolAid sugar free on an outdoor picnic table. 
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fourth of July Porch

12x9 watercolor of an imaginary cottage porch with the Stars & Stripes aka Old Glory waving freedom to passersby.  Happy 4th of July Independence Day to all Americans!
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Monday, July 2, 2018

July Hummer

4x5 watercolor for this second day of World Watercolor Month, a quick one I dashed off after teaching this afternoon.  Sketched on a scrap of backing paper, Canson 140 lb cold press, the pinkish red shapes made perfect petals for the hummingbird to target.  Other colors such as yellow green were also found in the bird.
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Blushing Blue Hydrangeas ~ It's World Watercolor Month!

It is World Watercolor Month each July 1st and I want to celebrate by painting a wet-in-wet, brush only piece.  Since my own hydrangeas were eaten by deer and never got a chance to bloom this May, creating an artwork will have to do.  Size is 2.5x3.5 on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon.  Actual art card (ACEO) size is below.

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