Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fat Pumpkins

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over this past weekend from one of my pumpkin photos shot in downtown Ft. Worth last fall.  I liked the twisted stem on this big fat one.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Gap Tooth Woman

7x5 India ink and colored pencils on collaged vintage book text done over the weekend.  This imaginary woman could've been me as I had a gap tooth problem until about 30 when a local dentist did his magic. In photos I would never smile with an open mouth being very self conscious.
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dave the Cat

15x11 watercolor and pastel of Dave, Lin's (of WetCanvas) kitty who lives in the UK, courtesy photo. Included in the current weekend drawing event participants have 2 hours to complete a painting with furnished references, with challenges sometimes added. One of Lin's challenges was to use mixed media so I added pastel accents hoping to catch the disdain on Dave's face along with the haughty grandeur of a tomcat. She had named him after her husband Dave.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Dog in a Cap

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink on Bienfang mixed media sketchbook done as part of a prior WetCanvas animal/wildlife challenge.  This was done in about 45 minutes.  Its name is Sandy and belonged to another artist.
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Friday, November 9, 2018


5x7 India ink on Canson watercolor paper 140 lb/cold press done in the last weeks of InkTober last month.  In this imaginary landscape, angry black clouds are boiling overhead, about to hit the earth.
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

White Roses

22x15 watercolor of some of my climbing roses planted in the front of the house.  This is painted wet in wet on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper. I snapped several photos when they were blooming at their peak then painted them. Not happy with the mid section it was reworked and more negative leaves, stems, and thorns added. My favorite part is the rosebud upper right. It was painted wet in wet and colors allowed to mix and mingle.  Daniel Smith paints used.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Traveling Woman

12x9 mixed media on Canson 140 lb cold press wc paper completed today after a couple days work, another in my woman series. Beginning with several acrylics a primary color background was brushed on, then India ink applied with a chopstick for the features on this imaginary woman.  White areas then had watercolors put in, then lastly paper collage figure, receipt date, and postage stamps from Canada collaged.  Splattering was done with watercolor.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Red Mushroom

9.5x6.5 gouache and ink done last week as part of an online challenge; a red w/ white dots topped mushroom amidst falling golden autumn leaves.  In this vignette on vintage dictionary paper I tried to focus the viewer's attention first on the colorful top then the brisk atmosphere of the season.  Online description "Fly agaric mushrooms, or Amanita muscaria, are known for their distinctive appearance, being bright red with white spots, and for their hallucinogenic properties. They are usually dried and eaten, although they're not that common because of their unpleasant side effects."
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Winter Wood

10.75x4.26 watercolor on Saunders 300 lb cold press paper, an imaginary landscape with trees scene painted using a palette knife.  The far background is a combination of browns and mixed greens and snow is the white of the paper.
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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Brown Mastiff Dog on Blue Quilt

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters paper done Friday for another WetCanvas weekend challenge. Time limited to 2 hours I finished this Cane Corso (Italian mastiff) in about 1.5 hours.  Photo courtesy Karren (dupliKate).
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

English Woman

9x7 mixed media collage onto Canson watercolor paper done today as a demo for some of the Watercolor Horizons group in Odessa visiting Big Spring. Using black India ink, I sketched features using a wooden chopstick on an old dictionary and novel page; these had been done earlier with matte medium.  When dry the paper was spritzed with fine mister.  A paper napkin was separated and the yellow butterfly and flower were applied with matte medium.  Lastly watercolor washes of Taylor's Flamingo Pink, Blue Bice, and Skip's Green (American Journey) were applied at random.
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Friday, November 2, 2018

Lone Buffalo

15x5.5 watercolor on Dick Blick 140 lb cold press paper done last weekend amidst daily ink sketches for #InkTober2018.  This is a simple vertical landscape I decided to experiment then stuck a lone buffalo in there.
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Red Prickly Pear Cactus

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters paper, sketched for InkTober last month with color added later from one of my many cactus images.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

'Slice' knife ~ #InkTober2018 day 31

5x8 ink (Micron 01 pen) on sketchbook done today as the very last of #InkTober2018.  Today's prompt was the word 'slice' either a noun or a verb.  I sketched this quickly from life using a small paring knife purchased at the dollar store.  Crosshatching was done for the black handle.  #InkTober2018 was fun following the prompts each day and I did not post each one on this blog, mainly because some were pretty bad.  Happy Halloween everyone! Stay safe.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Percolator ~ day 30 #InkTober

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink for day 30 of #InkTober and the prompt is 'JOLT' which is what I hope coffee has in the morning via its caffeine properties.
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