Thursday, December 12, 2019

Female Bushtit Bird

4.5x7 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday from my stash of numerous bird photos.  The female bushtit bird's coloring blended right in with the purple and pink sage floral.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Resting Camel

5.5x8.5 colored pencils and watercolor on Masters sketchbook paper done over the weekend for another online 2 hour challenge.  Ref courtesy WetCanvas for the weekend drawing event.  This resting camel was not quite an hour.  I suppose the other 2 camels and the 3 wisemen were on a break.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Hang to Dry

6x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend, similar to another backyard laundry scene I painted years ago.  Several wash items of clothing were changed in this version.  Many people have contacted me wanting prints of that one and Artspan was unable to get a large enough size, hence the updated version.  Everyone remembers the smell of fresh clothes drying on the clothesline.
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Merry Green Rusty Truck

9x5.25 watercolor on Bristol board 300 series/100 lb. done last week for an online challenge; ref courtesy WetCanvas.  I cropped the old rusty green truck with its wreath to focus only on its front then added an evergreen tree in the snowy background, omitting buildings, etc.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Poppy Cup

9x6 watercolor and Brusho on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today.  I did a blind contour pencil sketch for the poppy and made up the rest as that's about the only way to get looser lines.  Brusho was applied first in Orange to its petals, and two greens were used for the foliage.  Background is indigo and ultramarine blue.
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Saturday, December 7, 2019

December Evergreens

4.5x3.5 Brusho and watercolor completed yesterday, a miniature abstract on which I brush sketched some tall evergreens. The background was made using leftover Brusho in reds and greens.  Positive shapes of the trees were done with a #1 script liner brush using Undersea Green by Daniel Smith.
Larger size is below.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Wisconsin Farm

7x11 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper painted yesteday using White Nights paints. This is Jenna H's farm on a recent snowy night; she is a fellow moderator on WetCanvas.  Probably this one is my second or third nocturnal scene/landscape.
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bobby and His Mule

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done last week using White Nights pigments, painted while it was snowing in New Mexico.  The mule seems to be sure of where they are going.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Owl and Yellow Leaves

9.5x7 watercolor and colored pencils in Ecosystem sketchbook done last weekend for another weekend drawing event online.  Participants have 2 hours to select an image and paint it.  I cropped an owl photo including only some branches and autumn leaves for a 35-40 minute endeavor.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Brusho Poinsettias

12x9 Brusho watercolor crystals on Bristol board 300 series/100 lb. completed today.  I am still learning how to use the crystals and this time after doing a colored pencil sketch in red and green and sprinkling them, I put several hues into a flat palette and added water.  This made a stronger solid color.  Look closely and you can see some of the crystals spots.  I used 4 or 5 different reds plus Vermilion; it is SOLD.
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Cardinal Pair

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago using White Nights paints. It was snowing where we were in the mountains so easy to imagine this pair of lovebird cardinals watching out for each other nestled into a snowy pine tree.
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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Mother Cat and Baby

5x4 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper using new White Nights paints. This was done a few days last week before Thanksgiving.  I love the color of the almost white mother cat with minimal stripes on her head and her baby who was more vividly marked.  Green eyes were captivating so I made the background to complement them in this double pet portrait.
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Winding Road

9x6.5 pastel using Conte brand on paper of a winding country road flanked by trees.  A small wooden frame building sits mid upper right.  Autumn leaves line both sides of the roadway in this the last day of November.
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Friday, November 29, 2019

Black Friday ~ Girls Just Wanna Shop!

8x5.5 watercolor and ink on Strathmore Watercolor Journal 140 lb cold press paper and Daniel Smith pigments.  Drawn with Pigma Micron 01 pen this is another in my wild women series of girls and their handbags hustling toward the shops in an imaginary town scene for black Friday, the busiest day of the marketing season.
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Butterball Turkey ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters sketchbook done previously.  This fat fellow is waiting his turn out in the woods in this imaginary scene.
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