Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bursting Poppies

18x24 watercolor and Caran D'Ache watersoluble wax crayons on 140 lb cold press Canson paper finished today, one that has been in incubation several days.  The poppies are signaling it is about time for Spring to begin.
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Monday, February 18, 2019

Southwest Still Life

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line done last month for a western online challenge.  In this simple still life, a western hat sits atop a pile of hay in the old barn and a rope keeps them company.
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Petunia Performance

6x4 alcohol inks on glossy photo paper done recently, an imaginary abstract petunia using two colors of blue and flamingo pink, along with Lettuce for its stem.
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Purple Toned Bloom

4x6 alcohol inks on glossy photo paper done recently using only two colors plus Lettuce for the stem on this imaginary abstract floral.
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Friday, February 15, 2019

On the Edge of My Seat

6x4 alcohol inks on glossy photo paper done a couple days ago after making a larger work using only dark blue and flamingo pink; that one was very wet so I put the photo paper face down and did a pulled print so to speak. To me it looked like a seated figure with right foot up in the air...upper right is a cat tossing about. Since I just had to put my 18 year old studio kitty to sleep last week my world has been awry.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine Cupcake

8.5x5.5 watercolor for your happy Valentine's Day art.  I created this pink fluffy cupcake in 2017 that has all the right sweet notes and hearts.  Have a nice day!
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wyoming Barn

7x9.5 watercolor over graphite sketch done yesterday in my Ecosystem sketchbook (photo courtesy Jo Castillo) for the Southwest/Western monthly challenge on WetCanvas.  Local color was imagined and not factual in this abandoned barn scene.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019


6.5x3.25 watercolor painted yesterday on 300 lb cold press Saunders.  I had forgotten to post a daily work so my apologies to the people who watch this blog.  The bellydancer image is courtesy WetCanvas and is featured on this month's Miniature forum challenge.
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Three Ballerinas

5.5x8 watercolor over pencil sketch in Strathmore Visual Journal done yesterday then painted today. This is for another weekend drawing event on WetCanvas.  We were limited to a 15 minute sketch and this can be seen below.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Roses in Tall Indigo Vase

14x11 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, sketched with #1 rigger/script liner brush only, then painted wet on wet.  Focusing on shapes this bouquet floral still life is based on a miniature version I did in December.
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Hydrangea Bubbles

9.5x9 alcohol inks on white deli or freezer paper as we call it, recently created in anticipation of Spring blooms on my own hydrangea bushes.
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tribute to Jezebel Object of My Affection

Today's post is dedicated to the memory of my studio cat Jezebel as seen in this 2012 watercolor.  Below is a copy of the original post and this work was published in The Artistic Touch series by Chris Unwin.  Rest in peace Jezebel as you have inspired many artists!

22x15 watercolor of studio cat Jezebel taking her morning sunshine bath in a south window there.  I found her as a stray kitten in 2000 so she is now 12 and still as feisty as ever.  My favorite memory is that she stared down and rushed at a runaway boxer dog several years ago and didn't even have to hiss or spit as he turned and ran.  Here's to your 12th birthday, sweet Jezzie! 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Randy Rooster

9.5x9 alcohol inks on deli white paper done day before yesterday using an older sketch that is one of my favorites of all the chickens.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Rose Riot

4x3 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper done today, a miniature abstract painting entirely from my imagination.  The rose is rising strongly against its natural elements to make a statement.
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Monday, February 4, 2019

Sun Conure Bird

12x9 watercolor over colored pencil sketch done yesterday as part of a WetCanvas challenge.  Photo courtesy Merriweather.  The bird and Buddha statue is interesting as the parrot-looking fellow tries to explore its surface.  I used Magic colored pencils, multilead, by Koh-i-Noor.
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