Saturday, April 4, 2020

Yellow Throated Warbler in Spring

6x9 watercolor on Bristol board painted today over pencil sketch for another WetCanvas weekend drawing event (photo courtesy Li Newton).  Artists participating have 2 hours to select an image then paint it hopefully within that time frame.  This one was about 1 hour and 5 minutes total.
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Friday, April 3, 2020

Bay Foal

5x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today as an animal/wildlife forum WetCanvas challenge.  I love the fuzzy mane this little fellow has and soft hair so I did an abstract background behind.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Booger cat

8x8 watercolor completed of my cousin's cat Booger whom she had to recently put down due to advanced age.  I tried to show the years of wisdom in her pretty greenish eyes.  This work is SOLD.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Radishes

13x6 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb paper, some fresh radishes to enjoy in complementary colors of red and green.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pomegranate Still Life

4.5x6.5 oil pastels over ink sketch with STA 0.1 pen on toned tan paper done over the weekend for an online challenge limiting participants to 2 hours.  Photo courtesy WetCanvas.com
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Monday, March 30, 2020

First Rose of Spring

12x12 watercolor and Brusho wc crystals on 140 lb cold press paper started yesterday in pencil from my first blooming rose, a peace rose bush, at my studio.  First the paper was spritzed with water then dilute permanent rose paint applied.  When dry, spritzed again at random and dusted Crimson Brusho watercolor crystals over that.  Lastly a pencil sketch was drawn of the rose and each petal was developed.  Background was partly negative painting and positive shapes wet in wet.  (Brusho is by Colourcraft/UK)
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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Bee Orchid

11x8.5 watercolor on Stonehenge 140 lb hot press paper done last week; photo courtesy WetCanvas. This specimen was growing in the wild and I liked its inner beauty as shown by its interior.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Blue Pansy Eruption

4x3 alcohol inks done recently on paper using only one blue, indigo. I like seeing how the ink separates once air blows or alcohol dilutes it.
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Friday, March 27, 2020

Pollen Gathering Bee

2.75x4 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday of a lone bee getting its pollen from the top of a pink coneflower. It is time to see nature going about its business for spring in this pollinator art.
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dewi's Bright Sunflowers

14x11 gouache over ink sketch with Micron 03 pen on Strathmore toned tan paper done last week; photo courtesy WetCanvas/Dewi.  In this online timed event participants had 2 hours to draw then paint their selection.  Her sunflowers were in a cut glass vase.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Bitter Cold Bluejay

8x8 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday from one of my many bird photos.  This one had fluffed up feathers to protect its body against the icy cold and snowy environment.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Baby Seahorse

4.75x2.75 Brusho watercolor crystals, watercolor, and gouache on 140 lb cold press paper done last week for another prompt on All Animals Watercolor Facebook page.  In this imaginary underwater scene I've tried to capture its innocence.  Note the curled tail.
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Monday, March 23, 2020

National Cuddly Kitten Day!

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper.  This kitten is imaginary for National Cuddly Kitten Day for March 23.  Previously I had painted an adult cat with identical markings so this kitten just has to be related, in an artistic way.
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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Bouquet by the Window

9x12 acrylics over an alcohol inks background done today. Previously I'd used the Canson 140 lb cold press paper as a blotting tool for inks on 4x6 photo paper.  Lines and interesting shapes seemed to say vase, flowers, table, and window.  Lightly I glazed diluted acrylic in pale yellow over entire background eliminating whites.  I like how the colored abstractions seem to be reflections now both inside and outside in this imaginary still life.
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Baby Chick and Hedgehog

5.5x8 watercolor in Strathmore Visual Journal painted on Monday this week in response to an online challenge where the prompt was 'hedgehog'.  Such very small creatures this one is paired with a baby chicken.
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