Thursday, May 24, 2018

How Now Brown Cow ~ ACEO

2.5x3.5 watercolor and ink on collaged book paper done recently, an art card edition original of a brown milk cow lying down.  I used a STA Lictin 0.3 pigment liner/black ink to draw.  Actual miniature size is posted below.  (Ref courtesy Maria/WetCanvas)
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Daisy Fence

7x10 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, a recent painting of a collection of random daisies by an old wooden fence.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Orange Rose

7x5 alcohol inks on freezer paper done a few days ago; a chopstick with a dot of Lettuce worked for the base, stem, and leaves.
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Gorgeous Geranium

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink painted today from an earlier in the week sketch on Masters sketchbook.  I used several reds, oranges, and pinks and did a light underpainting for the leaves.  Splatters were added when dry.
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Parrot Perch ~ WIP completed

22x15 watercolor of these merry macaws is completed.  Tail feathers were difficult to get shaded golden yellow without making mud, so used transparent quinacridone gold.  I wonder what the big bird is saying to his little companion (ref courtesy Lucyloo). 
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

WIP 3 ~ Parrot Perch continued

The larger macaw is mostly done with shadows under feathers, head, beak and breast done.  Tail feathers on both glazed first with quinacridone gold and raw sienna and will be in shadow for the most part.  I'm liking them without a colored background.  Stay tuned for the finish!
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Friday, May 18, 2018

WIP 2 ~ Parrot Perch continued

Continuing on with my watercolor work in progress of two parrots perched on their tree branch.  These blue gold macaws are so vibrant they are a pleasure to paint.  On each bird I've started with the darks first so I'm not guessing at what values need to go where.  Stay tuned for more.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

WIP ~ Parrot Perch

A work in progress of a pair of blue and gold macaw parrots I'm entering in another WetCanvas online contest due Sunday.  Here on this 22x15 Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper, I've colored in the smaller bird using a direct painting method consisting of one application.  Stay tuned for tomorrow's reveal.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gorgeous Geranium / It's Drawing Day!

8.5x5.5 ink sketch on Masters sketchbook done today for Drawing Day here in the US.  Using a STA Lictin 0.2 black ink pigment liner I quickly drew this royal red geranium bloom and its variegated leaves.  Watercolor will be added later.  Drawing Day is celebrated always in May in other countries usually several days after ours.  Most of the time I miss it but not this year.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Indigo Irises abstract

8.75x7.25 alcohol ink abstract done recently, collaged paper onto matboard using matte medium.
I used Indigo blue plus two other blue inks, a gold, Willow and Lettuce green.
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Mad Rooster

10.25x9 watercolor and ink (Uniball Vision Elite pen) on sketchbook, quickly sketched last night then painted today.  This mad rooster was one of the featured refs on WetCanvas in the All Media Art Events forum/Weekend Drawing Event.  Participants are given 2 hours to choose an image then render it.  My ink sketch in 20 minutes is shown below.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

August Afternoon ~ southwest still life

30x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a still life composed of my Mexican clay pot, ristra peppers, old wooden ladder, real cow skull, a gourd and a red bell pepper.  Background is partially gessoed.
This one SOLD at its first show.
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Purple Rose

5.5x13.5 alcohol inks on white freezer/deli paper done a few days ago using only two colors for the bloom:  Currant and Eggplant, and two for the green stem and leaves:  Willow and Lettuce.  The stem was put in using the tip of a wooden chopstick as were the leaves.
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Friday, May 11, 2018

The Creek ACEO

3.5x2.5 watercolor, brush only, of an imaginary creek with a colorful sky done a few days ago.  These miniature art card edition originals are fun, don't take up any space, and quickly completed.  Looks like a rainy sky so maybe I was thinking of storms.
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Blue-eyed Man sketch

5.5x8.5 hard charcoal sketch on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook done yesterday, another in my faces series.  As the last page in the sketchbook I thought this imaginary man must be blue-eyed and mysterious.
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