22x15 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper, drawn from a tiny figurine from my chef collection. This image was used by the local United Way campaign a few years ago and is one of my favorites.
11x15 watercolor of the Murray River, at twilight, located in Australia. Ref courtesy of WetCanvas image library. I like how the darkness encloses and envelops the stark trees and setting sun on its water.
10.5 x 16 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper, Daniel Smith paints, begun on Christmas eve then painted each day through today. A few years ago I bought a large white poinsettia with mottled golden leaves with red splotches and took many photos. The first painting had the large plant with roses behind it and I sold it quickly as a husband's gift to his wife. This is the second painting featuring the white gold leaves and bracts of that lovely specimen. At least in our area I've not seen any more poinsettias as lovely as this was. Happy New Year everybody!
10.5 x 8 watercolor begun a few days ago then finished today during the continuous snow. No one was out shopping so I stayed in the studio and painted. For this image, I used a large hot pink fuchsia Christmas ornament. Light reflections are the shapes seen within. For shapes outside the sphere, I drew a nail polish bottle and let its top rounded edge be seen within the ball. Lastly I used a rubber stencil stamp to make the curlicue marks for patterns. Some of these lacy looking areas were imaginary on the polish bottle as seen on far lower right. Merry Christmas to all of you!
11.5 x 28.5 watercolor over abstract underpainting with several blues and aureolin yellow applied very wetly. When dry, I used my #28 round brush only (no pencil) to do negative painting establishing forms of the pads. No masking fluid used, only paper over white flowers secured with bits of masking tape. Daniel Smith paints were used; backruns encouraged and enhanced.
9 x 4.75 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper, another melting gentleman in my snowman series done today. This fellow is a GONER! Even the cardinal perched on his hat knows the end is near and he can make a birdnest out of the leftover parts OR peck at the carrot for lunch.
6.5 x 5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb paper, drawn and painted today right after my studio overhead lights were fixed. Now I can see like daylight in that dark kitchen. This fellow is another in my series of melting snowmen and still looks quite happy to be Almost Gone!
9.5 x 18 inches watercolor of glass balls and birds, real branches, and snowy forest background. I painted this last December and really liked the horizontal format and the holiday feel to the decorations.
22x15 watercolor of various colored poinsettia plants that I made by doing negative painting once initial poured colors had dried on 140 lb cold press paper. (In some areas I put down 1" wide pieces of masking tape first.) I let the paints mix and mingle on the surface then developed the loose abstract design, trying to preserve whites.
11x7.5 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, drawn and painted yesterday for the landscape monthly challenge in WetCanvas! an online artist community. This fellow appears to be waiting the sleigh and Santa for their journey into the skies.
10x30 watercolor floral to perk up the dreariest of days. This is on Arches 140 lb cold press paper and is done wet on dry method with Daniel Smith paints. With all the snow scenes I've been doing lately it was time to change to a bright happy floral. Tomorrow I will return to Christmas and winter themed art, so stay tuned.
15x22 watercolor on Winsor Newton 140 lb cold press paper house and landscape all ready for Christmas and its season of joy. This old Victorian home was actually unoccupied and rundown when I photographed it so I made it habitable again with curtains and a fresh evergreen wreath in the windows.
15x22 watercolor imaginary landscape with snow I painted about 2 years ago, then it was selected as a card design by a major company. From its frozen stream to the cold grey skies here's hoping your December is a grand one!