Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Getting more done and nearer to completion in this view with more glazes on the table and correcting curves, shadows, and light reflections from the lamps and his white fur. Typically cluttered with treasures as most antique stores are, the cat seems to know he belongs here.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Today I worked on Sinatra another 2 hours mainly on the background and table front. Its curve is not shaped right so will correct the curved line to match the bottom, as well as darken to dark brown. Once that value is established, his white fur should show up better.
If I go back to Tyler I'll revisit this store and let his owner know he has surfed the Internet. I did tell her he would be painted.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Continuing on with background areas in this cat portrait work in progress; I've done dark tapestry folds and its reflections in cut glass. So keep watching for more reveal...
Saturday, August 20, 2011
12 x 12 torn paper collage on canvas done today at Suzy's class held at my studio. From his Hershey's hair to his caviar on crackers coat buttons, to his Denali/Yukon headlights for eyes, I think he is too cute! What do you think?
Step 2 of white cat named Sinatra showing soft edged delineation of his shoulder, legs, neck and back. Beginning background of a dark but rich tapestry frames behind his head and shoulder. This pet portrait will emphasize values on a white subject and how to paint fur. I dare not mess this up as those blue eyes are following my every move!
Friday, August 19, 2011
15x22 watercolor of vivid orange poppies on Italia 140 lb paper. During last year's trip to UK, dozens of poppy photos were taken with the orange ones in Wales being my favorite. This was painted wet in wet with one direct application using 1 inch sable flat brush.
A work in progress of antique store kitty named Sinatra; this is a detail of the 15x22 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb cold press paper begun yesterday. Last year I met this solid white fellow while teaching a workshop in Flint, TX. He lives in Tyler and looked so handsome draped across the dark brown wooden furniture amongst the lamps and cut glass, right at home.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
15x11 watercolor of fresh daisies in a French pitcher; initial version lacked strong frontal shadow values so I've gone back into it and added those to anchor the vessels.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
15x22 watercolor of ripe red tomatoes on a sunflower plate ready to eat if we only had a shaker of salt. I set this up and drew from life a few years ago when we had enough rain to grow vegetables in a garden. Maybe next year!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
16x20 watercolor of one of my cats taking a siesta on an old brick. As our Caboose group gets ready for a pet portrait art show next month we have to get ready with various varieties of our furry friends. This is my second time to paint this fellow.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
15x22 mixed watermedia: acrylic, ink, collage over failed red rose watercolor. This work was a demo for the Amarillo Art Institute a few years ago. In its former life it was a vertical red rose that I can post here if anyone wants to see it. Classes using the techniques I have developed are in demand and I'm scheduling out of town demos about once a month along with workshops on mixed watermedia as well as transparent watercolor. Moral of the story is never throw out your old dogs!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
15x11 watercolor still life of various yellow and green berries in old grey urn set up before I left the mountains Sunday. Textures of the wood table, books, and pointed leaves work well together to establish a casual mood at home.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
22x30 watercolor on Saunders 300 lb cold press paper from photos of lilypads in a neighbouring town. I have reglazed some areas and enhanced others that needed attention as this one was started awhile back and not completed to my satisfaction. Look closely and you can see a few insects buzzing around the flowers.