Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Blue Petals

4x6 alcohol inks done yesterday afternoon, just a quickie to loosen up to do some more inks.  Three colors used in this:  Lettuce, Stream, and Indigo.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Floral Glow

4x6 alcohol ink on professional photo paper done recently as a quickie demo.  I love the hot red at the base of the flower, then orange-red, followed by hot pink.  Green is made with the color Lettuce and is very natural appearing.
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Watchful Eye Bird

6x9 acrylics on Canson 140 lb cold press paper painted yesterday as part of exploration of acrylics used as watercolor.  Painted wet on dry, this bird was sketched previously but not painted.  I used a #14 round.  When dry, splatters were put on over the background.  I'll use the sketch again to do another version.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Polkadot Apple

8.5x8.5 mixed media collage on paper done today.  Using the soft toned back side of a failed alcohol ink, I brush sketched an apple outline in acrylics, then negatively painted the fruit.  Since most of the blotchy color was yellow green I went with red and turquoise spice colors as accents.  Torn polkadot red tissue paper was added in three places.  Black India ink was put on at the top stem.  Cast shadow was blue mixed with a bit of cadmium red acrylics and background was a mixed grey of palette colors.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

October Crow on Yupo

12x9 watercolor on medium weight Yupo synthetic paper done today.  This October crow was painted from a WetCanvas RIL image featured in the current weekend drawing event in the All Media Art Events forum.  With black animals or birds I try to see every color nuance within the neutral tones and do the same for white. This fellow had many colors within his graceful feathers.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Floral Pizzazz

4x6 alcohol inks done last week as a quickie demo, just a collection of golden, red, and pink blooms and green stems made with ink on a chopstick.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Virginia Village Lamps

12x9 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper drawn yesterday and painted today using Daniel Smith and American Journey pigments.  This is a cropped reference of a townscape that is shown here from current weekend drawing event on WetCanvas with Li Newton hosting.  Since I love lamp posts and lanterns this view favors them as a focal point.  A #14 round brush was used also.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tree at Sunset

5.5x7.5 acrylics on gessoed 140 lb cold press paper done week before last at Bob Burridge's workshop in Lubbock, TX.  Bob was showing us various types of design for landscapes done with only one color or two over an orangey background.  These were painted very quickly within minutes.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Pocket Park

9.5x7 watercolor and ink on Ecosystem sketchbook painted yesterday after last Tuesday's plein air event downtown Big Spring.  Sketched in ink using Micron 01 pen, this lamp post and tree scene indicate the crisp autumn air showering the town's sidewalks with fallen leaves and debris.  Late afternoon shadows are streaking diagonally across the very old brick building behind in the background.  Someone had planted cotton seeds in the raised flowerbeds along with squash, I guess for that country touch!
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Red Desert Cactus

6x11 of a cactus scene.  I struggle with acrylics and with landscapes so it was a learning experience. This is on gessoed matboard that I varnished afterward, using Bob Burridge's color wheel (Munsell). Red was first chosen for the dominant color that has turquoise opposite, and two spice colors are yellow-green and purple-blue.  An orange-red underpainting was put on to begin the painting and that top sky is that hue.  Faint mountains can be seen in the far distance.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Big Red Rooster

12x12 torn paper collage on wrapped canvas done today that was my studio class demo.  This whimsical rooster was drawn with black felt tip marker onto clean white gessoed canvas, then various colors of torn paper were adhered with matte medium.  Tomorrow it will be finished with gloss medium varnish of several coats.  No photo references used.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Kitty Worship

4x6 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday for an online WetCanvas challenge in the Animal & Wildlife forum.  This ginger orange tabby cat appears to be looking toward the sky or maybe just a bird in the branches.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Love Climbs Heart Balloon

11.25 x 8.75 acrylics on gessoed 140 lb watercolor paper done last week in Bob Burridge's Lubbock TX workshop.  Bob showed us how to take a support that had leftover paint dabs and smears then negatively paint around a large heart shape air balloon and ladder.  This is the same concept used on how he develops floral bouquets, etc.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cluck Cluck Chicken

11.5x10 acrylics collage on gessoed 140 lb watercolor paper done last week in Bob Burridge's Lubbock TX workshop.  Bob showed us how to peel off the dried acrylic 'skins' from out plastic sheeting palette and collage onto the support.  No drawing was done.  In fact no drawing was done all week, only brush work.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cabernet Time

13x10 acrylics on 140 lb Saunders cold press watercolor paper done last week while in Bob Burridge's Lubbock class.  The instruction was on painting glass, reflections, and bounce light with few strokes of large brushes.  A 1.5" brush was used with this image of red wine.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Onions and Garlic

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper sketched yesterday in under 10 minutes then painted in 45 minutes for this interesting still life. Love to cook with both these vegetables so was a thrill to paint them together.  This was featured on this weekend's drawing event on WetCanvas.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Three Longhorns

5x7.5 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) on Moleskine sketchbook for watercolor done this weekend from some of my longhorn photos.  I needed a little break from working with acrylics all week.  Image is
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Clouds Ocean Trees Landscape

10x22.5 acrylics on gessoed watercolor paper painted this week on Tuesday during Bob Burridge's acrylic workshop in Lubbock, TX.  An imaginary scene, I've done the foreground in dark silhouette framed by light and stormy clouds and pale orange underglow.  The entire paper was painted first using a mixed orange tone.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Red Fat Pear

11x7.5 acrylics on gessoed watercolor paper done on first day of Bob Burridge's class Monday of this week.  Based on a value study this pear radiates heat with its warm colors.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Playful Labs

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line (Pigma Micron 01 pen) on Masters paper done last weekend for a WetCanvas event.  Photo ref of the dogs courtesy of EP.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Red Roses Bouquet

11x7.5 acrylics painted yesterday while in Bob Burridge's class, an exercise in negative painting.  Using a gessoed support of watercolor paper that had random color marks all over it from leftover paint, the vase was painted around then imaginary blooms and the table.  Flower areas began with a red rose shape upper left as point of interest, larger and brighter.  Parts of the original paper show through if you look closely at the vase and the bouquet itself.  On Bob's color wheel, red was selected as the main interest point while turquoise blue is dominant hue.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Green Pear

11x7.5 acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper, the color glazed same one I posted here yesterday.  It has a thin film of dilute pigment applied all over with a wadded up paper towel dipped in yellow-green Liquitex paint.  Touches of fluorescent pink was applied today for warm accents.  Brush only; no pencil drawing.
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Black and White Pear values

11x7.5 acrylics on gessoed Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper done this morning in Bob Burridge's Lubbock workshop.  This was the second one we did as first was a round ball showing direction of light source, shadow side, and cast shadow as is shown here.  Later we took a damp paper towel and rubbed a transparent color glaze over it.  Sponsored by the West Texas Watercolor Society the class is held at the Ashmore Inn there.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Black and Green Thistle

5x7 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper, a demo done during September's ink class.  I was showing the students how to begin with light colored inks first and end with the darkest ones last.  If not, mud can result.  The round droplet areas made by scattering 91% alcohol drops onto the dried ink.
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ecuadorian Dancers

22x30 mixed media on Arches 140 lb hot press paper done today in a timed WetCanvas event.  Participants had two hours to complete a painting and the challenge from host Susan was to work larger than you usually do.  Media consisted of watercolor, oil pastels, white gel pen, and Montana acrylic markers.  Background is a mix of palette colors that formed a neutral grey brown.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Pink Thorns

6x4 alcohol inks done a few days ago using only three colors, canned air, and blotting excess ink with a tissue.  This wildflower looked thorny to me, hence the title.
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sorrel Horse

11x14 watercolor vignette on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday of a rodeo horse fellow artist Maria found.  In her reference only the horse's head was shown, so I have added his neck, mane, ears and hackamore rope.  His coat was painted with a limited palette of quinacridone burnt orange, quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue.This image is featured in current Southwest/Western forum on WetCanvas.com monthly challenge. 
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Red & Pink Cotton Candy ~ abstract floral

8x6 alcohol inks on white foamcore board done last month as one of the class demos.  This is made with three or four colors of two warms and two cools.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper; ink line is done with Micron 05 pen to show a few areas in this abstract pumpkin.  This jack o' lantern appears to be on fire and melting with its snaggletooth mouth smiling.  It was painted for #InkTober where participants pledge to do ink art once daily all of October.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Broomsticks and Lipsticks

5.5x8 ink sketch with watercolor added done today for #InkTober, three fun witches and their fancy brooms.  I loved the black lipstick the figurine dolls wore along with elegant brocade costumes.  "Be still, my pretty!" Watch out for them flying about with their monkeys, especially with a full moon.  Image featured on WetCanvas Miniature forum monthly challenge, courtesy of host Maria.
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stalker Cat

12x9 watercolor done yesterday as part of another WetCanvas challenge of doing a painting from images provided in a two hour time limit.  This cat was about 1.5 hours and was painted wet on dry on new Fluid 140 lb cold press paper.  Fluid is made in USA in Kansas City, MO., and is quite like working on velvet. I had a cat with similar coloring to this one named Taco Belle, a Maine Coon.
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