Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tall in the Saddle

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done several years ago of my husband's grandfather H.N. Zant.  This work was painted from a small photograph and was SOLD to one of his sons.  I would like to see if it can be utilized to make prints.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bluetiful

6x4 alcohol inks on professional glossy photo paper done the day before Thanksgiving, just a quick Indigo, pink, and two greens mixed making an abstract floral.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Soft Pink Purple Flower

6x4 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done a few days ago using only two colors:  Eggplant and Shell Pink.  Stem was etched in using a chopstick with a dot of Lettuce green on the tip.  Canned air used to push the pigmented alcohol upwards from the flower base.  (*NOTE ~ I will be giving a one day ink class Jan. 20 in Big Spring and another tentative date of Feb.3, 2018.)
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Longhorn Herd

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper finished today after a weekend drawing event challenge on WetCanvas.  Host is Susan; ref courtesy her brother Wm. T. Smith.  Since I love painting longhorns this was a pleasure.  Participants have 2 hours to select and finish a work.  The image is uploaded to my website now and is enabled for prints on demand or purchase as seen here.
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tyler House

15x11 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, an earlier work from my east Texas photo.  I did take liberties with painting it as the photo was shot in January on a very cold day.  Hollyhocks and potted plants on porch were added to this charming white cottage with shutters.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Orange Spider Mum

4x6 alcohol inks on professional photo paper done a few days ago using only two ink colors of Lemonade and Valencia for the flower and Lettuce for the stem and green base.  Canned air used to blow ink out and away from the bottom base.
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Danny Cat w/ Fake Birds in Junk Journal

5.25x8.25 watercolor, collage over old book page (image courtesy Joanne/WetCanvas) done for current weekend drawing event.  Participants have 2 hours to select an image and paint it.  Her cat was looking at bird figurines on a windowsill, maybe hoping they were real.  This is in my grunge, or junk journal, an old book published in 1959 in which I've put white gesso over its pages.  Background here is made from National Geographic collage page that has had CitraSolv brushed on it to change color and design.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Larkspur Lane

11x15 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, a white house in flowery landscape done awhile back that I forgot to post.  In this imaginary scene, larkspurs grow in abundance in the paths leading to the home that is surrounded in greenery.  Happy Thanksgiving!
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Moustache Man in Junk Journal

8.25x5.25 charcoal and collage over a book page.  An old discarded book has been reclaimed and pages coated with white Gesso, ready for art to happen in its new life as a junk, or grunge journal.  Anything goes in these illustrated journals! This imaginary man is proud of his curled edges of his moustache.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pink Glimpse flower

6x4 alcohol inks on professional photo paper, a demo done Sunday at Odessa for their art association.  Beginning with Willow I then followed with a peach and a pink ink, using canned air to push the ink.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Two Chickadees

9x12 alcohol inks on paper, one of two demos done yesterday in Odessa for the art association there.  Is it raining or is it about to snow these two could be asking.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Blue-eyed Stray Cat

6x9 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for an online challenge in Animals & Wildlife forum; photo courtesy Chammi/WetCanvas.com.  This kitty had some Siamese blood due to its beautiful blue eyes.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Spicy Hot Donkeys

8.5x11 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders paper using an unusual color palette of a hot fore and middle ground with dark navy sky.  Both background trees and donkeys are treated as simple shapes and not depicted in my usual realism.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Pink Flowering Weeds

9x12 alcohol inks done yesterday on freezer paper, shiny side, as a warm up practice for Sunday afternoon's Odessa Art Association demonstration I'm to give.  It will be at 2:15 p.m. at the Ellen Noel Museum, 4909 E. University Blvd.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Succulent Pot ~ plein air

8x6 watercolor and ink line in Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook, done from life.  I sketched this pot of various succulents on my New Mexico patio back in September.  This was one featured in a florals challenge hosted by me on WetCanvas that month.  Cacti and succulents were the plants highlighted; I really pushed the color here.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pink Daylilies

11.25x14.75 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper, a collection of various pink daylilies grown in one of my earlier flower gardens.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rocky Cliffs

5.25 x 8.25 ink, watercolor and acrylics done this afternoon as part of the monthly southwest/western challenge on WetCanvas.  This is in my new grunge journal over a partially gessoed page, which is why the acrylics were used as watercolor too thin to adhere properly.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Calla Charm

14x10 watercolor on Kilimanjaro block 140 lb cold press paper.  A lone white bloom beckons the gardener to get busy planting more lovelies.  This realistic lily is one of my featured watercolors in our Caboose group's upcoming show Nov. 18 - Jan 12, 2018 in Breckenridge, TX.  Reception is Nov. 18 @ 5 p.m. at the arts center there.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Baby Sister Goats

7x9.5 watercolor/ink (Uniball Signo ultramicro 207pen) sketched last night in about 10 minutes and painted today. These sister goats were too sweet to pass up as one of the WetCanvas weekend drawing event references.  This is done in my Ecosystem sketchbook.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Spring Sparrows

11.75x15.5 acrylics on gessoed matboard, a demo done a couple years ago for Midland TX Palette Club. These sparrows are enjoying a sunny morning sitting on a branch.  With largely neutral colors you can still tell the foliage has not yet turned yellow green in spring.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Orange Flowering Weeds

4x6 alcohol inks on glossy professional photo paper done last week as part of a demo.  No pencil drawing was done nor any reference used, all my sordid imagination.  These are not really flower-looking and they're not all weeds either.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cowgirl Colors

22x30 acrylic and wax crayon on 140 lb cold press Saunders paper of the back of a cowgirl flanked by cactus.  In this abstract contemporary scene I drew a contrast between the toughness of the female figure and the thorns of the plants.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sly Cardinal

10x8 alcohol inks on paper done today, another in my experimental bird series.  A sketch was done using a Sharpie ultra fine point then various orange and red inks put in for the cardinal, followed by beak, feet, eye, then his black mask.  With brown for the branch I then placed several drops of Cloudy Sky blue in background.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Circus Elephant

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage on old discarded book page that was first gessoed.  This elephant was sketched using Micron 01 pen and was painted using black and white acrylics.  His decorative red hat and cape are collage paper and harlequin pattern is collage.  To the left and back are figure sketches for an audience.  Image courtesy Dewi/WetCanvas current weekend drawing event for the elephant.  This is my first image to put into new grunge journal, which is the old book salvaged and decorated.  Anything goes in this journal that is just for fun.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Chorus Line birds

12.5x15 alcohol inks on paper finished today, another one in my bird experimentation series.  With this, I've used the same bird sketch as before, tracing off each one then reversing the one on far left.  Each is using the design principle of variation of the elements of color, line, size, shape, texture to name some.  Blue hues using two inks were put in first then allowed to mix with alcohol 91% and blending solution.  Each bird was painted in various browns, greys, and  goldens.  Line was added by putting a drop of ink on the tip of a chopstick.  No pencil used.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Baby Blackbird

7.5x12 Brusho on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday using previous bird sketch in an ongoing series.  Trying out different media and keeping the subject matter the same is a fun way to explore new techniques, especially those you have no expertise with doing.  In this solo bird scene, I used small amounts of watercolor to clearly outline the bird's body as the Brusho was very blurry from using too much water.  For the body, I used black and brown Brusho crystals.  Tomorrow I'll be repeating the bird shape and combining with inks.
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Garden Lamp Post

12x9 watercolor garden scene painted today for the monthly landscape forum challenge on WetCanvas.  Host moscatel supplied several glowing references from Italy so I chose this scene due to having a lamp post.  Must paint lamp posts no matter what, and I do have an antique one in my house.  This is on Canson 140 lb cold press paper.  Note the woman's figure in background of Boboli gardens.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Saw-whet Owl

12x9 watermedia on Bristol 300 series paper done today using two different media in my ongoing bird series in various art products.  For this, I used a black Tombow brush pen and only put in black areas first, from one of my bird photos, doing negative painting.  After those, I used a #14 round and with fresh water, created the grey midtones leaving whites.  While most areas still wet I sprinkled black Brusho crystals then blended some areas with a wet brush, being careful not to over blend or over mix.  Look closely and you can see the orange and blue within the Brusho.  No pencil pre-drawing done in this vignette.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Raptor Reflections

9x12 watermedia (Brusho, gouache, watercolor) on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon.  I wanted to paint this hawk again from a previous time and was inclined to experiment with Brusho again.  Using brown and black bottles of the crystals, I sprinkled them onto spritzed paper then colored in his eye with puddles of pigment.  Background was yellow, black and green.  Gouache was used to add white highlights and reflections in his eye.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Chickadee Season

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper completed this afternoon.  I've used the same bird sketch from a few days ago and flipped it, then its coloring to that of a black-capped chickadee.  We see plenty of them when in New Mexico and this fellow is perched on some type of plant I can't identify.  Autumn leaves in orange, rust and red complete the natural wildlife.  Splatters added when dry.
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