Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Candy Mints ACEO

2.5x3.5 watercolor on 140 lb hot press Fabriano paper done recently, sketched and painted from life using wrapped and unwrapped green and white mints along with a chocolate mint.  These are the candies given out as freebie mints at restaurants.  Actual size of my art card edition original is seen below.


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Monday, July 30, 2018

Fireball Poppies

12x8 alcohol inks on white freezer paper done this afternoon using 3 warm colors and 1 cool green for stems and leaves.  Those were made with the tip of a wooden chopstick and a drop of Lettuce ink.
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Backcountry Barn

12x9 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper sketched this morning then painted this afternoon, an imaginary country scene of a rundown old barn.  The rocky landscape foreground was fun to paint wet in wet in layers as was the middle ground.  The fence is still up so suppose someone is running cattle.  Storm clouds are building up overhead. When dry, splattering was done for texture.
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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Krakow Evening

8.5x5 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper begun yesterday then finished today as part of another weekend drawing event on WetCanvas.  For the 2 hour time limit, I managed to get it done in about 45 minutes.  With the silhouetted buildings the sky was an opportunity to create some dark, dancing clouds in the fading evening light.
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Cherry Trio ACEO

2.5x3.5 watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper, drawn from life before I ate them recently.  This art card edition original still life is a fun, fresh way to look at summer fruit.  A complementary palette of red and green was used.

Actual size is below:

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sky over Beach

9x12 watercolor of the sky with clouds starting to intensify in hopes of a rain shower.  Look closely and you can see tiny figures off the beach in this low horizon painting done recently.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Pink Lace flower in inks

4x6 alcohol inks on glossy photo paper finished today.  It is more pink than this scan shows and Pink Sherbet was the color.  Stem made using a drop of Lettuce (green) on tip of wooden chopstick for this imaginary flower. 
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Abstract Pears ACEO

2.5x3.5 mixed media of watercolor, ink, Caran D'Ache NeoColors, gouache over old book page adhered to watercolor paper done recently.  This art card edition original or ACEO was fun to do as I love to paint pears in any form.
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Actual size below:



Monday, July 23, 2018

She Wore Flowers in Her Hair collage

14x11 paper collage on canvas using cut magazine text, female face features, and flowers while outline was drawn with black permanent marker.  This project was done yesterday afternoon after seeing similar faces online.  I used Veranda, Victoria, and Birds&Blooms magazines and ModPodge.
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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Blue Storm Flower

7x5 alcohol inks on Yupo done a few days ago using only two colors:  Eggplant and Cloudy Blue.  The stem was made with a wooden chopstick with Lettuce green.  Its petals reminded me of  pending tornado clouds.
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Scrumptious Strawberries

6x6 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done today, a ripe summer fruit still life using every red, pink, orange, and gamboge colors in my palette.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Purple Parrot Tulip Explosion

8x10 alcohol inks on white freezer paper done last week using only one color for the flower and one for the stem in a limited palette.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday Daisy ACEO

2.5x3.5 watercolor art card edition original (ACEO) painted of course on a Thursday after seeing one of my very last daisies growing.  Maybe more rain will fall next spring.  Actual size is seen below.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Windowsill Geraniums

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday as part of a 2 hour timed WetCanvas event hosted by Wendy.  I was able to sketch in 20 minutes then about an hour to paint this geranium still life set up of pink, red, dark red, and a variegated white and pink blooms.  Vases have colored marbles inside.
This image is available now on new site www.DailyPaintWorks.com
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cold Wine on a Warm Day

8x6 watercolor and ink (Faber Castell Pitt XS pen) on Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook for mixed media.  When I painted this it was a hot day but the cold chablis looked inviting.  Look closely and you can see reflections at the top of some distant buildings behind the glass.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Shades of Blue Hydrangeas

9x12 alcohol inks on paper done last week using three blues and two greens.  I kept applying the color, moving it with canned air then reapplying until the floral shapes appeared.  Stems were made using a wooden chopstick.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mum Jar

3.5x2.5 watercolor done this weekend, a miniature art card edition original from a photo of chrysanthemums in an old glass jar for a country look.

See actual size below.
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Carousel Pony

5.5x8.5 watercolor over ink sketch done in May but not posted yet, from a cropped carousel pony image.  I used a Lictin 0.3 pen to sketch in Masters sketchbook then complimentary colors of background shapes.
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Potted Geraniums

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper of potted geraniums I had at the studio steps.  Shortly after the photo was taken to do this painting, someone stole the middle pot and the one on the right that were hand decorated mosaics.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

April Alligator in Junk Journal

5.25x8.25 black ink over gessoed page in my old discarded book that morphed or turned into a sketchbook done in April that I've not yet posted.  They are not my favorite wildlife to do in art.  A Tombow brush pen was used along with water.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Red & White Frilly Tulip

10x8 alcohol inks on slick paper done this afternoon, an imaginary parrot tulip made with Poppyfield red ink, Honeycomb, and Willow.  A wooden chopstick pulled the green down to make a stem.  I'm having too much fun.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Playful Pink Cosmos

11x14 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, a demo started yesterday for a class then finished up today.  I used one of my pink cosmos photos from my studio backyard flowerbed taken about 9 years ago when we had rain regularly.  I've used this reference before for a very loose version.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Buffy Mouse Slayer

22x15 watercolor over abstract background done of an orange and white tabby cat, a pet of a friend.  It was painted wet in wet on 140 lb cold press paper.  This work is SOLD.
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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Floral Trio

7x15 alcohol inks on white freezer paper, shiny side, done yesterday while doing three other floral paintings.  Today I even planted four lantana and plumbago in a large pot.  This trio is for the kind person who cares for my cats when I'm not here.  Below is the framed image using one single frame that looks like separate ones. They are imaginary blooms using no references.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Chipmunk

4x6 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for a Miniatures forum challenge hosted by Virginia.  Such a cute little critter! A member of the squirrel family, the chipmunk has stripes and is much smaller.  I have a nice rustic wood frame to put him into tomorrow.
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Poppy Cats

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a painting using my fractured image style where various rectangles are marked on top of a pencil drawing.  Then each section is painted differently but the whole composition jives in the end.  These three cats belong to the owner who commissioned this unique pet portrait.  Flowers were also to be included so I chose poppies that would set off the neutral colors of the kitties.  This work is SOLD.
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Japanese Couple

7x4 mixed media collage done yesterday consisting of alcohol inks, watercolor, markers on top of paper used to catch drips while doing inks.  Flattened and collaged to watercolor paper with matte medium both sides, a brayer was used to remove any air bubbles.  When dry, an old Japanese woodcut from the 1700s was used to sketch with Lictin 0.3 ink pen then details and color added with watercolor then sealed again. The used paper gave an unusual background for this couple who appear to be arguing about dinner.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

KoolAid Summer

11x15 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper, a summery imaginary still life of red items:  Strawberries, watermelon, and KoolAid sugar free on an outdoor picnic table. 
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fourth of July Porch

12x9 watercolor of an imaginary cottage porch with the Stars & Stripes aka Old Glory waving freedom to passersby.  Happy 4th of July Independence Day to all Americans!
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Monday, July 2, 2018

July Hummer

4x5 watercolor for this second day of World Watercolor Month, a quick one I dashed off after teaching this afternoon.  Sketched on a scrap of backing paper, Canson 140 lb cold press, the pinkish red shapes made perfect petals for the hummingbird to target.  Other colors such as yellow green were also found in the bird.
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Blushing Blue Hydrangeas ~ It's World Watercolor Month!

It is World Watercolor Month each July 1st and I want to celebrate by painting a wet-in-wet, brush only piece.  Since my own hydrangeas were eaten by deer and never got a chance to bloom this May, creating an artwork will have to do.  Size is 2.5x3.5 on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon.  Actual art card (ACEO) size is below.

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