Monday, November 18, 2019

Mad Cow

10.25x9 mixed media on paper, another in my weird cow series. Media used: Watercolor, Staedtler Calligraph Duo 3.5mm pen, white gelly roll ink pen, black India ink, light blue Montana acrylic marker (background), and white gouache.Working from black and white photocopy all color is imaginary for this Hereford.   I tried to keep the values correct and put small bursts of colors here and there such as ultramarine blue and cadmium orange for this whimsical farm animal.
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Caribou Winter

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper finished today of a caribou with snow on his head.  His wide eyes are taking in a winter scene in this month before Christmas.
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Birds in Flight

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper just done of two birds having an in flight meal. This was an exercise in motion painting using only a script liner or rigger brush and water.  No pencil sketch beforehand.
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Friday, November 15, 2019

Red Rose on a Cold Day

6x4.5 watercolor on Bristol 100 lb/300 series paper done a few days ago, sketched in pencil from life using a silk rose.  Colors were applied in a direct manner with one application and lots of water.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Antique Store Teddy Bear

6x4.5 watercolor on Bristol 100 lb/300 series paper done a few days ago for another online challenge with WetCanvas.  The teddy bear looks lonely amongst the other antiques.  Ref courtesy Virginia Spencer.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Luna Moth

7x3.75 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago for a Facebook challenge giving a prompt to paint (All Animals Watercolor).  These yellow green neon winged creatures do not eat and are sometimes called lunar moths.  Shown actual size.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ridgeback Dog

7x9.5 watercolor on paper in Ecosystem sketchbook just completed as part of another timed online challenge; ref courtesy WetCanvas/Li Newton.  The dog's name is Congo and appeared very sweet in the photo provided so hope he appears as such in this pet portrait.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

Leaning Barn

8x8 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done over this past weekend.  Ref courtesy another artist in Canada who hosted this month's challenge.  These old barn structures are left abandoned in our country as well, a testament to earlier and simpler times.  Note the rusty old car parked forever in its front yard and old metal barrels in foreground.
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Tree Hauling Truck

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, another one of my new Christmas card designs to be submitted soon to a company for possible production.  This old green truck has been shined and redone to sparkle in time for the holiday season.
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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Lone Poplar Tree

 
9x6 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago, another imaginary winter landscape with snow just in time for the holidays.  I have been doing new designs to submit to a card company that produces them annually.
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Friday, November 8, 2019

Border Collie by the Fire

9x6 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper just completed as part of a new line up of Christmas images.  This unknown dog is wearing its Santa hat as a collar and is enjoying a warm fireplace.
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Branching Out Cardinal

15x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper of a male cardinal in the cold snow and ice.  This is a previous work and is SOLD.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

In the Pines

11x7 watercolor on cold press paper 140 lb painted in a direct manner, a quintessential mountain and pine tree landscape.  This work is SOLD.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Butterfly and Coneflowers

8x5.5 watercolor and ink line in Strathmore Visual Journal, a spring scene that has now been SOLD.
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Monday, November 4, 2019

Handsome Chef

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on paper done last week.  The real chef I sketched this from was much more rotund so I have skinnied him up quite a bit.
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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Contemporary Coneflower

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on paper done last week from a photo I took of an off white coneflower in a greenhouse.  It was pretty but looked better with some colors added.
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Saturday, November 2, 2019

New Orleans Skinny Building

11x7 watercolor done last week of October, a street scene in New Orleans, on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper and Daniel Smith paints.  There were no figures in the photo so I added a lone guy at the doorway of the skinny building.  Ref courtesy Valri/Wet Canvas.
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Friday, November 1, 2019

Black Horse

8x8 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper drawn and painted today for another online challenge; ref courtesy WetCanvas! The sun and light were hitting parts of his forelock and mane so I added oranges and golds to go with the predominantly bluish black of his coat.  Left side background was left white.
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

RIPE ~ #InkTober2019 Day 31

8.25x5.25 India ink over antique stained vintage book page done today for #InkTober2019 last day.  This young girl is enjoying a slice of ripe watermelon.  Ref courtesy Sktchy online.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

CATCH ~ #InkTober2019 Day 30

8.25x5.25 ink over partially gessoed page in my junk grunge journal using Uniball Vision Elite pen today for day 30 of #InkTober2019.  Image courtesy Sktchy.  Only one more day to go! It has been a fun month doing something new each day using ink in all its forms. 
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Injured ~ #InkTober2019 Day 29

8.25x5.25 ink over watercolor background for today's prompt 'injured' for #InkTober2019 day 29; photo courtesy Sktchy.  I enjoyed this guy with a leafy twig hanging out his right ear, a headwrap of Ace bandage, tattered tee shirt, and a plant stem sticking up in front.  Both his eyes are scary and partially focused so he must have had a run in with a lawn mower.  Uniball Vision Elite pen to sketch and India ink for hair and beard.
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Monday, October 28, 2019

Billy the Kid

8.25x5.25 ink sketch over gesso and watercolor in junk journal for 10-15-19 #InkTober2019 prompt of the word LEGEND.  I used Uniball Vision Elite pen and sketched him while riding in a car.
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Coat ~ Day 27 #InkTober2019

8.25x5.25 ink over watercolor wash and India ink marked background in my junk journal done today for day 27 #InkTober2019.  Image courtesy Sktchy and was a man with his camera wearing a black overcoat.  The bare tree and bench behind him show he was in a park.  I also used ink markers including a black Tombow brush pen fine nib.
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Golden Poplar Trees

5x4 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper painted a few days ago over light green and darker green washes.  These poplar trees are turning golden in the fall's cooler days and nights and this imaginary scene is based on poplar trees I photographed out of state.
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Friday, October 25, 2019

Tasty ~ Day 25 #InkTober2019

8.25x5.25 ink sketch done today in my junk journal.  Image provided by Sktchy.  The man's face and hands were done using a black rollerball pen and India ink for his jacket.  Watercolor used for whites of his eyes and the peanut candy while blue Montana marker makes up the background.
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Coffee Grinder & Pear

7x5.5 watercolor over ink line with Micron 0.3 pen completed today.  The ink sketch was done yesterday for #InkTober2019 for the prompt word 'ancient' which the coffee grinder certainly is.  The red pear adds a nice modern day kitchen touch to this simple still life.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Horned Toad

5.5x7.5 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper done over the weekend for the Facebook page All Animals Watercolor.  A prompt word for this week was TOAD so I chose the lowly, much aligned west Texas critter known here as a horny toad we don't see many of anymore.  They feast on red ants so I've stopped killing the those and the horned toads have come back around my studio at least.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Gulls Galore

6x12 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for online weekend drawing event on WetCanvas.com; photo courtesy Valri in Florida.  I added more gulls to the horizontal composition for balance.  These shore birds are waiting for a hand out.
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Monday, October 21, 2019

Two Kittens

8.5x11 watercolor and ink line on paper previously sketched then color added later.  These two black and white kittens do not belong to anyone but are in my imagination.
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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Iceland Poppies

8x8 watercolor on Masters 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago of several red orange poppies in a glass vase; photo courtesy WetCanvas.  This image was featured for October's challenge and was a real thrill to paint.
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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Afternoon Trees

5x5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago as an exercise in shadows and distance.  These three poplar trees are imaginary in this country summer landscape and I've varied the warm and cool tones throughout the leaves and shadows.
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Friday, October 18, 2019

Running Horse

8.25x5.25 ink sketch along with Magic colored pencils multilead done a few days ago for another #InkTober day.  I sketched the running wild horse outline with walnut ink on a chopstick then added colored pencil marks and a few marks of India ink over gessoed background in my junk grunge journal.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rainy Road and Barn

11x15 watercolor on Masters 140 lb cold press paper painted a couple days ago, an imaginary country road and barn wet from rain.  Wishful thinking so maybe rain will come soon.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Build #InkTober2019

8x6 ink in Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook done earlier for one of the #InkTober2019 days in this month.  The hammer was done from life as were the nails, and the blackest ones sketched with a chopstick dipped in India ink.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Black Cow and White Bird

5.25x7 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend for another timed online event on WetCanvas.  This one was under the 2 hour time limit.  Image courtesy of Susan and is a Florida scene.
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Monday, October 14, 2019

Lamesa Longhorn

4x6 watercolor and white gouache done last week over a magazine card from New Mexico publication. This old fellow lives north of Lamesa, TX on the Stevens place.  When we drive by he is usually resting like this and was when I shot the photo a few years ago.  Now he has another longhorn for company there.
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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sycamore

6.25x4.25 watercolor on Bristol 100 lb/300 series paper done last week from another online challenge. Photo courtesy Virginia Spencer/WetCanvas.  Love the bark on these trees.  Even though this is a miniature it took a long time to get the leaves and branches just right.
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Saturday, October 12, 2019

A Modern Day Dragon ~ Day 12 #InkTober2019

5x7.5 ink line with Micron 01 pen, watercolor and colored pencils in Moleskine for watercolor journal done for the word prompt 'dragon' during this month's InkTober.
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Snow ~ Day 11 #InkTober2019

8.25x5.25 ink with Uniball pen and red ink pen in grunge junk journal done today for #InkTober2019 day 11.  The word 'snow' was the prompt.  Image provided by Sktchy online art school of a girl in a toboggan, scarf and red gloves amidst snowy evergreen branches.  Splatter was done with white gouache.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Guy in Patterned Shirt ~ Day 10 #InkTober2019

8.25x5.25 ink in my junk grunge journal completed today for day 10 of #InkTober2019.  The prompt is 'pattern' and photo image courtesy Sktchy online art school.  I used STA Lictin 0.3 pen to sketch, red ink ballpoint pen for lettering on his shirt, white gel pen for white areas, and black India ink for area behind his head.  That area was done with a wooden chopstick as were the brick lines pattern in background.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Tom Cat and Leaves

5x9 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper sketched yesterday and painted today.  The tom cat photo was provided by fellow artist Dewi in Thailand and I've added my own fall leaves and elongated shadows. In the photo the fellow had only half his tail so with artistic license I've given him his lovely tail back.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Texas Jack

John Wilson Vermillion, also known as " Jack" or later as "Shoot-Your-Eye-Out Vermillion," was a gunfighter of the Old West known for his participation in the Earp Vendetta Ride and his later association with Soapy Smith (Wikipedia). Mixed media in my junk journal using Micron 01 pen, charcoal, watercolor, colored pencils, oil pastels, acrylic markers, alphabet ink stamps, 8.25x5.25, done last days of September. When time allows I'm still exploring notorious outlaws of the wild west in my series on them.
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Monday, October 7, 2019

Enchanted ~ Day 7 #InkTober2019

10.25x9 ink sketch for day 7 of #InkTober using STA Lictin 0.3 pen in large sketchbook.  Today's prompt word was 'enchanted' and image provided by Sktchy online art school.  This lovely young lady was sketched in about 20-25 minutes.
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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Huskey in Ink ~ Day 6 #InkTober2019

9x10.25 ink pen and black India ink applied with a chopstick for this day 6 of #InkTober in my sketchbook. The prompt was 'huskey' and image courtesty of Sktchy online.  Such a lovely dog!
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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Mousetrap

8x5.5 watercolor on Strathmore Visual Journal mixed media paper, drawn with Pigma Micron 03 pen, of a field mouse trapped by a Halloween cat.  The mouse was a prompt for All Animals Watercolor Facebook page week one.
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Friday, October 4, 2019

Last Rosebud

2.75x3.75 watercolor painted a few days ago of one of my last red rosebuds.  Today I've seen a few more.  This is on 140 lb cold press paper.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wild Donkeys

6.75x6.5 watercolor painted yesterday on 140 lb cold press paper, painted in between doing ink sketches for InkTober2019.  I'll post that one on Facebook.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mindless #InkTober2019 Day 2 #mindless

8.25x5.25 ink line and black India ink applied with a wooden chopstick to my grunge journal page that is partially gessoed. Image provided by Sktchy for the #mindless prompt.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ringo #InkTober2019

8.25x5.25 Pitt pen and India ink applied with a wooden chopstick done today for first day of InkTober 2019 in my grunge journal.  The prompt for today was the word 'ring' so I selected this magnificent musician, former drummer for the Beatles, Richard Starkey.
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