Monday, September 16, 2019

Yellow Shasta Daisies

22x15 watercolor on Saunders Waterford 140 lb cold press paper finished over the weekend from one of my daisy photos.  This one has a multicolored background that is broken up around its edges in an almost vignette pattern.  Lavender shadows along with pink accents are just the right touch.
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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Hollyhock

4.75x4 watercolor on 300 lb Saunders cold press paper done this afternoon, sketching with multilead Magic colored pencil first then painted wet in wet.
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Western Meadowlark

8x5.5 watercolor on Strathmore Visual Journal sketched yesterday and painted today for another WetCanvas! weekend drawing event where we have 2 hours to select an image and paint it (ref courtesy Dave Slaughter).  My pencil sketch was 15 minutes then 1 hour to paint this vignette.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Brusho Sunflowers

11x15 Brusho/watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper begun yesterday then completed today.  These imaginary sunflowers were negatively painted with a 1" flat brush.  Brusho was applied first to a very wet blank sheet using Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Moss Green, and Gamboge, then plastic wrap put on top and let dry overnight.  That was removed and then blooms, petals, and leaves were painted around doing their edges until a composition emerged, so no pencil drawing and no reference used.  Burnt Sienna Brusho made very nice sunflower centers.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Big Fella Gorilla

6x7 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper of a gorilla named Big Fella in his enclosure.  Ref courtesy WetCanvas Watermedia challenge for this month.  It is my first time to ever paint a gorilla and was quite a struggle to paint the hairy ape.  A gorilla is also the next prompt for Facebook page Animals in Watercolor beginning on Sunday.  In the photo he appeared to be looking at his iPhone.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Arctic Fox

11x15 watercolor on Dick Blick 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago as part of a Facebook Animals in Watercolor page challenge for this week.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Distant Barn

6.25x9 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper an imaginary country landscape anyone would want to visit or live.  Midsummer colors will quickly fade as the days get shorter and wild meadow flowers a pleasant memory.  Splatters were made on wet paper then dry using a large round #12 brush.
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Alamo Garden

6x5.25 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140lb hot press paper done over the weekend of the grand Alamo in San Antonio, TX.  Photo ref courtesy Virginia/WetCanvas.
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Yacht Yard

15x22 watercolor of a boat repair place or yacht yard, sketched from one of my many boat photos.  In this vignette a lone worker can be seen lower right doing his thing.
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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Silverware and Utensils still life

7.25 x 11 mixed media collage on matboard completed a few days ago.  Sketched in colored multilead pencils, collaged text is put in with ink lines, watercolor, and Derivan Matisse matte acrylic added in this kitchen still life.  Look closely and you can see china plates, pizza cutter, spatula, etc.
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Friday, September 6, 2019

White Lilac Colored Pansy

7.5 x 5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for another online challenge; floral ref courtesy of Jenna on WetCanvas.com
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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Politicians

22x15 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper. Using only b&w photos I drew each fur-person carefully then painted wet on dry using imagination. On right hand side with orange background is a Siamese and that is Jezebel, studio kitty.
It was hard to find a sleezy name and many nouns such as Scalawags (too doggish), Jailbait, Devils in Fur Coats, came to mind but politicians seemed to fit perfectly. The cute phrase Cats are Just Tiny Women in Cheap Fur Coats is different, too. I love the one wet kitty on the left. I hope the cat lovers admire this one as it took awhile to do.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Sleeping Spaniel

4.5 x 9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done on Labor Day, a snoozing Cavalier King Charles spaniel resting up on his bed, a pet portrait to go with other sleeping dog paintings in a series.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Young White Tiger

7.5x4 watercolor on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper completed today from my old zoo photos for this week's prompt on Facebook's All Animals Watercolor page.  This young guy was just bouncing around his caged area ready to pounce or to play.
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Monday, September 2, 2019

Elegant White Cat

16x12 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday from photo composites.  This breed is called a Foreign White cat and is bred from true Eastern Siamese to white haired ones resulting in the long slender shaped head with large ears.  Sleek and trim this breed presents as a very elegant pet to have or to show.
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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Going Downtown cityscape

8x8 watercolor over India ink line sketch begun yesterday then color added today from this scene of women going shopping.  Figures can be seen in the distance in this imaginary scene. I used a wooden chopstick to do the sketch.
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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Ribbon Parade

6x1.75 alcohol inks/watercolor on watercolor paper, a pulled print image that already had the curved shapes painted.  I've used a complementary color scheme of greens and reds in this abstraction.
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Friday, August 30, 2019

Roping

8.25x5.25 charcoal sketch on vintage book page that had been gessoed previously.  This young cowboy is preparing for his roping calf session atop his trusted quarter horse.
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Connections

16x12 mixed watermedia on Italia 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday, an abstract experiment prompted by seeing downed power lines in past hurricanes aftermath.  Media used:  Watercolor, India ink, and white gesso.  I used a 1.5" flat Daler Rowney brush.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Clever Crow

9x12 mixed watermedia on Canson 140 lb cold press paper. Using a sheet that I put underneath other works supplied various abstract markings in acrylics, ink, and watercolor.  I took the bird out of his natural environment and placed him here as if snatching morsels of food from his surroundings.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Majestic Caribou

9.75x3.5 watercolor on Langton 140 lb cold press paper sketched and painted today from some of my older wildlife photos taken on various trips.  This lone fellow looks so majestic against the backdrop of an imaginary mountain range.
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Monday, August 26, 2019

Two Lab Puppies ~ National Dog Day!

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb. cold press paper done this afternoon for National Dog Day.  These were in my animal photos from the 90s but never painted.  The yellow lab and the black lab were playing in the autumn or fall leaves.  A good image to paint on a day it is 111 F. outside.  So hurry up and change seasons!
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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Guy in Class

6x4 alcohol inks on professional glossy photo paper done last month using Sharpie markers over the abstracted ink.  The guy in class is looking very focused on what the teacher is saying.
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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Poppies by the Fence

22.25 x 16.25 watercolor on Langton Prestige 140 lb cold press paper painted today using multiple poppy photos.  I did quite a lot of negative painting in the background and worked wet on dry for the most part.
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Friday, August 23, 2019

Rescue Horses

9x12 watercolor collage on Canson 140 lb cold press paper finished today.  The idea for this exercise was given to me by another artist who uses it with her classes.  I thought it would be really easy.  Not! You take an old calendar, find a photo, tear into 5 strips vertically then adhere to watercolor paper using matte medium or Mod Podge.  Then paint in between the strips with watercolor and try to match colors and values.  Very difficult! But I do like the results of these three rescue horses how it turned out.
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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Happy Dog

5.5x8.5 watercolor over ink line sketch using Micron 01 pen on Masters paper, done a few days ago, for the watermedia forum on WetCanvas! That is a monthly challenge with refs provided by the host Christel from Pixabay.  Daisies were added in foreground by me for a little extra pizzazz.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fat Chef with Red Moustache

8x8 watercolor and Micron 01 pen on Italia 140 lb hot press paper done over the weekend from my photo of a figurine chef.  I omitted the round tray he held with a drink on it.  Love doing these funny chefs.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Downtown

9x6.25 watercolor pencil sketch with watercolor done over the weekend on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper.  The photo from downtown somewhere had to be finished in 2 hour time limit so my painting time was one hour, 10 minutes.  I liked the cute couple holding hands wearing their green and red complementary colors while a guy seated on the right past the hotel sign was watching them stroll along.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Chester Cat Looks Up

7x5 watercolor on black Stonehenge 140 lb cold press wc paper done this past weekend.  Working on black paper was a first for me and this took 3 days off and on.  With this dark of a paper you have to build up light values, opposite from working on white paper.  Sketched with a white watercolor pencil and #2 pencil, I got the cat done.  Chester was perched on the back of my brown leather chaise.  White Daler Rowney watercolor used for white fur, and mixed blacks for his black fur.  Patterns on coral background were made using a paper stencil doily and Mint Julep and Periwinkle blue (American Journey).  Those two cool opaques were applied to far left background.  Whiskers were sketched first using white wc pencil.  No masking was used.  Highlights on the cat's black fur were thinned versions of palette greys.  A step by step demo can be seen on WetCanvas! in the Learning Zone on the Watercolor forum (www.wetcanvas.com)
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Kitchen Chefs

11x16 watercolor and India ink line on 300 lb Saunders Waterford paper, an imaginary kitchen scene of three chefs hard at work.
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Daffodil Day

8x8 acrylic inks on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago, wishing for a nice spring next year with lots of rain and sunny yellow daffodils in bloom.
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Desert Skull

6x9 mixed media (walnut ink, watercolor, and spray ink stain by Tim Holtz) done on  140 lb hot press paper done last weekend.  In order to depict desert colors and the feel of heat, I had to use browns, clay colors, and oranges to support the almost all white bleached cowskull.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sperm Whale

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper painted last week for Facebook page All Animals Watercolor challenge.  This paper does not blend well so lots of water had to be used to paint the blue water.  Note reflections above the gigantic creature.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Spanish Town after JM Parramon

14x11 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Kilimanjaro paper done last month while studying earlier watercolorists' cityscapes (after Jose Parramon).  In this scene it had been raining in Spain and buildings and figures are very abstracted.  You can see some reflections in the rainy street.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Susan's Mom

9.25 x 6.5 India ink on dictionary page of a fellow artist's mother, circa 1950, done last week for another WetCanvas! challenge to do a 2 hour minimum painting.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Fiery Tops

6x4 alcohol inks on pro photo paper, an abstract floral design done two summers ago but not ever posted.  This is a fitting title to the triple digit days we've been having here.
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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sweet Swan

10.25x6.25 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper done yesterday as part of this weekend's drawing event on WetCanvas! Also the subject 'swan' is the prompt for this week's animal on Facebook's All Animals Watercolor page, so both challenges are now done with one image.  Ref courtesy Shane (WetCanvas!)
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Saturday, August 10, 2019

New Mexico Aspens

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday, another scene from New Mexico.  Three tall aspen trees take center stage in the foreground while behind are others.  Colors are starting to turn in this southwest country landscape.  Photo courtesy Jo/WetCanvas.
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Tall Flowering Cactus

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper using Daniel Smith and American Journey paints.  This imaginary desert flora scene was painted a few days ago.  The cactus seem to be reaching for the sun.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Colorful Palms

9.5x7 watercolor on paper in Ecosystem sketchbook done the last week of July, another Florida scene from WetCanvas/Valri.  I tried to make the tree tops look more color infused than in real life.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Summer Rain

8x8 gouache on Italia 140 lb. cold press paper done a few days ago using brush only, no pre-drawing with pencil.  In this imaginary scene dark skies with rain begin pelting the meadow flowers below.  There is a red poppy, a tulip, and a daisy surrounded by wildflowers.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

White Pigeon

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon using only cobalt blue and quinacridone burnt orange to begin with then adding quin gold, arylide yellow, quin magenta, and cadmium orange.  A mixed grey of all the colors was used for the building edge and roof line where the partially backlit bird is perched.
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Monday, August 5, 2019

Pricklies

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper sketched and painted today from prickly pear cactus just down the road.  This year the southwest native plants have bloomed profusely.
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Backyard Clotheslines

6x6 5/8 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, painted today for another WetCanvas online challenge.  Several of the towel colors were changed to enhance the design in this shady backyard scene. Who doesn't remember the fresh smell of laundry that was dried outside? I miss it.
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Pink Parasol

30x22 mixed media done a few days ago using acrylics, gouache, watercolor and ink on 140 lb hot press Lanaquarelle paper.  This started out as a simple sketch and I put it away for a long time and just now taking it apart and repainting it.
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Friday, August 2, 2019

Starbucks, Sundance Square Ft. Worth

7x9.5 pen and ink scene with a Uniball Vision Elite pen on Ecosystem sketchbook, a plein air urban sketch done yesterday before noon in downtown Ft. Worth.  I spent about 45 minutes then had to get out of the hot sun; such a beautiful square with its fountains and cafes.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Designer Birds II

12.25x23.75 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, a comical set of three roosters still life I drew from a ceramic model in my kitchen.  Background was left white to further emphasize the birds design.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Poppy Pose

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper painted a couple of days ago, still trying out the new wc paper.  This was done wet in wet also and the colors still sink into the tooth too much.  Sorry yesterday's post was absent due to no Internet connection.  I'll be trying another floral wet on dry to see if the paper improves.
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Badger Hiding

6x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over this past weekend.  Painting a badger was one of the prompts on the Facebook page of Watercolor Animals.  After researching the wildlife online and getting an idea of face, head and ears, I sketched this guy hiding behind a large tree, then added colorful leaves and patterning throughout.
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Midnight Hollyhocks

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb. cold press paper done yesterday from some photos taken at one of the casinos in Ruidoso, NM, where the hollyhocks are still in bloom.  Love the black hollyhocks and thought they'd look super with a coral background, a permanent rose and orange mix.
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