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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