Saturday, November 30, 2019

Winding Road

9x6.5 pastel using Conte brand on paper of a winding country road flanked by trees.  A small wooden frame building sits mid upper right.  Autumn leaves line both sides of the roadway in this the last day of November.
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Friday, November 29, 2019

Black Friday ~ Girls Just Wanna Shop!

8x5.5 watercolor and ink on Strathmore Watercolor Journal 140 lb cold press paper and Daniel Smith pigments.  Drawn with Pigma Micron 01 pen this is another in my wild women series of girls and their handbags hustling toward the shops in an imaginary town scene for black Friday, the busiest day of the marketing season.
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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Butterball Turkey ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters sketchbook done previously.  This fat fellow is waiting his turn out in the woods in this imaginary scene.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Buttercup Cat

16x20 watercolor of a relaxing sleepy garden cat with his head on a brick.  In this scene it is easy to image a sunny, lazy day in the life of a cat.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Barnyard Hen


2.5x3.5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper using White Nights paints done today from another chicken barnyard image.  The top view is the actual size and bottom just a bit larger in this miniature art card.
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Monday, November 25, 2019

Peaceful Donkey

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper/White Nights paints finished yesterday. Against the purple and pink evening sky this donkey seems at peace looking towards the horizon.
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Orange Lilies with Blue Background

7x4 watercolor on Italia Magnani 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for another online WetCanvas challenge.  This floral scene was cropped from a larger tiger lily field.  Ref courtesy Wendy in Canada.
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

White Coffee Cup

3.75x5.25 watercolor on Italia Magnani 140 lb cold press paper just done using new White Nights paints. Today I was experimenting with values to see how well the pigments performed using mixed neutrals.
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Friday, November 22, 2019

Sweet Eyes Puppy

3x5.25 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper and White Nights paints done today.  I could not resist this puppy with the sweet eyes and do not remember where he was photographed.  First time to try out the new paints that are made in Russia that a lot of artists seem to enjoy using.
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Kitty Chair

4x7 watercolor on Magnani Italia 140 lb cold press paper, Daniel Smith/American Journey paints sketched yesterday and painted today.  Ref courtesy of WetCanvas artist Karen and this is her cat Oliver.  He looks so much like my Chester I just had to paint him in his sunny chair.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Frida ~ mixed media collage

14x11 mixed media acrylic collage on matboard using a previous painting of Frida Kahlo that is 8.5x5. This was adhered to the red mat board support with medium paste then an acrylic abstract was cut into equal strips for border mat.  The strips were collaged as well for an altogether different look.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Old Lace & Apples

5x7 watercolor on Magnani Italia paper 140 lb cold press, an imaginary still life of two apples and old lace. I decided to make the background black and this was achieved by mixing alizarin crimson + phthalo green. The highlights on the fruit were left the white of the paper in this miniature.
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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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