Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Delightful Daisies

11x14 watercolor on Yupo synthetic paper completed today after about 3 days of painting.  I used several of my own daisy photos, selecting which blooms to use for this brush only (no pencil) composition.  As usual Yupo provided nice surprises in areas where it mixed with other colors.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

White Cat and Potting Bench

22x15 watercolor of an imaginary gardening scene in which I put a white cat.  This has all the ingredients in a painting I love such as flowers, clay pots, annuals, watering cans, cats and tools.  Hollyhocks and geraniums have found their way into the composition as well.  It is painted on 140 lb cold press paper/Daniel Smith paints.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Spring Geraniums

6x4 alcohol inks on glossy white photo paper done this afternoon using pinks and greens, blowing them around with a large straw.
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Lab Puppy

22x15 watercolor on 140 lb smooth/soft press paper painted a few years ago of an imaginary yellow lab puppy playing in a flowerbed of lilies.  Splattering was done when dry.  Paints used are Daniel Smith and DaVinci.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Wedding Day 1954 sketch

5.25x8.25 Uniball 0.7 pen and hard charcoal sketch in my grunge junk journal from the 50s, over partially gessoed page. I thought the old book would be a good choice for depicting my fellow artist's mother on her wedding day in 1954; love the hairstyles and clothing back then.
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Friday, April 12, 2019

April Great Horned Owl

4.75x3.75 Brusho/watercolor/gouache bird art done this afternoon, drawing only with a brush using several old owl photos.  I used Dark Brown Brusho crystals over lightly spritzed with water 140 lb cold press paper.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Pecking Bird ~ Brusho sketch

9x6 Brusho and ink line using Micron 05 pen done today from a figurine, an imaginary bird pecking his way around in search of food tidbits.  Colors are not representative of any species.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Traveling Woman

12x9 mixed media collage a fairly recent face sketch I took out yesterday and updated.  The other version did not have her black hair showing at all so this was added with India ink.  Other media used was watercolor and acrylics with postage stamps and a figure as collage elements.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Shastas Shine

5.25x4.5 alcohol inks done in December on paper, an abstraction of shasta daisies, created for fun.  Only a few colors were used in this limited complementary palette.
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Monday, April 8, 2019

Sparrow Spot ~ National Draw a Bird Day

9x12 Brusho and a small amount of watercolor on the sparrow's feathers of burnt sienna and ultramarine blue.  I first spritzed water at random with a fine mister spray onto dry paper then dusted Brusho watercolor crystals using Olive Green only.  Colors ran and patterns emerged.  When dry I did a pencil sketch using a small bird figurine from life then did the feathers making the imaginary male sparrow come alive for #National DrawABirdDay today.
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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Proud Egret for National Draw a Bird Day ~ 8 April

4.75 x 6.75 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon for #National Draw a Bird Day tomorrow.  I put an abstract background behind the proud egret's head for flashes of pink and green. Stay tuned for more.
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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Wild Mane

11x15 mixed media on Masters Touch 140 lb cold press paper done today to a similar imaginary horse style I've done before.  I used a blue multicolored pencil to sketch, then Brusho in several colors on sprinkled paper, watercolor, and Caran D'Ache wax crayons.
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Friday, April 5, 2019

Proud Poppies

11x15 watercolor on Masters paper 140 lb cold press begun yesterday using brush only, no pencil sketch beforehand.  These colorful poppies are in an online contest and they sing a message of Spring and sunny skies.  Daniel Smith paints used along with #14 round brush.  Direct painting and no glazes or multiple washes.
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Roadside Truck

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper sketched and painted last weekend.
This very old truck was parked by the roadside for years and is now gone. Rust had begun the decaying and aging process of the old metal finish. Daniel Smith paints used.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Incredible Irises

15x22 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper from one of my iris photos begun last Wednesday.  This is painted wet on dry with multiple glazes.  I decided not to include the green background of leaves and other plants as seen in the photo.  The white of the paper is enough to showcase their beauty from the elegant apricot bloom on the right to the orange and purple others.
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