Thursday, January 17, 2019

Playful Woman

9x6 India ink on old vintage book text done over last weekend, another imaginary figure in my woman series.  In this view, the fresh looking female appears to be playful, hence the title.  This was sketched with a wooden chopstick.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Farm Chickens

6x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today, an imaginary farm scene with chickens and a rooster pecking about.  The fowl were sketched from memory and I made an abstract background/backdrop for them in this colorful country barnyard painting.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Flamboyant Flower

9.75x9.75 alcohol inks on paper done today using only two colors:  Eggplant and Lettuce.  The stem was made using a chopstick.  I like how the Eggplant splits into its different color hue makeup as you can see blues and pinks.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Puerto Rico Condo

19x12.5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb paper, American Journey paints. I took this photo of our condo on our first visit to Puerto Rico in 1995.  The sun splashed stucco building with blue sky and clouds really is what we all long to see on cloudy days like today.  I did this wet on dry painting dark values first.
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Wild Lily

9x12 watercolor painted very loosely on Canson 140 lb cold press paper over the weekend, a departure from my usual tight style, using brush only.  With an abstract background, the white and pink flower stands out.
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Take a Seat

9x12 ink using black Tombow brush pen done today on Strathmore Bristol board 300 series, smooth, 100 lb. as part of another online WetCanvas challenge.  Photo courtesy Li Newton.
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Roses Dance

6x4 alcohol inks on glossy professional photo paper done this afternoon, some imaginary red roses doing their garden dance.
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pronghorn Antelope

8.5x5.5 mixed media on paper.  These animals are seen dashing across the flat grassland between Plains, TX and Tatum, NM, as well as west Texas.  I sketched with Uniball Vision Elite ink pen first, then added watercolor, followed by Montana acrylic markers.  Lastly black India ink was applied to a few select linear spots for emphasis. Scientific name of Antilocapra americana translated is "American antelope goat" but the deer-like pronghorn is neither.  With its branched horns instead of antlers that it sheds (the only animal that does), it is the fastest, running in 20 foot bounds up to 60 miles per hour.  Unlike the cheetah, the pronghorn can run for hours and can spot predators up to 4 miles away with its keen eyesight.  Life expectancy is 9-10 years for this North American hoofed mammal.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sunflower Bucket

18x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper.  This is a combination of more than one of my photos of fresh sunflowers and the use of old metal bucket.  The dark background and sunny splash of yellow on the bucket front was done on impulse to see if it worked.  I used a direct painting method wet on dry putting in darks first.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Zebra Grazing

6x4 watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper, painted from one of my wild animal park photos. In this miniature, the zebra seems oblivious to his surroundings.
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Monday, January 7, 2019

Messy Woman

14x11 alcohol inks and black India ink on glossy paper completed today after getting an abstract background started over the weekend.  Another in my woman series, I used black ink for eyes, a suggestion of a nose and lip midline.  The underpainting can be seen below that was also a pulled print from my foamcore backing board.
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Horse Farm

5.5x8.5 watercolor/ink line using Micron 03 pen today on Masters paper, photo courtesy Bonnie, current host in WetCanvas' weekend drawing event.  In this contest participants have 2 hours to choose a reference and paint it, and mine was done in under an hour.  I did leave off another horse in the background.
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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Disguised Woman


A disguised woman, sketched with Micron 01 pen on collaged dictionary page, then watercolor, gouache, and a bit of white gel pen. Size is 5x6 on Canson wc paper. Not easy! Just another in my woman series; photo courtesy WetCanvas.  I love her hat, white mask, red fan, and lacy dress.
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Friday, January 4, 2019

Stormy Texas Skies

3.5x2.5 watercolor miniature of west Texas thunderstorm clouds building up, painted from my iPhone photo of the view outside my VA office window.  The building to the left is the engineering boiler plant and to the right are the east wings of the old hospital.  Actual size of this art card cityscape is seen below.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Mexico City Square

15x22 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper of an imaginary center of town in old Mexico. You see people going about their shopping and every day business beneath a hot sun.
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