Saturday, July 31, 2010

Teddy Bear

8x5, watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper, painted while in Utah this week and finished up yesterday.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Old Santa Claus abstract - BEFORE

Here's my BEFORE bad abstract used to paint the Thai woman today (22x30 Winsor Newton paper) done in acrylics and wax crayon.

Thai-Dyed Woman (reworked abstract acrylic)

30x22 watercolor, acrylic, black India ink, black marker on 140 lb Winsor Newton cold press paper, painted in 3 hours today. I used an old horrible abstract of Santa Claus that was horizontal, flipped it, drew an outline of this Thai woman (reference from Dewi, thanks!) then painted her, leaving her skin the original underpainting patterns.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Consider the Lilies of the Field

30x22 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper, painted direct manner wet on dry with one application. This painting is SOLD.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cub Scouts

16 x 20.5 mixed media on matboard. After covering the support with matte medium, I let it dry, then spritzed white Krylon webbing spray. I drew the bears with various Caran D'Ache watersoluble crayons, then applied watercolors as I usually paint. The webbing provided a unique texture to paint over, so this was a thrill, and I enjoyed the variations in background and foreground that came from the matte medium where it did not completely cover the mat. Negative painting done for grassy areas and in around the cubs and mama. Photo courtesy WetCanvas reference.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hippy Chicks

22x30 watermedia (acrylic, watercolor, latex acrylic) on Italia 140 lb cold press paper. These two hip chicks are doing the funky chicken dance. Background design is taken from butterfly wing sections for added pattern and whimsical interest.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Independence Day

15x11 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper from my photo taken over the 4th July weekend at Century21, Alto, New Mexico. With Old Glory draping the deck scene and a pot of red geraniums cheering it on, the nice sunny day says "Let Freedom Ring!"
I used #28 round brush with NO pencil drawing, simply getting what I wanted to say said in one go.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Spilling Strawberries

11x15 watercolor on Saunders Waterford 140 lb cold press paper finished today from a photo taken while visiting in Somerset, England, of fresh berries, a white metal colander, and blue checked plastic tablecloth and lots of sunshine. Says "Summer's here!" to me...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunflower Power - a reworked watercolor

15x22 watercolor over a failed vertical figure painting of my neighbor Jan in a purple suit with hat. Done while in the mountains for the 4th of July holiday, this one I thought would be another disaster but do like its idiosyncrasies. Look closely and you can see her eyes in the large green leaf upper right. After I return home I'll upload the original BEFORE version for comparison. This is on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper that I scrubbed most of the paint off before drawing the flower in pencil.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


11x15 watercolor done today of 3 pears ripening on a windowsill; photo courtesy of Edtree during WetCanvas weekend drawing event exercise. To participate you must select your photo and do a drawing and a painting within 2 hours. American Journey paints used; Whatman 140 lb cold press paper.