Sunday, September 30, 2018

Blond Horses

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done today as part of WetCanvas Weekend Drawing Event.  We had 2 hours to choose a reference from host Li Newton then paint it so mine was done in a little over 1.5 hours.
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Woven Strawberry

15x11 watercolor of two exact paintings cut into strips; one, horizontally and the other vertically, then laced or woven together to make one image.  I've done several of these works and they're always fun.
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Friday, September 28, 2018

Sleepy Baby Kitten ACEO

2.5x3.5 watercolor and ink line using Micron 01 pen on old book test done last weekend of a baby kitten with his eyes closed.  This ginger orange and white cat was fuzzy and basking in the warm sunshine, waiting to be petted.

Actual size is below (art card edition original or ACEO):

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Ruidoso Cosmos

5x7 watercolor on 140 lb hot press paper, a composition of several pink and white cosmos photos taken last weekend.  I found a large and lovely flowerbed at one of Ruidoso's lumberyard/hardware stores (Foxworth Galbraith) where lots of varieties were growing.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Indoor Cat

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done recently of a mostly white cat with some black on its forehead, an imaginary scene of one kept inside, looking out and possibly wanting out.  With this cat pet portrait I've tried to show some emotion the cat may be experiencing.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Garden Gate Roses

24x18 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper block, an earlier work I took out and finished today adding touches needed for values and balance.  I love this combination of old heavy Gothic style ornamental gate paired with soft velvety roses.  A hint of blue sky is seen in the distance.
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Turkey Buzzard

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook done this past weekend for another WetCanvas timed event that I finished well before the 2 hour time limit.  I tried to make this carnivorous/carrion eating bird look menacing.
Photo courtesy Billy Smith.
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Magenta Flower

10x8 alcohol inks on paper done last month, another wild fuchsia bloom using two colors of ink the Lettuce green for the stem and leaves, an imaginary abstract floral.
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Riley, Brittany Spaniel

12x9 watercolor pet portrait done last week as a commission after a friend saw one of my dogs in cars art on Facebook.  This dog looks so sweet and I'm sure he is happy and loved. 
This painting is SOLD.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Purple Orange Fantasy flower

10x10 alcohol inks on paper done last month, a rather abstract version of an imaginary bloom.  This one would look great in a very large print up on someone's wall.  Artspan does a fantastic job with their print services.
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Barn Swallow

6x9 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done last week of a single barn swallow (image courtesy Dave Slaughter/WetCanvas) I painted for one of that site's forum challenges.  The ref had multiple birds but I decided to feature only one and do it in a fairly loose manner of darks first, then midtone values, then lights.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Oh Deer!

15x22 walnut ink on Lana 140 lb hot press paper done a few days ago for another animal wildlife challenge online, courtesy Robert (WetCanvas).  This mule deer is looking over her habitat for a few good things to eat and was sketched with a wooden chopstick.  Her body was blended using a round #14 brush for smoother texture.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sunflower Power

15x22 watercolor on Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper of a single sunflower drawn over a failed painting that was a neighbor in a purple suit.  As one of my contemporary reworked or recycled pieces this one was lots of fun to develop into warm and cool hues with an abstract background that might be leaves, stems and petals.
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Pitbull Joyride

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink in Masters sketchbook, drawn last night then painted today of an imaginary happy pitbull with his head out a car window, going for a sunny day drive.  Painting animals on joyrides is so much fun.
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Elephant Eyes

24x18 watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper done with spicing up neutrals usually put into play for these type animals.  Eyes are a mix of black India ink.  One can feel the dust swirling around this massive beast. It was sketched and painted from an earlier drawing.  A WIP for this one can be seen on this blog 3-14-14.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Iglesia San Jose

11x15 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper painted today. I dressed it up the old church w/ Mexico's tradition of burning the bad. They make a list annually of the things they don't want in their lives anymore and on New Year's the list is burned so as to start fresh without anything in their way. What a good idea!
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Island Palms

12x6 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon using 1" flat brush only.  As part of an online timed event for WetCanvas, I used 45 minutes of my allotted 2 hour time limit.  Photo courtesy Tanya/LoganArt.  The scene is at an island in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Empty Bowl Kitty

8x6.5 watercolor of a former rescue kitty of ours named Hungry Jack.  He found his forever home with a friend from work.  Painted on Color Sketch paper with Daniel Smith paints.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Chicken Ranch

15x22 watercolor collage on 140 lb Arches paper; chickens are collage cut from one failed painting on top of really bad old wooden shack painting to make a new scene. It is meant to be a humorous piece from two 'dogs'.  Moral of the story: Never throw away a bad painting. You can always recycle it or paint on the back side.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Klimt Kritters

4.25 x 6.25 done with Pigma Micron 01 pen on 140 lb watercolor paper in the Gustav Klimt genre.  A whimsical chicken and a border collie have nothing in common except Klimt!  I had first sketched this years ago then recently took it out and made value adjustments and color changes in this semi-abstract piece.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Tabby on Toned Paper

11x14 mixed dry media done today on Strathmore Toned Tan 400 series sketch paper, medium surface using white gel pen, charcoal, and Magic colored pencils in three mixed hues.  This grey tabby cat was featured in WetCanvas weekend drawing event where participants have 2 hours to complete their art; mine was 20 minutes.
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Stephie's White Poppy

9x12 watercolor done last week while on a short vacation.  Photo courtesy of my friend Stephie who put it in the reference image library on WetCanvas.  I really enjoy painting white subjects as it is a challenge to get values right.
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Retro Rooster

10 x 14.75 mixed media (watercolor, acrylics, newspaper, napkins, catalog pages, ink) I composed over a failed geranium watercolor. The rooster head and neck were from a former failed barnyard painting with him and two hens that did not quite work. His purple legs just kill me; feathers in front are from newspaper photos of old wood.  It is a conglomeration of elements with a whole lot of country style and was fun to make.
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Friday, September 7, 2018

Psycho Pig

7.5x11 mixed media on Arches 140 lb cold press paper.  Media used over a failed watercolor background are Derwent Inktense pencils, Caran D'Ache watersoluble wax crayons, black India ink, and Pigma Micron pen 01 (ink) to draw.  A fun pig and a little crazy, hence the title of this surreal sow.

Thursday, September 6, 2018


5x8 India ink, white gel pen and watercolor on paper done this past weekend letting paint and ink run.  This is another in my women series.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Dog in Car

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line in Masters sketchbook done on the first of the month, another in my dogs riding in cars series.  I'd not done one in awhile and do have personal checks available with 4 images and also cats in cars through
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Spiky Weed

4.5x4.5 alcohol inks in glossy card stock done last week, an abstract appearing flowering weed.  Only 3 colors were used in this one.
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Monday, September 3, 2018

Green Seaweed

6x4 alcohol inks on glossy photo paper done a few days ago, an abstract work that resembles seaweed.
Look closely to see the intricate lines.
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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Larry's Longhorn

6x8 watercolor and ink contour line drawing in Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook done recently.  This steer belongs to fellow artist Jo's brother Larry.
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Spunky Sunflower

2.5x4 alcohol inks on glossy paper done a few days ago of an intricate yet abstract sunflower face.
Everyone enjoys the cheerful faces of these common flowers and artists never tire of painting them.
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