Friday, November 30, 2018

Maroon Mums

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper, a floral done last weekend for an online challenge in which we had to choose chrysanthemums.  This maroon large bloom with its smaller almost opened ones was a nice composition for a fall flower painting.
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

November Apple

9x5.5 mixed media on vintage book text done last week from life as a companion piece to November Pear posted 2 days ago.  I used white acrylic for the highlights and partial background, then watercolor for the fruit and shadows, and sketch done with Staedtler 0.3 pigment liner ink.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tempting Woman

9.5x6.5 India ink on vintage book text from old dictionary of an imaginary woman who might have tempting eyes to go with her tangled hair.  This was done last week using only a wooden chopstick.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

November Pear

9x5.5 mixed media still life on vintage book text done last week.  I started this Bosc pear out as a simple ink sketch with a Staedtler 0.3 pen, the added watercolor.  White areas are acrylic for highlights.
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Monday, November 26, 2018

Leftover Geraniums

9x10.5 alcohol inks on freezer paper done today of an assortment of leftover geraniums I have in a southern window, a bright cheerful floral.
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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Poinsettia with Plaid Bow

30x22 acrylic and wax crayon floral watermedia painting done from life of a large red poinsettia with a unique plaid bow to decorate it for Christmas holidays.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

No Stone Unturned

12.25x18.5 watercolor done with a palette knife for the most part except the sky.  Colorful trees added in this imaginary landscape of rocky terrain.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Dinnertime Dog

8.5x6 watercolor of a small reddish brown and white short-haired dog who seems to be asking “What’s for dinner?” This pet portrait is drawn with graphite and rendered with Daniel Smith pigments.
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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Trees in Fall

5.5x8 watercolor on Dick Blick 140 lb cold press paper done last week for another online challenge. This featured one main tree then a million other smaller ones and a multitude of branches.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Pink Ink Hydrangea

7x5 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper done a few days ago as I'd not done any of that medium in awhile. These florets resembled the hydrangea bloom; only one color was used, then one color for the stem.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018


4x6 alcohol inks on glossy photo paper done yesterday and the two greens used resembled some type evil much for my imagination.
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Twilight Trees

6x9 watercolor of an imaginary clouds and trees landscape painted over the weekend.  Too much was cropped off the bottom land as it is a bit wider.  This is on Canson 140 lb cold press paper.
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Free Lunches mixed media collage

5.5x8 mixed media collage on pink archival art paper done today during our Odessa Art Association meeting where we were given supplies and about 30 minutes or less to make something.  I used washi tape, special deckle edge scissors, magazine and book clippings, scrapbook paper, children's book page, and food advertisements.  It was my first time to use washi tape; you can see it in two different patterns along the bottom and sides.
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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Goat in the Sun

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line (Lictin STA pigment liner 0.3) on Masters paper sketched last night then painted today for another online weekend drawing event on WetCanvas.  Participants have 2 hours to select their reference and paint it.  (Image courtesy Wendy)
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Wary Woman

9x8.5 India ink on paper, another imaginary woman's face that looks suspicious or wary of something as she's definitely watching.  I used a wooden chopstick to sketch this figure's face.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pup in a Cup Baby Chihuahua

5.5x8.5 watercolor over ink (Micron 01 pen) in Masters sketchbook done last week as part of a WetCanvas challenge.  The tiny baby chihuahua was too cute to pass up in his tea cup on the grass.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bulldog with a Flower

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink (Staedtler 0.3 pigment liner) pen on Masters sketchbook paper done yesterday, based on an advertisement I'd seen.  This fellow looks none too happy even carrying a flower.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fat Pumpkins

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done over this past weekend from one of my pumpkin photos shot in downtown Ft. Worth last fall.  I liked the twisted stem on this big fat one.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Gap Tooth Woman

7x5 India ink and colored pencils on collaged vintage book text done over the weekend.  This imaginary woman could've been me as I had a gap tooth problem until about 30 when a local dentist did his magic. In photos I would never smile with an open mouth being very self conscious.
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dave the Cat

15x11 watercolor and pastel of Dave, Lin's (of WetCanvas) kitty who lives in the UK, courtesy photo. Included in the current weekend drawing event participants have 2 hours to complete a painting with furnished references, with challenges sometimes added. One of Lin's challenges was to use mixed media so I added pastel accents hoping to catch the disdain on Dave's face along with the haughty grandeur of a tomcat. She had named him after her husband Dave.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Dog in a Cap

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink on Bienfang mixed media sketchbook done as part of a prior WetCanvas animal/wildlife challenge.  This was done in about 45 minutes.  Its name is Sandy and belonged to another artist.
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Friday, November 9, 2018


5x7 India ink on Canson watercolor paper 140 lb/cold press done in the last weeks of InkTober last month.  In this imaginary landscape, angry black clouds are boiling overhead, about to hit the earth.
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

White Roses

22x15 watercolor of some of my climbing roses planted in the front of the house.  This is painted wet in wet on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper. I snapped several photos when they were blooming at their peak then painted them. Not happy with the mid section it was reworked and more negative leaves, stems, and thorns added. My favorite part is the rosebud upper right. It was painted wet in wet and colors allowed to mix and mingle.  Daniel Smith paints used.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Traveling Woman

12x9 mixed media on Canson 140 lb cold press wc paper completed today after a couple days work, another in my woman series. Beginning with several acrylics a primary color background was brushed on, then India ink applied with a chopstick for the features on this imaginary woman.  White areas then had watercolors put in, then lastly paper collage figure, receipt date, and postage stamps from Canada collaged.  Splattering was done with watercolor.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Red Mushroom

9.5x6.5 gouache and ink done last week as part of an online challenge; a red w/ white dots topped mushroom amidst falling golden autumn leaves.  In this vignette on vintage dictionary paper I tried to focus the viewer's attention first on the colorful top then the brisk atmosphere of the season.  Online description "Fly agaric mushrooms, or Amanita muscaria, are known for their distinctive appearance, being bright red with white spots, and for their hallucinogenic properties. They are usually dried and eaten, although they're not that common because of their unpleasant side effects."
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Winter Wood

10.75x4.26 watercolor on Saunders 300 lb cold press paper, an imaginary landscape with trees scene painted using a palette knife.  The far background is a combination of browns and mixed greens and snow is the white of the paper.
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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Brown Mastiff Dog on Blue Quilt

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters paper done Friday for another WetCanvas weekend challenge. Time limited to 2 hours I finished this Cane Corso (Italian mastiff) in about 1.5 hours.  Photo courtesy Karren (dupliKate).
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

English Woman

9x7 mixed media collage onto Canson watercolor paper done today as a demo for some of the Watercolor Horizons group in Odessa visiting Big Spring. Using black India ink, I sketched features using a wooden chopstick on an old dictionary and novel page; these had been done earlier with matte medium.  When dry the paper was spritzed with fine mister.  A paper napkin was separated and the yellow butterfly and flower were applied with matte medium.  Lastly watercolor washes of Taylor's Flamingo Pink, Blue Bice, and Skip's Green (American Journey) were applied at random.
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Friday, November 2, 2018

Lone Buffalo

15x5.5 watercolor on Dick Blick 140 lb cold press paper done last weekend amidst daily ink sketches for #InkTober2018.  This is a simple vertical landscape I decided to experiment then stuck a lone buffalo in there.
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Red Prickly Pear Cactus

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters paper, sketched for InkTober last month with color added later from one of my many cactus images.
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