Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Studio Black Hollyhocks

28x20 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper completed yesterday.  These black hollyhocks grew along the classroom side of my studio along with pink, red, and white ones.  Many colors went into the deep purple almost black hue:  Quinacridones violet and magenta, permanent rose, alizarin crimson, carbazole violet, indigo, UB, thalo green and blue, etc.  Since the blooms were transparent for the most part I used opaques for the background:  Periwinkle, Mint Julep, and Peachy Keen (American Journey).
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Fluffy Sparrow

4x5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper painted yesterday, a sparrow whose feathers appear fluffed out maybe due to the cold weather.  A very limited palette was used with this painting, mostly burnt sienna, quinacridone burnt orange, sepia, and Blue Bice by American Journey.
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Monday, February 17, 2020

Sweetheart Seagull

5x7 mixed media collage on paper begun on Valentine's Day Friday then finished today.  I used the inside of my sweetheart's card envelope which was brown to sketch the gull in ink with Micron 01 pen.  Then collaged white paper for its head.  Oil pastels, gouache and watercolor were other media used.  The gull was then adhered to matboard with matte medium a brayer to smooth out air pockets.
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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Naptime Kitten

8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done over the weekend from one of my kitten photos. This sweet baby is sleeping on white linens so she blends in well.  Cats sleep so much so that they can have enough energy for the short bursts of increased activity.  The term cat nap or catnap is derived from their behavior and sleep patterns.
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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Sleepy Basset Hound

6x6 watercolor and ink line wash on Masters paper with Micron 01 pen/Daniel Smith paints from an old photo of mine I'd been planning to draw a long time of a tired Bassett hound lounging and sleeping on the nearest couch.  This image was sent for possible publication recently.
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Friday, February 14, 2020

Inca Doves in Love

6x6 watercolor and ink line wash on Masters paper drawn and painted quickly in the afternoon of a pair of mourning doves huddled together to stay warm.  This is more work done in neutral tones.  Sepia, Coastal Fog, and a bit of indigo blue was used with this composition.
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Valentine Collection

6x9 mixed media on paper of various heart shapes just in time for Valentine's Day on Friday!  The heart upper left is modeled after a necklace of mine while others are imaginary.  See if you can find the EKG strip.
Have a lovely day!
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Spring Nest Eggs

4x4 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper sketched and painted this afternoon in between working on a very large piece.  In this imaginary still life, three different birds put their eggs all in one little nest.  Hurry up Spring!
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Chilly Cardinal

3.5x2.5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Kilimanjaro paper done today, another cardinal out in the chilly snowy landscape.  This fellow seems to be searching for some red berries to eat or for his mate.
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Snowy Spotted Towhee

4x6 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper sketched in pencil today then painted from some of my towhee photos shot in New Mexico.  A member of the sparrow family, these birds seem to prefer ground feeding I've discovered, and are larger than the ordinary house sparrow.  This fellow was feasting on birdseed scattered on the snowy patio tiles.
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Sunday, February 9, 2020

February Peony

4x6 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper, some hot red abstractions mixed with purple for the background, just in time for Valentine's Day on Friday.  This white peony is enjoying colder weather and shines just for you and your love.  This work is SOLD.
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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Ginger Tabby in the Sun

7.25x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper sketched yesterday then painted today.  This cat belongs to fellow artist Sandy in Australia and she featured him in this weekend's drawing event on WetCanvas.  I love the look of disdain on his face as if he is asking why he has to pose for his picture.
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Friday, February 7, 2020

Snowy Tufted Titmouse bird

4x5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper completed today of a lone titmouse bird amidst snowflakes.  The winter bird paintings always intrigue me with their puffed up feathers and endless search for food.


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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Las Cruces Yuccas

7x9.5 watercolor on Ecosystem sketchbook paper completed today.  Photo courtesy Jo Castillo/WetCanvas for Southwest forum's February challenge, minus the telephone pole. The tall yucca plants with their spiky leaves reach upward in the hot landscape.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wrinkles ~ Day 26 of #30Faces30Days challenge

11x8.5 colored pencil, Magic by Koh-i-Noor, on Crescent sketchbook done last week for one of the Sktchy faces challenges.  The muse had multiple forehead wrinkles which was the focus of the lesson.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tea on a Cold Day

5.5x8.5 watercolor over pencil sketch in Masters sketchbook done yesterday; ref courtesy Miniature forum on WetCanvas (reference image library).  I loved the cool blues in the cup, the powdered sugar sweets and the crocheted doily.
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Monday, February 3, 2020

Kingbird Trio

3x5.5 watercolor on Canson 140lb cold press paper finished today from one of my many hundreds of bird photos. These three kingbirds were sitting on a barbed wire fence.


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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Maureen's Orchid

11x8.5 watercolor on Bienfang paper sketched in pencil then painted. I was so tired of focusing on figures and faces this past month that just had to do a floral. This is a cropped version of friend Maureen's orchid in front of a window.
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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Dreadlocks ~ Day 30 of #30Faces30Days Sktchy challenge

11x8.5 watercolor and ink (STA Lictin 0.2 pen) in Bienfang sketchbook completed today for the last portrait in the #30Faces30Days challenge.  I first sketched the muse in pen then added layers of purple, violet, magenta, quinacridones gold and burnt orange, thioindio violet, burnt sienna, raw sienna, aureolin, and transparent pyrrol orange.  I left his white jiu jitsu clothing the white of the paper to focus only on face and neck.  This one took about 2 days to do.
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Friday, January 31, 2020

Tattooed Woman ~ Day 29 of #30Faces30Days Sktchy

11x8.5 watercolor and ink line on paper, done for day 29 of #30Faces30Days Sktchy challenge.  Only one more face for me to do soon as January is over today.  With this model, I edited out many more tattoos that were all over her arms and hand.  A STA Lictin 0.3 pen used to sketch.
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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Patterned Shirt ~ Day 28 #30Faces30Days

11x8.5 watercolor and ink line (Lictin 0.3 pen) finished today along with Day 29's ink portrait.  Only one left after that and the 30 day challenge is over.  Today's was to practice pattern design and this guy's shirt was a tropical beauty.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Girl and Cardinals ~ Day 27 #30Faces30Days

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on paper for day 27 of the Sktchy challenge #30Faces30Days.  In this exercise, only the girl's image was given and we had to improvise a story for the rest of it as to what she was looking at above.  I chose a pair of loving cardinals whose colors and pine needles went with her attire.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Manet's Bouquet

9x5.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper painted today of a simple mixed flowers bouquet in a vase originally done by Edouard Manet a year before he died.  He painted in oils, however, so had to adapt this to watercolor.  The pink roses are my favorite.
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Monday, January 27, 2020

Three Black Hollyhocks

5.5x3 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper painted this afternoon quickly, brush only, so no pre-drawing with pencil and fretting over the lines.  I used a #12 round brush and the same alizarin crimson + thalo green combination for the black color.  The bottom blooms have quinacridone violet and UB along with a touch of carbazole violet in this imaginary old-fashioned garden.
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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Black Pansy

7.5x5.5 watercolor on Lanaquarelle 140 lb hot press paper done over the weekend from one of my pansy photo refs.  I did a monthly challenge on WetCanvas spotlighting dark or black flowers in their Florals forum. I still have a large black hollyhocks to paint soon.  Mixing my own black I used alizarin crimson and thalo green, two of the most transparent colors.  For variety I also added UB and carbazole violet to the mix.
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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Carnation the January Flower

11x15 watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold press paper painted from a black & white photo (no color reference).  First I spritzed limited palette colors of arylide yellow, cobalt blue, and permanent rose on dry paper.  When that dried I then began pushing warm high key colors that reminded me of sherbet.  The plain ordinary carnation is my birthday flower and it usually plays second fiddle to the rose or other more stately varieties with reputations.  
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Friday, January 24, 2020

Day 20 ~ Squinting Man #30Faces30Days challenge

10.25x9 colored pencil in orange for this man with his tightened up face, day 20's work for the online Sktchy challenge of using only one color.
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Birthday!

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink on paper, an older work, a small still life bar drink scene complete with olives, cocktail napkin, and colorful shapes in the background.  Now it has been maybe 30 years since I had a martini but with a birthday coming up on the 23rd I just might.  For old times sake.  For art's sake.  For just being old's sake, lol!
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Day 19 ~ Marcel sketch #30Faces30Days

6.5x4.5 graphite and white pencil on toned sketch paper completed a few days ago for day number 19 of  Sktchy's online 30 faces in 30 days challenge.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Woman w/ the Blues ~ Day 21 #30Faces30Days

9x6.5 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper that is today's work for the #30Faces30Days Sktchy online challenge.  We could choose any one color for this monochromatic exercise so ultramarine blue was it for me. Her not happy expression might mean she has the blues for sure.
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Monday, January 20, 2020

Donald's Calf

6.5x4.5 mixed media (Tombow black and burnt sienna brush pens, Magic colored pencils, apricot paint marker on toned sketch paper done today for online WetCanvas challenge in Southwest/Western forum; photo ref courtesy Donald Smith.
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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Day 18 ~ Curly Top Boy #30Faces30Days

10.25x9 ink on sketchbook page for day 18 of Sktchy online #30Faces30Days challenge.  For this young man I used a Uniball Vision Elite pen.
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Country Birdhouses

5x7 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for a timed online event.  I enjoy painting country scenes such as this with birdhouses and trees.  Photo courtesy Bonnie in Canada.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Cat Reflections

4x3.75 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper painted yesterday.  With doing so many figurative and portrait sketches this month I have to sneak a cat painting in somehow.  This ginger orange kitty is enjoying his morning sunlight in the windows.  See if you can find all three reflections.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Man w/ Cup & Saucer ~ Day 16 #30Faces30Days using left hand

8.25x5.25 charcoal sketch over vintage book page that had watercolor washes on it.  Today's Day 16 Sktchy lesson was to use your non-dominant hand to sketch which I did and also signed my name left handed. But it helps to be ambidextrous.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Long Bearded Man ~ Day 15 #30Faces30Days

12.25x8 watercolor on Italia Magnani 140 lb cold press paper done today for Day 15 of the #30Faces30Days Sktchy online challenge.  This dude was quite spooky with his bald head and full salt & pepper beard.  The lesson was on using warm and cool colors.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

White Capped Noddy Birds in Nest

11x15 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper; the mother bird is looking out of her nest to unseen dangers.  Her little one is covered by her protective wing.  Branches and twigs were negatively painted within a multicolored natural background.  These birds are seabirds of the tern family. 
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Black Hollyhocks and White Roses

7x5.5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper, an imaginary garden flower scene in prepping today for a very large one of just black hollyhocks I'm getting ready to paint.  Mixed blacks were done using quinacridone violet, UB, quin magenta, permanent rose, carbazole violet, and indigo.
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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Charolais Cow

15x22 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper completed today of same cow painted earlier and  reworked.  Lots of value challenges with this one!
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

English Storefronts

16x12 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon for a timed event online.  I did crop other buildings from this townscape in England, focusing mainly upon the abundant flowers decorating the street and storefronts.  It was painted wet on dry.
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Teeny Tiny Kitten

2.75x3.5 watercolor on Saunders Waterford 140 lb hot press paper painted today, a miniature work featuring a tiny kitten.  I used a #1 script liner/rigger brush for all the color in the calico marked baby.
Actual size is below.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Marshall's Schnauzer

5x7 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper recently done pet portrait commission of a sweet little Schnauzer named Kizzy Mae.  May she rest in peace at the rainbow bridge.  This work is SOLD.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Closed Eyes Day 8 #30Facesin30Days woman

11x8.5 watercolor over graphite sketch on Strathmore Journal for mixed media done today for day 8 of the Sktchy challenge.  Participants are given an image plus instructions.  Today's was to mix your blacks and not use black.  For the most part I have used ultramarine blue + quinacridone burnt orange, then a mixed purple and an orange.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Hair Guy ~ Day 6 of #30Faces30Days

11x5.5 charcoal and graphite on Strathmore toned paper sketched for yesterday's Sktchy challenge assignment #30Faces30Days.  I cropped the man's face and shoulders out to focus more on his mile high hair.  We were to put a word with the sketch so HAIR is what he is really all about.
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Monday, January 6, 2020

Fat Rat

5x5 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper sketched yesterday then painted today for a Facebook page All Animals Watercolor challenge; this is week one's prompt.  I've painted mice before but never a rat and think they are quite comical.
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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Day 5 of 30 Faces in 30 Days plus some more

8.25x5.25 Micron 05 and watercolor on vintage book text done today for the 30 Faces in 30 Days challenge as offered by Sktchy online class.  Below are Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 images all in the same format.

 Day 2

Day 3


Day 4
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