Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Blowing in the Wind

This is an oil painting I did a couple of months ago on unstretched canvas. I really love the bright juicy colors of oil and the gliding brush strokes.
I've put Gamvar over the painting, so it could probably be framed without glass.
"Blowing in the Wind" • Original oil on unstretched canvas 9" x 12" —image measured 7" x 9.25"
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rose Garden

When I was recently at the coast I photographed the roses there which were in full bloom. This piece is based on some of those photos. It's painted on handmade paper which is very soft and really absorbs the color so there's quite a few glazes on the piece to build the color. I enjoyed working with different reds and greens to bring out the beauty of these roses.
I've photographed the piece so you can see the deckle edges and the irregularity of the handmade paper.
"Rose Garden" • Original watercolor on handmade paper • 9.25" x 10.5"
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Late Afternoon

This is a group of trees in the park. They look like ordinary trees most of the day but when the sun lights them in the afternoon they become very awesome trees! Because they are very large, I decided to paint a bigger canvas. I went to the park at the same time to paint over a period of several days. I'd work on the piece at home in between and realize that I needed to get back to the site and look some more!
"Late Afternoon" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 20" x 24"
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Afternoon at the River

I started this at the river where clouds were scudding across the sky and changing the light. Every so often when I was working on the highlights they would disappear! The clouds gave action to the sky and the river was still a bit high and so the currents were move obvious. A great way to spend the afternoon! I finished this piece in the studio.
"Summer Afternoon at the River" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Floating Garden

I'm really enjoying working with waterlilies in this long rectangular format. It's challenging to balance everything in the composition using this shape.
I started with acrylic ink and watercolor in the backyard on a sunny day so all the paint dripped on the ground and I didn't have to worry about my rug! Using watercolor and acrylics I slowly found where I wanted flowers and leaves. There's a little iridescence in this piece.
I've photographed so you can see the edges since it's painted on handmade Shized rough press paper.
"Floating Garden" • Original mixed watermedia on handmade paper • 18"  6.25"
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Elegant Water Dance

I made great use of my backyard for painting this piece! It was great to paint outside and make a mess and not worry about the rug!!!! This piece started out as an ink and watercolor wash that I was planning on turning into a wisteria painting. After the wash dried I decided to paint waterlilies instead. I used a lot of iridescent ink in this piece so it sparkles in unexpected places in different lights. The piece is painted on Arches 300# cotton paper.
"Elegant Water Dance" • Original mixed watermedia • 22" x 30"
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

More Waterlilies!

I have some long, narrow, rectangular pieces of handmade rough press paper that I've been trying to figure out compositions for. I cropped one of my waterlily photos to be a long vertical and prepared to paint it in acrylic. So I undercoated the canvas and while that was drying, I decided to try the design out with watercolor on one of my long pieces of paper. I used primarily watercolor and added some touches with gouache paint which adds to the richness of the colors and provides a bit of contrast between transparency and opacity in the piece. Next I decided to work with lots of purples on another piece and made a big mess with ink and watercolor with the thought of painting wisteria. After the wash was dry I decided that all the purples would make a better waterlily piece. I made the design similar to the one I had just finished and used white inks and gouache for some of the lighter areas. There's some sparkly inks in the purple piece. I really like the moods of the two pieces as well as the different color combinations.
Both these pieces are painted on handmade paper and I've photographed so you can see the edges.

Left: Afternoon Sparkle • Original mixed watermedia on handmade paper • If interested in purchasing click HERE.
Right: Evening Glow • Original mixed watermedia on handmade paper • If interested in purchasing click HERE.