Thursday, April 19, 2018

Chickadee and Green

This is my latest chickadee painting. I really wanted to use a variety of greens contrasted with the browns in the bird. The little peach accents  add a lot of zing.  I always think it's interesting to imagine what it would feel like to perch in a tree and look through the canopy of leaves.
"Chickadee and Green" • Original acrylic on 7/8" deep cradled wood, sides are painted dark brown
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Painting Hellebore

This is definitely hellebore season and these flowers are SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I really love how the flowers hang from the curved stems as well as the contrast between the pointy leaves and the rounded flowers. These are 3 of my recent hellebore paintings.
"Magic & Hellebore" • Original watercolor on 140# cold press paper • 11" x 7.5"
This piece started as a wash that I looked at for weeks before deciding that it would be a perfect hellebore piece. It was a challenge to find the flowers in the wash but very rewarding.
"Hellebore Magic" • Original watercolor on handmade rough press paper • 8.25" x 8.5"
This piece started with just 2 colors, bloodstone genuine and duochrome bronze. The wash was pretty light, so as I added the flower shapes I darkened around them. I like the color variation. This paper is rough press, so the texture shows in the painting. All edged have a deckle.
"Hellebore Minuet" • Original watercolor on handmade rough press paper • 9.25" x 12"
I really like the simple shapes in this piece.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Flowers & Field

This is a new piece painted on handmade rough press paper. The paint has settled beautifully into the uneven surface. It reminded me of a field so I added the flowers in gouache. I added the geese for more interest. Because the paper is handmade, the edges all have a deckle and the piece isn't perfectly straight.
"Flowers & Field" • Original watercolor and gouache on handmade paper • 11.5" x 17.75
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Country View

This was kind of an intuitive piece on 1/2" cradled wood. I started out with colors in an experimental wash without a clear idea of what I was going to paint. After the wash dried I really loved the peachy color and decided it would make a great spring tree.  There's a bit of contrast in the way the paint is applied; it's very thick in some places and very thin in other places where you can see the brushstrokes in the undercoating which add subtle texture. I've been trying to pay more attention to values and color notes and while this piece is small, (6" x 6") it does make a big impact on the wall.
"Country View" • Original acrylic on 1/2" cradled wood, sides painted brown • 6" x 6" • Ready to hang
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

King of the Marsh

I love painting mash areas and revisit painting the a lot. I pretty much finished this piece and decided that it needed something else so I added the bird. Working on another project with iridescent paints, I added some to this piece. There's a little iridescent blue in the black of the bird and some interference paint in the water.
"King of the Marsh" Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides ready to hang • 6" x 6"
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kingfisher in the Marsh

I've been working on this piece for a few days making adjustments.
The idea for this piece came to me when I was going through my photos and came across a kingfisher photo that I really liked. So I decided to place the bird into a landscape that a kingfisher would love! Lots of water, grasses and little fish (you can't see those) for tasty snacks! I made use of adding red to my greens in the background to set them back and worked with the different blues and purples in the water to make it interesting.
"Kingfisher in the Marsh" • Original acrylic on 1.5" gallery wrap canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang
12" x 12"
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Warm Light—Heron Peeking Through the Grasses

This piece is painted in acrylic on canvas. The shape is challenging and really makes for interesting compositions. I've been wanting to work a lot in greens lately which I think can be a difficult color to work with. I've discovered if I add tan colors as well as yellow and peach accents it makes the greens look better. The gray of the bird really stands out against the greens. In the water I used a glaze of lighter paint to make the ripples in the water. I think this is a really strong piece.
Thanks to my brother for the photo!
Warm Light—Heron Peeking Through the Grasses • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 24" x 12"
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Magical Time

We've been having snow lately and I've been painting. Using a softer brush and more medium with my acrylics is creating some softer effects with the paint. This piece, A Magical Time, is based on some marsh photos that I took last spring which seemed too complicated to paint. You know, a photo looks great until you try to make it into a painting! These photos have some really great values so composing this piece worked out pretty smoothly. I added quite a bit of red to the greens in the background to set them in the distance. Glazing some lights over the water really add to the quality of the reflection and the grasses and weeds create a wonderful atmosphere.
"A Magical Time" • Original Acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 20" x 20"
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Musical Sunflowers

I started this piece as a class demo and I've been working on it. I added the flowers above the largest flower and worked on the leaves. My eye kept going to the orange on the right so I adjusted the saturation of that flower peeking behind the leaf. When I added the little touches of gouache with the spatter and the flat brush strokes I think it really started to sing.
"Musical Sunflowers" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Music of the Marsh

I have been working from some marsh photos that I took last spring and trying different color combinations and switching grasses and twigs around. This is a watercolor variation. It really started to work when I added the darker twigs in the central portion of the piece. I used a little iridescent paint on the left and the spatter at the bottom is also iridescent paint. I really like the blue to purple gradation in the water and the sense of depth in the piece.
"Music of the Marsh" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 8" x 9.93"
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Sunflower Dance

Thanks to a friend I had a real sunflower in the studio. I looked at it all day while I was painting other pieces and decided that time was running out to paint this sunflower. My first version was just a round flower which looked OK but didn't say anything particularly special. So I tilted the flower and adjusted the image and changed the background color and— YAY! —it worked! I'm much happier with this piece!!! I enjoyed using warm and cool yellows and the neutral accents in the flower.
"Sunflower Dance" • Original Acrylic on 1.5" gallery wrap canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 6" x 6"
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Land & Water Music

I love marshy areas and this if from a photo that I took last Spring that it's taken me awhile to figure out how to paint. Using masking fluid to preserve the small areas of white allowed me to be free with the initial wash of acrylic ink in the water and watercolor at the top. This is the second time I've done a mixed watercolor and ink wash trying to keep the two mediums a little separate. I like the transparency of the watercolor at the top and the strong ink color at the bottom. I also used a little black ink mixed with red on the right side. Black ink is amazing to work with—it's REALLY BLACK and takes only a little to make a big impact. After the first wash was dry I added more color with watercolor and a little more ink. I've tried to paint this without putting in every detail and I think it works really well.
"Land & Water Music" • Original mixed watermedia on 100% cotton paper • 8" x 10"
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Place on the Pond

This is a piece that I did as an example for my waterlily workshop last Saturday. I really liked it but thought that it needed a couple of changes to really work. I darkened the blue on the bottom right and added the lighter blue at the upper left and changed some of the colors in the flower and added more orange to the center. These were just small changes but I feel that they made all the difference! It's amazing how sometimes just a little change make a BIG difference!
"A Place on the Pond" • Original acrylic on 1.5" wrapped and stretched canvas, painting and design continue on the sides • 4" x 4"
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Spring in the Wisteria

This is a painting the I've been working on in bits for the past week. I started by squirting paint directly from the tube onto the paper. Using a spritzer and brush I moved the paint around on the paper. Paint straight out of the tube is very vibrant and strong and mixed really beautifully. When I thought I had interesting colors and shapes I let the piece dry. Next I defined the flower shapes and painted in the bird. My last step was brushwork with tinted gouache which is opaque and covers the watercolor. This piece has a lot of sparkle!
"Spring in the Wisteria" • Original watercolor and gouache on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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Waterlily Workshop with Melissa Gannon

Today we painted waterlilies in acrylic. The emphasis was to use design and interesting colors. We worked from a photo of a single waterlily. We all really enjoyed the process. The paintings completed in this workshop are below. Thanks to all for allowing me to post your beautiful work!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dancing Roses

I used a photo for this that I took last year. I was really trying to use impressionistic brushwork to suggest but not totally spell everything out. I also was trying for a lot of variety in the pinks and greens. I started this piece before Christmas and just finished!
"Dancing Roses" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around stretched canvas • 5" x 7" • ready to hang
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Magic in Purples & Greens

I've been painting wisteria lately. I have some lovely Daniel Smith purples and a new green and I wanted to use them all in a painting. This is at least my 5th or 6th wisteria painting and I'm working on another that's even larger.

This painting was created intuitively by squeezing color on the paper and washing it down in very loose washes. This is the fun part with no pressure, just lots of color! When the painting dries then comes the design. Where should the flowers be? Where should the leaves be? Is everything interesting? Does it work? This part of the painting process takes thought and confidence. The last step of this piece was the addition of tinted white gouache for the lovely sun sparkles. I'm very pleased with the result!

This piece is painted on a 1/2 sheet of Shizen paper that I tore instead of cut, so that the edge blends in with the other deckle edges. Since the paper is handmade it's not perfectly straight but it works well with a mat. The paper is rough press and the texture really adds to the piece.

"Magic in Purples & Greens" • Original watercolor and gouache on 100% cotton paper • 15" x 22"
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Anticipating Spring in January

"Anticipating Spring in January" • Original watercolor and gouache on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
I wanted to paint with purples and greens and wisteria is perfect for those colors! I started with a really loose wash, used saran wrap for texture and let everything dry. I added the darker shapes, lifted a bit for more lights and the last step was tinted gouache to create holes in the leaf patterns and lighten the bottom.

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