Sunday, April 13, 2014


After a LOONG cold winter spring has finally arrived!!!  I just returned from a week at Kanuga Watermedia Workshops, in Hendersonville, NC.  My workshop was with Keiko Tannabe, a wonderful watercolor painter.  Now that color has finally returned to the landscape I plan to do be outside painting as much as possible.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

From The Forest Floor

Inspiration is all around us when it comes to painting.  During a walk in a national forest I came across a grouping of ferns that had felt the first frost.  Parts of the ferns were different colors than the usual green.  I loved the grouping and decided to try it as a batik painting.  This was my first attempt and I wasn't happy with the whole painting so I cropped it into a better picture.  After removing the wax I added more paint to get better values in the painting.  After that I was really happy with the painting.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Saving A Painting

These two paintings were actually part of one big painting.  I was not happy with the composition, so I cut the painting into two smaller pieces and worked on them separately.  These originally began from throwing fluid acrylic paint onto watercolor paper.  After completing the drawing over the acrylic paint, I applied miskit before painting in the picture.
Once I painted the picture with watercolor,  I removed the miskit.  This is what the paintings looked like at that stage.  I then added more paint, cropped the pictures and here is the result.
I am really happy with the result.  Notice the blossoms in the bottom of the last painting - blossoms in watercolor add a great element to a painting in the right spot.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Cup Of Tea

This was painted from a photo I took of a collection of teacups.  I painted this on arches paper that had been covered with a layer of gesso, textured, color added.  Then I removed the white areas of the painting, and painted in the darker values.  This is one of my favorite ways to paint a picture.  The texture of the gesso adds a great deal of interest to the painting.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Clear Sailing for the New Year

Hoping everyone is moving into the New Year with calm seas.  I have been cleaning out my studio and sorting through my photo references and sketches so that I have a fresh start for 2014.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The eye of the beholder

I painted this from a drawing I did of the house.  I think it is always important to remember when you are painting anything that you are painting your emotional response to what you are seeing.  Compare my painting to the photograph of the house.

My drawing and my painting reflect what it actually felt like to be there that day, and what I felt the house looked like when people where still living there.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

End of Autumn

As autumn draws to it's close I have spent as much time as possible outside drawing and taking photos.  I have been using Faber Castell big brush PITT pens.  The set I am using comes with 4 pens in cold grey.  This gives me plenty of options to develop values in a drawing.  Hope you are able to enjoy the beauty at this time of year as I have been.