Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Life

"Life"
6" x 6"
watercolor on paper

Click here to bid - starting bid:  $45

In preparation for a much larger painting, I did this smaller version to work out some colors and techniques.  Thank you for viewing my work.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sketching

Sketch #1

Last year I was introduced to Gary Lippincott, a very talented illustrator whose specialty is in the genre of fantasy illustration. This physically imposing mountain of a man spends his time creating delicately rendered watercolor illustrations of fairies and woodland nymphs that are truly a sight to behold. Aside from some kind of bionic eyesight, allowing him to paint the tiniest eyelashes or fine wrinkles of an old soothsayer, I have been most impressed with Gary's volumes of sketchbooks containing endless pages of meticulous and masterful pencil drawings. His passion for drawing is evidenced by this impressive collection, one that I have found to be extremely inspiring.

In an effort to get back to my love of drawing and further hone these skills, I decided I would try to start a sketchbook that would contain value studies for my paintings.  I have always loved to draw and shade with pencil, but have never made the time, as keeping a sketchbook has always seems like such a daunting task for me. (In fact, for those of you who have followed this blog for sometime, you may recall some of my fleeting albeit well-intended artistic endeavors that most times go unrealized.) However, I have been so moved and inspired by the legacy of amazing sketchbooks that Gary has produced, in an effort to do the same, I have begun this new venture.  Right now I'm feeling hopeful that I can stick with this . . . but who the heck knows!!?  :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Couple Photos

"E-Z" - work in progress
(watercolor on paper)
I took some photos of this Atlas jar quite a while ago and they recently resurfaced while I was looking through my reference files.  So this is an image of the beginnings of my second painting from that series of photos.  It's coming along.

The photo below is of my new class of students at Workshop13.  We just began a new class last week:  painting on aquabord.  I am happy to have returning students as well as a couple new ladies.  And I am happy to report tht ALL "my ladies" are tackling this new project and surface with great skill.  Although that's no surprise to me -- you can tell by the photo that they are a very studious bunch!  :)




Friday, April 18, 2014

New Beginning

"An Old Country Jar" - work in progress
8.25" x 8"
watercolor on paper

Here's a little variation on the same theme.  Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Atlas

"Atlas"
9" x 5.5"
watercolor on paper
starting bid:  $45

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I've been watching "The Andy Griffith Show" while painting these past couple of days and so from now on whenever I look at this painting, I will think of goofy Barney Fife!  :)

Thank you for visiting!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Atlas

"Atlas" - wip
9.25" x 5.5"
(watercolor on paper)
"Atlas" - wip
9.25" x 5.5"
(watercolor on paper)

Well the flu got a hold of me this week -- which accounts for my absence. -- ugh.  I still managed to start a couple small works though, this being one of them. After the last few glass paintings, I hadn't thought I'd be doing any more for a while . . . I guess I was wrong!  :)

Stay healthy out there . . . looks like spring is finally here!   


Friday, April 4, 2014

Another Sketch

"Pitcher With Grapes"
9" x 7"
(watercolor on paper)
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I've decided to post and auction off another "sketch."  I'm trying to find a happy medium between the looser washes and fine detail work, as I love them both.  I'm also working on values and temperatures.  My hope is that these "quicker" sketches will help me become a better painter.

Thank you for viewing my work.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Back At It

watercolor on paper
12" x 12"

I'm back at it this one, trying it out on some Fabriano hot-press and larger. I've also been prepping some smaller and larger paintings and finishing up on a commissioned acrylic painting -- lots going on, but little to show.  

I decided to put the study of this one up for auction with bidding starting at $20 -- you never know!  :)  

"Susans At The Window"
8" x 8"
(watercolor on paper)

Click here to bid - starting at $20 or "buy it now" for $30

Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!  :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tina's Lamp


"Tina's Lamp"
19.5" x 12.75"
(watercolor on paper)

I'm happy to say this one is done.  I'm not sure how it looks on your monitor, but it's been difficult to color correct on mine and is looking a bit dark here on blogger.  It's less jarring in person I think . . . a little more calm, the contrast looks a little severe here.  Anyway . . . it's done and I'm excited!  :)  Thank you to my friend and student, Tina for her photograph.  And thank YOU all for reading my blog.  Have a great day!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Fussing

Untitled
8"x 8"
(watercolor on paper)

Here's a little "sketch" I worked on all day today.  :)  I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it . . . I think I just need to "sit on it" a bit.  There are lots of elements I really like about it, while others not so much.  Honestly though, I think it actually looks better in person -- is that the painting equivalent of "he/she's got a great personality?"  Ha!  Anyway, I'll be contemplating what to do with it.

A progress shot is below . . . thank you for stopping by.  

work in progress shot




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Done?


I cranked up some more contrast on this today - painting in darker washes in both the background and even on the lamp in area. I also played with temperature, cooling the background to help it recede and warming up the lamp. I am "baby-stepping" this painting, to say the least. Maybe someday it will be done. I love the way it looks on my monitor, unfortunately I have to do a little more tweaking to play with the contrasting values, so it matches this in person.  Unfortunately though, outside the window isn't as light in person, as it appears here.  :(   I'll have to see what I can do about that, because I love how it looks on the computer.  :)

Anyway, thank you for stopping by.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Delivery

"Really Big Shoe"
. . . all framed and ready to go!

Before spending a great day today with my 90-year old grandmother (who ran me ragged, by the way!)  :)  . . . I dropped off these two paintings in Monson, MA for the Monson Art Council's Spring Show.  The opening reception is next weekend, so if you're in the area be sure to come by - the exhibit will be open for a few weekends after.  More information is available at their website.  

"Nature's Candy"
(not sure how this is appearing on your screens - I had a tough time making it look
okay on mine, so hopefully it doesn't look TOO crazy on your monitor)