Friday, November 17, 2017


Daniel Smith walnut ink on the figure outlined and then wet the edges to bleed it inward.  Watercolor on everything else.  Another flower in that right-hand oval to paint and then - what color to put into the ovals?

I think I'm feeling the need to take some time off.  I will probably still be painting but not feeling any need to show it online in the blog for a while.

I hope you all have a good holiday season.  Take care of yourselves and each other.  (I will show the next stage of this one and the finish and then time away for the holiday season.)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Pushed back the female figure, darkened background, hmmm...

Time to sit it on the pile and see what I think in a few days or weeks.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Worked on this more, making changes, moving things, keeping the original thought.  

And so it goes...

Don't think it will remain this way.

This is just experimenting, playing, moving things around, working with composition, value, color, to see where it goes.  You can do it - to some extent - with watercolor.

What's next?  Come back and see!

Saturday, November 11, 2017


I put up my first post back in November 2006, eleven years ago!  Although late fall and early winter always puts me in a slight funk, I am going to continue with this blog, as it's the only way I get my work shown to anyone but me and the walls of my little art room.

So look for more stuff coming soon.  And happy anniversary to me!  Go back and take a look at what I was posting eleven years ago (if you have the time and interest).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


A sketch of another painting to begin.  I intend to wait until I'm in the mood to paint without drawing and take it slow and carefully, trying to get things right on the watercolor paper.  

As usual, the sketch may not be completely reiterated into the painting, as I make changes while going along.  

And here is the first step.  I slowly painted the gadiolis (gladiolus?) and am pleased with that.  I taped the sketch of the woman on the right and she may stay...she may not.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Almost there...

Rose of Ultramarine

Full Sheet (22 x 30 inches) 
Arches 300# coldpress paper
Daniel Smith watercolors + graphite pencil

Friday, November 3, 2017


If you subscribe to Acrylic Artist or Watercolor Artist, read on.  If not, just ignore this.

I just found out that the Acrylic Artist magazine is over.  The very last issue was Fall 2017, which should be in your homes if you subscribed.

This makes me sad, as I learned from the magazine and enjoyed the issues.  I have one more magazine in my subscription left and will get one issue of The Artists Magazine to finish out my subscription.  

When I contacted Acrylic Artist with questions about this and got their reply, I was told to call the magazine renewal center on the postcard I received because "you signed up through a third party source".  I did not sign up through a third party source but, I bet, they sold my subscription to a third party source.  Anyway, called and the very nice gentleman said, yes, it was finished, no more magazines or digital from Acrylic Artist.  
He also said Watercolor Artist magazine was ending, too!!!  What???  I have that subscription until December 2018 and I don't want The Artists Magazine to replace that - it's not even remotely the same thing.  

I guess people no longer want magazines.  But these magazines are not just going digital, they are going belly-up.  

I will miss them both.  

If you subscribe to either (or both), you may want to check your subscription information and find out if you are getting a refund or issues of The Artists Magazine to replace them.  I'm going to be asking for a refund for Watercolor Magazine.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


This is what happens when your skeletons get out of the closet!  

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Touched some copper iridescent pigment to the eggs and the metal of the lamp, then amped up the color (Perylene Maroon) to the pillow (still damp here so we'll see how it fades as it dries).

Put some pale turquoise green behind the flowers and pillow and then marked some lines in the space with watercolor pencil.  Drew around the lines, the sugar bowl, creamer, and plate with a Sepia watercolor marker (Winsor Newton) and bled that out a bit with clean water.  Now what?  That pillow dried okay - not too dull or faded but I really had to go in with intense color to get it right.

I think I'll finish this one and return to the older ones that aren't quite right and see what I can do - then take some time away from the still lifes for a while.  

Elizabeth asked me why I put in the things I do - in order to teach her about still life painting/composition.  But all I can say is it looks like I break several rules and use whatever comes to mind, thinking about shapes and textures and overlapping things a bit, leaving some space, trying not to be too heavy all around, etc.  I guess I'm working my way into still life! ha ha  I have a couple I think are good - but some are really bad, too, so still a work in progress.  Sorry I couldn't be more help, Elizabeth, but I'm just going by intuition in some ways but also I have learned a bit about composition and shapes and leading the eye around a painting (from years ago lessons).  (The bag behind the lamp was just put there as a shape, nothing more, then I changed the color because I thought the gold looked good behind the rosey pink and gold of the lamp - no other reason.  The bird made me think of the eggs - from my imagination; and the color is the bronzey gold that's on the lamp metal bits so tied that in.  That's about all and maybe I should be able to say more and I can't because I'm not taking enough time to plan?)