Thursday, December 1, 2016


Just two crows thinking about the brutal election just past, and the divisiveness that has not stopped.  I guess we'll see what happens in 2017, eh?

This isn't finished but here's how I did it:
Draw it out, mask the whites, paint the flag and let the colors drip and drizzle.
Repaint the flag, remove the masking, wet the crows and using sandpaper, scrape off watercolor pencils of the colors you want.

USA Crows

Half sheet (15 x 22 inches) 
on Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press watercolor paper

I'll finish and share again later...

Have a wonderful holiday season.  
Love more, live more, enjoy each other more, 
and please be good to yourselves.

Friday, November 25, 2016


Just making a few new cards for the holidays this year...I need to buy more blank watercolor cards. 

Most people get regular cards but I do give family and close friends hand painted ones (if I have enough made).  

Starting late again!

But it sure beats going out for Black Friday sales!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Darkness below her, and deep blues closing in around her.  Dull grey surroundings closing in.

Blue Rain Crow

Watercolor on Arches 140# coldpress paper

15 x 22 inches

Think I'll just draw in the crow in graphite, pale and almost disappearing.


Thursday, November 17, 2016


Noticed this large box turtle walking in the neighbor's yard about a month ago.  Sweetie decided to "rescue" him.  He was probably someone's pet that was released.  We set up a nice space for him. 

He likes boiled eggs and loves strawberries.

Since the weather is getting colder at night, we will release him into the woods and let him find a nice place to dig a hole and winter in before freezing temps set in = better for him than staying here in the cold and trying to keep him warm and healthy throughout winter.   

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Wavy lines and shapes. 
Nothing solid under her feet.  
Looks like she might be trying to call out a warning - or sick up something stuck in her craw.

Vertigo Crow

Watercolor on Arches 140# cold press paper

13.5 x 14.25

Friday, November 11, 2016


Another piece of TerraSkin paper (made of stone).  Watercolor with bits of watercolor pencil scraped onto the wet pigment for texture.

Slowly adding up texture and shape and darkening some values, adding veins. 

A bit more to do and let dry before the end...

We really don't have pretty leaves this year - maybe it was too warm for too long?

Monday, November 7, 2016


Wiped back the top parts so they were not so close to the edge, then rewet and used watercolor crayons to add some texture.  I like them more now but still not as nice as the very first effort.

I kept the same size on the blue/green cool one but cut back the size on the warm one.

Both are done on TerraSkin stone "paper" with watercolor and watercolor crayons.

Do you have a favorite?

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Life Flower No. 1

Watercolor on TerraSkin stone paper
28 x 9.5 inches

I changed the colors just a bit on this one - the first and best.  Then made 2 others that are kind of ugly.  

Oh, well.  Just playing with colors and since these are on TerraSkin (stone) paper, they can be washed back to white or layered over with other things or whatever.

I used to stand and paint for an hour or more at a time.  Now I don't seem to have much energy.  No migraines, just low energy.  I keep telling myself I'm not that old yet but maybe I am kidding myself.

Here are the ugly ones...

Obviously, no planning - the tops are too close to the edge and the thorns are a bit too big.

This one is 28 x 8.5 inches

It's okay to just play with colors, though, and maybe rework them if I want them to be anything I keep - or wash it all off and start again.

And this one is 30 x 5.5 inches so very skinny.

Happy November
Where did the summer and fall go???

Monday, October 31, 2016


Sweetie bought a kit to dress up our pumpkin.  We bought a small one that's very green on one side.  Added the bits.  And here is Froggy Pumpkin.  It should be the only one like this in the neighborhood when the Halloween beasties come out.

Happy Halloween!