Monday, January 21, 2019


I like the outcome of this enough to try some more using this paper.

Have you ever tried it?  

Saturday, January 19, 2019


I bought a block of Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress after seeing a lot of work from an artist who uses it well.  I'm not usually a fan of hotpress paper so we'll see.  I want something that gives me interesting texture without being a fussy as Yupo and something that's still paper.  This might be it!

I like the texture it gives me and the way the paint doesn't soak in and can be pushed around.  I can also lift out a little and reshape areas after it's dried.  

Interesting so far...

And not a bird but some red berries (probably honeysuckle berries) beside the house.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


I forgot the theme and painted this on the 7 x 10 Arches 140# rough block of watercolor paper.  Not a bird.  An interesting plant.  It was not this color, being just mud-brown and dull.  A printout that was running low on certain inks caused it to look blue and silver so I thought I'd use those colors and try for some pen and ink along with the watercolor.  

I'll get back to the birds on the 7 x 10 rough after this - but I also have some totally different and interesting paper I want to try - stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Again, part of the 7 x 10 Rough series of bird paintings for 2019...

The great blue heron is a beautiful bird, often showing blue-grey and violet, sometimes just a dull grey color.  This one (from a photo taken during my recent Anna Maria Island trip) was in the evening and he looks very blue.  He (or she?) was fishing for little things beside a running stream inside Perrico Preserve.  

I know herons and egrets are found in the Ohio River Valley area, but I've rarely seen great blue herons around here.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


Another in the series, 7 x 10 Rough...

The pileated woodpecker comes to our suet feeders once or twice a year, but never stays.  He's just passing through.  

This woodpecker is the model for the Woody the Woodpecker cartoons - you can see why with that red topknot!

Friday, January 11, 2019


I think he ate too many Christmas cookies!

This is watercolor on an Arches block of 7 x 10, 140# rough paper.  

New Year = New Birds :) 

The next few will all be on this block of rough 140# Arches so I'm calling the series

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


I started an abstracted painting - just putting down paint and letting it go.  Then reinforced the idea of the water, sandy shoreline, and grassland.  And added the great white egret.  

Still have AMI on my mind.  

Monday, January 7, 2019


While in Anna Maria, I often visit The Olive Oil Outpost for a scrumptious cafe con leche.  It's my routine to stop once a day - yes, I'm addicted and like the people there a lot.  

On the way to the OOO, beside the walkway between streets, was this strange plant that had red pods growing on a tall red stem (it stood about 4 feet high).  It also had a single white flower blooming, which I did not paint.  

It caught my eye and I had to try to paint it when I came home.  

Some impressionistic greenery around it and another stem without the pods.  

Wonder what this plant is called?  I was going to ask someone, but forgot to do so while I was there.

This is painted on a scrap of 140# Fabriano Artistico cold press paper.  

Saturday, January 5, 2019


Another on the slick mixed media paper using watercolors.  

Blue skies, sunshine, walks to the beach, and the date palms outside the house where we stayed on AMI.