Thursday, November 29, 2018


Started a poinsettia for the last painting of the year.  I prewet the leaf shapes and the dropped in the colors, letting them bleed and blend.  

After that dried, I went back and put in the black using Lunar Black by Daniel Smith (it granulated so I added some dark red to it in places and made sure it was pretty solid around the leaves).  

I let that dry before going in with Sap Green and Bismuth Yellow for the middle buds, and put in the hint of colors in the red/green parts behind other leaves.

Finished up by wetting and dropping in more color in the leaves and letting the black bleed into the red in places to push some leaves back.  

After this, I’m going to ruin a month’s worth of paintings and see where it takes me :). 

Have a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you in 2019!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Still working on wet-in-wet and sticking with it.  This one wasn’t so great and you really had to do the mountain shadows using dry brush, but it’s okay.  Not every one will be a winner.

Sunday, November 25, 2018


Just a frozen autumn pond.

Friday, November 23, 2018


This is a little scrap, just bigger than a postcard.  I was trying to copy a painting in the book and it’s supposed to be paler yellow mountains and a misty look at the bottom using blue, but it didn’t quite work.  Oh, well.  

I received a recent newsletter post from an artist who said take a month and ruin a lot of paintings as a way to explore and grow - maybe this is painting number one? ha ha. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Still playing with shapes and blending colors.  With the pots, you lay down the shadow shape only and then, using clean water, you move out and around to create the shape of the pot.  I like the bottom left one the best.  The top right bled out too much creating a feathered edge and the bottom right just looks dull.  So - fun to try and play with.  

The red/blue is just laying down colors with white space in between and then bleeding them together with clean water without touching either color again.  

Just a pear and leaves, lifting the white veins, trying to keep the pear highlights soft.  

Monday, November 19, 2018


Come into my studio, it’s very wet outside!

Saturday, November 17, 2018


This simplistic cup and saucer looks so easy, but it’s really not.  The technique is, you lay down the color on the whole page and then, before the paper dries, you start lifting off the color.  Your goal is to get the shape right and to get back to white (or close to white).  So don’t use a staining color!  In the book it says to try this 10 times and then, if you haven’t gotten it yet, try again :). Isn’t that always the way = just keep trying.

I didn’t get the saucer right (can never seem to master those ellipses free-hand).  But I like the cup well enough.  

And this little flower on a scrap piece of paper is pretty saturated and full of color (not too much lifting here), but I do like the way the Bismuth Yellow (Daniel Smith) dropped into the center created the little star-shaped stamens.  

Thursday, November 15, 2018


No more tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market, but I can still paint some.  Very wet and loose - I may just be getting the hang of this technique!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Trying to work on the iPad and update some blog posts.  I’ll be talking to the local tech guy about the photo all disappearing from the desktop and what can be done to try to retrieve all those - I hope!!!  

Until then, this isn’t as quick and easy (or familiar) to do on the iPad but it’s do-able, so...

Hope you all are having a better November than I.
I’ve had 4 migraines (which means 8 days) of pain or aftereffects of pain so far this month :(. And that was before I lost all the photos on Sweetie’s computer!!

This is another small scrap of paper wet-in-wet trying to vary the colors of the leaves.  This could be a fun experiment, just playing with any colors, doesn’t have to be found in nature :) 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Long and soft landscape.  Lots of green

Still practice practice practice to get it right.  Sometimes I think I've got it, and then it eludes me again.  

Watercolor takes a lifetime to master!

Monday, November 5, 2018


Square landscape. 

Lots of wet-in-wet and waiting for the right time to darken (and getting it wrong and trying again).  
When this wet-in-wet style is done well, it looks so easy and beautiful and fresh.  That's what I'm aiming for with this practice practice practice.

Saturday, November 3, 2018


Just  playing with yellows and what works to shade them without getting too green or brown.

What do you use to shade yellow?

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Rainy street in autumn.

We certainly are having enough rain.  So much that the little Halloweeners were few and far between last night.  Now I have to eat all this leftover candy!!  So sad! ha ha