Monday, June 27, 2022



Finished this one the way I started - by spritzing water on the paper and then dropping in color and letting it bleed and blend out.  Let the first layer dry and did it again, adding the blue-violet behind the first flowers.  

Easy peasy - and quick to do.  I like it as a loose floral.

Saturday, June 25, 2022



Thought this one was finished but just not pleased with it because of the background so…

decided to make the background green with yellow around the bill, indicating the chirping (actually the baby mockingbirds whistle for their food) with yellow.

What do you think?  The right decision?

Tuesday, June 21, 2022



Got a few new art supplies.  Couldn’t get the Hahnemuhle Harmony in a block this time - it’s a pad that you tear out (and is loose on all sides but one).  Guess it will be the same but I do like painting on a block.  

Started a few things - not really in the mood to finish or start anything - perhaps it’s the heat coming back.  Last week it was over 100 degrees (heat index) several days and going back up this week (not that high but close).  It doesn’t matter if I stay inside in air conditioning, I still feel the effects of the heat - I get lethargic and I’ve felt on the edge of passing out for several days - blood pressure is okay and don’t feel ill in any other way but have to be careful moving around (even driving).  Who knows what’s causing it?

This little mockingbird fledgling was begun on a block of Hahnemuhle 140# cold press (Harmony style).  But have just left it for days.  

And picked up another block of something (Arches?) and playing with putting down color on a piece of paper I had spritzed with water to get drops on the paper all over.  Not sure where this will go.

Does the weather affect your work - or do you go into the studio every day no matter what? Or do you paint outside?  

Monday, June 13, 2022



This one is on Hahnemuehl 140# cold press from a block I had.  I liked the way it lifted (but I also tested the colors before using them to make sure they would lift easily - only 2 violets, 1 green and 1 yellow).

Thursday, June 9, 2022


 Not as soft as I’d like but the paper (Lana 140# cold press from a block) didn’t lift well at all - maybe I used staining colors that made lifting more difficult.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022



A painting of a baby mockingbird (from a photo by Sweetie) for our Anniversary - 27 years!

This one began as a watercolor on a card but I ruined it - so took out the acrylics and painted over it.  Sweetie liked it and wondered why I don’t paint in acrylics more often.  The answer is because I love watercolors and the look of watercolors + I always end up with acrylic paint on myself (clothes, up my arms, under fingernails, etc.) when I paint with acrylics so I don’t like the mess (and don’t like to paint wearing latex gloves).  But I’m glad he liked this one.  When you rarely use a medium, you don’t get really good at it so acrylics are more for printmaking and playing around at times.  

Friday, June 3, 2022



Added the lower left side - done.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022



Finished that one little bud/flower.