Saturday, July 13, 2019

Portrait of Ron

8" x 12" watercolor, paper

That's Ron. I left off the family picnic on the deck that was happening around him. 
Simple triad of B-R-Y, with a touch of Something in the blue for the "black" parts.

It's true.
He really does have large ears.
But I love him anyway.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunflower tangle

8" x 8" hot press paper
Some value issues are obviously unresolved, but as this was supposed to be a quick and dirty practice for a larger painting, I'll let them go at that. Looking forward to this summer's crop of sunflowers--and everything else we planted this weekend!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Full Metal Eggs

8" x 10" watercolor on paper

This was my first real gouache effort. I'd messed around with the medium a couple of times before on little sample swatches--and hated it--but I attempted this a different way than I'd tried in the past.

I initially watered the paints down and treated them like transparent watercolors (and left the background at that) and then added less and less water as I painted on. They're not really copper (as in metal) eggs, but they look like it, don't they? Guess I should have made them less shiny!

Sunday, March 31, 2019


8" x 10" watercolor

Why didn't I correct the perspective before I started painting? 
Another "live and learn" moment.

From a  Cuban vacation photo by Owen.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Oh, so serene cartoonish Victorian Mother from a vintage B/W photograph.

--"serenity" seemed to be a common expression in Belle Epoch photographs of women with their young children. I guess all of the cleaning, cooking, work, work, work that they had to do didn't dim their motherhood spirits. That, or the look is not serene, but "I am Tired!"

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pale Rose, Clunky Glass

6" x 7" watercolor
The rose was fun; the glass should have been fun, but. I used masking for the highlights, applied it with a tiny brush, but the resulting white spots and slashed were still way too wide and clunky. I tried to paint them smaller by bordering them with base color, but I don't like the results at all.
How do people keep those nice, tiny, white highlights when they paint glass?

On the positive side, this was the big event painting: I broke out the Arches! 
And it was everything they say. Such a pleasure to paint on!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

I Need Some Sun, and Experimentation

watercolor in sketchbook

She's pale, yes, and she could use a little sunshine and it's vitamin D benefits. So could I!
This sketch is based on a vintage black and white photograph.

I finally started in on the little 4" x 6" sample of Ampersand Aquaboard that's been staring at me from the corner of my desk for a while now:

4" x 6" watercolor on Aquaboard
(this photo is kind of bleached out)

It was quite different than paper and I found it impossible to get a smooth, uniform wash (note the blobbular grass) But when I gave in to that and decided on "going with the flow" of this new-to-me substrate, I liked the effect and loosened up trying to shade details.

I'm definitely going to use Aquaboard again. When I can justify the expense! It's considerably more costly than even a comparable sized sheet of Arches.