Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summer's end


It seems that the summer is slipping away and this rooster titled "feeling blue" is realizing it too!  But fear not the fall is also nice and the seasons are what we make of them, right? I am getting ready for several shows and framing is in my future....

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Solar power"


These yellow beauties are all in bloom across gardens in my town. Some are so tall they are almost 10 feet high!  This painting was inspired by a photograph taken of a large field of sunflowers, but the distant purple hills were made up.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ewe lookin' at me?


And here is the black sheep of the family...no just a fluffy four legged friend I happened to photograph last year. I'm enjoying the sheep paintings as they are a new subject for me.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mary had a little lamb


   
This sheep painting is titled "Ewe look baa-velous"...a little fun with word play...it's come to my attention  that several people are no longer receiving my blog posts in their email inboxes...has anyone else experienced this with feedburner? Any input would be helpful...thanks!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Unique drawing eve

      

Two weeks ago I had an opportunity to participate in a unique figure session. They had a burlesque evening which featured three ladies in various costumes and we could draw them for an hour and a half. Afterwards they gave a performance which was great. It certainly was different for me from my regular sessions.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Splash 15


It's here!  I just received my copy of Splash 15 and my painting "Letter Sweater" is on page 89...soooo many lovely watercolors in this book and I'm super happy to be a part of it!  Hope you have a chance to check it out.

Friday, July 25, 2014

White blooms

I've been teaching several classes for the Vermont Art Event these last few days...(one more to go tomorrow).  Last night we painted white flowers...the trick with light colored subjects is painting around your objects and making the background colorful so your blossoms pop.  We had reference pix of a lily and white daisies...it was a fun class and everyone worked hard and achieved great results! Above is my sample exercise trying out different colored backgrounds.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Farm Living

And now for something a little different....I've been shuffling some pictures around of this red barn structure on a hill for quite some time now and decided finally to tackle it...The hard part was to make the foreground interesting without taking away from the barn...what do you think?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Teaching

Next week is the Vermont Art Event in Colchester, where I'll be teaching 4 classes including one on how to paint a feathered friend...That should be fun.  I just submitted this one, "Standing his ground", to a local juried show...hopefully I'll find out soon if it got in.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bearded man

Another portrait practice...this time trying to work on hands as well as the rest..hands are hard!  So the only way to get better is to keep practicing them...This was a somewhat muted, limited palette...Raw Sienna, Cad. Red and Cerulean...with a touch of Prussian for the jacket and Alizarin to lean towards the violets in the shadow side of his face.

Friday, June 27, 2014

"How ewe?"

I've been painting sheep lately....Here is the result of one such painting session.  Their fleece is not white as snow in my watercolors, but very multi-hued...it's been fun....and different.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

One of 295



It was fun to see my name in print in the latest issue of the English version of the French magazine "The Art of Watercolour".  I had entered the World Watercolour Competition and made it through several stages...unfortunately I didn't make the last cut of artists who will exhibit their work in France.  Still..I'm happy I was a part of this list of fellow watercolorists from across the Globe!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Three's a charm

Hello!  It's been a while since my last posting...but here I am.  Just returned from teaching a floral workshop in Southern Vermont...a great 3 days, but I'll post about that soon... Here is a triad portrait just using red, yellow and blue...alizarin crimson, aureolin and ultra blue.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

shapes vs. objects

Same image, different color palette...This one is called "the Blues".  It's amazing how much information you can put down with just a few simple "shapes".  It's better to think of the eye, nose, mouth etc..as shapes and not objects to be painted.  Sometimes a nose is defined by the shadow shape that is right next to it, or the lip is defined by the dark swath of value under it...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Double duty value


Loose portrait work, playing with value...this is basically done with two values, but with color changes.  The base washes were done with siennas and oranges and once they were dry the top washes were done much darker with sepias and purples to define the details of the face.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

show shipping

I just found out that this painting was accepted to the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge New York at View Arts Center.  So framing, packing and shipping will be happening soon around these here parts..  She is titled "Burdened".

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Red Hat

I've been practicing my portrait painting and decided to continue along my Vermeer tribute...this time painting the "girl with a red hat".  Learning from the masters....may some of their genius rub off!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Goldilocks spring

Finally it's starting to green up around here...it seems in the last several years we've been saying "oh everything is two weeks early"...or "wow we are so late this year in the garden"...but it seems this year we are right on time...a Goldilocks kind of spring.  My little tree tribute to everything popping up.