Monday, March 21, 2011

seeing is believing

More sketchbook sketches...I like the sunlight on the side of the building...I am taking my time with my sketches. slowing down, observing and absorbing what I see...sometimes you see more than you think!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sketching tools

I travel with a little sketchbook that I have made at the local copy store. I cut pieces of my favorite watercolor paper (Fabriano) and then with two pieces of matboard(the cover and back) I have them spiral bound together. That way I'm using what I like and I can make it any size I want..this one was 7" square.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

One part of a whole

This little 7.5"x7.5" was done from a photograph of lots of orchids...the trick was to "edit" down the picture reference and choose a part of the overall and focus in on something that would make a nice painting or good composition. I try not to be held hostage by my reference material or to what's in front of me...I use my "artistic license" and will invent, move, change color, repeat or exaggerate my subject.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Another abstract...I'm loving these and they are so freeing...Just playing with pigment and seeing how all the colors react to eachother, trying things I might not normally dare to do when I paint something representational ... it all adds up to learning for the brain and training for the hand. (11"x15")

Friday, March 11, 2011


My other entry this week in the DPW Challenge..."Abe"...this was a bit different for me, because I used watercolor pencils over my initial painting...then used sandpaper to retrieve some highlights, used a permanent sketch pen to put in the fine lines and some black Stabilotone to really push the darks...a mixed media experiment!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Grippa Zippo"

I'm a bit behind in the DPW Challenges...but I'm a little closer this week...I finished the Zippo challenge as you can see and I just used Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue..the call was for those two colors, plus Titanium White..and with WC...white is the white of the challenge indeed... (7.5"x7.5")

Monday, March 7, 2011

Rainbow palette

I will live in this fantasy today...Maine water, sailboat, blue opposed to 2 feet of snow on the ground, plus more still falling and shoveling to look forward to! Oh what a world of if I can tunnel to my studio...I'm going to shut out the white of the outside and immerse myself in my rainbow of colors!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ruby Red

A splash of bright color on this TGIF...The new schedule of shows is slowly unfolding and now it's time to take pictures, sort through paintings and see which ones to enter! This piece is 7.5"x7.5". I love that size, it isn't too intimidating and it isn't too small to feel confined...I cleaned my palette and squeezed out fresh dollops of paint...always a joyous occasion!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"Rings" 15"x22"

My abstract experimentation continues....The hardest part for me is altering my color anything in life, change is hard, as is breaking the tendency to dip your brush into the same old pigments...sometimes the brush has a mind of it's own and it's right back knocking on the Cerulean Blue door!