Tuesday, September 25, 2007


I sketched this cow from a photo reference from the Wet Canvas Reference Image Library which provides its members with copyright free photos.
Painted with Daniel Smith and Holbein watercolors on 300# Arches cold press watercolor paper. The image size is 6" x 5" with a one inch border.

Below is the initial sketch. Had a time getting the eyes to look level and adjusted it while painting.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Eye Practice

More eye practice. This time I used the brush to draw the shapes rather than a pencil. Using a palette of Naples Yellow, Rose Madder, Indanthrone Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, and a touch of Sepia. The width of the space between the eyes is too wide but my goal with this practice was again the study of color, forming the eye, keeping the colors fairly clean (not muddy). The lids are not as defined as they need to be nor are the brows and wrinkles. I am fairly pleased though with the eye color and shape of the eyes. The iris need more adjustments to look more realistic. Overall I am pleased with this effort even though it only looks a little like me.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Westville Trees

"Westville Trees" with its open spaces, light gray sky and the main focus on the trees, is based on an area located about 15 miles from me. I was driving down the highway and saw these two trees that the luminous light caught which created a wondrous beauty.

7" x 5 1/4" on 300# Arches cold press watercolor paper.

Placed for auction with eBay

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Color Trails Abstract


I wasn't happy with the intensity of the colors in the first abstract so I poured and moved acrylics over it, changing the abstract and the intensity. The paint is very wet and will take a few days to dry as it is painted very thick.

This photo was taken in daylight this morning. I added a few darks among the verticals shown on the viewer's left.

Abstract Watercolor
Arches 300# paper 11 1/2" x 15"
Daniel Smith & Holbein Artist paints

Another foray into abstract using watercolors, Indanthrone Blue, Manganese Blue Hue (can't find regular Manganese now), Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Naples Yellow, Quinacradone Red, Rose Madder. I rotated this painting in all four directions and I like it in any position but found this one the most interesting.

Fall Beginning

I painted this 7 1/4" x 5 1/4 watercolor this morning as the scent of Fall is in the morning air. It is on 300# Arches Watercolor paper and painted with Holbein and Daniel Smith artist quality paints. This painting is based on the view of the pasture outside my door. The image size is based on how I would mat the painting.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Practice, Practice

This set of eyes was done looking in a mirror. The right eye isn't too bad but the left eye is muddy. I used Daniel Smith Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Holbein Rose Madder and Cobalt Blue. I would like to say the wrinkles are from concentration but they are from age and bad eyesight too. :D Back to practicing!

Watercolor practice of skin tones and eyes. The practice will teach me about mixing skin colors and blending tones in different areas of the face. As you can see I need a lot of practice especially in 1) letting paint dry before glazing in another color unless it is intentional, 2) drawing and shaping the eye, both in pencil and paint. There are pros and cons to mixing the skin tones before hand (in watercolor) or laying in one color then placing another color on top, letting them merge. I think that there is a place for both methods in a painting, especially in watercolor.

On Wednesday, I stepped down as a Guide in the Acrylics Forum at Wet Canvas, mostly due to health but also because I wanted to devote more time to studying and my family. Tomorrow, my mom celebrates her 89th birthday which brings home to me that time with her is not endless.

Happily, she is on a trip to the NE and enjoying life. My request to her was that she and the rest of my family bring home lots of photos for me to use as reference.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Empty Can Study

Update: Did just a bit more on this. Not perfect but a bit more satisfied with it.

Found this empty baking powder can, so painted it on a 5" x 6" 300# Arches cold press paper. The most difficult part of the can was the plastic lid. It still isn't correct, perspectively. I was looking down on the can just a bit and the lid was laying on the can so that just a bit of the inside of the can could be seen. It brings home how important little studies like these are, finding the problem areas and eventually resolving them.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saturday's Plein Air - West Pasture Acrylic

5 1/2" x 9" on 300# cold press watercolor paper. Today I had Ultramarine blue which helped with the sky color and in mixing greens. Painting outside has so much to offer as it is teaching me about greens. The light changes so quickly the goal becomes to mix and lay in the strokes. Before painting, I try to paint in my mind where the dark values are and how the lights lay across the land and on the trees. As you can see, I have a lot to learn. If tomorrow is another nice day, then I'm going to try oils to see if they work more the way I want.

Acrylic Rose on Paper WIP

A second rose started, blocking in shapes and values with the brush on 7 1/2" x 11" watercolor paper. This is truly the interesting part to me, painting in the shapes. Almost like closing one's eyes and using touch to familiarize the mind with the shape, softness, edges, imagining how the colors change as the shape changes or turns away from the light.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Plein Air West Pasture Trees

09-13-07 Plein Air painting today and after this session I can tell I am spoiled with having everything readily available when needing materials. In the beginning I used Pthalo Blue, Cerulean Blue, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre and Quinacridone Magenta then decided I needed another yellow to lighten and brighten some of the greens. I rarely work with this color palette especially the Pthalo Blue. When I do use Pthalo, it is used quite sparingly because it is such a strong color.

I had a difficult time getting the darks I am use to mixing for the trunk and within the tree. Then mixing the lights without it looking to garish or pasty. Fun!

Doing this painting has energized me to paint outside again, painting what I see in nature. I am hoping that my color visual acuity will improve as well as the brushwork and overall painting skills.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Abstract Play Update

Thinking the painting was dry (which it wasn't), I managed to get a greenish cast white streak on the painting. I'm looking at it as a "happy accident." I took this photo outside today and wish you could see the textures in this painting. You can see a bit of it but in the dark areas there are nuances of color and textures that are delightful to see.

Abstract Play

I wasn't pleased with the rose, so decided to just play with fluid acrylics. I dribbled, spritzed, tilted the board so colors would merge. In some areas I used a cut up credit card and pressed it into the paint, lifting carefully. I liked the way the paint softly merged in some areas. Paints used were Hansa Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Yellow Ochre and gesso to tint some of the colors.

7" x 5" acrylic, Ampersand board.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Rose Work In Progress (WIP)

Working on this 7" x 5" acrylic rose painting. There are several areas yet to work on, such as softening some of the petal edges, smoother transitions in the petals, and shaping more of the background. Fun, fun, fun!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Visit An On-line Art Exhibit

Sharon K. Shubert is hosting an exhibit on her website, by members of Worldwide Women Artists Online (WWAO). It is a neat show and well worth the visit!

Monday, September 03, 2007

One Of The Things

an artist does are color mixing studies. Here I am mixing different shades of yellow and blue acrylics to see what shades of green can be made. My goal is to find good mixtures for natural looking landscape greens. Greens range from a yellowy green to a reddish green and then there are greens that lean toward a blue. I often add purple, or burnt sienna or orange into the green mixtures. These charts are kept for easy reference when looking for a certain green.

More painting today. I have to fix a scratch on a landscape and may decide to enter it in another art show this Friday.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

With 20 Minutes To Spare

08-31-07 was the deadline for mailing .jpegs of paintings to be entered in the ANA (Artists of Northwest Arkansas) Thirteenth Annual Fall Regional Exhibition. I made it to the post office with 20 minutes to spare. I entered three paintings but I'm not sure if I did the entry the correct way. :D The jurying of the paintings will be by John Pototschnik with acceptance or declined notification after October 1st. This is the first year I have entered this show. The Exhibition, held at the Art Center of the Ozarks, in Springdale, AR, is from November 9 through December 14, 2007, with the reception and awards presentation on November 17, 2007.

What Color am I?

You Are a Green Crayon

Your world is colored in harmonious, peaceful, natural colors. While some may associate green with money, you are one of the least materialistic people around.

Comfort is important to you. You like to feel as relaxed as possible - and you try to make others feel at ease. You're very happy with who you are, and it certainly shows!

Your color wheel opposite is red. Every time you feel grounded, a red person does their best to shake you.