Thursday, October 30, 2014

Taylor Finished?

I'm going to let this rest for a couple of days and look at it with fresh eyes.  I may do more to the shirt but I kind of like the texture.  This painting was photographed outside in the shade around 10:15 a.m.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Taylor, In Progress

 This acrylic painting of Taylor is painted on 300lb watercolor paper.  I still have to work on some values and her eyes.  There may be more definition needed with her mouth as well.  I think the shapes are fairly accurate and this looks like Taylor at a younger age.  Below are the two paintings side by side as they may be matted and framed this way.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Taylor, 2nd Sketch

This is a younger version of Taylor and again, it isn't quite right, especially around the eyes.  Will keep trying until I get a sketch that I feel is paintable.  I'm close with this one as far as size and shape of the face.  I also like her hair in the reference photo and the way it came out here.  Now to get her eyes and mouth corrected so that the sketch looks like Taylor. 

Taylor Sketch Rework

I've been working on the original sketch of Taylor, modifying facial features.  It is beginning to look more like her but not quite there yet. 

Monday, October 06, 2014

Sketch of Taylor

To familiarize myself with my niece Taylor's features before painting, this started as a quick sketch but kept having to erase and redo.  Taylor is a lovely young lady with the cutest dimples and I want to do her justice. 

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Celebrating Robert's Birthday

Today is my brother-in-law's birthday so i did a quick sketch of him from a photo of him fixing my screen door.  We all wish you the happiest of birthday's and are thankful you are a part of our family.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bryan Kids

It has only taken almost two years to complete this painting.  It is a birthday present for my twin, of her four grandchildren that live in California.  Have one more grandchild to go then her present will be complete, hooray.  Of course, this is subject to her approval, so there may still be changes.  It is painted on a half sheet (15" X 22") Fabriano Aristico watercolor paper. 

Monday, September 22, 2014


The photo doesn't look exactly like the painting but it is close.  Kay, perhaps in time, I might "get" this.  Thanks for the instruction and the photos. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kay's Geraniums WIP Splash IV

I made a start today, painting the geraniums demo'd by Kay Smith at Splash IV.  She made it look so easy of course. :)  The main thing to remember is slow down, look, look again then paint.  I forget that most of the time.  The painting is on Fabriano Aristico Soft Press paper, size 15" x 22".  I don't normally paint this large and I'm enjoying it.  Thanks Kay for doing the demo and so patiently answering questions.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching you paint. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Splash IV Old Man Portrait

Think I'm calling this one finished even though there are problems with the right ear (viewer's left) and perhaps the angle of edge of the face.  It is painted on a quarter sheet Fabriano Aristico soft press paper.  I believe the reference photo was from Paint My Photo but I'm just not sure on that.  It was wonderful practice and I learned a lot painting this one.  Thanks Stephie.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Splash IV Portrait 2 WIP

This painting was started at Indian Rocks Beach.  I can't remember where the reference photo is from.  If I find the information, I'll be sure to post it.  I had added Pebeo drawing gum to the beard, brows and by the ears, then painted a combination of blues in the background and across areas of his face. This weekend I began laying in skin tones and bringing those tones down into his garments.  Still a lot to  be done but just had to post that "hooray", I'm painting!!

Both me and the kitten are doing fine.  My forearm looks normal except for two puncture marks and a tiny bit of redness.  I'm so thankful it wasn't worse.  

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Splash IV Workshop Paintings, Day 1 and Day 2

 The first photo shows my painting of a street in Lewistown, MT.  Wyna from Painting Friends did a demo of the photo she provided and we followed as best we could.  The first photo shows I didn't get a lot painted during Splash. 

This next photo shows how much more was completed after I arrived home.  That is really a two way street but I made it a one-way because I couldn't get my vehicles to look right.  Have to do these things on the fly to make it work, yes?

We also practiced figures.  Note the horizon line drawn across the paper and how the eyes are level with the horizon line

This photo of the child shows how the painting looked when I left Splash.  I was so unhappy with it.   I'm not sure where the reference photo came from.  It was provided by our demonstrator, Stephie, who did a terrific job painting this little girl. 

These next two photos, taken today, are actually the same photo except the second one has been adjusted using Photoshop.  I was so unhappy with the little girl's skin that I wet down her face and lifted/blended where I could.  It isn't a lot better but there are less hard edges which helps to keep her age to child level. 

This pear painting was done after watching a Jacqueline Gnott video. I didn't go as dark or black in the background on this one but do want to try a painting that has that dark drama she is so good at creating.

I also caught a cold this week so have been sketching a bit.  I've been practicing holding the pencil a certain way, drawing thick and thin lines as well as drawing circles.  The object is to practice holding the pencil a certain way until it becomes an unconscious habit.  The first guy is just a figment of my imagination while the second figure is my attempt at drawing Tom Colicchio of Top Chef.  I will use him again as a reference because he has an interesting face.  
 That has been my week of painting and sketching.  I have an old man, a floral and an animal still to paint from the week at Splash.   Hope you will stay tuned.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Splash IV Has Come & Gone

 We are on the road, South of Gainsville, FL - a stormy morning

Our first morning in the condo.  Plus a view to the North of the palm trees

 A daily visitor - an egret.  Humidity fogging the lens.

 Beautiful sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico

Hope you enjoy the sound of the waves and the view in this short video.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Splash IV, Getting Ready

In August, there are several artists meeting in Florida for a week of painting, gabbing and laughing.  One of the things we will be painting is a street scene with 1-point perspective.  Wyna will demo the painting and will be showing us how to do the 1-pt perspective.  Can't wait.  In the meantime, I projected the photo and traced it on tracing paper.  The rather lengthy video shows my effort to understand perspective.  There is lots of pausing, pondering, erasing, etc.  Also, some background noise as the tv was on.  


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Ann's Onions 2 WIP

After the shadows underpainting of Ultramarine Violet dried, Quin. Burnt Orange, Permanent Rose, Cad. Red Lt., Azo Yellow and Quin Gold was used to begin the painting of the onion.

Ann's Onions1 WIP

Using a reference photo by Mollie from, I sketched the onions on an 1/8th Fabriano Aristico watercolor paper.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Mollie's Onions In Progress

 The photo above shows the first swish of yellow across the 1/8th sheet of watercolor paper.  I set the tripod on the table with the camera looking down on the paper so we get to see the tripod legs as well.  The next photo shows the quick pencil sketch and in the next photo, a lay in of color.

 The yellow is a cool Azo Yellow then after that dried I laid in Ultramarine Violet in the shadow areas.  Next, I used combinations of Quin. Burnt Orange, Cad. Red Light, Permanent Rose to begin forming the onions and their skins.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Stephie Butler Workshop in Florida

I am so excited, Stephie Butler is coming to Florida to give a watercolor workshop.  Her work is so delicate I can hardly wait for August to arrive, to watch her work in real life.  I hope you join us at Stephie's portrait workshop.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Pear Watercolor

It has been quite some while since I have painted and I tend to paint pears or strawberries when I have been away from painting.  Painted from life, today.

This top photo is showing very light on the lap top so I adjusted the levels in Photoshop, which can be seen in the bottom photo.  Now the questions is, which one is more accurate.  It is more difficult to know whether photos are displaying correct as they appear so much lighter, at least to me.