Thursday, July 30, 2009
My most recent work. Think the paint is still a bit damp. These chickens are fun to do. I've added the roosters and small farm in the background to add interest. This is watercolor on 400 lb. cold pressed paper. Just gotta love that real heavy paper....
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I saw a photo of a lady bug and got the idea for this painting. Once again i used the complementary colors of red against green. i tried to do several more like this but none of them worked out so i think i was just meant to do this one. It became one of my favorites.
I love crows and ravens and often go out to gather a few photos of these very entertaining characters. This one was watching me from his perch on the edge of a garbage bin at Granville Island, Vancouver. I got a few good angles and thought he would be a handsome subject for a painting. He is now perched on the walls of a Jr. High school library so many can watch him instead.
This is a portrait of a friends little girl. I thought i had gone to far with it and some of the paint became muddy. I thought i would try going in with a pit pen afterward and try to resurrect it some, and i think it worked. At least i was pleased with how it looked. It is still not finished. One day i will put in the water and beach.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
My son's girlfriend has this adorable little Beagle/Pug cross. I think he is called a "Bug".
"Peagle" does not sound nearly as nice. His name is Farley and he is quite a character, always on the move. Hence the butterflies. I thought it worked as he looks a bit weary or befuddled all the time. Must be from his constant antics. This was done with watercolor on Arches 300 lb. cold pressed paper.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Okay, i don't always do winter scenes. Just to prove it here is a landscape i called "Sundown". I love strong patterns and the use of bold colors. It tends to make for an exciting combination. Several people requested a painting like this one after it sold. So i have work! That is a good thing.
Yet another winter scene. The gallery owner i show in was telling me winter scenes are not as popular as summer ones. People feel cold when they look at them I suppose. But i love doing them and can put all kinds of light transparent colors into the snow portions of the painting. And the nice thing is they have ben selling so i shall keep on with them. Just cause i like to do so. This too is watercolor.
I got the idea for this one from a vase i saw in a book. The patterns and colors were really dramatic and I simply had to put that to good use in this painting of a make believe winter scene. I called this one, "The Land That Never Melts". Once again it is watercolor on 300 lb. paper.
i love doing these whimsical winter scenes. They are mostly made up, but i do try to find a photo of a mountain scene or village first to start the creative process which for me is drawing right onto the paper for hours sometimes. I love this part of the painting where i can sit and put it all together before a brush is used. Time stops for me then.
I called this one "Mount Joy". It is watercolor on paper.
This cow was not impressed that i lay in her field like a dead gopher. She was brave enough to come up to take a closer look and that is when i got some fabulous photos of her. There was a less than brave herd right behind her. Smile! I just thought she was so beautiful and had to do this painting of her. Watercolor on 300 lb. Cold Pressed paper.