Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Annie's Street"

A wee fun painting which is a newer  version of an older one i did. It is very enjoyable for me to sit and work on these little villages, and imagine living there.

A young lady in one of my art classes asked me where the stores were as she viewed one of my city scenes that was hanging on the wall in my studio. She wondered where the people would buy their candy and ice cream. She was absolutely right and was most pleased when i showed her this one and another I did, complete with stores. Her smile was reward enough.

My two cows got into the group show by the way. They are with the herd just now, grazing. I'm happy for them.

This is 10" X 14". Transparent watercolor on my fave, Arches 300 lb. cold pressed paper.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Shhh! - this way!"

These two seem to be up to no good. Perhaps they are going to raid the feed bin? Or they are off to meet up with the bulls in the south pasture.  Either way i think they are up to something and thought the pair of them would make a humorous, whimsical painting. This one and Gigi are being entered into a juried group show. I hope they are accepted by the herd and can congregate with some fellow paintings.
Approximately 14 X 20, transparent watercolor on Arches CP paper.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"It's Me! Gigi!"

I thought it was time to do another cow painting. I love doing these guys. When i first started painting full-time I painted a cow and many more after that. So many in fact i became the "Cow Guy". Not really what i wanted to be so began painting boats, villages, people, anything but cows. Alas they kept a calling and i could not resist their charm, their curiosity, and their beauty. There is something about these creatures that is most endearing. And they give us so much i feel i can honour one or two with a painting.

This beauty belongs to a lady in Holland who graciously shares the photos she has of her herd. I am deeply indebted to her for her generosity in doing so.

Gigi is approximately 13" X 18" unframed and is transparent watercolor on Arches 300lb. CP paper.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Parisian Waitress"

This painting was done from a photo on a terrific website called "A Day Not Wasted". The photographer, Lee Brown graciously posts one of his photos each month as a challenge to artists. This young lady was posted way back in September. So you can see i am not ever going to be a "Daily Painter" let alone a monthly one. But i loved the expression on this young lady and wanted to try and capture it. She seemed to be daydreaming of far away lands not waiting on tables.

I got half way through and left her leaning against the gallery wall for a couple of months as i was not sure where to take her. But after a while realized she was almost done and needed only a few more little tweeks here and there. Would love to try this one again with different colors and a different mood. She is 15" X 30", all watercolor on Arches 300lb. CP paper.