When in doubt, doodle. This is what my day looks like when something at work has me stumped.
August 26 is the one special day that dogs are honored and get their due. Unfortunately, a dog rarely wins honor in a cat’s eyes. Happy national Dog Day, regardless.
Aug 23 Ride the Wind Day! Get carried away in any way that you can.
Happy National Potato Day – and beware! You may be keeping an eye out for those oversize zucchinis in this hot weather, but those potatoes can sneak right up on you.
Well, it’s a day late (And a dollar short) – probably too much Relaxation Day (Aug 15).
I’ve been pondering doing a series of days worth celebrating. Here’s the first: August 13 – National Bowling Day!
A summer’s preoccupation in watercolor. I am slowly coming to appreciate the massive variety in bees. How did I not see it before??
Working in the garden lets me consider what all is going on underground. This is a quick reflection on the unseen. Acrylic on watercolor paper.
Gouache and ink. This is a study looking at a couple of the different types and shapes of bees and bumblebees.
I have been using watercolor paper as the background for this series of acrylic paintings. The paper has a nicely smooth texture for the paint that makes slide onto the paper. I can then build up lots of color as a glaze layers.
Summer in the South is an almost tropical experience. Everything grows and grows and grows. I used to be completely lost in the colors of the flowers, but now I find myself becoming intrigued by the patterns of the foliage. This painting experiments with both.
Continuing experiments with acrylic paints. I have been using matte medium, since I don’t like the sheen and plastic-feel of acrylics. I could use Acrylic gouache, but I am not wild about the lack of intensity of the colors in most acrylic gouache – and there is the cost. Why is acrylic gouache so darned expensive???
Cats tend to assume that they are invisible, but if you look hard, you can still find them. This painting is in acrylics. I am intending to do some larger works on canvas and gouache just won’t work for that, so I am staring to learn to use acrylics. Transparency is the biggest issue. Gouache gives lush rich color. Acrylics seem to take many many coats (and I am reportedly using the ‘good stuff’ – Golden artist quality). There’s a learning curve, definitely.
Summer in the South means that everything is green and thriving. I grew up on the desert, dodging tumbleweeds and squinting into the glare. The richness and color of a Southern summer just amazes me.
Bluebird fantasy landscape. This is what happens when you watch your bird feeders for too long.. The birds are no longer worried about me. They just watch right back.
In the spring, it seems that everything in Charleston, South Carolina is in bloom. The magnolia and jasmine make the air sultry sweet. Color is bursting our everywhere. This painting was inspired by a tiny patch of garden that was past its prime – there’s a tulip stem, but no flower. Yet it was a splash of color.
This was done a couple weeks ago and was one of my first experiments in using gouache on a toned drawing paper instead of white watercolor paper. The smoothness of the page is great for gouache. Since this was just after Mother’s Day (and I have a sweet family), a fanciful bouquet was the perfect painting inspiration.
Still stuck in the rain, but fluttering leaves of a summer lettuce. This is another gouache painting 8″ x 8″
For the second year in a row, we have bluebirds nesting in a house attached to the outside of our screened deck. They are great birds to watch, particularly the way their color changes in the sunlight.
Dandelions can be weeds or gorgeous, amazing flowers. Your viewpoint depends mostly on how your lawn. My lawn is so shady that even dandelions don’t stand a chance. I’ve grown over the years to have a deep affection for them.
Gouache painting: 8″ x 8″
Well, it’s not actually raining in the painting, but it has been raining here for 5 days straight, which is odd since I am neither in Seattle nor London. The good news is that I have gotten a lot of painting done while being stuck inside. This is the first of a series of 8″ x 8″ paintings in gouache.
Butterflies and beetles – a watercolor for summer
Watercolor and gouache
A kingfisher for spring. Watercolor and gouache.
Life just gets busy. I have been working on a new series of paintings this past month. All of them are watercolor birds with gouache patterned backgrounds.
Gouache is not the easiest medium to take up. Trying to blend gouache tends to give chalky, stiff messes. But I am finding that I am enjoying creating bold patterened backgrounds, which are in contrast to the more realistic bid paintings. This bird is a bit of a fantasy. I started out with a flicker and then just went astray with hte colored feathers.