December 9, 2016
Last week, my darling daughter reflected on the passive nature of my cat paintings. Well, cats do sleep something like 22 hours a day. But that might not be a good enough defense. Poking through Pinterest, I was inspired by the Blockheads series by ceramicist Jennifer Bernhard Hatfield. This is what happens when a Blockhead […]
November 25, 2016
While I am off at the movies, Crookshanks is keeping an eye out for Fantastic Beasts. Crookshanks’ portrait was this week’s #colour_collective challenge, with sea blue wallpaper.
November 22, 2016
As I’m working on this cat series, I’ve been viewing cat photos from the local animal shelters, which is a dangerous pastime. There are so many beautiful cats out there, needing good homes. But I am resisting visiting them and adopting them Painting only!
November 17, 2016
It’s Caturday just a little early, and I’m continuing my circus cat series. Here’s #5. The background was selected for this week’s #colour_collective challenge, in brilliant gold; gouache and watercolor. The gold watercolor from a jar of old, now discontinued, watercolor pigment that was made by Daniel Smith. Sadly, they appear to no longer sell the […]
November 11, 2016
Taking a break from my ongoing circus theme, just to ponder the last few days and what happened in this election. Days like this definitely make you think.
November 10, 2016
With a background color chosen for the #colour_collective challenge, using #moroccanblue, this is my third in the circus cat series. The cat is watercolor. I was asked on the previous cat painting how I got the fur strokes. Those are done with a rigger (or liner) brush. There’s a bit of ink around the eyes and the nice flat […]
November 8, 2016
Nope, Spike is not happy at all about being forced into a clown hat and then forced to pose. What a cat has to do for his dinner… This foray into circus cat painting began with watercolor, with acrylic paint used for the opaque background and highlights.
November 5, 2016
Working on more circus animals, this time: cats! Background color determined by the week’s color for the colour_collective challenge. They named it #maygreen . Most of the work is done in a mixture of water media: watercolor, watercolor pencils and acrylic. I like the idea of acrylic, but the final patina is never what I hoped.
November 4, 2016
Since I am still struggling with Papier-mâché, but in love with circus performing dogs, I decided to just paint some of my dogs-in-mind. The problems with paper mache is both the tools – Papier-mâché is inherently lumpy and the artist – I was working too small, so the lumps look like craters and mountains (see […]
November 2, 2016
Fall is here. The weather is gorgeous and it is a great time to get outside with the dogs. Below is a quick pen and watercolor sketch of a jack russell terrier.
August 23, 2016
Aug 23 Ride the Wind Day! Get carried away in any way that you can.
July 14, 2016
A summer’s preoccupation in watercolor. I am slowly coming to appreciate the massive variety in bees. How did I not see it before??
July 5, 2016
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.
June 30, 2016
Gouache and ink. This is a study looking at a couple of the different types and shapes of bees and bumblebees.
June 27, 2016
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.
June 23, 2016
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.
June 20, 2016
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 […]
June 17, 2016
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 […]
June 13, 2016
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.
June 9, 2016
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.
June 6, 2016
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 […]
June 3, 2016
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 […]
May 31, 2016
Still stuck in the rain, but fluttering leaves of a summer lettuce. This is another gouache painting 8″ x 8″
May 27, 2016
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.
May 23, 2016
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″