August 19, 2016
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.
August 16, 2016
Well, it’s a day late (And a dollar short) – probably too much Relaxation Day (Aug 15).
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″
May 20, 2016
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 […]
March 31, 2016
A kingfisher for spring. Watercolor and gouache.
March 21, 2016
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 […]
February 12, 2016
Growing my butterflies collection for #colour_collective
February 8, 2016
The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America – there are lots in my yard in the winter