When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

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Watercolors bookmarks

November 20, 2017

Autumn Forest Scene 13, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 13, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 10, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 10, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 11, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 11, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 12, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 12, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

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Watercolors bookmarks

November 19, 2017

Autumn Forest Scene 07, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 07, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 08, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 08, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 09, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 09, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

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Watercolor bookmarks

November 18, 2017

Autumn Forest Scene 06, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 06, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 05, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 05, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed. This one is my favorite.

Autumn Forest Scene 04, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 04, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

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Watercolors bookmarks

November 17, 2017

Autumn Forest Scene 03, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 03, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 02, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 02, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 01, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed

Autumn Forest Scene 01, about 6H x 2W inches watercolors on 140 lb cold pressed. There are 8 more in progress.

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Brooke Isabelle

September 6, 2017

Brooke Isabelle, born last week, 11 x 14 inches graphite on paper

Brooke Isabelle, my neice’s daughter born last week, 11 x 14 inches graphite on paper. She looks like a cherub in the photo used as reference, so I subtly impled wings in the background.

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Hypnoflakes

June 22, 2017

 

Hypnoflakes, 12 x 12 inches acrylics on canvas

Hypnoflakes, 12 x 12 inches acrylics on canvas

Categories: acrylic painting, elements, expressionist, expressionistic, fantasy, Forests, landscapes, Seasonal, trees, Winter | Comments Off on Hypnoflakes

Fern Song

June 12, 2017

Fern Song, 12 x 12 inches acrylics on canvas

Fern Song, 12 x 12 inches acrylics on canvas

Entry for The Square Foot Show in Bismark, ND on August 1st – 25th, 2017

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First Snow 02

June 3, 2017

First Snow 02, 12 x 12 inches acrylics on canvas

First Snow 02, 12 x 12 inches acrylics on canvas

Entry for The Square Foot Show in Bismark, ND on August 1st – 25th, 2017

~ Sold ~

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Hannah

June 1, 2017

Hannah, 11 x 14 inches graphite on paper

Hannah, 11 x 14 inches graphite on paper. This was a special commission for a good friend. I no longer offer to do portraits – pets, absolutely – but while I love drawing people, the work and long periods of in-between study I require take too long to warrant what I’d need to charge. There are other artists who specialize in only portraits and do nothing else.

Hannah portrait: scribbles outlined lightly. Some are erased but some are left, creating a bit of life in the drawing. Hannah portrait: scribbles outlined lightly. Some are erased but some are left, creating a bit of life in the drawing.

The photo was a very small file, only 500 pixels wide, plus the feet were not in the frame, so initially I thought it impossible to work from, but started anyway. All works on paper begin with taped edges, leaving an inch of border which helps when it comes to framing, especially if composition is off a bit. I scribble in the main shapes lightly, gradually building up areas with lines and then shading as confidence grows. As marks, once placed, are difficult to erase, the face details are drawn in more gradually than the rest of the composition.

As marks, once placed, are difficult to erase, the face details are drawn in more gradually than the rest of the composition.I remember that my friend used to call her grand-daughter Hannah Banana, so I snuck some banana shapes onto the blanket  – that will be a surprise for her when she sees this. I smudge the graphite and use erasers quite a bit, a good technique for subtler details like the background and blanket pattern.  Eraser sticks, 2 different sizes, are perfect because they are held and used like a pencil.

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Mt. St. Helen’s Indian Paintbrush

April 27, 2017

Mt. St. Helen's Indian Paintbrush, 14 x 20 inches watercolors

Mt. St. Helen’s Indian Paintbrush (Washington), 14 x 20 inches watercolors in progress. The mountain and central areas may need to be darker, but I’m going to set this aside for a few days and come back to it.

Lower left detail of Mt. St. Helen's Indian Paintbrush

 

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