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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Watercolor gestures

February 20, 2017

 Snow Day, 6 x 4 inch watercolor Poppy Buds, 4 x 6 inch watercolor gesture Day Lily, 4 x 6 inch watercolor

Snow day, Poppy buds, Day Lily – 4 x 6 inch watercolor gestures, no longer than 30 minutes each.

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Watercolor gestures

February 19, 2017

Bee Balm, 4 x 6 inch watercolor

Bee Balm, Hydrangeas, and Tiger Lilies 4 x 6 inch watercolor gestures, working no longer than 30 minutes each.

Hydrangeas, 4 x 6 inch watercolor

  Tiger Lilies, 4 x 6 inch watercolor

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Mt. Walker Rhododendrons

February 17, 2017

Mt. Walker, WA Rhododendrons, 22W x 15H inches WC on 140 lb cold pressed premium

Mt. Walker, WA wild Rhododendrons

22W x 15H inches WC on 140 lb cold pressed premium. Details:

Mt. Walker, WA Rhododendrons, upper left detail Mt. Walker, WA Rhododendrons, upper right detail

Categories: Art for sale, expressionist, flowers, flowers and leaves, Forests, landscapes, Seasonal, summer, trees, Washington State, watercolors, Wildflowers | Comments Off on Mt. Walker Rhododendrons

Japanese Maple

February 11, 2017

Japanese Maple, 20W x 15H inches WC on 140 lb cold pressed

Japanese Maple, 20W x 15H inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed premium. Details:

Japanese Maple, left detail of 20W x 15H inches Japanese Maple, right detail of 20W x 15H inches

Categories: Abstract/Realism, architecture, Art for sale, Autumn, city streets, Dancing With Trees Collection, expressionist, landscapes, Seasonal, trees, watercolors | Comments Off on Japanese Maple

Dahlias

November 6, 2016

Dahlias, 22H x 28W inches, modeling paste and oil pastel on canvas board
Dahlias, 22H x 28W inches, modeling paste and oil pastel on canvas board

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Monk’s residence, Luang Prabang, Laos

October 17, 2016

Monk's residence, Luang Prabang, Laos

Photography Fits!

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Monarda finished

July 7, 2016

Monarda finished, 24H x 28W inches acrylics
Monarda, lower right detail of 24H x 28W inches acrylics
Monarda finished, 24H x 28W inches acrylic son heavy bristol board. Total size 32H x 36W inches with black suede mat, gold trim then 4 inch red suede mat and gold frame.

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Monarda

June 24, 2016

Monarda, 24H x 28W inches acrylics on heavy bristol board

Monarda, work in progress 24H x 28W inches acrylics on heavy bristol board. Gold frame, total size 32H x 36 inches with black suede mat, gold trim then 4 inch red suede mat

Monarda photo compilation: in progress and finished piece framed

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Progress on the Shiva and Moche Earplug Replica Chairs

May 24, 2016

Shiva as Nataraj chair work in progress detail

Shiva as Nataraj chair work in progress detail Shiva as Nataraj chair, sanding again to refine and repaint Shiva as Nataraj chair work in progress detail Shiva as Nataraj chair, 1st varnish then using markers to outline detail

The extra time working on each the Shiva, Lord of the Dance and Moche Earplug replica chairs means 1) increasing familiarity with the authentic originals, and 2) layers of color and contrast add patchy timeworn impressions which might not have otherwise occurred. 
The Shiva statue design is so complex, in retrospect it might have been enough to paint it on a flat surface, like the Mayan Bowl replica chair. Certainly it would have been easier and might be finished by now, but in artwork, I am not always necessarily seeking the easiest way through. Ease is usually the result of something already learned. The point is to discover how to do something, learn how to resolve issues that are presented and/or self-imposed, and the energy is driven by those challenges.
 

Moche Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair work in progress

Moche culture Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair work in progress Moche Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair back, work in progress Moche culture Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair work in progress Moche culture Muscovy Duck Earplug Chair work in progress

 
While staying true to the original concepts, I also applied artistic licence since the chairs are unique interpretations in their own right, so some of the designs are improvised slightly, like the ring of fire around Shiva, and the faux turquoise inlay design on the back of the Moche Muscovy Duck chair.
Some issues I’ve encountered: The water-based metallic gold paint reflects off every bump, dries and clumps quickly, and does not spread evenly compared to other acrylics colors even with additives, and the effects of build-up require extra sanding to keep the surface smooth. I may have to switch to an awfully caustic petroleum-based paint. The overall sculpted effects on the Shiva chair were maintained until finally abandoning the idea just last week. A lot has been filled in, but some carving is left to keep the hand-worked, antique appeal.

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Special Orders

February 11, 2016


Zen Garden 02 replicated, 24H x 59W x 1D inches mixed media on canvas
Special order, Zen Garden 02, replicated 24H x 59W x 1D inches mixed media on canvas, special order finished, sent and received. Replications are unique from the originals.

Zen Garden 02 replicated for special order, general outline Zen Garden 02 replicated for special order, progression detail 02 Zen Garden 02 replicated for special order, progression detail 03

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