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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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

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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

 

Categories: expressionist, expressionistic, flowers, Forests, landscapes, mountains, Seasonal, summer, travel, trees, Washington State, watercolors, Wildflowers, work in progress | Comments Off on Mt. St. Helen’s Indian Paintbrush

Stellar’s Jays

April 22, 2017

Stellar's Jays, work in progress - almost finished, 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold press

Stellar’s Jays at Nimkish Lake, Vancouver Island BC, 18 x 24 inches watercolors, still in progress but setting aside for study before mucking it up too much. Perfecting the eyes, beaks and feet, plus grounding the birds more firmly in place are best left for a fresh perspective, until I haven’t seen it for a while. Detail images:

 Stellars Jays, upper left detail Stellars Jays, upper right detail

Stellars Jays, lower left detail Stellars Jays, lower right detail

Categories: B.C., birds, Canada, expressionist, expressionistic, landscapes, mountains, Seasonal, summer, trees, watercolors, work in progress | Comments Off on Stellar’s Jays

Stellar’s Jays

April 17, 2017

Stellar's Jays, phase 03 work in progress, 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold press

Work in progress, Stellar’s Jays at Nimkish Lake, Vancouver Island BC, 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold press. For years I’ve been visualizing a painting that portrays the Stellar’s Jay in various poses, representing general character. My Dad pointed out that Stellar’s Jays don’t usually group this way, which is an accurate view of the broader behaviour that didn’t even occur to me. Interesting! Phase 02 below and detail image – the yellow is masking medium:

Stellar's Jays, work in progress, 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold press Stellar's Jays, work in progress detail

Normally I don’t outline anything when starting a painting, which works fine with acrylics because it’s easy to change things throughout the process, but watercolors don’t allow for much room for error, especially if you don’t have much practice with them. Wingin’ it usually works for me because I don’t mind failure in exchange for experience, but mapping out the shapes and arrangement lightly in pencil really helps, and confidence is fundamental to painting well.

Categories: B.C., birds, Canada, expressionist, Forests, landscapes, mountains, Seasonal, summer, sunsets, trees, watercolors, work in progress | Comments Off on Stellar’s Jays

Smoky Lake Canola

April 12, 2017

Smoky Lake Canola, 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed

Smoky Lake Canola, Alberta, Canada – 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed. This is my favorite Summertime memory of Alberta… miles of Canola fields and open, moody skies. The painting started off without the tree but needed a focal point. Detail images:

 Upper left detail of Smoky Lake Canola  Lower left detail of Smoky Lake Canola  Upper right detail of Smoky Lake Canola

Categories: Alberta, Art for sale, Canada, clouds, flowers, landscapes, Seasonal, sky, storms, summer, travel, trees, watercolors | Comments Off on Smoky Lake Canola

Diamond Lake – night study

March 15, 2017

Diamond Lake Oregon - moonlight study - 14 x 20 inches watercolor on 140 lb cold pressed

Diamond Lake Oregon – moonlight study – 14H x 20W inches watercolor on 140 lb cold pressed premium.

Categories: Abstract/Realism, design, expressionist, expressionistic, Forests, moon, study, travel, watercolors | Comments Off on Diamond Lake – night study

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