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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Mt. St. Helen’s Indian Paintbrush

Thursday, April 27th, 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

 

Stellar’s Jays

Saturday, April 22nd, 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

Stellar’s Jays

Monday, April 17th, 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.

Kaniksu National Forest, Idaho

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Kaniksu National Forest, Idaho - 14 x 20 watercolors

Kaniksu National Forest, Idaho – 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press. Detail images:

 Kaniksu National Forest, upper left detail Kaniksu National Forest, upper right detail

Kaniksu National Forest, lower left detail Kaniksu National Forest, lower right detail

Bird’s Eye

Saturday, February 28th, 2009


 

Bird's Eye, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted 

Bird’s Eye, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 11H x 11W x 3D inches acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted. Signed on the side, so a signature is superimposed on the front. March 3rd: above,  February 28:  thumbnails below

 Bird's Eye, Phase 1 work in progress Bird's Eye, Phase 2 work in progress


 

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Painting facelift

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008


 

Rocky Mountain Vista, top detail, 48H x 24W x 2D inches, acrylics on canvas

Rocky Mountain Vista, central detail,48H x 24W x 2D inches, acrylics on canvas

Rocky Mountain Vista, bottom detail, 48H x 24W x 2D inches, acrylics on canvas

Started April 7th this year, Rocky Mountain Vista received a face lift this week before I brought it in to be judged for a local exhibition. There are subtle but positive improvements compared to when I posted it as finished on April 13th. Progress can be reviewed on the April 9th blog post. It is now well and truly finished!

Rocky Mountain Vista finished

Sunday, April 13th, 2008


 

 Rocky Mountain Vista, top detail image, acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted

 Rocky Mountain Vista, central detail image, acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted

 Rocky Mountain Vista, lower detail image, acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted

48 x 24 x 2 inches, acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides paintedRocky Mountain Vista 48H x 24W x 2D inches, acrylics on canvas, wrapped sides painted, detail images.

Left: Complete image. Paintings that are proportionately longer than wider don’t photograph well or show impressively on screen, so this has been split into three separate detail images.

Progress on Rocky Mountain Vista

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008


 
Rocky Mountain Vista, 48 x 24 inches acrylics on canvas, work in progress. 

Rocky Mountain Vista, 48H x 24W inches acrylics on canvas after one more day of work, still in progress and almost finished.

Rocky Mountain Vista started

Monday, April 7th, 2008


 

48 x 24 inches acrylics on stretched canvas - work in progress.

Started last night, work in progress: Rocky Mountain Vista 48 x 24 inches acrylics on stretched canvas.

Takkakaw Falls

Saturday, January 12th, 2008


 

Takkakaw Falls, Yoho National Park near Field BC Canada, 12H x 9W inch watercolor and graphite study from antique books of hand-colored Vandyck Photogravures of Canadian Rocky Mountains scenery. Study, private collection. Cards only

Takkakaw Falls, Yoho Valley, B.C.  830 feet high, said to be the most impressive waterfalls in North America next to Niagara. 12 x 9 inches graphite, watercolors, based on antique Vandyck photos of the Canadian Rockies.


 

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