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.

Smoky Lake Canola

Wednesday, April 12th, 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

Clearcut forest, Tillimook OR

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

 Clearcut 01 detail, watercolors Clearcut 01 detail, watercolors

 Clearcut 01 details, watercolors – work in progress details

North Saanich Poppies

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

North Saanich Poppies, 16 x 20 inches W/C on 140 lb. cold pressed premium

North Saanich Poppies, BC Canada – 16 x 20 inches W/C on 140 lb. cold pressed premium.

Watercolor gestures

Sunday, February 19th, 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

Mt. Walker Rhododendrons

Friday, February 17th, 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

Monk’s residence, Luang Prabang, Laos

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Monk's residence, Luang Prabang, Laos

Photography Fits!

Monarda finished

Thursday, July 7th, 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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