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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Clearcut, Tillimook OR

March 6, 2017

Clearcut, Tillimook OR - 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press

Clearcut, Tillimook OR – 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press. Detail images:

 Clearcut 01, upper left detail Clearcut 01, central left detail Clearcut 01, upper right detail

 Clearcut 01, lower left detail Clearcut 01, central right detail Clearcut 01, lower right detail

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Multnomah Falls, Oregon

March 5, 2017

Multnomah Falls, 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press premium

Multnomah Falls, Oregon – 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press premium. This is a water study – am getting a lot of practice in every day, and am leaving this one alone after a few hours of work.

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Ferny Gestures

March 1, 2017

14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed

Ferny Gestures, 14 x 20 inches watercolors on 140 lb. cold pressed

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Clearcut forest, Tillimook OR

February 28, 2017

 Clearcut 01 detail, watercolors Clearcut 01 detail, watercolors

 Clearcut 01 details, watercolors – work in progress details

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Oystercatchers

February 27, 2017

Oystercatchers, 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press

Oystercatchers, 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press

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Oystercatchers, upper left detailThis is finished, although I’d love to merge the contrasts somehow. I don’t want to mess up the implied light though, or the initial spontaneous brush strokes, like in the background waves. Every new mark at this stage makes a difference too, and in context to the whole, even small changes affect other areas that need to adjust accordingly.
Oystercatchers, central detail Before you know it, colors mud together and beautiful open spaces disappear. I’m going to take direction from my most recent pieces, which I feel were over-worked, and quit while I’m ahead.
Oystercatchers, lower left detailChallenge is exciting…particularly with watercolors. Whereas with other media mistakes can be erased or covered easily and change can occur throughout the process without much hesitation, with watercolors a person needs to know a subject well – or at least be able to fake it with confidence!Oystercatchers, upper right detail
Finding a way to make each painting unique means following cues happening within the work itself. In this painting, the most remarkable thing occurred after the the first phase of production.
Oystercatchers, central right detailBecause this subject was unfamiliar, I started by first penciling in the shapes, wondering what I could do to make this less boring – you know, not just be a picture of Oystercatchers. When erasing the pencil marks in order to see what the paint had established, little rolls of eraser pieces scattered here and there. Sprinkled impromptu around the birds, those tiny eraser shreds added a pronounced and unexpected zing of life to the composition.Oystercatchers, lower right detail First thinking “what have I got to lose?”, the eraser-pieces were mimicked in paint around the birds. I’m tempted to make those strokes more prominent, but a small success is in order, so will use this fun technique in another painting.

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North Saanich Poppies

February 22, 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.

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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

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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

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