When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

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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

Kaniksu National Forest, Idaho

March 7, 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

Categories: Abstract/Realism, expressionist, expressionistic, Forests, landscapes, mountains, trees, watercolors | Comments Off on Kaniksu National Forest, Idaho

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. $750 framed. 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

Categories: Art for sale, expressionist, expressionistic, Forests, landscapes, Seasonal, trees, watercolors | Comments Off on Clearcut, Tillimook OR

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.

Categories: abstract/impressionist, expressionist, expressionistic, landscapes, study, trees, water, watercolors | Comments Off on Multnomah Falls, Oregon

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

Categories: Art for sale, expressionist, expressionistic, leaves, Original for sale, Seasonal, Spring, watercolors | Comments Off on Ferny Gestures

Clearcut forest, Tillimook OR

February 28, 2017

 Clearcut 01 detail, watercolors Clearcut 01 detail, watercolors

 Clearcut 01 details, watercolors – work in progress details

Categories: expressionist, expressionistic, Forests, landscapes, Seasonal, study, summer, trees, watercolors | Comments Off on Clearcut forest, Tillimook OR

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.

Categories: Art for sale, birds, expressionist, expressionistic, seascape, water, watercolors | Comments Off on Oystercatchers

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