Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's been ages since I've posted here on my blog, but was having trouble getting the pictures to post so I've been mainly using Facebook.  So, let's see if my latest painting will show up here.  It's a full sheet (22 x 30) which is not my usual size to paint, but I wanted these apples really big....and they're actually the size of a little watermelon. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Peppers and Stars

Just finished up my latest painting....Peppers and Stars.  Y'all know how I love to paint reds, and this summer when I picked the last crop of peppers, they were just too pretty not to paint.  I was washing them in my old colander when the lights really caught my fancy.  I'm such a sucker for setups, and when I saw the lights and reflections on my white kitchen counter top, just couldn't resist.  As usual...painting reds makes me very happy, and I was please with this one.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cypress Swamp

Here is the second painting I did in the LianZhen workshop in Dallas.   I masked out the egret totally before doing the pouring and negative painting in the background....did all that first.  It's still rather amazing to me that we produced all this color with Antwerp blue, Hansa yellow, and Perm just works like magic.  After we spattered and poured the colors around, we "finger painted" and spritzed with water to blend the colors and then just found tree shapes in the background and the cypress trees appeared.  It's crazy that all this riot of color works.  The water is just extension of the colors I saw in the trees....just drug down with a really wet brush.  Like I said in my last post, this is one of the most enjoyable workshops I've ever taken.  Lian is a wonderful teacher.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Queen of the Garden

Here is a painting I just finished from Lian Zhen's SWS workshop in Dallas.  Lian is a master of pouring and negative painting and the workshop was really one of the best I've attended.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Red Pepper Jelly

Just finished this painting and it went so fast....somewhat of a surprise.  I think it's that I left lots of white space so there wasn't so much to paint maybe.  On our way home from Florida, Cindi Deweese and I stopped at a CrackerBarrel and she bought this good red pepper jelly for me so I just had to put it in a composition and use it....after's RED.  And, it'll be a wonderful memory painting.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tiger Eyes

It's been forever since I've posted....bad me.  I think I've promised myself I'd be better about posting as I have been I've just got to keep my word to myself...ha.  Last week I had the pleasure of joining a group of 21 artists from Painting Friends Forum (which you can check out by going to our site) in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida for a week of painting and fun.  Stephie Butler...a marvelous portrait artist from the UK came over as one of our demo teachers, and I completed this tiger portrait in her session.  I actually attempted some people portraits, but will have to really work on them before I post anything...if at all.  Stephie's technique is very loose and I found it very difficult to mop that #12 around when I paint almost entirely with a #8. sure was fun and I have learned so much in the week....really loved dropping in unexpected color on a tiger's face...and also using the Indian Ink for the blacks that really are permanent when glazed over with the oranges and other colors in watercolor.  These workshops really are like a shot in my arm when I've been sorta sitting on a creative "O" fence for a couple of months.  Now I'm promising myself I'll give this technique a shot and see what happens...I think we all do this to ourselves, don't we...ha.