Sunday, December 17, 2017

Chrysanthemum Explosion

4x6 alcohol inks recently done end of October using three warm colors and one cool for the green in this imaginary abstract floral.  It is on professional photo paper.  This work is now SOLD.
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Dog

6x4 watercolor on 140 lb Fluid cold press paper done last week as a Christmas gift; this work is SOLD.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Icy Wind

9x12 watercolor, gouache, and white wax crayon painted yesterday for a quickie winter landscape.  I used a limited palette of sepia, indigo, quinacridone violet for primaries and just a touch of ultramarine and phthalo green in the windy sky.  This is on Canson XL 140 lb cold press paper using the back side which is slicker allowing the pigments to run and mix.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Frankie and Iggy Cats

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen), and Derwent Inktense pencils on Bienfang sketchbook for mixed media done last week.  These two are another artist's cats that she gladly shared with us to draw and paint.  I have made Iggy's, (the tuxedo cat) eyes warily watching Frankie.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Eve Vintage Tree Truck

8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Masters sketchbook 70 lb. sheet finished today, another in my Christmas vintage truck series.  It is one of the designs to be submitted for cards so wish me luck!
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Clint Eastwood as the Outlaw Josey Wales

5.25x8.25 charcoal sketch today on junk journal page that had been gessoed.  I used Distress Ink spray by Tim Holtz mixed with water and a large brush to weather the page.  This is another in my outlaw series of notorious wild west guys whether in movies or real life.  As Clint Eastwood has been an idol of mine since watching him portray Rowdy Yates in Rawhide and seeing all his movies, he was the natural favorite choice.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Tiptoe thru the Tulips

14x8 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done a few days ago for an online WetCanvas challenge. Participants are given 10 images and are to select one to draw then paint in 2 hours. I cropped the ref photo courtesy Christine and added my own pink colors and leaves rendering the garden loosely.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Miniature Blackeyed Susans ACEO

 3.5x2.5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Fluid paper recently done as I was in the mood for happy blackeyed Susans or rudbeckias in a miniature format.  Commonly known as artist trading cards, or ACEO (artist cards editions & originals) these tiny treasures are fun to paint and to trade or to sell.  The image below is its normal size in perspective.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Vintage Christmas Tree Truck

8.75x6.75 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done today of an imaginary red vintage truck hauling a Christmas tree home.  The old truck is decorated with a large evergreen wreath and bow while the scene has a backdrop of snow covered pines.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Classy Santa in junk journal

8.25x5.25 another image done yesterday in my junk/grunge journal. He's a classy Santa in his black trimmed suit. I sketched in hard charcoal pencil over gesso, then added acrylics and three snowflakes collage.  Also I used peach marker for skin tones and watercolor for eyes. Colors should do well to spiff up the old 1959 discarded book I'm using for a journal. Image courtesy Li Newton/WetCanvas in a weekend drawing event. Participants have 2 hours to select an image and paint or sketch it.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Tree Truck

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink (Micron 01 pen) on Masters sketchbook done today of an old pickup truck hauling a cut evergreen Christmas tree.  The tree has been strung with large colored old fashioned light bulbs and is on its way to help celebrate the season.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Li's Cardinal

4.5x6 watercolor on Bristol 400 series paper completed for the current weekend drawing event on (photo courtesy of host Li Newton).  I've winterized the scene instead of how it was and added snowflakes with white gouache when dry.
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Monday, December 4, 2017

One-eyed Outlaw in Grunge Junk Journal

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage portrait sketch of Cole Younger (1844-1916) in my grunge junk journal.  Sketched in hard charcoal pencil and black felt tip pen, on other areas I used colored pencils, marker (flesh tones), pencil, on tea stained old book page.  He was one of the Younger brothers gang who teamed up with the James brothers to rob banks and trains and spread murderous violence right after the Civil War.  Even though he's been dead 101 years it has not been that long ago as my grandmother was 12 years old in 1916.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017


9x6 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done last weekend in a portrait exchange challenge on WetCanvas.  You and your partner you are paired with send photos, select one, and have it completed before Christmas.  Harry lives in the UK and is an excellent artist so hope he approves this likeness.
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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Heavy Snow

12x9 watercolor on Canson 140 lb. cold press paper done yesterday on Dec. 1st, a mild partly sunny day here.  This is using a brush only, no pencil drawing based on a snow scene reference courtesy of Jenna.  It is one of the images featured on December challenge on WetCanvas in the Southwest/Western forum.
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