Friday, November 24, 2017

Danny Cat w/ Fake Birds in Junk Journal

5.25x8.25 watercolor, collage over old book page (image courtesy Joanne/WetCanvas) done for current weekend drawing event.  Participants have 2 hours to select an image and paint it.  Her cat was looking at bird figurines on a windowsill, maybe hoping they were real.  This is in my grunge, or junk journal, an old book published in 1959 in which I've put white gesso over its pages.  Background here is made from National Geographic collage page that has had CitraSolv brushed on it to change color and design.
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Larkspur Lane

11x15 watercolor on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper, a white house in flowery landscape done awhile back that I forgot to post.  In this imaginary scene, larkspurs grow in abundance in the paths leading to the home that is surrounded in greenery.  Happy Thanksgiving!
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Moustache Man in Junk Journal

8.25x5.25 charcoal and collage over a book page.  An old discarded book has been reclaimed and pages coated with white Gesso, ready for art to happen in its new life as a junk, or grunge journal.  Anything goes in these illustrated journals! This imaginary man is proud of his curled edges of his moustache.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pink Glimpse flower

6x4 alcohol inks on professional photo paper, a demo done Sunday at Odessa for their art association.  Beginning with Willow I then followed with a peach and a pink ink, using canned air to push the ink.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Two Chickadees

9x12 alcohol inks on paper, one of two demos done yesterday in Odessa for the art association there.  Is it raining or is it about to snow these two could be asking.
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Blue-eyed Stray Cat

6x9 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday for an online challenge in Animals & Wildlife forum; photo courtesy Chammi/WetCanvas.com.  This kitty had some Siamese blood due to its beautiful blue eyes.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Spicy Hot Donkeys

8.5x11 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders paper using an unusual color palette of a hot fore and middle ground with dark navy sky.  Both background trees and donkeys are treated as simple shapes and not depicted in my usual realism.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Pink Flowering Weeds

9x12 alcohol inks done yesterday on freezer paper, shiny side, as a warm up practice for Sunday afternoon's Odessa Art Association demonstration I'm to give.  It will be at 2:15 p.m. at the Ellen Noel Museum, 4909 E. University Blvd.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Succulent Pot ~ plein air

8x6 watercolor and ink line in Stillman & Birn Zeta series sketchbook, done from life.  I sketched this pot of various succulents on my New Mexico patio back in September.  This was one featured in a florals challenge hosted by me on WetCanvas that month.  Cacti and succulents were the plants highlighted; I really pushed the color here.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pink Daylilies

11.25x14.75 watercolor on 140 lb Saunders cold press paper, a collection of various pink daylilies grown in one of my earlier flower gardens.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rocky Cliffs

5.25 x 8.25 ink, watercolor and acrylics done this afternoon as part of the monthly southwest/western challenge on WetCanvas.  This is in my new grunge journal over a partially gessoed page, which is why the acrylics were used as watercolor too thin to adhere properly.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Calla Charm

14x10 watercolor on Kilimanjaro block 140 lb cold press paper.  A lone white bloom beckons the gardener to get busy planting more lovelies.  This realistic lily is one of my featured watercolors in our Caboose group's upcoming show Nov. 18 - Jan 12, 2018 in Breckenridge, TX.  Reception is Nov. 18 @ 5 p.m. at the arts center there.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Baby Sister Goats

7x9.5 watercolor/ink (Uniball Signo ultramicro 207pen) sketched last night in about 10 minutes and painted today. These sister goats were too sweet to pass up as one of the WetCanvas weekend drawing event references.  This is done in my Ecosystem sketchbook.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Spring Sparrows

11.75x15.5 acrylics on gessoed matboard, a demo done a couple years ago for Midland TX Palette Club. These sparrows are enjoying a sunny morning sitting on a branch.  With largely neutral colors you can still tell the foliage has not yet turned yellow green in spring.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

Orange Flowering Weeds

4x6 alcohol inks on glossy professional photo paper done last week as part of a demo.  No pencil drawing was done nor any reference used, all my sordid imagination.  These are not really flower-looking and they're not all weeds either.
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cowgirl Colors

22x30 acrylic and wax crayon on 140 lb cold press Saunders paper of the back of a cowgirl flanked by cactus.  In this abstract contemporary scene I drew a contrast between the toughness of the female figure and the thorns of the plants.
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sly Cardinal

10x8 alcohol inks on paper done today, another in my experimental bird series.  A sketch was done using a Sharpie ultra fine point then various orange and red inks put in for the cardinal, followed by beak, feet, eye, then his black mask.  With brown for the branch I then placed several drops of Cloudy Sky blue in background.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Circus Elephant

8.25x5.25 mixed media collage on old discarded book page that was first gessoed.  This elephant was sketched using Micron 01 pen and was painted using black and white acrylics.  His decorative red hat and cape are collage paper and harlequin pattern is collage.  To the left and back are figure sketches for an audience.  Image courtesy Dewi/WetCanvas current weekend drawing event for the elephant.  This is my first image to put into new grunge journal, which is the old book salvaged and decorated.  Anything goes in this journal that is just for fun.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Chorus Line birds

12.5x15 alcohol inks on paper finished today, another one in my bird experimentation series.  With this, I've used the same bird sketch as before, tracing off each one then reversing the one on far left.  Each is using the design principle of variation of the elements of color, line, size, shape, texture to name some.  Blue hues using two inks were put in first then allowed to mix with alcohol 91% and blending solution.  Each bird was painted in various browns, greys, and  goldens.  Line was added by putting a drop of ink on the tip of a chopstick.  No pencil used.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Baby Blackbird

7.5x12 Brusho on Kilimanjaro 140 lb cold press paper done yesterday using previous bird sketch in an ongoing series.  Trying out different media and keeping the subject matter the same is a fun way to explore new techniques, especially those you have no expertise with doing.  In this solo bird scene, I used small amounts of watercolor to clearly outline the bird's body as the Brusho was very blurry from using too much water.  For the body, I used black and brown Brusho crystals.  Tomorrow I'll be repeating the bird shape and combining with inks.
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Garden Lamp Post

12x9 watercolor garden scene painted today for the monthly landscape forum challenge on WetCanvas.  Host moscatel supplied several glowing references from Italy so I chose this scene due to having a lamp post.  Must paint lamp posts no matter what, and I do have an antique one in my house.  This is on Canson 140 lb cold press paper.  Note the woman's figure in background of Boboli gardens.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Saw-whet Owl

12x9 watermedia on Bristol 300 series paper done today using two different media in my ongoing bird series in various art products.  For this, I used a black Tombow brush pen and only put in black areas first, from one of my bird photos, doing negative painting.  After those, I used a #14 round and with fresh water, created the grey midtones leaving whites.  While most areas still wet I sprinkled black Brusho crystals then blended some areas with a wet brush, being careful not to over blend or over mix.  Look closely and you can see the orange and blue within the Brusho.  No pencil pre-drawing done in this vignette.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Raptor Reflections

9x12 watermedia (Brusho, gouache, watercolor) on Canson 140 lb cold press paper done this afternoon.  I wanted to paint this hawk again from a previous time and was inclined to experiment with Brusho again.  Using brown and black bottles of the crystals, I sprinkled them onto spritzed paper then colored in his eye with puddles of pigment.  Background was yellow, black and green.  Gouache was used to add white highlights and reflections in his eye.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Chickadee Season

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper completed this afternoon.  I've used the same bird sketch from a few days ago and flipped it, then its coloring to that of a black-capped chickadee.  We see plenty of them when in New Mexico and this fellow is perched on some type of plant I can't identify.  Autumn leaves in orange, rust and red complete the natural wildlife.  Splatters added when dry.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Blue Petals

4x6 alcohol inks done yesterday afternoon, just a quickie to loosen up to do some more inks.  Three colors used in this:  Lettuce, Stream, and Indigo.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Floral Glow

4x6 alcohol ink on professional photo paper done recently as a quickie demo.  I love the hot red at the base of the flower, then orange-red, followed by hot pink.  Green is made with the color Lettuce and is very natural appearing.
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Watchful Eye Bird

6x9 acrylics on Canson 140 lb cold press paper painted yesterday as part of exploration of acrylics used as watercolor.  Painted wet on dry, this bird was sketched previously but not painted.  I used a #14 round.  When dry, splatters were put on over the background.  I'll use the sketch again to do another version.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Polkadot Apple

8.5x8.5 mixed media collage on paper done today.  Using the soft toned back side of a failed alcohol ink, I brush sketched an apple outline in acrylics, then negatively painted the fruit.  Since most of the blotchy color was yellow green I went with red and turquoise spice colors as accents.  Torn polkadot red tissue paper was added in three places.  Black India ink was put on at the top stem.  Cast shadow was blue mixed with a bit of cadmium red acrylics and background was a mixed grey of palette colors.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

October Crow on Yupo

12x9 watercolor on medium weight Yupo synthetic paper done today.  This October crow was painted from a WetCanvas RIL image featured in the current weekend drawing event in the All Media Art Events forum.  With black animals or birds I try to see every color nuance within the neutral tones and do the same for white. This fellow had many colors within his graceful feathers.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Floral Pizzazz

4x6 alcohol inks done last week as a quickie demo, just a collection of golden, red, and pink blooms and green stems made with ink on a chopstick.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Virginia Village Lamps

12x9 watercolor on Fluid 140 lb cold press paper drawn yesterday and painted today using Daniel Smith and American Journey pigments.  This is a cropped reference of a townscape that is shown here from current weekend drawing event on WetCanvas with Li Newton hosting.  Since I love lamp posts and lanterns this view favors them as a focal point.  A #14 round brush was used also.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tree at Sunset

5.5x7.5 acrylics on gessoed 140 lb cold press paper done week before last at Bob Burridge's workshop in Lubbock, TX.  Bob was showing us various types of design for landscapes done with only one color or two over an orangey background.  These were painted very quickly within minutes.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Pocket Park

9.5x7 watercolor and ink on Ecosystem sketchbook painted yesterday after last Tuesday's plein air event downtown Big Spring.  Sketched in ink using Micron 01 pen, this lamp post and tree scene indicate the crisp autumn air showering the town's sidewalks with fallen leaves and debris.  Late afternoon shadows are streaking diagonally across the very old brick building behind in the background.  Someone had planted cotton seeds in the raised flowerbeds along with squash, I guess for that country touch!
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Red Desert Cactus

6x11 of a cactus scene.  I struggle with acrylics and with landscapes so it was a learning experience. This is on gessoed matboard that I varnished afterward, using Bob Burridge's color wheel (Munsell). Red was first chosen for the dominant color that has turquoise opposite, and two spice colors are yellow-green and purple-blue.  An orange-red underpainting was put on to begin the painting and that top sky is that hue.  Faint mountains can be seen in the far distance.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Big Red Rooster

12x12 torn paper collage on wrapped canvas done today that was my studio class demo.  This whimsical rooster was drawn with black felt tip marker onto clean white gessoed canvas, then various colors of torn paper were adhered with matte medium.  Tomorrow it will be finished with gloss medium varnish of several coats.  No photo references used.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Kitty Worship

4x6 watercolor on Saunders 140 lb cold press paper completed yesterday for an online WetCanvas challenge in the Animal & Wildlife forum.  This ginger orange tabby cat appears to be looking toward the sky or maybe just a bird in the branches.
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Love Climbs Heart Balloon

11.25 x 8.75 acrylics on gessoed 140 lb watercolor paper done last week in Bob Burridge's Lubbock TX workshop.  Bob showed us how to take a support that had leftover paint dabs and smears then negatively paint around a large heart shape air balloon and ladder.  This is the same concept used on how he develops floral bouquets, etc.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cluck Cluck Chicken

11.5x10 acrylics collage on gessoed 140 lb watercolor paper done last week in Bob Burridge's Lubbock TX workshop.  Bob showed us how to peel off the dried acrylic 'skins' from out plastic sheeting palette and collage onto the support.  No drawing was done.  In fact no drawing was done all week, only brush work.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cabernet Time

13x10 acrylics on 140 lb Saunders cold press watercolor paper done last week while in Bob Burridge's Lubbock class.  The instruction was on painting glass, reflections, and bounce light with few strokes of large brushes.  A 1.5" brush was used with this image of red wine.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Onions and Garlic

9x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper sketched yesterday in under 10 minutes then painted in 45 minutes for this interesting still life. Love to cook with both these vegetables so was a thrill to paint them together.  This was featured on this weekend's drawing event on WetCanvas.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Three Longhorns

5x7.5 watercolor and ink line (Micron 01 pen) on Moleskine sketchbook for watercolor done this weekend from some of my longhorn photos.  I needed a little break from working with acrylics all week.  Image is
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Clouds Ocean Trees Landscape

10x22.5 acrylics on gessoed watercolor paper painted this week on Tuesday during Bob Burridge's acrylic workshop in Lubbock, TX.  An imaginary scene, I've done the foreground in dark silhouette framed by light and stormy clouds and pale orange underglow.  The entire paper was painted first using a mixed orange tone.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Red Fat Pear

11x7.5 acrylics on gessoed watercolor paper done on first day of Bob Burridge's class Monday of this week.  Based on a value study this pear radiates heat with its warm colors.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Playful Labs

5.5x8.5 watercolor and ink line (Pigma Micron 01 pen) on Masters paper done last weekend for a WetCanvas event.  Photo ref of the dogs courtesy of EP.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Red Roses Bouquet

11x7.5 acrylics painted yesterday while in Bob Burridge's class, an exercise in negative painting.  Using a gessoed support of watercolor paper that had random color marks all over it from leftover paint, the vase was painted around then imaginary blooms and the table.  Flower areas began with a red rose shape upper left as point of interest, larger and brighter.  Parts of the original paper show through if you look closely at the vase and the bouquet itself.  On Bob's color wheel, red was selected as the main interest point while turquoise blue is dominant hue.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Green Pear

11x7.5 acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper, the color glazed same one I posted here yesterday.  It has a thin film of dilute pigment applied all over with a wadded up paper towel dipped in yellow-green Liquitex paint.  Touches of fluorescent pink was applied today for warm accents.  Brush only; no pencil drawing.
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Black and White Pear values

11x7.5 acrylics on gessoed Fabriano 140 lb hot press paper done this morning in Bob Burridge's Lubbock workshop.  This was the second one we did as first was a round ball showing direction of light source, shadow side, and cast shadow as is shown here.  Later we took a damp paper towel and rubbed a transparent color glaze over it.  Sponsored by the West Texas Watercolor Society the class is held at the Ashmore Inn there.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Black and Green Thistle

5x7 alcohol inks on Yupo synthetic paper, a demo done during September's ink class.  I was showing the students how to begin with light colored inks first and end with the darkest ones last.  If not, mud can result.  The round droplet areas made by scattering 91% alcohol drops onto the dried ink.
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ecuadorian Dancers

22x30 mixed media on Arches 140 lb hot press paper done today in a timed WetCanvas event.  Participants had two hours to complete a painting and the challenge from host Susan was to work larger than you usually do.  Media consisted of watercolor, oil pastels, white gel pen, and Montana acrylic markers.  Background is a mix of palette colors that formed a neutral grey brown.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Pink Thorns

6x4 alcohol inks done a few days ago using only three colors, canned air, and blotting excess ink with a tissue.  This wildflower looked thorny to me, hence the title.
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