Sunday, July 31, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
We have family visiting from out of town. Yesterday was s gorgeous day, so we all went to the Chinese garden in Portland. The garden is small, but very tranquil and beautiful. As any Chinese garden, the Portland one has koi in the pond. I was fascinated by the movement of the fish and the water.
This painting is pastel, 8x10
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I wax working on a commissioned painting today. This is a small oil painting.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
I was trying to explore how bright I could get the colors to be, yet still maintaining their transparency. The blue is mostly ultramarine, a pretty opaque watercolor. It allows the artist to wipe out the paint layer and reveal the white paper underneath. This is how the ripples were painted.
This painting is from a beautiful photo taken by Jan Russ, with a full permission of the artist.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
I have not blogged for a long time and wanted to get back to posting at least two to three times a week, at a minimum. I have been painting a lot and lately, have been getting more and more into watercolor. Here is my latest watercolor. I'm playing with keeping the background loose, drawing all of the attention to the star of the show. I used some salt on the neck of the bird to create a different texture and some in the background as well. This painting is 11x15.
The painting has been done with White Nights artists quality watercolors from Russia. They are absolutely wonderful- semi moist and bright, as well as very economical.