Monday, September 26, 2016

Swimming in the lights

A small oil of two women swimming very early in a day. During one of our last days on the coast of Spain we went swimming early in the morning. The beach was deserted except for the two women that were slowly walking into the water. They were based in light. I had to paint them. 

Oil, 6x6

Friday, September 23, 2016

Snorkeler 2

This picture is of a Snorkeler in the Mediterranean Sea, a male this time. My goal was to paint in a looser way to let the viewer's imagination play. The water in the Mediterranean is transparent, with a turquoise tint. One could see 30 feet down easily. I used my new turquoise paint color to convey it. I love that color - it shimmers. Here it is:
Oil, 6x6,

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Watercolor fun

I have three pictures to post today, representing different styles of watercolor. 

The above one was painted/sketched in plei air. I used black ink and watercolor paints. 6x8

This one is using layering technique and the last one is using wet on wet and some layering. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Today was a rainy, grey day in Portland, one of those that remind one of long grey months ahead. Watercolor painting of sparkly water seemed like the right thing to do. This is a picture of the beach with a clump of sea kelp that get washed ashore after a storm. 
Watercolor, 14x10,

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Up a creek

The afternoon light created beautiful highlights on people and rocks. Rocks on creek bottom were interesting to paint- I was trying to make the water transparent and at the same time not to attract too much attention, away from the hiking girl. 
Oil, 8x10

Sunday, September 11, 2016

And the river runs through it...

We picked up our daughter from a 30 mile three-day hike and decided to do a very short hike in the Gorge to a waterfall. The weather was gorgeous. The afternoon light was illuminating the river and the woods. Here is how it looked to me:

Oil, 8x10, SOLD

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Into the Blue

Images of Spain and the Mediterranean are still fresh in my mind. Travels provide an ample opportunity for new, fresh source material. For now, water, people and water is all that I want to keep painting. Here is my last one -- this one is very large - 22:30, on a whole sheet of handmade watercolor paper. The paper has very nice texture, but allows no abuse or mistake correction, so it was a challenge to wrap up. 

This is my son, jumping off rocks in Sa Riera. I wanted to show the sense of scale and gradation of water from blue to green.

Friday, September 2, 2016

I am doing the 30 in 30 challenge with Leslie Saeta! Here is the link:

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Below is a sketch I did on Costa Brava, in Spain. Here is how blue the water looks there. Pine  trees there have an interesting shape, resembling umbrellas. 

A snorkeler

We just came back from a wonderful trip to Spain. I was amazed by the color and the transparency of the water in the Mediterranean. The color was sparkling turquoise. I fell in love with that color. 

Here is the first attempt to reproduce that unique blue. Oil, 6x6