Monday, February 28, 2011

Demonstration for New Mexico Watercolor Society on March 5th

Work in progress...
I'm doing a demonstration of my gouache techniques for NMWS next Saturday. I'll be showing a few different papers, a bit about how to paint small works (yes, bring your reading glasses), and talking about the virtues and challenges of gouache.

Here's a peek at all this active society is doing

Maybe I'll see you there!

Santa Rita Mountains

Another one from a photo by a friend, Lenore at WC, of the Santa Rita Mountains in Arizona. These interesting crags were a challenge to do (and remember, you're seeing it a bit larger than life!) It seems as if the wind is blowing to me.

On Arches 300 lb. cold press.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Annie's Walk

I titled this for my online friend Annie at WC because I used her photograph as inspiration. She tells me it's a shot of the path out of the Boombana part of the D'Aguilar National Park, not too far from Brisbane, in Australia.  I love the rich purple-green contrasts in it. I'm not sure my trees look authentic to the area--maybe more as if a bit of New Mexico was transplanted there...! But that gives it an international flavor, don't you think?

On Arches 300 lb. cold press.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daytime Sky

Sunny days and warm clouds....mmmmmmmmmm! Feels so good after the below zero temperatures. Our skies are blue and the clouds are few.

On Pastelmat.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Evening Walk

There's a time when it's just starting to seem like evening, not quite into dusk but that moment when the shadows start to lengthen. It almost seems like the busy world catches its collective breath and starts to head toward rest. That's what I tried to catch here.

On Pastelmat.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Slippery Slope

The wintery weather has inspired these snow paintings. We're supposed to see more snow tonight, they say. I'm glad to be tucked safely in at the end of that road...

On Arches 300 lb. cold press.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Riverside Beach

The photo I used for this painting had great big boulder in the lower right corner that I just couldn't make work compositionally, so I changed it into a riverside beach instead. I'm pleased with the look of the sand  under the water, a result of layering colors. The photo is Lenore's from WC, of the Poudre River (thanks, Lenore!)

On Pastelmat.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fall Reds

I have some wonderful purple that just seemed to turn on the reds of these trees. I was fascinated by the glow they had. We don't get such reds around here, so you can guess that this was painted from a photo taken by a WetCanvas acquaintance, Hal Kirby--with thanks--of Great Salt Marsh NP in NH. It's my version, of course. I'm totally jazzed by the colors!

On dark gray Pastelmat.


Saturday, February 5, 2011


We haven't had much snow at our house, but up in the mountains it's been building up. I recall many a morning standing at the school bus stop on this corner. It was beautiful out there. This captures the light, I think.

It's on Arches 300-lb. cold press, with a deckle edge on the left side that I cropped out in the photo. A lot of these have deckles, which I rarely think to mention. If floated, the edge can be an interesting textural element, but most of the time these are covered by a mat edge.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Friendly Threesome

This group ended up on Arches 300 lb. cold press paper. I felt as if they were having a discussion, with the one on the left leaning in like that. I know I shouldn't anthropomorphize this way, but sometimes I can't resist...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Last Rays

Been awhile, but I'm still around and painting.

This one is on Pastelmat. It's about how my backyard looks in the fall, although the grass is mythical. I love the contrast of the cottonwood and plum tree.

Hope you like it!