Friday, March 25, 2011

Good Grapes

I admit to having been in a pink mood lately. (My first granddaughter is due in August!) These grapes called out to be on a pink ground. I enjoyed the texture of the Canva-Paper, which makes it look like a little oil painting.

Oh, and they were good, too!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I borrowed this photo from WetCanvas, too, and have never met this man. The name on the file is Steven. I couldn't think of a title, so Steven it is! I painted it on Illustration Board, which lets the paint sit on top of the paper. It's a much different experience than painting on the softer papers like Arches or Pastelmat. Every stroke shows up! I really like the hat and lanyard and decided to leave it in place, boldly black, which seems to draw the eye to his face. I'm most pleased with the glasses and with his beard. I'm still learning!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

His Look

Another of my experimental portraits, this time trying a man's face. I painted it on black Pastelmat paper, which has given him a swarthy complexion that I think works pretty well. The photo is another one from the Reference Image Library at WetCanvas. I'm learning a lot!


Sunday, March 20, 2011


Home is where your heart is, they say. I grew up on the beaches in California and this painting just has that warm, windy, summer day feeling I enjoyed at the beach. It's 2.5" x 3.5" in size, as usual, and is gouache on Bristol Vellum paper.

I'm re-posting it because I'll be donating all the proceeds to Samaritan's Purse Japan Relief, via the Daily Paintworks Japan Relief Challenge. Go take a look over there and browse through over 100 paintings (including mine, above, which has had a few bids placed on it already.)

You have a week to bid on the paintings through DPW's in-house auction site, and 100% of the proceeds are promised to various charities going to Japan. I love it when we can all give in order to benefit a need! Hurrah to the DPW group for this challenge.

To my artist friends, please also consider making a painting donation. The theme is "home" and can be any subject matter.

But above all, please keep the Japanese people in PRAYER! 


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Aged in Grace

This is from another shot from the WetCanvas RIL--such a pretty lady, isn't she? I'm learning how to handle the shaded areas without making mud, which isn't easy. I love that gouache allows me to completely wash off and begin again in places where its needed. Her right cheek (on our left side) has had multiple passes, as well as her left eye, which I relocated several times.

Yes it is only 3.5" x 2.5" in size. Here's a shot to show the scale:

It's painted on white Pastelmat, giving it a softness that this face invited. Hope you like it!


Thursday, March 17, 2011


A different kind of reflection this time! I've become intrigued with faces in miniature lately. I'm going to post a couple of these over the next few days. Totally experimental, loads of fun, probably a long, long way to go...

They aren't going to be for sale because I'll be referring back to the first few. This one was painted from a photo from the Reference Image Library at WetCanvas. I'm not sure it looks that much like the girl, but that isn't my greatest concern. I want to use good contrast, capture a mood, and paint loosely, with painterly strokes and fresh colors. This one pleased me.

And yes, it's the same size, 3.5" x 2.5", and is painted on Pastelmat.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

High Plains

High Plains, 2.5" x 3.5", gouache

Last Saturday I did a demonstration for the New Mexico Watercolor Society and this is the result. At the point I stopped last week, this is how it looked:

It's on a piece of Arches 300 lb. cold-press paper and is a view I've painted before, drawn from the spectacular scene I often see as I drive down the hill from my house. I always wish I had time to compete a painting at a demo, but it seems the excitement and distraction keeps me from doing that.

I was delighted to paint and talk about gouache before this large, active group. They're busy finalizing plans for the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Show, which they are hosting this year in Albuquerque, May 6-June 5. I'm sure it will be an excellent show!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Come and Go

I think Canva-Paper is fun to paint on. It makes them seem like miniature oil paintings. That texture really gives a strong impression.

Is no one paying attention?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Afternoon Light

Soft pinkish clouds over golden mesas and yellow-green fields, with blue mountains in the distance--all true in New Mexico!

On Illustration board.

Just to see if anyone is paying attention.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


A sparkling calm sea as the sun descends--just the place I want to go right now. It's been nice visiting there as I painted it. I really wish I could tell you where I got this photograph, but it's not marked and it remains a mystery to me. Wherever it was, the person taking it was blessed! Thanks for sharing your beautiful moment and allowing me to paint it, too.

Painted on Pastelmat.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yellow Lane

I'd like to take this dusty little road out to the mountains and do some more exploring and painting! Last month I went to a monthly craft gathering at our church and while there I played around painting this one. Sometimes when I talk and paint simultaneously I find my hands doing the work almost independently. I was on a "new road" with the gals there--a good one, I think.

On Arches 300-lb cold press.

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