This was a lot of fun to paint, but I took my time with it. I felt that it needed very lifelike branches to work, so I drew them in, then painted them carefully in numerous layers. I started with a very light wash of burnt umber, which remains the dominant color, but other light … Continue reading Great Blue Heron
I wasn't intending to do a fashion-style painting, but elongating the form definitely took this pretty far in that direction. More work with the 18-color palette, although I didn't use very many of the colors here.
I haven't had a lot of time to paint lately, between work and traveling to doctor appointments, but here is another that I painted with the new 18-color palette. This portrait took unexpected turns. My intention was to start with a light blue wash for the shadows, and then go darker for the details, but as … Continue reading New work in watercolor
I've been using a muted palette lately (mostly earth tones, many opaque or semi-transparent), so I thought I'd put together a mostly transparent palette. My starting point is one published by Daniel Smith on their website, by painter Brenda Swenson. I've already modified a few of the colors - initially because I didn't have some, … Continue reading A new 18-color watercolor palette
I had a long run of long days recently in New Mexico - 12-hour days for three straight weeks, worked right through the weekends. No time for painting, but we did get a lot done on the telescope. Got back to Seattle on Monday, and am getting back to one of my favorite things: portraits. … Continue reading Face to Face
My favorite Cloudcroft, NM, eatery is closing soon, and I wanted to paint it. I took some photos, and one with the owner and her child struck me as a particularly good choice. This is the photo. In the end I cropped it to improve both the composition and the sense of intimacy with the subjects. … Continue reading Goodbye, and good memories
I've been meaning for some time now to get back to drawing with my left hand. I'm right-handed, but a few decades ago I experimented with drawing with my left hand, and it was a very interesting experience. You could call it "enhanced scribbling." Not very sophisticated, but something interesting, usually a face, emerged from … Continue reading Call Me Lefty