Apparently we fear the rain so much that we wear drab clothing, and paint our houses in variations on a neutral theme. The light outside is dim at noon, comes dribbling onto the windowsill and cannot make its way to the floor. Some say we are defiant, or at least that we ignore the rain … Continue reading The Rain in Seattle
This is from a photo I took of an interesting tree in Rockport, MA. Most of the family got together there in late September for a vacation, and I managed a few walking tours of the town (especially the beaches) to gather some raw material for paintings. This is must first attempt to dissect the … Continue reading Tree Study
I have been really busy with work, and lots of travel, too - haven't had much energy for painting. Rested up over the long weekend (just kidding; Donna and I went up to Port Townsend and had a blast). Grabbed myself by the scruff of the neck this afternoon and went to a local coffeeshop … Continue reading Eyes that see more than is there
I've been traveling and working long hours lately, but managed to steal some time to goof around. I had some fun with watercolor and pen & ink. A friend has a dog that is a natural clown; here is a simple, quick watercolor from a photograph. It's been a long while since I did a … Continue reading Having a little fun
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