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
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