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
An artist is free, To fall, and call it flight, To destroy, and call it creation. To be undone, and call it alive.
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
I started a portrait from a B&W photograph Wednesday, April 22 in Cheryl Long's class. Here are the stages it's been through on the way to being, for now, finished.[footnote]I have some ideas for a background, but don't know which one I will be using yet.[/footnote] Here is stage one: aded a wash for skin … Continue reading Portrait Progress
Worked on studies of facial features today. I'm tired, I have a cold, but I had enough energy for two studies (and, honestly, they are actually invigorating when I do it right). They are only tiring if I start sweating the details too much. Bold brush strokes are the most satisfying, though lately "bold" has … Continue reading An eye and an ear