Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I started yesterday painting over the experimental preparation I did for this piece. It is on Richeson 275 lb watercolor paper which I primed with gesso and tried started to paint over but it was so slippery that the paint had trouble adhering so I just randomly put some oil color over the gesso and let that dry completely before starting this painting. The blue in the sky and the dark blue/green of the distant mountains are part of the underpainting showing through.
When I finished the piece I was looking for a title and decided it would be appropriate for a Sunday morning to go through my favorite passages in the bible - Psalms and I found a verse that seemed so right for the feeling of this piece -
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my
in the morninng I lay my requests
and wait in expectation.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
My friend Stephanie and her husband just sent me some photos of their beautiful baby girl - Avery Lorraine. I couldn't resist doing a little watercolor sketch of her on a card to send to them. She was blessed with her mom's beautiful dark thick hair -lucky girl!
Windsor & Newton watercolors on a watercolor notecard.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The theme for October's Nibblefest is Tribal. I painted "Tribal Dusty" - a new look for my Australian Cattledog Dusty - but filled with red balls and milkbones to make sure he's comfortable with his new look:)
Nibblefest is a monthly contest on ebay - with every piece of art starting at only 99 cents. The idea is to get as many individual unique bidders to take "nibbles" and get as many bids as you can.
This piece will be up on ebay tomorrow morning at 10:00.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This morning I couldn't resist drawing sweet baby Boomer - safe in his dad's arm. They are all so lucky and blessed to have found each other:) My friends just adopted him from our Whidbey Island animal shelter and he is just the sweetest guy... I just listed it on ebay to benefit the Human Society so they can help some other sweet animal kids find their homes.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This is one of the oil paintings I did at Stoney Beach Studio last week. It's my personal favorite - I really like the colors and the contrast between the bright sky and the dark trees - and the way the red and orange trees really jump out against the dark green.
It's so fun when you do a painting that you're really pleased with:)
Monday, October 13, 2008
This is a painting I did for my friend Shirley of her two "new kids"...Boomer the Corgi and Sasha the cat. It is a companion piece for another painting I did for her last year featuring her other dog and two cats. She is a huge hearted person and volunteers at our local animal shelter - where she has adopted all of her beautiful "kids". Hope she and her husband like it.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
This is a colored pencil drawing/painting I've been working on for the past few evenings. It was done as an experiment on hot press watercolor paper which I found worked really well with colored pencils - the best surface I've found so far and I've tried alot of them.
Yesterday I spent the day painting at Stoney Beach Studio - it was wonderful as always. We painted with oils on Richeson pastel board. I worked on this and two other paintings that I'll post later this weekend. I also started an experiment putting a coat of gesso on 300 lb watercolor paper then tried starting an oil painting on that but I didn't like the surface at all - it was slippery and the paint didn't want to adhere so I'm going to let that dry and try painting very thickly with the paint on top of that and see how it works.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This painting is from a reference photo I took while visiting my mom on Lake Steilacoom. It was done with Nupastels on Senneliere La Carte sanded pastel paper. I'm doing a little commission painting avoidance this afternoon - stubornly painting what I want to instead of what I should be... I think I may even take myself outside for a little while - it's so nice here this afternoon. If I can convince my neighbor to go out for a paddle in our little paddle boat. Maybe I'll even get some nice reference photos for a little more commission avoidance this evening:)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
At the last minute I submitted my effort for Karin Jurick's WONDERFUL blog invitation to all artists to participate in a weekly painting using her photo as the inspiration. This is my rendition of "the bean". It was done quickly and late at night but I'm happy with the results...and happy that I didn't miss this week's challenge:)
I think I already posted this painting in an earlier post. I'm going this afternoon to pick out a frame and I'll be donating the framed piece for the Anacortes Rotary auction. My good friend always stresses out this time of year trying to round up items for the auction - and also making beautiful jewelry that she will donate.
These are two little "doodles" I did in graphite - in my ongoing struggle to draw/paint people - so I decided to add some watercolor to them - then I cut them into bookmarks and added the background color and design...fun:) If they don't sell on Ebay I'm going to do another one and donate the set of three to our local Rotary auction. I'm already donating a large framed painting but I know they're always looking for small affordable things for people to buy too.
Monday, October 6, 2008
This is from a reference photo I took during the Whidbey Island Plein Air contest weekend. I started it this morning while drinking my coffee. It was such a treat to sleep in until 8:00 - then walk the dogs with my friend Kathy - a nice long leisurely walk on the beach (for us - lots of frantic running for the dogs :) and coffee and breakfast at about 10:00. Then listing to Canadian singer-songwriters from the CBC and painting... Life is good!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I painted this 8"X8" watercolor last night -Inspired by Cat Steven's wonderful song. It was kind of a celebration of the beginning of my two week vacation! It just went up for auction on ebay this morning.
I hope to do a lot of painting during the next couple of weeks so stay tuned...
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The reference photo for this watercolor was taken on my mom's deck while I was cooking dinner and waiting for her to get home. She has the most glorious view of Mt Rainier and it's nice with a painting to be able to look at the view without hearing all of the Jet skis :)
As I was laying down the graphite underpainting and then painting over it with watercolors something about it really reminded me of the old hand tinted black and white photos. It was one of those paintings that just seemed to paint itself - I love it when that happens:)