In addition, two more of my watercolors "Feeling Cheerful" and "Sunlight & Shadow," can be seen here, in the online gallery posted by the Small Stones Festival.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Very pleased that my watercolor "Peony Awakening" has been juried into the 2021 Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition of Traditional Realism at Workshop13, which is located at 13 Church St. Ware, MA.
The exhibit opens with a reception on September 25 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., and will continue on weekend through October 10. The gallery is open Fridays 4:00 -7:00 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
|Peony Awakening |
transparent watercolor 23" x 19" matted and framed
Friday, August 20, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
This floral painting was previously juried into the Oct. - Nov. 2020 at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society show, "Paint What You Love," and was also on exhibit in the 2020 Small Stones Festival of the Arts, Covid-19 Edition" online exhibit, in Grafton, MA, in October 2020.
Monday, June 28, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Between taking a short vacation break and spending time with family (unmasked!), my painting discipline was put on hold. Back in the saddle now, with a few recent sketches to share (some finished paintings -- not shown -- are being framed for entry in several upcoming shows. More on all that in another post.).
Each of these sketches, done in different styles with varying color palettes, have been useful for determining what works and what could use some further study or attention.
Availability/purchase details for these sketches HERE.
|"Clearing near Boone, NC"|
5" x 8.5"
14" x 10"
|"Fields, Hills, and Sky"|
8.5" x 12"
|"Aquinnah Rocks" |
6.5" x 8.5"
|"Porch at the Pequot Hotel"|
8.5" x 6.5"
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Monday's efforts. Nice to be outside and enjoying the local beach (Lake Quinsigamond). A real stretch for me to paint quickly without concern for details, etc. Just trying to capture the basics of what I see.
Friday, April 16, 2021
My goal for this painting is to capture the sunlight and shadow that enlivens the ruffled leaves, and to play up the strong contrast between greens and reds (two colors almost directly opposite each other on the color wheel). After lightly sketching the plant shape, I painted the background around it, carefully leaving the plant shape white. I'm aiming for a sun-drenched feel overall, rather than an exact copy of the grasses and other leaves surrounding the wild tomato plant. The pigment mingled freely on wet paper and resulted in interesting "blooms" (dreaded when doing a flat wash, but in this painting very deliberately invited to form by adding drops of wet wash here and there on top of the background layer which was slightly damp.
The background wash is done in stages by working from bottom to top, primarily in different intensities of Winsor & Newton Green Gold, sometimes slightly modified with W&N Winsor Blue GS (green shade). I mixed a few puddles of these colors on my palette, keeping them wet and making sure the surface of the paper was damp as I moved upwards. To keep the visual weight at the bottom of the painting, as I neared the top the wash was thinned out as I added more and more water until I reached the top edge where the yellow-green color is very pale.
I'm giving attention to adding detail in the leaf veins, but aiming for restraint when working on the shadow details. I'm using only a few colors throughout –– mostly on transparent or semi-transparent staining pigments, so adding successive layers of glazing on the background the underneath layers won't lift.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
As there are several days left in my "waiting period" following my second covid19 vaccine, I'm keeping a low profile and working mostly in the studio. Today, however, I tried out a new mixed media sketchbook and challenged myself to work outdoors. Our back yard doesn't offer the most picturesque scenes, but I was intrigued with the thought of painting some angle of our house.
Because I'm particularly dismal at painting rocks, our lovely stone retaining wall running along one edge of yard is only suggested with some dabs of gray and tan. However, spending 30 minutes with the sketchbook was satisfying. I'll give it another try soon.
Friday, April 2, 2021
|Progress - View #1|
My reference photos are a series of shots I took at a local garden center. It was near the end of the season and there were only a few smallish hollyhock plants available, but their purple blossoms and tall, gangly stalks were appealing.
My palette for this painting is: Opera, Quinacridone Fuchsia, Mineral Violet, Winsor Violet, Green Gold, Sap Green, Shadow Green, and Winsor Blue GS. And I'm using several sizes of round brushes from the Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin series -- mostly #8 and #4.
I'll post the final steps and finished painting in a few days.
|Progress - View #2|
|Progress - View #3|