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Friday, November 13, 2009

first acrylic practice

Well, I had a bunch of green paint from the acrylic painting party I attended with my daughter, so I thought I would try to paint one time in acrylic. It just reinforced my feeling that I really do prefer watercolor! I did, however, have a good time with the "cast" material making the shawl 3-d. It made the picture fun. I think the background is really boring, but I didn't know what to do with it. I am not sure that I am done yet. I may work on the shirt a bit more...or not. Oh, I guess I forgot to finish the shawl texture and highlights on the left where I added some more length...I'll get to that too.
So, here it is...the one and only acrylic... boring?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


When I found out that the theme for the upcoming SCVWS (Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society) show was linear visions, an idea immediately came to mind. I had a photo of my daughter daydreaming and one of a serene lake scene. I decided to marry the two pictures in a LINEAR way...kind of like a vertical venetian blind look. It turned out almost exactly like I wanted with two exceptions: The paint was bleeding under the tape used to make the lines at the bottom and the lit up area of the sun in the landscape is not as bright as I intended. Overall, however, I still like it. It is not my typical painting and it is bigger than my usual 9x12 painting (It is 18x24). So, here it is... my first entry in a juried show.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Snuggly Delight

I wanted to do a painting for the local watercolor society show but my other painting was not working out, so ....after returning from vacation and having only one day to figure it out, I searched my photo archives for ideas and started this at 11pm. I finished at 4am. It's all I have so I'm stickin' to it. I really liked the energy of the photo and the strong lighting. I changed some of the colors but kept the general feel of it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pondering Life

I thought I would make an exercise of simplifying, modifying colors, and loosening up a bit. I think I was successful with the first two, I am not so sure about the loose part. I stay pretty tight still.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Food Please

I finally finished a fish painting! I have been drawing and painting fish and planning paintings for a year or two, but have never finished one. There was a lot of layering and a lot of lifting on this one. I used a block of Canson paper that I really don't like, but I own it so I feel the need to use it. I couldn't stop working on it until I was done.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sisters reading

This was such a sweet scene when I came in one day and saw my older daughter reading to my younger one. The lighting captivated me and I had to do a painting....so here it is.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Elevator Man

This guy was operating the elevator at the Empire State Building in NYC. He saw me take his photo and then posed with a grin. I preferred the unposed look better and just had to paint it.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Misc paintings

And a few more...

I tend to be drawn to scenes of people or animals and to close ups of plants and flowers...
I love strong lighting and reflections too.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Some other paintings

Here are a few paintings of the kids. I see that I tend to go really dark with the darks and often have troubles saving the lights.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fruit Man

I started this painting before the BTO class and finished it after. It was from a reference photo I took in New York City last summer. I was drawn to the vivid colors and the contrast in the fruit man. I started it with light splotches of wet in wet bright juicy colors and then worked wet on dry from that point on.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Still Life #16 Dark Old Fashioned

#16 - This one started as a precise gold and green painting with crisp edges. Then, I decided I was tired of the same old thing filling in pencil shapes and I began slinging paint, spraying water and alcohol and dripping paint. Then, I began scrubbing and sponging paint. Finally I brought out the sandpaper.
The edge of the bottle on the right sort of disappeared in the shadows so I didn't bother to find it again. To me it looks a bit like an old fashioned picture.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Paintings 13-14

#13 So, first came the bubbles. This photo is a little darker than the original. This one was fun and a way to use a dominance of pure hues and repetition of circles in a fun and playful way.

#14 Then, the monochrome version of the still life with a dominance of jagged lines. I will probably work a bit more on the darks here to emphasize the lights in the right place. I still seem to stick to the basic shapes and will work towards something significantly different soon.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Still Life 9-12

And the still life still lives...
#9 was another boring way to paint the same. I was learning to paint large washes and playing with the colors and paints. I usually paint on 9x12 papers or smaller, so this is all new to me.
#10 I broke free again. The bottle and vases are still there. Can you see them? This one was really fun.
#11 I was really trying to make the still life more interesting but did not execute this as well as I had hoped to.
#12 I couldn't change the still life, so I added water life to it here. This one was great fun as I could picture it in my head before I started. I tried to take all my lessons in light, shadow, shape, etc into account here and actually plan my picture. I did not do value sketches by hand, but I did create a little picture in photoshop with the paintbrush to model this ahead of time. I think that is a little unconventional but I prefer doing the early planning with a digital sketch instead of the paper one.

Still Life 5-8

Still Life #5 was my attempt at simplifying the subject and looking at the light, shapes, and shadows.
#6 was when I got bored again and started seeing figures in the shapes of the items.
This photo does not do it justice. The colors are actually better in person.
#7 was my attempt at an abstraction of the still life.
#8 was a fun idea that was not executed well. I envisioned the whole mummy thing.
I will probably redo both 7 and 8 later. I think both have potential.

Still Life 1-4

I signed up for Mike Bailey's workshop "Watercolor Beyond the Obvious". We get a lecture type class on design and then painting critiques and then we go home and paint. He asked us to go home and set up a still life with 3-5 objects and paint it. Little did I know that I had to paint 2-3 20x30 inch posters of this same still life each week for 10 weeks! How many different ways can you paint the same still life without moving it or changing your vantage point?
Here are my first four versions.
-The first one was just what I saw.
-The second was a version with brighter colors.
-The third was my interpretation of my still life as stained glass.
-The fourth was when I got bored with my subject and decided to make it fun.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Flower Trio

This was one of my first paintings that was a composite of 3 different photographs. I was practicing the lifting process in the background and playing with shadows.