Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Purple Iris Macro

I finished this one today.  It's a cropped version from one of  my photos from Presby Iris Gardens.
11 x 15

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Green Abstract for St. Paddy's Day

Abstracts aren't my "thing", but every once in while I like to experiment.  This is watercolor, with touches of gold acrylic.  11 x 15 on Arches

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Star Magnolia

I was inspired to paint this after seeing another artist post her painting on Facebook.  I do have a couple of photos of this interesting magnolia, but rather than try to find them among my disorganized files, I just googled it and found one that didn't appear to be copyrighted.   The painting that inspired me was done in only French ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, with a couple of minor touches of raw sienna and sap green, and was very striking,  so those are the colors I used.   I am going to try to use this as a demo for my senior class tomorrow.  I want them to see what can be done with a limited palette of my two workhorse colors.   11 x 15 on Arches

Amaryllis Terra-Cotta Star

This is a painting of one of my latest amaryllis "Terra-cotta Star".  I ordered it and another purple one from a bulb company because the colors in the catalog looked pretty, and different from the usual  ones I get locally.  In the catalog, this one was a much darker color, mine is more peachy than terra-cotta, but pretty.  It bloomed three times!!!  11 x 15 on Arches.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Negative Painting Daisies for Senior Center Class

I did this as a demo for my senior center watercolor class on negative painting.  It was not my usual way of painting, but there are a number of favorite artists who do wonderful negative paintings, and I wanted my class to try it.

First painting of 2020 - Poinsettia

I painted this in early January, but it needed some adjusting to make it really pop.  I finished it today.  Luckily, the plant is still alive and well and available to pose for me.  It was a Christmas gift from Stephanie Phan.  Thanks, Stephanie!  11 x 15 on Arches

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A few new ones

Wow!  I knew that I hadn't posted new paintings recently, but I didn't realize that it had been that long.  Here are a few new ones that I did this year.  The roses were from a photo I took at Rohsler's Nursery in May.  The iris is from my garden - I had a wonderful display of irises this year.  The tomatoes are some that I picked from my/Kevin's garden.  And the last one is my attempt at an abstract.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Fall Painting on Masa

I've done several watercolor florals on Masa paper, and I love the effect.  But ever since I saw Cheng Khee Chi's landscapes on Masa, I've wanted to try one. Here is my fall landscape, with my daughter and grand-dog taking a walk in the distance.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Flowers in the Church Courtyard

This is a semi-abstract of some flowers that I found in our church courtyard.   I painted them wet-in-wet - inspired by the techniques of Karlyn Holman.  Painted several weeks ago.  11 x 15.

Anna's Floral Bouquet

I started this at my friend Anna's house, using her flower arrangement for a model.  My idea was to do it in a style made famous by Karlyn Holman.  I REALLY struggled with this painting.  I pulled it out in the end, but I'm not entirely happy with it.