Monday, October 27, 2014

"Miss Ann"

I started this one at a workshop in September, and finally finished it this evening, after fretting over the outriggers and nets and rigging for the past few weeks.  It was about 90% done when I left the workshop (it was the only painting I worked on for three days - it took me most of a day just to get the drawing right!), but I just couldn't decide how to finish it.  Today, I decided to 'just do it,' and I swooped in the rigging and poles and said 'Done!'  Now to frame it!

Miss Ann, 14.5"x21.5", watercolor on 140# paper

Monday, October 20, 2014


This was a challenge, and was painted for a potential client.  Who knew that Zebras have such large ears?!

20"x16", Acrylic on stretched canvas.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Autumn Sycamore - Plein Air

Went to the college to get my flu shot today, and as I got into the car I noticed this lovely tree.  I was just going to take a photo, but the next thing I knew, I was pulling out the paints!  It was a lovely day, and a few of my work friends stopped to chat, so it was a nice memory!
10"x7", watercolor on paper

Tiny Painting #5 - Autumn Cypress

OK - I'm not sure what cypress trees look like above the trunks, but these looked like they were sitting down in the water, so that's what I went with!

3.5"x2.5", watercolor on 140#paper

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tiny Painting #4 - Grove

This small painting reminded me of autumn trees turning golden, so that's the impression I went with - with a bit of sky peeking through.

2.5"x3.5", watercolor on 140# paper

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tiny Bayou #3 - Evening Fire

I love the feeling of fog and mist and fire in this tiny painting.  The contrasting colors really seem to vibrate, even though it's small!
2.5"x3.5", Watercolor on 140# paper

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tiny Bayou #2

This is the second tiny painting in the small watercolors series.  It is a very serene water view on a quiet autumn day.  I'm enjoying the meditative experience of doing these tiny paintings!
2.5"x3.5", watercolor on 140# paper.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tiny Bayou #1

This is the first in a series of tiny paintings  I have started while working back up to a couple of large ones I have planned.  This is mostly playing with some new and older pigments, and it's fun to just play!
3,5"x2.5", watercolor on 140# paper

Friday, October 10, 2014

October Pond

 Did a quick lunchtime sketchbook painting yesterday.  It captures the warmth of a gorgeous day at the college!
7"x10", watercolor on paper

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cactus Flower

 I took a few days off after the 30-in-30 challenge, but now I'm back to it!  I just needed something loose and fun today.  Did this during my lunch break, but I'm happy with it for being so quick.  It's based on a photo from a cactus flower in Arizona.  I may try a larger version later!
7"x5", watercolor on paper

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 in 30 Collage

They aren't in any particular order - but here they are - all 30 of them, painted in 30 days.
I have learned a lot - that it takes a lot of planning, that I needed to work ahead and plan for distractions, and that they are not all up to the highest standards.  One or two of them I wasn't happy with at all, but they still seemed to get a good response, and some that I really loved hardly got a comment.
I'll rest a day or two and get back to it!