Thursday, April 17, 2008

Early Green

A pastel from several photos taken in the woods yesterday, with the skunk cabbage up and flourishing and just the faintest of green showing in the trees. I don't think it's done yet, and I'm still studying it to see what needs to be done.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Major Experiment

This painting is a (hopefully) pleasing series of overlapping light, mid-tone and dark rectangles superimposed with an image of a creek in the woods. On hot press paper, half-sheet size. All watercolors. I need some serious critiques, please . . . from anyone with an opinion

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Things are blooming here . . . daffodils and forsythia . . . but we've hardly had any sun this spring and I'm heartily sick of gray skies and flat light. I dug out an old photo of tulips I took some years ago and, again, started wet-on-wet. I'm pleased with the brightness of the blooms and the colors I got in the greenery. This is, as usual, much brighter in the bigger version you get when you click on the painting here.


The other day I saw a demonstration by Carolyn Anderson, a watercolor artist from Delaware. She did beautiful roses, starting with wet-on-wet and developing details as the paper dried. So yesterday in class, I decided to try her technique, using a very rough sketch from my sketchbook. The notes with the sketch said "mauve", "forsythia" and "trees". Not much to go on for a painting and it's growing on my as I look at it. I see similarities with the previous painting.