Monday, June 27, 2011

Still Fishing

Some of my fish are getting BIGGER! Actually that bigger one is a mammal. Got Krill?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gone Fishing

Ahoy blog mates!!!! I am going to put on an exhibition and sale at my Studio (Studio L) of sea-related watercolors towards the end of August. I'm just starting to paint and am working on these four watercolors. They are all about 90% complete. Each one is 11 inches by 13 inches on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper. I'll be painting fish, birds, sea mammals, jelly fish, and waves. Between now and mid August, I will be posting my efforts.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Youthful Female World War Two French Resistance Fighter Found In The French Alps!!

BREAKING NEWS - a comely and unbelievably youthful World War Two French resistance fighter was found yesterday living in a make-shift hut in an as-yet-explored alpine canyon tucked away in the French Alps! Her name is Joan Las Salle. She told scientists that she ran away and stumbled into the canyon area in a successful attempt to escape the German Gestapo after having set fire to a Luftwaffe air base. Asked to explain her youthful appearance, she opined that it must have resulted from eating the wild alpine mountain goat cheese she made and subsisted on for over sixty seven years! She will shortly be returned to her home city of Paris and introduced to twenty first century civilization. One of the scientist was overheard telling a colleague that the only thing that may be withheld from Joan is an introduction to Facebook as it is a huge waste of time. Acrylic on stretched canvas. 11 inch by 14 inch. This BREAKING NEWS alert sponsored by the National French Goat Cheese Consortium.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My first 6 inch by 8 inch.

I have never painted a portrait this small, but Karen Jurick and Carol Marine do it all the time.This was painted with a quarter inch wide flat brush. I'll try some more in the future and bump up the color saturation.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gwen Ifill

A portrait in acrylic that I completed about 3 weeks ago of a younger, PBS news woman, Gwen Ifill. It was done from a black and white photo file I found on the net. A very cool pose.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

All That Glitters

Here is a cropped view (so you can see the detail better) of a second watercolor I just finished of the young lady with hat (previous post). I used a Golden medium that you can apply that has gold glitters in it. Pretty gimmiky but kind cool! Click on this image to enlarge it in order to see more of the reflective effect. A bit too subtle in the glitz department but never- the- less, I think the younger David Bowey would have grooved this comely lady's scarf!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sharpie pen and wash

I did this portrait last evening in preparation for a July watercolor workshop. Like the previous post's sketches, this was drawn with a Sharpie ulta fine tip pen on 140 pound cold prees watercolor paper. Only difference is that this time around I painted in a wee bit of color. Yes...I also like color. Not as easy as black and white but always a challenge. No paint, no gain. PS: See that "blossom" on the top right side of this damsel's rakish hat? I have heard many watercolor artists who can't stand "blossoms". I like them 95% of the time. They just happen, and I think that they add a certain amount of panache to the image. Do you agree?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Last week's On-The-Go Ink and Wash Sketches (see my booklet on the right sidebar)

These were done on my vacation last week in the Monterey/Carmel area. Each one took from 15 to 30 minutes to sketch with a Sharpie ultra fine tip pen, Tombow art pen, and the fantastic Niji Waterbrush. Can you hear the seagulls?