Monday, September 28, 2015

Krazy Kitty

"Krazy Kitty"
Image Size 22" x 15"

No, I'm not a cat person and never thought I would paint a cat but I'm taking a workshop with Soon Y. Warren and this was one of the projects.  She is a wonderful watercolorist and is known for her beautiful still life paintings of crystal.  I'm working on one of those too but it's not finished yet.

For this painting, we poured a base from a combination of blue, red and yellow and once it dried, worked on the cat.  In this workshop, Soon actually paints on a person's painting so I can't claim that this is all my work but I did do a lot of it.  My colors in the original pour homogenized a bit too much and I lost some of the lights that I wanted to save but I'm still happy with the outcome.  Of course, if the subject was a dog instead of a cat, it would have been a much better painting.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Boulder Creek

"Boulder Creek"
Image Size 8" x 10"
Our son got married about a week ago in Boulder Colorado.  His new bride is wonderful and we're so happy to have a new daughter added to our family.  

Boulder has been one of my favorite places since I first visited while our daughter was attending college there.  The school is beautiful and the town has a nice kind of hippy vibe.  It's also very dog friendly and the people are very welcoming.  The 'Flatirons', the hills lining one side of town, have interesting rock formations and lots of trees.  I found this scene while driving to the wedding venue.  Boulder Creek runs from the hills and through the town.  The wedding was held next to this creek, but farther into the hills.  

This is a palette knife painting.  I haven't done one of these for a while and it felt good to use this technique again.  Spreading the paint with the knife is very calming and fun.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Image size 15" x 22"

I finished this abstract that was started several years ago.  It is mostly watercolor, but has some accents of a copper acrylic, which I'm not sure you can see in this photo.

This is how my head feels right now - too much to do and no idea where to start.  Organization has never been my forte so I'm really feeling out of my element.

I. just. want. to. paint!

Monday, September 7, 2015

New Zealand Vista

"New Zealand Vista"
Image size 7" x 8"
I painted this on a saturated piece of 300# arches paper.  I had forgotten how much I like that heavier paper and it works really well with the saturated technique.

This is the first painting I've done in the new house.  It's not much of a painting but I am still short on time and my studio isn't really set up yet either but it felt good to start and finish a painting here.

I painted this from a photo that my daughter took in New Zealand.  I took some artistic license with it so she probably won't recognize it.

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