Monday, November 25, 2013

Tuscan Sky

This is the third painting that I've done from the same photo.  I'm happiest with this version.  Now maybe I can put that photo away for awhile.  The first two that I did were 6" x 6" and this one is 8" x 10".  All three are oils.  Here is the first one I painted:

Breaking Through the Clouds

And here is the second painting:
Breaking Through

As you can see, I'm not very creative with my titles.  Also, I must have taken a lot of artistic license with each one because the skies are totally different and in the one above, I must not have been liking those Italian cypress trees.

Anyway, I'll leave it to you to decide which one you like the best and I will try to come up with a more original painting next week.

Tuscan Sky
Image Size 8" x 10"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I'm so excited!  One of my TerraSkin paintings has been chosen to be on the cover of the TerraSkin Multi Media pads of paper along with the work of three other artists.  Mine is the one in the lower left hand corner that says "Liquid Acrylics" on it.  I also found out that TerraSkin is available through Amazon as well as on Etsy and at Cheap Joe's.   I've listed the links below in case you are interested in trying this stone 'paper'.



Cheap Joe's

Monday, November 18, 2013


Foxgloves are such cool flowers.  I've never grown them but I admire them in other gardens.  In my photo reference,  I liked how the top flowers had a lot of yellow in them and the lower flowers were much cooler.  I don't think this photo really shows that very well but the color change is there.

I used Fabriano Artistico paper for this painting and was disappointed in how the paper pilled when I tried to lift paint.  It's definitely not the workhorse that I'm used to when using Arches paper.  It does give a very soft, velvety looking finish though and it is easy to lift the paint so I guess I will use it again.

Image size 22" x 11"

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pink Plumerias on TerraSkin

Here is another painting done on TerraSkin.  I drew this a long time ago on both TerraSkin and regular watercolor paper because I wanted to see how I could change the technique on the different supports.  They will probably end up looking very similar but I'm hoping to do the next one in a very loose, watery style with white and yellow flowers.  We'll see if I can manage to let go of my controlling nature and let the paint do what it wants to do.  Obviously, I didn't let loose on this one.  : )

Pink Plumerias on TerraSkin
Image size 18" x 20"

Monday, November 4, 2013

After The Break

I love painting waves, especially in watercolor.  The photo that I used as a reference for this painting has such a sense of power that I knew I had to try to paint it.  This is a pretty large painting.  It is a full sheet of watercolor paper which is 22" x 30".  It is painted using only transparent watercolor.  The whites are the white of the paper.

Most of this was painted on a very wet piece of paper but I was careful to allow for the color spreading and was able to save the white areas.  I used Fabriano Artistico 140# paper because it was the only paper I had that was really white.  It was easy to work on but it isn't as strong as some other papers that I've used.

After The Break
Image Size 22" x 30"
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