Sunday, June 28, 2015

Workshop: Learning to Love Mr. Grey

Working on edges
   Fluid Acrylics
 Oil Demo
Practicing Greys 
Discussion of Self-Critique
Every time I teach others I learn so much.  Thanks to the participants in my workshop for making it a great experience. I loved working with you all.  Now you know what to do with 50 shades.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Flower Studies on Watercolor Paper

Arches 140 lb. WC CP

Lanaquarelle 140 lb.WC Smooth Side
 Through the years working with various media, I have learned that you cannot economize on some things and expect quality results.  Quality Paper is an absolute necessity when working with watercolor. I work on 140 lb. or 300 lb. paper. Brands I prefer are Arches and Lanaquarelle.  I like 140 lb. paper because it is heavy enough to work without stretching and it dries faster than 300 lb.  I will be discussing various papers and how they perform in my upcoming workshop, June 24,25,26

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ice Rimes the Beaver Pond

Ice Rimes the Beaver Pond, Watermedia, 29X22 inches
Another painting inspired by a Haiku by Ferrell Mercer.
Ice rimes the beaver pond
lone male cardinal flits
spring's scarlet promise.
The contrast is interesting with cold gray implying winter, but bright scarlet promising that spring will come.

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Renewal, Watermedia Fluid Acrylic, 29X22 inches
This painting was inspired by a Haiku by Ferrell Mercer.
Pasture falls to ruin
 thistles and butterflies abound
 nothing is wasted

Monday, June 1, 2015


Endless, Watermedia, 28X22 inches
  In this painting I am trying to evoke a mood of quiet peace and a world without time or end. The lack of a clear horizon and the ripples of the water suggest an endless aspect of time and space. The trees are strong verticals that contrast with the horizontals of the ripples, tree limbs and heron.  The idea of timelessness contrasts with the flight of the bird which suggests an frozen moment in time.