Bird Complete

3.25 x 5.25" Watercolor and pencil on paper

3.25 x 5.25″ Watercolor and pencil on paper


I finally finished up my bird and am, overall, pretty pleased with the little guy. Part of me wishes I had really saturated the belly and head with color, and then transitioned out to pencil. This feels a little too expected for my taste. Maybe next time!

3.25 x 5.25" watercolor and pencil work in progress

3.25 x 5.25″ watercolor and pencil work in progress

3.25 x 5.25" Pencil on paper

3.25 x 5.25″ Pencil on paper

One In Progress, One Done

3.25 x 5.25" watercolor and pencil work in progress

3.25 x 5.25″ watercolor and pencil work in progress

I’ve been working on two very different pieces. I finished up the abstract piece today and have a smidge left yet on the bird. The hard lines of the abstract guy are a bit of a different approach for me. Good to get out of my comfort zone, I s’pose.

3.25 x 5.25 ink and watercolor on paper

3.25 x 5.25 ink and watercolor on paper

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

3.25 x 5.25 envelope, ink and watercolor on paper

3.25 x 5.25 envelope, ink and watercolor on paper

The heater died in our RV/house, Gertrude a bit over a week ago. Because we live in Colorado, and because taking a ’94 Winnebago to get its heater fixed was probably not the easiest thing, and because if we did take Gertie to get fixed we would have no place to live, we moved out. Funny enough we are not at all sad and the 650 sq ft place we’re in now feels like a mansion!
And now that we’re settled in, I enjoyed a good chunk of time to work on more “Art for Good” rewards.

3.25 x 5.25 Ink and watercolor on paper

3.25 x 5.25 Ink and watercolor on paper

3.25 x 5.25 ink and watercolor on paper

3.25 x 5.25 ink and watercolor on paper

Rewards Paintings

Watercolor and pierced paper

Watercolor and pierced paper

Last month I launched an “Art for Good” campaign that raised money to get art into the homes of folks who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Now that the goal has been reached, I’ve got to get reward paintings out. These three `3 x 5″ pieces are what I have come up with thus far. Because very few people have specified what it is they would like, I think I might build a little library of images for people to choose from.
Peacock Mary
Universe

Universe close

Mountain Range

5 x 5" ink and watercolor on tea-stained paper

5 x 5″ ink and watercolor on tea-stained paper

I came across a piece of paper that I had stained with tea years ago. It was a soft brown with a tiny area of darker pigment that I wanted to emphasize. Tracing around one edge of the area and then drawing outward, I built an abstracted mountain range. A touch of watercolor was all it needed to feel complete.

Snagged – Nearing Completion

18 x 30" Watercolor and ink on canvas

18 x 30″ Watercolor and ink on canvas

The further I move along with this painting, the less yellow remains. Not that I hold something against the color; it just hasn’t seemed a good fit for what I’ve been creating/communicating lately. Or maybe ever. Starting with yellow though, has forced my painting process to be a bit slower and more methodical – a definite benefit for this brain of mine.

Step 1 18 x 30" watercolor on canvas

Step 1 18 x 30″ watercolor on canvas

Continued Work in Progress

18 x 30" Watercolor and ink on watercolor canvas

18 x 30″ Watercolor and ink on watercolor canvas

This piece is coming along, albeit at a bit slower pace than I typically move. Perhaps this is because my base layer was yellow – a color I normally use sparingly. I’m enjoying changing up my palette a bit though and think the final piece, with its layers of colors, will work out nicely.

Caught 3 detail

A Page From the Sketchbook: Mom’s Plant

Ink and colored pencil

Ink and colored pencil

I started this drawing about a week ago and decided to work on it a bit more today. I added more detail – thickening up the lines here and there. I also pulled out the ol’ colored pencils. This is pretty unusual for me, but after being reminded by a studio neighbor of how great they can be, I decided it would be a nice change of pace.