Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Painting 26: "Great Day for a Game"

I went to Michelle's studio last where we painted this still life she set up.  It was challenging - especially the ball glove, which was a first for me.  This is an oil painting which is painted on 8"x10" wrapped canvas.  Good company, good subject - fun night.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Painting 25: "Standing Pears"

Michelle and I painted bosc pears in my studio this afternoon.  Yes - I painted pears again...I just love to paint pears!  This time I did them in oils and had a lot of helpful suggestions from my painting buddy.  We had a great afternoon (and into the evening) painting.  Thanks for the good company, Michelle!

This painting is 8"x 10" and is painted on wrapped canvas.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Painting #24: Geisha Casting Shadows

I went to my friend Michelle Walker's studio Tuesday evening where we set up a still life to paint.  Michelle painted this in oil and I did it in watercolor...2 very different paintings.  My watercolor is 11" x 14" and is painted on 140 lb. Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper.  I have attached Michelle's painting below - it is beautiful!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Painting #23: "Two Pears"

This is a postcard I painted this evening for the SWAP  Yahoo group.   It is 4" x 6" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper with Ocaldo mostly opaque watercolors.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Painting # 22: Painting in the Style of Z.L.Feng

Today I decided to do a study from one of my favorite artists, Z.L. Feng.  This is loosly based on one of his paintings - I changed some things, but still wanted to paint in his style so I left several elements of his in the painting.  This painting is 1/8 sheet of Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper and is painted with Ocaldo Academy watercolors, which I purchased many years ago. Doing this painting this was lots of fun.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Painting #21: Abandoned on Logan Co. 13 From the Back

This is another scene of the property on Logan Co. 13.  It is from a photograph taken by my friend, Pamela Baker, one day last  summer when we were on a photo outing.  The painting is 9" x 9" and is painted on 140 lb. Canson  cold-pressed watercolor paper - the last sheet - thank goodness.  I thought I had already used the last one, but alas, found this one in my studio.  I used both watercolor pencils and watercolor on this painting.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Quite a Pear!

Knowing that I love to eat and paint pears, a very creative and accomplished painter, and good friend, Michelle Walker, gave me this lovely oil painting!  How lucky am I to have to have an original "Walker!"
I truly, will love and treasure this forever.  Thank you, Michelle!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Painting # 20: "In the Fog"

This was my not so valiant attempt at painting the "all paint from one photo" from the Watercolor Workshop.  I never imagined that fog could be so difficult to paint, and this painting is definitely overworked.  It was a learning opportunity and I learned that I don't want to paint fog again!
The painting is on 1/8 sheet of Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper and is painted with some very old paints I have had since 1980's, Ocaldo Academy WaterColours - now I know why I never used them up!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Painting# 19: Marilyn's Poinsettia

My daughter Marilyn gave me a lovely poinsettia at Christmas and it has given me much pleasure ever since.  It has been sitting on the coffee table next to the recliner which has been my bed at night and my nest during the day due to the fact that my back has kept me pretty much imobile.  I have watched this beautiful flower gradually lose its leaves and decided I had to capture a part of it before it left me entirely.
Last night I drew it on a small piece of  watercolor paper and painted it this evening with watercolor pencils.  It was approximately 4" x 6" before I cropped it in photoshop, and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper. I thought it looked better cropped without so much of the blue background showing.  Below is a portion of the real poinsettia.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Painting #18: Michelle's Still Life

I went to Michelle's studio on Tuesday evening where she set up a still life that we painted from.  I included the ugly vase and then discovered that Michelle and Julie didn't even include it in their paintings!!!  Now - I ask you..."What was the vase there for in the first place?"  I was an obedient student and put it in my composition.  Oh well!  The painting is 11" x 14" and is painted on 140 lb. FabrianoArtistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.