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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Graveyard

I have been working on a poured painting of a graveyard for rusty vintage trucks.  I finished the drawing yesterday, and prepared the acrylic ink and poured the colors today using the inks.  The painting is in the very early stages.  I love the way acrylic inks mix and blend when they are poured on wet watercolor paper.  I am using 140 lb. cold-pressed Acquerello watercolor paper,and mixtures of Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay India Ink, and Liquitex acrylic ink.  This is a full sheet of watercolor paper - 22" x 30".

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Zentangle Revisited

 I have been preparing a drawing for pouring a painting, and it has been taking some time.  I decided to get away from that and do some Zentangles.  This is one I did last night using two tangles - Knightsbridge and Tipple.  This is small - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" in size and is done with a micron-pigma black pen.

Monday, January 20, 2014

These are 5 of the 6 painters in my class this session: From left: - Barb Pelly, Dave McNeal, Misty Steinke, Patricia Crawford and Janice Belgiovane.   We were missing Cindy Staples this evening.  They pretty much finished the Nova Scottia paintings tonight - they worked on these for 2 Mondays, and did a beautiful job on these paintings.  They are  great students and great people -  really good friends!  Don't you just love spending time with artists!!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Grandpa's Pride and Joy finished

I finished "Grandpa's Pride and Joy" this afternoon.  This will be the painting for the next class at Riverside Art Center on Monday night. Of course, you all know that I love painting vintage trucks and cars, especially when they are a little beat-up, rusty and oxidized.  I also loved the colors in this photograph - the contrasting blues, blue-violets, yellow-greens and oranges.

This painting is 8" x 18" and is painted on 140 lb. Acquarello cold-pressed watercolor paper.  I love this paper - it is so responsive and workable.  This painting is taken from a photograph by my friend Pamela Baker of www.bakercreekdesigns.com.  Thank you, Pamela.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I have started another painting of antique/vintage cars.  I finished drawing this today and then applied some masking fluid over the areas of chrome and light that I wanted to preserve.  Now I can paint freely and without fear of losing my lightest areas.  I am going to apply my paint wet-into-wet loosely and pray (like I always do) that it works out!  I just want my blog followers to know that I am still working (since I haven't posted in 10 days) - that I haven't fallen into the great abyss of old, tired artists!  (Just almost!!!) 

This painting is 8" x 18" and is drawn on 140 lb. Acquerello cold-pressed watercolor paper. It is from a photograph taken by my dear friend, and professional photographer, Pamela Baker (www.bakercreekdesigns.com).  Thanks, Pam!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Harbor in Nova Scotia

Well, I have taken a week off from painting to renew and refresh my muses.  I got back to painting this weekend and finished this watercolor of a harbor in Nova Scotia.  It is from a photo by photographer Garry Black (www.garryblack.com), with his permission, of course.

This painting is 9" x 12" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  I am planning to use this for my intermediate watercolor class at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio, which starts again next Monday evening, the 13th.   I am certain they will enjoy this one.