Saturday, July 21, 2007

hummer frolicking in water spray

Just had to do a little sketch of my visitor today. This little fellow discovered the garden hose while I was busy watering the garden. He had a wonderful time bathing himself and taking a drink from my hose. He flitted back and forth thru the water. These little guys are so much fun to watch.


Saturday, May 12, 2007

Three Pears Watercolor

The actual painting shows three whole pears on a table, but I was playing around with framing in psp and liked the cropping it allowed. It looked a little more dramatic. Hope you like it!


Friday, April 13, 2007

acrylic still life

Tho't I would post this 20 x 16 acrylic still life painted on canvas.

I'm anxious to get outside and start painting my garden. Only problem is - the freeze we just had has killed or damaged most all the perennials.

Saw my first ruby-throated hummingbird late yesterday. He spent a lot of time at my feeder. I will have to make sure I have plenty of nectar, as there are no flowers in the yard right now. And that also means I'll have to plant a lot of annual plants to ensure they will have a good supply of natural nectar.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

watercolor rock study

Just a little study of Blue Ridge Mountains and rocks. I like this! It has a fresh, airey feel to it. Spring has sprung and life is beginning anew.

Although the weather this week is far from springlike. It actually snowed yesterday. We probably had about an inch of dusting on the ground and trees.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

watercolor wipe-out

I'm so thankful for beautiful spring-like weather. Yesterday we had temps in the high 50's. Perfect walking weather, sunshine for some good ole vitamin D and no chilly winds. Today will be a great walking day as well. Temperatures should hit 70 degrees. Wow!

And this change in the weather is great news, as I have been under the weather for a few weeks with some kind of flu varmin bug. So that means I haven't accomplished very much.

I did, however, complete a little practice piece using sap green as a basic wash and overlaying it with french ultramarine blue, then doing a wipe-out. It's a 9 x 12. Something a little different. Hope you like it!


Saturday, February 24, 2007

watercolor wheel

It was an absolutely beautiful day today, but I was stuck inside all day with a bad cold. Ugh! Hoping to get over this so I can get back to work.

Just a simple watercolor wheel, but you can learn a lot from making these. This is for Kate Johnson's online watercolor class. I'm really enjoying this class as I usually work in pastels. This is a great opportunity to learn a new medium. I plan on doing more of these wheels as the class goes along.

You learn so much from working with a group of people like this. One of the things I want to improve on is my stick-to-it-ive-ness. I start so many projects and tend to quit before finishing. Got to learn some discipline!