Night poppies

Watercolor and acrylic ink. I’ve rarely seen anything like this in my life actually...once on Vancouver Island...a field of red and white poppies on a plateau, surrounded by sheer cliffs on three sides with water way below. All I remember seeing were poppies and sky, and in that moment I mentally documented it as the most magical sight I’d ever…

More granulation

Watercolor and acrylic ink, 7x8” As I continue to paint landscapes that come out of my head, it’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that while I may be living in NYC and walk off the paths and up thru the hilly areas of Central Park and The Ramble each morning, the landscapes that continue coming out of my head are from SoCali. Not the forest…

Drippy wash and spatter experiment

8.5x11” watercolor, Aug 8, 2018 I enjoyed doing this one! A drippy wash in greens and yellows, let it run, a bit of negative painting to define the trees, then spattering some leaves...that really didn’t turn out looking like leaves, but it was fun and I like it! Colors; M.Graham Veridian Green and Permanent Pale Green, Hansa Yellow,  Cadmium …

Flower study

8.5x11” watercolor, July 7, 2018 Toward the end of my summer workshop I began a series of flower studies, starting each with a loose, drippy wash. This didn’t feel good while I was doing it, but looking back at it, it’s sweet, and I like its transparency.…

Abstracting from a still life

6x9” watercolor, June 5, 2018 In my attempt to put more space between the subject matter and myself, I took Frank O’Cain’s Abstracting from the Image class at The Art Students League of NY, in which ‘the image’ was a live model. Just what I’d wanted. Then this summer I’ve been taking his watercolor workshop, with a similar abstr…

Simple succulent still life

8.5x11” watercolor, June 2, 2018 I’m posting this even though I felt I was doing it all wrong at the time. Once I was past the self-created agony, I started to like its simplicity and except for the shadow, the values are really nice. The masking fluid I had was all dried up and only yellow liquid came out. So I ordered some online and resumed…

Heirlooms

Still life with heirloom tomatoes, 6x9", Sep 2017 My first attempt at layering transparent glazes using only primary primary colors. The process is slow because you need to let each glaze layer completely dry before adding the next, so I did this over a 2 day period. For a first attempt, I'm happy with it.…

Peppers

Still life with peppers, 9x12", Sep 2013 I did this watercolor from a still life set up at home in LA after finishing my class at Barnsdall, and just before moving to NYC.  I did a number of others which somehow were unlucky enough to have been ruined by water spilled on them during the early chaos of my move to NYC. Oh well. But I do have th…