Monday, September 28, 2015

Tiny Landscape

Tiny Landscape.  Watercolor.
2.5 x 4 inches
This is one of three very small paintings in the same palette.  This is the only one that I think is done. Here's the whole lot:

The leftmost painting, I think I need to go back in with some line or structure.  The middle one I need to think about....

Cobalt blue, nickel azo yellow, and quin red--all Daniel Smith, on a scrap of Fabriano 300 lb rough paper.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Non-Objective Abstract

Bend.  Watercolor.
6.5 inches square
An experiment to see if I could get something working on the page.

Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Orange Medium (Holbein), Nickel Azo Yellow, Carbazole Violet, and Cobalt Teal Blue.  Daniel Smith Unless otherwise specified on a scrap piece of Fabriano 300 lb Rough Paper (that means there's something on the back).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Coffee with Orange

Coffee With Orange.  Watercolor.
8 1/4 x 9 inches.
Way, way back when I first started this blog, I was working on a bunch of still lifes that I was painting alla prima.  I thought I might go back to that for a little bit while.

This painting was done with three colors--cad orange (a medium), indian yellow, and indigo.  On a scrap of Fabriano 300 lb rough watercolor paper.

I like the bleeds against the sharp edges of the white.  And, I like the composition in general.  My style has loosened more over the last couple of years, and it wasn't all that realistic to begin with.

I don't think I'd pick indigo again.  Sometimes it works as a good dark, but in this case, I think I would have been better off with a different blue.

It was my husband's coffee cup, and he was home today, so when I stepped away for a minute the coffee cup was gone.

Friday, September 4, 2015


Cows in Cornfield.  6.5 x 7 inches.
I took this photo while visiting my husband's family in Jackson, MO last winter.  (Technically, it was early April, but it was still doggone cold, so we'll interpret that as winter.)

Above is my interpretation of the photo.  When I told my husband the brownish dots were cows, he said, "Ohhhh...."  Not reassuring.

Paints are: Prussian blue, cobalt, azo yellow, and quin burnt orange.  Paper is 300 lb Fabriano Hot Press.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Daffodils. Confused Daffodils.

Daffodils.  Watercolor & Crayon.
5 x 7 inches.

These daffodils started as a landscape, morphed into an abstract, and then finished out as flowers.  I wanted to mess around with blues and yellows and oranges, but didn't really have a plan, and was working fairly small.....hence the confusion.  They took a while to sort out what they really wanted to be...

Just for an idea, here's where things stood when I finished with the watercolor.  (I hope this link works....)

The painting wasn't coming together, but after I added the crayon, I think it hangs together.  I think it needed the shape and line.  (And, to be cropped a bit.)

Paint:  Manganese Blue Hue, Prussian Blue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Permanent Yellow Deep, and a touch of indian yellow.
Caran D'ache Crayon:  silver grey, dunkel beige, and indigo blue
Paper:  Fabriano 300 lb Hot Press Watercolor Paper