Saturday, July 15, 2017

New Paintings

Fischreiher (Grey Heron) 12 x 20 inches

Approach to Riyadh  18 x 26 (Ok, this is technically not a NEW painting, but I've made some significant changes to it.

Floating Leaves 18 x 14 
This is one of several recent paintings inspired by an interest in painting water.

Lilly Pads  11 x 8
This was inspired by some paintings I saw by Stev'nn Hall.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


This painting involved a lot of new techniques, and a lot of self-discipline, because I find it very difficult to just let the paint do what it wants to do, and that's exactly what this painting required. I pretty much sprayed some paint and some water around, and then held on for the ride.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Painting on Plastic

There are some interesting new papers that aren't really paper at all, but are plastic, instead. This means watercolors don't soak into the paper. Colors are more vibrant, and they run more freely on a wet surface. Also, since the pigment isn't absorbed into the paper, it wipes completely away. This means "mistakes" can be totally erased, but it also means that if you rework a section, you will lift off the paint you've already put down. Here is my first painting on this kind of paper. 

And here are some closeups of sections that I particularly like:

"More abstract"

I recently had someone ask me to paint "something more abstract." Other than that and the dimensions, (43 x 32 inches) they didn't give me much more guidance, except that it should also "have some blue in it." Here's a look a the first result, which is still drying in this photo. Like all my paintings, it's a watercolor, but I applied paint straight from the tube onto when paper, and I left it on very thick, which isn't normal watercolor procedure.
Here's another view of the painting after it dried, and with light hitting it from a slightly different angle. Because the paint is on so thick, there is a lot of variation in color depending on the viewing angle. 

Friday, February 17, 2017