Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

turkey vultures

I found these feathers on my walk the other day. No doubt they are Turkey vultures. They live in a giant pine tree near a school, where they can be seen playfully swooping and soaring in the summer evenings. They are fantastic to watch. An upclose view of them is not as pleasant.

I am working on this. I need to complete stems ,put afinal wash on the backround and work on the bottom right ... color got away from me.

Can this be saved? My darks,are too dark and the balance is off. Some of my flowers are funny. I guess I am wondering what to do with the center of the big lily. My attempt to shade with ultramarine resulted in an ugly color, not bright or vibrant. Sooo I tried to lift and add mmmmmore aliziren then that became too dark. I really like parts of the picture.. any suggestions?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

virtual sketch date

Well,here goes..... I am not pleased with my submission. The watercolors are muddy and overworked.


1. Exhausted from walking and gardening

2. Not enough time

3. Lastly, and most importantly, I kept putting my brush in the Cabernet! YIKES

Better next time.... great fun,love this!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I really wasn't crazy about the colors Ichose for this painting,but I found a swell frame and now I'm rather pleased. Daylily may be history too much aliziran to try to hide a blue shadow that just muddied the color:o(

new brush

I bought a brush this weekend,while visiting the Ann Arbor Art Fair. I LOVE IT! The paint brush is a Artist's WaterColor Sable Windsor Newton . What a difference,I have been using blends and there is just no comparison.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I am still working on transfering images from the camera. I seem to forget the steps.... practice, practice, practice. I have also been dreaming of purchasing a Nikon d4o? I am having a grand time converting my sons bedroom into a studio i will post some of conversion soon. What fun this is... I think i will give the virtual sketch a try.... hooray!
This painting is of an architecural remnant. I love to paint these,but the subject matter is difficult to find... any suggestions?
Pears, pears,pears....

My first attempt

This is my first of what I hope will be many posts. The watercolor I posted is in progress. I will add more paintings as soon as I photograph them.