Ice Cream

Ice Cream

We took an ice cream break at the Lourve. The air conditioner was on, but it was still hot. I whipped out the sketch book, making a quick pencil sketch on site, then finished the page back home in my studio. The ice cream wording on the side bar “melted” when I brushed over it with water. To make it look better, I added red at the bottom of the letters. I also decided to use a leaf motif I saw on one of the pots in the museum. The leaf motif repeats the shape of the mint leaves in the ice cream...
Bouga Beauty

Bouga Beauty

Medium: watercolor Celebrate with me.!!! This is my first painting accepted into a juried show. Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Inc. 47th Annual Juried Exhibition. Artist’s Impressions: I’m inspired by natural surroundings. Juxtaposing vertical and horizontal elements found in nature with man made structures is a love I’ve had since childhood; a paring that is magical to me and hard to put into words. Simply put cascading bougainvillea is just fun. The vibration of complementary colors intrigues me. The cascade of color is like a colorful waterfall of flowers. Joy is what I see. A taste of Heaven. I am so pleased to serve the viewer and hope the takeaway, if only for a few seconds is JOY. #Mid-Southern Watercolorists #watercolor #bvi...
Memory Monday

Memory Monday

Memory Monday A quick sketch overlooking the Library of Congress. Fast and fun. A collage from the brochure made this a lasting memory.

Carol Carter Workshop

June 20 – 22, 2014 St. Louis Missouri, Carol Carter Studio Carol taught us her style. Cleverly and boldly she lets the water flow.   Water mixed with pure pigment, working in tandem with nature results in awe inspiring forms and shapes that move across the paper. Instead of “fixing” blooms, she embraces them, even creates them and incorporates them directly into her work. I painted on a flat table with a towel directly under my work space. The towel gave me more freedom to paint recklessly, not worrying about the table. Brighten Color My absolute favorite take away was learning a quicker way to brighten my paintings. I have learned the traditional techniques of working in washes, letting them dry, layering over and over again which wastes an enormous amount of time, emotional energy and inspiration. Instead she intensifies the wash with a very small brush, loaded with paint she saturates the paper with one tube color. You then baby-sit the wash over the period of time it takes it to dry, the longer it takes the wash to dry the better, so Carol prefers to work in humid, wet, and rainy conditions. Don’t forget the values With the focus on color, how I quickly forget that value is bones of most representative art. Carol then whipped out her ruby filter. It’s allot like squinting to see the values of your painting or reference. It’s turned out to be a handy tool in my box, especially to evaluate a painting’s progress. Loads of fun learning, good food, good fellowship, and Carol did a terrific job. Circle Demo Yellow...