Sketch made in Buoux, France

Sketch made in Buoux, France

This watercolor began at a restaurant in Buoux, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France. A great place to sketch because there are allot of shapes crammed together that make for an easy design structure. After lunch we hiked up to some cliffs and overhangs with ancient ruins. Families here on weekend vacation were having allot of fun hiking, climbing, and swimming in the Aigue-Brum...
Apt Market in the Luberon Valley, France

Apt Market in the Luberon Valley, France

Apt isn’t an abbreviation for the word “apartment,” but the name of a town with a pretty neat weekly market. This market is huge! We arrived to find the portable stalls set up and ready for business. Rambling from stall to stall, street to street, we shopped. Lost and dizzy, I’m torn that if I linger too long at this stall I will miss out on the next market treasure. The food, fresh fish, colorful produce, fabric goods, flowers, herbs, toiletries, and perfume abound! Those fish are so fresh! Are they winking at me? Where am I? “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.” The quality of the produce is fresh-cut. There is family pride in the workmanship of the eats and goods. There is a friendliness and excitement in sharing what the traders have worked so hard to produce. As the sun heats up, temperatures rise as we try to take it all in. In only three more hours and this whole circus will shut down, fold up and be packed into trailers. This has been going on for 900 years, there is a pretty good chance it will be here waiting for you to visit when you...
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...
Golden Poison Dart Frog

Golden Poison Dart Frog

Size: 7.5” x 7.5” Medium: watercolor Artist’s Impressions: How would you like to run into this little animal in the rain forest? The Golden Poison Dart Frog is beautiful but poison. Such a small size carries powerful poison punch. The color yellow warns us about it’s toxicity. Just like a yellow traffic light, the frog’s yellow color says, “slow down and think about this”… you might not want to run a yellow light, or pick up a yellow frog!! Scripture Link: Exodus 8:3 “The Nile will swarm with frogs, which will come up and go into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and on your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading bowls.” … I sure don’t want frogs in my bedroom or on my bed, and certainly don’t need a frog in my bread!! #creaturefeature #goldenpoisondartfrog...

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...