Friday, December 12, 2014

JMW Turner via David Dunlop

5x7 watercolor hot press 
Studying Turner

Have had the good fortune to receive my Christmas gift early this year.
My children gave me the wonderful gift of  David Dunlop's Landscape
Through Time Season 2.  David goes back  to the days of JMW Turner,
Sargent, Whistler and Guardi in Venice, also the Hudson River painters and
there methods of painting in watercolor and oil.

I have learned about watercolor paper and how they made it erasable  their method was
bathing the paper in glue and then hanging it to dry.  David also teaches , simply by coating
the hot press watercolor paper with Acrylic varnish and several methods can achieve the same
erasable affect.  Also simply purchasing Yupo paper I was told does the same.

While still working and studying these new techniques I look forward to the next
step and apply the similar approach to my oil painting.

With the arrival of cold weather plein air painting will be something to do on nicer days,
but I have the winter months to study and create in my studio.
So Happy Painting dear bloggers.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Let It Snow

Snow Day wip

While waiting for snow, I am having some fun working from photos
in Wet Canvas.  This is a watercolor on Bockingford paper
It was a quick sketch, hoping to possibly  do some oil paintings

Happy Painting Everyone.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Rolling Hills of Virgini
8x10 oil on canvas mounted on
foamcore board
Watercolor on treated watercolor paper
with gesso

Now that the year is coming to an end, and  looking back so that
I can go forward, there are some choices to be made.
Which on line website would be the best to show my work, what art organizations should
I join., and galleries, there are so many possibilities.

As for these two paintings, the Rollings Hills was done this past August and the second was done 2 years ago, which
won an award.  It's only a 5x7 watercolor, but because of the treated surface it was  very time
consuming  layering the paint, mistakes were easily erased.

I do love impressionism and have been a fan of the 19th Century Impressionist, but due to blogging
some of my fellow bloggers have introduced me to the English artist of today.  David Curtis, Brian Ryder
and Robert Brindley.

So it is fair to say my art education has been from the wonderful artist from the past and living,  We are very
fortunate to live in a time where we have access to the internet the vast world of wonderful
artist.  Happy Painting Everyone.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Order through Chaos

photo from wet canvas
photo from wet canvas
photo from free photos for artist

I love doing gesture drawing and quick watercolor paintings.  Thanks to
a very talented artist Nora Mac Phail who has shared her technique on her blog. I have always
admired Nora's lovely paintings.  In no way is my meager attempt to be a copy or imitation of
Nora's work, that would be impossible, but it was truly a fun exercise.
Thank you Nora for sharing. Happy Painting

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Millers Pond

Wishing all of my fellow bloggers a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Christmas Carols playing while the icy rain
pounds the windows, makes me aware of so many things to be thankful for, the simple things in life.

First and foremost Family, Mike and I are truly blessed to have our wonderful children and grandchildren.
Health, yes, something that is taken for granted, until we feel that first twinge or ache, so yes, thankful for
our health to be able to do whatever it is, even the most mundane task.
Happiness, to be a free spirit and enjoy the simple things in life, without anxiety or stress, self-imposed or
And last but not lease our faith in God, for without faith to get us through the rough times then we have nothing
to keeps us fortified until the brighter moment return.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Spreading My Wings

cardinal study in gouache on paper
copper pot and zinnia study in gouache
on Strathmore tinted paper

I never paint birds, maybe once a long time ago.  While going through the reference photos
on Wet Canvas, thought it would be a good time to start spreading my own wings and start
painting various subjects.  I always loved cardinals, not that I would go near one, ashamed to admit, one of
my phobias, fear of birds.  Silly isn't it, maybe if I paint birds it will help to conquer this silly phobia.
Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Change Is Good

The Grange Park in Sayville
Experimenting with Bockingfor watercolor paper
Sitting in Barns and Nobel  book store cafe, sketching people in pen and ink
Another sketch of The Grange Park sitting in the car

Had a fun filled weak playing with Bockingford paper and watercolor with pen and ink. Sometimes
it's good to change and try different mediums and techniques.  It keeps me excited about my art.
Now I look forward to getting back to my oils and acrylics.

In the meantime I hope everyone is enjoying this time of the year. Happy Painting everyone.