Capturing the changing garden

Our garden seems to be in a constant state of change right now.  After weeks and weeks of never ending rain we are finally seeing some sunshine.  I think this change has really caused the garden to wake up. We have a pot of Picasso petunias on the deck, we first came across this petunia several years ago and it’s been a staple very year since.  The blooms have a nice deep burgundy center that fades to a bright magenta as it reaches the edge of the flower.  The edge of the bloom has a bright green band, it’s easy … Continue reading Capturing the changing garden

On the rocks and a photo essay

I love rock piles, I really do, whether stacked neatly as a landscape feature or just a pile.  Rock piles are also very challenging to draw, for me they are.  But I love the challenge.  There is so much going on visually, as humans we see the cluster of shapes and we know it’s a lot of rocks.  As an artist when we look at the pile we start seeing all the individual shapes, the shadows, the lines, and the surface texture.  When I look at all the lines and shapes I want to beak it down to the simplest … Continue reading On the rocks and a photo essay

Loose watercolors and focus

I’ve been bouncing around a lot with my art, and my social media usage, I seem to have issues committing to things right now.  But I think it’s time to start narrowing my focus.  I realize we humans need some variety, but I also feel we benefit from less distractions and more focus.  Two things I am really looking forward to actually. On the art front I think a good place for my focus will be the watercolors, the loose watercolors.  And pencil, I love working with pencils.  I’ll utilize both loose sheets and my go to Stillman & Birn … Continue reading Loose watercolors and focus

Honesty and sketchbooks

There are times in our lives when events force us to look at where we are and what led us there.  I am in one of those events, and my art and the direction I want to take my art is an area I have really been looking at. I have been a creative person all my life, I’ve always had a passion for making things, drawing things, or painting things.  Making art is almost a need for me.  It’s similar to how some people view exercise and fitness, it’s a calling that needs to be answered.  It keeps my … Continue reading Honesty and sketchbooks

Painting a barn and enjoying flowers

This weekend brought more rain and snow, plus a little sunshine and blue sky. During one of the snow showers I decided to sketch and paint the neighbors barn.  I left out the busy background of trees and backyards and I included the silhouette of our garage in the lower right corner. When I was working on the barn I thought it would be fun to do two versions, one with pen and one in just watercolor.  I have to say I really prefer using my pens. The following two page spread is a favorite flower in our house, the … Continue reading Painting a barn and enjoying flowers

Playing with flowers and doing some big drawings

Hey folks…we are still in the thick of an extreme winter season.  Today we are predicated to a reach a record high temperature of 60°F with an inch of rain and thunderstorms followed by a low tonight of 20°F with 20-30 mph winds.  And the cold snap continues for the rest of the weekend.  If anyone finds Spring, please direct her our direction! I’ve been keeping busy painting daisies in my sketchbook.  This two page spread was an experiment in style, keep it loose or heavy with a pen.  I keep liking the pen.  I used a fiber tip art … Continue reading Playing with flowers and doing some big drawings

Fall snail mail

I am a sucker for snail mail.  I always have been.  Sending and receiving, who doesn’t enjoy getting something fun in the mail? These are the latest pieces of snail mail I’m sending out for fall. The three images above are both watercolors on watercolor paper.  I quickly went back over the three paintings while the paint was still damp with a soft pencil to add a little detail.  I love the way the pencil on damp paint deepens the colors.  When I paint, I try to work with a limited palette to avoid the colors getting too muddy.  I … Continue reading Fall snail mail

Photographing lines and the last begonia

This weeks photography challenge was lines.  It seemed easy enough, but I was trying to resist the easy lines and really look at this from a more abstract view.  I’m also finding I am seeing things in a more abstract view.  I love a great wide landscape, but for my shooting I am really steering towards shapes and forms.  I’m not sure if this is just temporary, or if this will be my niche, but I am really enjoying it.  A lot. I am trying something new with my posts.  In the past I would explain the image with text … Continue reading Photographing lines and the last begonia

Looking for green and a little sketching

This weeks photography theme was green.  There wasn’t a specific subject, just green.  I didn’t want to just shoot images of leaves or grass, so I really left myself open. After breakfast  noticed the way the light was coming in the dining room window and falling across the chair.  The lines and deep contrast instantly caught my eye.  I knew this had to be one of the shots. While I was at work I noticed the wheelbarrow we have behind the building.  I started focusing on the tub of the wheelbarrow, it’s parked upside down and has a beautiful pitted … Continue reading Looking for green and a little sketching

Staying loose and finding the joy again

I’ve been keeping things loose with the watercolors, and I haven’t been this excited about art in a very long time! As I was rummaging in the paper cabinet this weekend, I found a partial block of Kilimanjaro watercolor paper from Cheap Joe’s. You can find the paper here The paper is fantastic. It’s a cold press paper and it’s loaded with wonderful nooks and crannies that let the pigments flow and blend in wonderful patterns. The above detail is just one example of the wonderful blending on the Kilimanjaro paper. The following two pieces are both on the Kilimanjaro … Continue reading Staying loose and finding the joy again