Archive for June, 2007
This has not been sprayed yet so if you decide you do not wish for it to have fixative, I can wrap it so that you can frame it under glass for protection.
I love painting on this ground because it is easy and as you can see the colors stay very bright. The white clayboard really reflects back thru the watercolor very much like paper. The only thing you have to remember is the fact that you will need to use very thick paint. Thin paint rolls off of this stuff or looks less attractive. Since glazing isn’t ideal its best to get the color right the first time or to remove the first layer if you don’t like it, and start over. If you have any questions, let me know.
9 by 12 100.
Boy, did I have an adventure this morning. A big thunder storm pass thru here last night dumping a ton of water into the creeks. As luck would have it, I took my three labs down to the park which has a lake on one side and many small creeks leading down to the water. It was wet and I knew no one would be there. I let them off the leash to run and play for awhile. Its difficult at times to exercise these dogs especially if I’ve been sick. Well, as we are strolling along the dogs see a Beaver…
All H E double hockey sticks breaks loose…It took me ten minutes to get those dogs away from that poor creature. There I was standing up on a trail looking down into the creek bed. I’m thinking a Raccoon or Possum must be down there. I hear growling and barking, nothing too serious I can tell by their movements. While I can only see something brown and wet trying to get away from the three dogs I stumbling along the slick edge. Then I see them…while they circled him and nipped the poor little guy, I decide its time to intervene. I’ go tromping thru the underbrush and the wet rocks to get down there. The Beaver( he was about 40 lbs) couldn’t get away because he was in a very small creek bed and the beaver is apparently pretty slow on land. There wasn’t enough water for him to swim to get away so they sort of had him cornered. Finally I’m down at lease at their level in the water, I was calf deep in the creek mud, sand and water are rushing by me (good thing I wore my CROCKS) yelling to the various dogs but they are all insanely intent and not listening. Hmm…I think I’ll have to try to get one dog at a time… I knew Sam would listen to me as he is the best dog. I call for him and reluctantly he comes back & I tie him to the bridge nearby. Then my little yellow lab who is mostly afraid of everything including this beaver, He easily comes to me but is still very curious and is dashing about, first to me then back over to check out the action with the beaver then again back to me. Now that I have the two males secure, I know I’m going to have a bit of a struggle with the last dog. While going back for her I notice the Beaver is steadily moving up stream in the creek with Missy right behind her. My female lab is a mix breed and has some Australian sheepdog in her blood. She loves to run, she loves to chase anything that moves. Every time the Beaver would move she would dart over and try to nip it then crouch down and eye ball it for a moment till it moved again. Needless to say I’m wet, the rocks are wet, the Beaver continues to go upstream so I’m having a time even catching up to them. Finally after some yelling to the dog, she stops. I’m really glad no one is around now because I look like that beaver looks all wet and hysterical. I try to figure out what is my best move now…while I watching them, the Beaver is only feet away from me and is between me and the dog. I’m afraid the dog will be bit, the Beaver occasionally turn around and shows the dog its teeth. Just like that, the beaver crawls under a rock, the dog listens to me and comes back with this ashamed “I’m sorry I don’t listen” look and I get her leash back on climb out of the creek and get the three of them out of there.
The whole time we were walking back, the dogs were all full of themselves. Prancing and sniffing, they were on high alert, heads held high like they had just been on a fox hunt… I guess they were still looking for more Beavers. I put them in the car figuring we all had enough exercise for one day.
Now we’re home, the house smells like a wet dog, the back of my Toyota Matrix is all wet and muddy, I smell like a wet dog and we all need a bath.
All this and it isn’t even 8:00 am…Just another summer day in South Carolina.
This is 4.5 by 4 inches $30.00 watercolor on paper
I painted this and when I was finished it reminded me of a radio shack. I assume they still have these things somewhere, you know, the shack with all the Antennae… I used a palette knife for the lower portion, I love painting with a knife and find it very freeing.
I’m feeling better, I painted a couple of small paintings today and I’m starting to get my strength back. I painted this 5 by 7 inch watercolor on paper this morning, then sat outside for awhile and painted or sketch painted the flowers in my garden. I heard today is the summer soltise, so I guess sitting in the garden seems appropriate.
“Canopy” is on ampersand. It is a small piece measuring 3 by 5 inches.
I like painting trees and if you have followed along with my blog you have noticed I paint them regularly. The other day I was in the woods and it was raining. I was glad for the tree canopy because It served as a great umbrella.
This is the back side.
This series continues to grow. This was painted from my imagination and thus really has to speak for itself. It is for sale for $13.00 plus 1.50 S&H
The Ancient Ritual series started out as a series exploring the human need for ritual. I don’t know when it will be complete, but for now, I am just happy to paint another.
4 by 6 $30.00
I’m still very sick… since I painted beach scenes the last two days, I painted this little 4 by 6 of a Big Wave. One of the good things about being a daily painter, you can paint certain subject matter relying mostly on the intellect rather then the intuitive. Believe me this can get you out of a jam. Most people think you can paint when your ill…to paint and under any condition ….that it isn’t a difficult thing for us artists, but you don’t realize the amount of brain power it takes… if you do, you don’t push it. You paint what you know.
4 by 6 inches $ 30.00 watercolor on paper,
I went to the Dr. today, I either have chicken pox or Rocky Mt. spotty fever. So very few words here… I’m going back to bed. If this looks a lot like yesterdays painting, that’s because I didn’t have the energy to think of something new. I painted another, you may want a companion piece and I didn’t have to clean my palette. Thanks for stopping by.
This painting is on Yupo, this is a synthetic plastic type paper used for printing. I painted it the same way I would paint on paper and it is Archival. The only difference is that it will have fixative on it. This is because the plastic does not absorb the paint and thus allows it only to sit on the surface. The fixative prevents damage from moisture. This is 9 by 12 (inches) and can be matted and framed in a large 16 by 20 frame or a smaller 11 by 14 frame. This is for sale for $250.00
I started out abstract on this piece but knew it needed a realistic image to really make it work. Hope you like it!