Skip’s Green – Koi – “Silver boy” SOLD

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This is an oswa (Original small work of Art) I will post it on ebay later today. It will start at $25.00 the size is 4 inches by 5 inches. I added Skips green to my palette and I think it provides a bit of a kick to my usual colors. Its a Cheap Joe’s color and is named after Skip Lawrence, a national watercolorist of note. Its a semi transparent color which is also staining. I have used it rather thickly to see how it floats and found it’s very heavy and will stay where you put it pretty much.

I’m packing all my art gear up which is a challenge in itself and preparing to hit the road. If you would like to check out Wild Acres go to http://wildacres.org and you can see where I’ll be staying. Its a wonderful retreat for artists. I will have my lap top and will try to upload photos to my blog each day.

The Oak and The Willow

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Trees have always fascinated me, the different kinds, their bark, leaves and of course the way they seem to be so still but yet in constant movement.

Yesterday I was in my backyard and a small bird fell from a tree and it couldn’t fly very well. Before I could intervene, one of my dogs got it and of course must of bit it too hard because it died. I felt bad all day after that. I have these feeders and all kinds of things to attract the birds and to have one of my dogs kill one of their babies really bothered me.
It was a small brown bird and I saw the mother nearby calling to it, it seemed like she had another baby with her and they must have been on their first day of flying lessons. The other baby bird was pretty wobbly too. They are Thrashers, they live in the big Azaleas I have in my yard and seem to raise babies ever year in a big gourd I have placed in among the bushes. Last year they lost a baby to a big black snake which climbed into the gourd. I put out some seeds on the ground this morning, hoping this will help them a little, it rained last night and I wonder what happened to the other little bird, did it make it? I have hope that it did and next year the’ll be back. This painting is 8.75 by 11 and is on 300 lb paper. I called it the Oak and the willow because these are two of my favorite trees.

Still Waiting… A Zoltan Szabo tribute

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I painted this painting because even though this is a timely painting, Zoltan painted something like this years ago. Some things never change. I was trying to remember what the painting looked like and all I could remember was lots of trees one with the ribbon and evergreens in the background.

I tried a new recipe for the snow, ( shadows) I think I will stay with my Burn’t sienna and cobalt blue mixture, this was; burn’t sienna and paynes grey and a little cerulean blue. I like the combination for the snow in shadows but for the divots and such I think I like my regular combination.

The Falls revisited

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OK… I woke up this morning and decided I may have had one mohito to many. My water fall was tilted a bit ( actually I knew this when I went to bed, but was too tire to rework it) So, here is the finished version and I hope you find it a bit more realistic. I like painting everyday but sometimes you have to rush these painting because your real life gets in the way. I knew I wanted to work on this for a few more minutes and yet I knew I also have to get started on the next one. These days seems to run into each other at times. Still, I think it came off pretty good. I like it for the most part. I will do another falls painting, but I’ll change the perspective so that the viewer is below the falls, I’m sure this would be much easier to paint.

Falls

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I guess this is rock week I ‘ve been painting rocks if you haven’t noticed. This little falls painting may need a bit of tweaking, but as its getting late. I wanted to get this post up before it gets too late. I will post this painting now and perhaps spend a few more minutes on it tomorrow, when I’m less tire. I didn’t have a reference photo and that can get you onto trouble. It can also lead to some great creative work. I painted these works with a palette knife and I painted the background wet into wet. The water is mostly dry brush with a little bit of glazing. the size is 15 by 11 and is a bit larger than most of these daily paintings.