“Friends” not for sale

Its raining here and when I woke up I could hear it hitting my skylight in my little studio. I couldn’t wait to brew up some gourmet coffee and get right to painting something. I’lll work on my large Koi painting today and try to get it finished. If you haven’t seen it, its on my work in progress weekly painting blog. http://h20color.wordpress.com Its last weeks painting.
This painting is a gift and will not be for sale.


Baby Koi, a painting a day 6″by 6″

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Koi on gessoed wood block
Painted one inch sides, no need to frame or use glass. Watercolor Original
50.00 plus 6.50 for S & H SOLD
I have to check my records but I think this might be #115 in the Koi series.

Since this Koi was a little on the thin side, I thought he looked like a young Koi just jutting out from his protective older cousin who he usually glides under and around. If you watch Koi you’ll always see the little ones saddling up besides the bigger koi for protection.

“The Farm in the Hollow” A painting a day

$100.00 + $6.5 priority mail

The size of this painting is 11 by 15 inches, a watercolor on 100% cotton rag paper.  

Of course if you would like a more professional look you could always frame it in a 16 by 20 inch standard size frame with a mat. I sell this size painting framed for $300.00 So you see a little do- it- your- self can save you lots of money.

I’ve never lived in snow country and lots of folks tell me they like the way the cool snow paintings done in blues and greens look, I however have always tried to make my snow paintings a little warmer. Usually I put yellow or orange in the sky and it just seems to make the white of the paper (snow) glow a bit more by contrast.

Winter Surprise


This winter has been a bit confusing for all of our plants and trees, some keep trying to bloom because it has been so warm. This week is a perfect example it will be very cold, say 42 to 54 degrees for a day or two, then it will be 60-70 degrees. The poor plants keep putting out flowers thinking springs here. Our magnolia tree puts out a few flowers and it almost seemed sad because I knew those flowers would die in a day or so. I thought it would be good to paint one of the Magnolia flowers, even though it was starting to turn brown.

This is a watercolor on paper,11 by 15 framed in a gold metal frame, 16 by 20. inches $100.00 plus $ 6.5 s & H

“Peace” or How to flatten out a watercolor painting . A painting a day art lesson

 4 by 6 watercolor on paper $12.00 Special of the week.  5.0 S & H priority mail

We had a very nice Christmas dinner, (I cooked, call Ripley’s believe it or not). We didn’t even have to call the fire department!

I have been asked about my methods for flattening out watercolor paintings after they have dried. Its an easy process and I think the paintings are so much more appealing.

There are times when your have painted with a lot of water and your paper has buckled. This is easy to fix. I don’t usually tape down my paper especially for these small paintings. Often they don’t need flattening, but if they do, time is of the essence when you’re painting at least one painting a day. I’m like most folks and anything to save me a few minutes helps. Taping or stapling paper is just another chore, so I just don’t do it most of the time. If my paper becomes warped I flatten it back out with a press.

You don’t have to have a press you can just use two pieces of form-core
(or anything flat, like wood, or gator board), but since I’ve been asked about my press, I’ll show you how it works.
It can be made rather easily by putting a hinge on two pieces of wood. This one is specifically for small paintings since it only measures 11 by 14. Using piano hinges is also a good idea, this one has regular hinges.


You can see the bottom board is larger than the top board, both are plywood. The bottom board is marked off with tape where the painting should sit. The top is just plywood too, but to make sure the plywood doesn’t stain the painting, I’ve taped mat board to the top board.


You place some paper towels on the bottom piece of plywood, place your painting face down, moisten the back of the painting lightly, place more towels on top of the painting and close the top.press4.jpg


Here’s what mine looks like with the painting inside.
You usually have to put something heavy on top, my cat will do for now…. but most of the time I just use books
peace.jpgI hope you enjoyed this little explanation .
 Like this painting says…. PEACE

The loner

The loner

6 by 6 Acrylic 30.0

This is an acrylic painting on Illustration board, I painted it several days ago but because I have so many paintings held back, I decided not to paint today and place this one up as today’s painting. Its always a bit bitter sweet for me on Christmas eve and I can be a bit melancholy as my mother passed away on Christmas Eve 1989. So here is a small painting of a tree standing tall and alone allowing the setting sun to shine on its leaves as it catches its last rays of warmth.

“Perseverance” Koi swiming upstream

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7.5 by 11 watercolor on Illustration Board. 75.00

Perseverance  just seems to  be the right word for these three fish.

These three koi I imagine them swimming upstream fighting the waters rushing down around them. They are painted semi abstractly but yet real enough that you can see that they are Koi.

“Turkois” a Koi painted on wood 6 by 6


6′ by 6′ watercolor on gessoed wood panel, with a very light coat of varnish.
$50.00 SOLD

The great thing about this piece is that is has painted sides.. so… it looks like galley wrap. I love the color turquoise and when I told my husband I was painting a koi in turquoise water he said “call it turk kois ” so another play on words but its better then Koi #110. Which by the way is its number in the Koi series.

OK.. so here is how you do this. You buy wood cut into 6 by 6 then you gesso the wood with either acrylic gesso or watercolor gesso, both work well.
Put on at least two coats using a sponge roller, a sponge brush or a bristle brush, allowing the gesso to dry between coats. Sand it down a bit if it’s too rough for your liking. I actually try to give it a bit of texture by criss crossing the brush and dancing the brush across the wood . I feel it gives more movement to the water.

Once it’s dry you can paint with acrylic or watercolor. if using watercolor you have to have the paint as thick as creme but not tacky, other wise it will not appear wet.  Once dry spray with fixative for watercolor or spray varnish for acrylics.  If using varnish for watercolor, brush on with as few strokes as possible as the watercolor will tend to lift with too much back and forth movement of a brush. You can thin the varnish and pour it on, tiping and tilting the painting to get the varnish to coat the painting, then finish up with light brushing.