Working on my larger painting WIP


This is an oil painting which I have shown before… I’m still working on it.   As many artists know sometimes its about 80% thinking 20 % painting.    This  painting may look  familiar as I painted this in watercolor.  I have revisited this theme after a few weeks away from it.  Well not really away, I see it constantly since it sits in my painting space and is 48 by 48.   The two paintings ( watercolor and Oil) will not be the same but similar.   I find I like the idea of trying out the concept in both mediums.    I’ve been getting ready for the holidays and like everyone else, I have to wrap presents, clean house cook food and basically get ready for company.  This really cuts into the painting time but its only once a year.  I may go out and get a small Christmas tree today.  It all  depends on the price, I hate to spend too much since Christmas is only five days away.  Perhaps after the Holiday rush I’ll get it completed.  It needs to be re stretched …. it has lost some of its spring, I want to put it on a deeper support anyway.  I don’t plan to frame this painting and will sell it as a warp around.

December Snow


Watercolor on paper  $100.0 7.25 by 9 inches. I’ve been trying out some different palettes for snow.     This one is painted with  Burnt sienna, Manganese blue, antwerp blue, raw sienna, cobalt lavender, ultramarine blue.  You could also use Sepia instead of ultramarine blue and  and burnt sienna.  You could skip the cobalt lavender as not much is used…   The raw sienna is barely used also..   I had more  raw sienna in the background and it looked very good but I ended up glazing over it because I decided not to place as much emphasis  in the back.

A painting a day

I’m not sure that I mentioned to everyone that I have finished my painting a day regimen. I did stick to it for two years… Now, I will only paint several small paintings a week. Its good practice and allows me a kind of freedom that I don’t always have with the larger works or commissions. Looking back over my painting a day commitment, I know it was good for me and I learned a lot. Mostly about myself. It was surprising because with only a few hours to finish a painting each day, I had to pick either a simple subject or a difficult subject painted simply. Usually (not always, everyone likes a shortcut once in a while) I opted for a difficult subject painted simply. Thus I found all kinds of ways to create depth, tried my hand at abbreviated brush strokes and learned to like things with accidents, drips, soft edges and less detail. Basically, how to do everything economically, This wasn’t a big stretch because I learned long ago that I loved realism but that I <u>really</u> loved loosely painted, wet into wet, free flowing water color even more. So…. as each day progress, I tried to incorporate a less detailed approach. I learned to trust my instincts, gave myself permission to just try it, like not fighting the urge to put that color in there or leave out those lines or change the perspective to whatever usually doesn’t seem right. My style seemed to emerge little by little, one day I would stand back and say, “I like that!”… then figure out why, add that to my mental list of gotta do that more often” and my approach to painting gradually and uniquely became my own. For me, one of the best things that happened is<b><i><u> I don’t beat myself up over poorly painted work</u></i></b>. I don’t feel let down by the not so perfect paintings… I now know (not just intellectually, but really know) the road is not a straight one where, when you reach the end, you are a perfect painter, never creating another work of art that is less then perfect. Best of all, I don’t have that feeling that every work I start has to end up a masterpiece, its ok to try anything, push forward into unknown color schemes, unfamiliar products and subject matter. Each painting doesn’t have to be better than the last and I’ll learn something about painting and about myself with each painting so they all have value. Even if they end up in the trash. P.S. If it bothers you to throw them out, gesso over them and paint another painting in a few days when the gesso is dry.


Here is a photo of a dragonfly sitting on a piece of drift wood near my pond.  I miss my Koi…

If you would like to use this photo for reference… you may do so… as I took the photo.  





December Rose ll


6 by 9….  watercolor on paper $50.00  

This background is white… it looks a bit pink because of some reflective light.

I’m trying to finish several other projects right now…  one is my larger Koi painting….a watercolor on paper which is highlighted on my painting a week blog.  I think I’ll be finished with it tomorrow.   Then there is my big 44 by 44 oil painting, several small watercolors and another 6 foot by 8 foot watercolor which I want to get out before Christmas.

Whew… Am I busy!  my painting a week blog

December Rose



8 by 10 watercolor on paper 75.00 5.5 s& H

I have painted a lot of roses but  I try to paint them all a little differently so it gives each rose a unique feel.

This background is white…  if this photo’s background looks anything but white thats because the light I used to light the painting for the photo was a warm light. If you would like to purchase this painting, I would be glad to take another photograph so you can see the difference.  cio!

Santa in the off season


4 inches by 6 inches 30.0  watercolor on  paper.  


I was just practicing painting faces,&  as a warm up I painted this old gentleman.  Of course probably because its December I thought he looked like Santa. Tomorrow at open studio I plan to paint a fairy for a good on line buddy that was nice enough to give me her Watercolors. In fact… the deep blue paint that is in this painting is from her free gift.    Anyway, I wanted to check a few things… and after some thought, I’ve decided to paint the fairy much more “Loose” as we artists say… more like my Koi.