“Pretty Eyes” Koi painting 8″ by 10″ on gessoed masonite $99.00

In several places  on this painting…the paint is thick and it has a tendency to reflect back to the camera lens. You will see this reflection mostly on the reddish orange fish.  In person it does look like this it looks like the thinner paint.

I love painting these Koi just a bit animated or you might say with personality…  Koi speak volumes while looking back at me while I peer down at them thru the water.  It’s amazing how many actually do look up at me.   

All dogs go to heaven #17 farm days


A beautifully painted painting with my favorite buds…” Farm days” is just one of in my series “All dogs go to heaven”

This special painting is a watercolor on clayboard (ampersand), it has very slight or light texture and is a 5 by 7. It sells for only $50.00

I will spray it with a mat clear spray for protection and can be framed without glass. These small paintings make great gifts and are treasured by any dog lover.

Sunny Day Koi

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I painted this the other day while I was demonstrating to my art class how the gessoed surface works with watercolor. Because this painting wasn’t finished I went ahead and finished it up in my studio. My Koi are very hungry these days and keep uprooting my lilies which have three or four lilly pads struggling to grow. The nights are still cool but I will assume the weather will be warmer any day now and those koi and the lilies will be growing!
8 by 10 watercolor on gessoed masonite sealed with a polymer clear coat. $95.00

Koi Solo

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This is on gessoed Masonite, (watercolor) Its for sale for 40.00
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Turned in my painting today for the “spring into Art” art show at the Charlotte Art League, lets hope it gets into the show. Since these things are subjective, its hard to know what will get in and what won’t. Sometimes I select the wrong piece to enter for the wrong judge. Once when I was helping out with a show I overheard the judge say to his assistant, well, now I have to pick an obligatory nude. True to his word, he only chose one nude to go into the show and it wasn’t one of the two that I entered. You never know…. I also put in a still life which I didn’t think was as good as either of the two nudes and it got in…

Big Red SOLD

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four inches by four inches watercolor on clayboard. 25.00

The weather seems strange to me right now…. you know not hot or cold but both in one day… 25 degrees at night and almost 70 during the day. I have to change clothes at about 11 am each day. My allergies are acting up and I’m pretty sure its the Bradford pears. Every year when they bloom I get the headache from you know where.

Its a small price to pay for their beauty, the flowers are starting to bloom and I always enjoy being outside during the spring afternoons . This morning I drove by the nursery looking at the flowers & as I rolled by ever so slowly in my car knowing its still too cold to think about planting I let out a sigh. The promise of spring was right there in all that lavish color but not yet I must wait.
First things first, I need to clean out some more closets and also my back porch. During the winter months I let the back deck go and its a bit of a mess, all the flowers pots are stacked up against the fence with dog toys laying wet and moldy on the ground and a pile of leaves I never picked up. The dogs have turned the deck into their private wwf wrestling area. They go out there and sit or lay in the sun waiting for a chance to go out beyond the fence gate and sniff the smells of spring or maybe they just want to check their pee mail.

Koi Down Stream… Egg tempra on clayboard

Koi Downstream

8 inches by 10 inches, egg tempera on clayboard

$75.00 USD,  $6.50 shipping and handling
( btw don’t forget to check out my latest BIG watercolor on my other blog… http://h20color.wordpress.com)

This painting was painted in a class situation with instructor, Ashley Lathe. He’s an artist in residence at the Mc Coll center of the Arts in Charlotte NC.

I enjoyed his class and found him to be an informative and easy going instructor.   He demonstrated the mixing of the paint with the egg yoke and then proceeded to paint a small painting, explaining the various strengths and challenges of the media. 

Before starting, you should used soap and a bit of water on your brushes to coat the brush hairs.  Apparently if the egg dries on the brush its almost impossible to get out.  So you might want to have your brushes ready to go before you mix up the paint.  Also consider using cheap synthetic brushes till you become used to the process.  No one likes to ruin a good brush.

 We didn’t use dry pigment but took a little shortcut and used watercolor pigment.  This was good news for me since I have a fishing tackle box full of watercolor paint. First we separated an egg and kept only the egg yoke.  Then we pierced the egg yoke and only used the inside of the yoke throwing away the membrane.  We added 2 tablespoons of distilled water to each large egg yoke and mixed it thoroughly.  Using an eye dropper, the yoke mixture is then placed on a glass pallet with equal parts watercolor pigment.  Then mixing with a spatula to insure the yoke and the paint are completely mixed, your ready to go.  Of course, you only make the amount of paint to cover an area you can paint before the pigment becomes too sticky.  This is where experience helps. 

  If you need to make a color from more than one pigment say yellow and blue to make green, do this before adding the yoke.

Ashley explained to us when painting with the egg tempera paint you should always pull paint from a pool of paint and not from outer dryer area of the paint.  This will give you more time before the paint dries on your piece.  I also chose to wet my clayboard to give me a wet into wet look for the first two layers of paint.  This also gave me a little extra time to get a feel for the consistency and the drying time of the paint. 

This painting is a bit darker than I usually paint only because the egg tempra does not dry back like watercolor.  It holds its luminosity and is very translucent.

This type of painting seems to work well for glazing because like watercolor you can put a second color over the first to create a third color.   There is a stain glass look to the finished product because when dry, the paint continues to have a surface sheen.  Texture was easy to achieve and you can almost use anything including a palette knife or a scratch tool  These paintings do not have to be framed under glass and should last many lifetimes if properly handled.  

All in all this was a good experience and I’m sure you’ll see egg tempra paintings in  the weeks to come.

Wandering

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5 inches by 5 inches
watercolor on gessoed illustration board. 35.00 plus shipping

This landscape was painted with thick watercolor and very little water. The colors are naples yellow, primary red, indigo, pthalo blue and pthalo green .