Blue blue blue tissue on claybord















This is 4 by 4 $30.00 painted in watercolor on tissue paper which has been secured to claybord. It has a gloss finish and would look lovely for someone who like these colors. A bit of an abstract landscape.
So I guess you would call it a collage.

Lake Wylie Fishermen’s Hammock


While walking my dogs I came across this fisher men’s hammock.   Basically its just a rope tied to two trees so you can sit on the bank and fish.  The seat is made by placing small branches thru the ropes and weaving them so they stay in place.   Of course I had to sit in it and it was actually pretty comfy.  This hammock stayed up for over a year an a half and one day when I went by this secluded fishing spot, I was sad to see it was gone.  Of course it was probably taken by the same person who left a big mess all over the ground nearby of beer cans, tackle remnants, bait cartons and cigarette butts.  Geeze people… don’t litter the lake,  I just hate that!  Take a trash bag and carry it back out!

I think it would be fun to try to make one of these… Mine would probably drop you on your rear end!

Koi Solo Tribute to the Earth

7.5 by 8 inches 72.50

Watercolor on gessoed masonite, this painting can be turned in several directions, and it still looks good.  Thats the beauty of  water…

Koi like to be with other koi, they tend to all hang out together and when one strikes off to swim over to the other side of the pond the rest just automatically go with the Koi who has decided to move.  Often the largest fish will swim  will lead the other fish or so it seems, the smaller fish follow the larger fish hoping to be under the large fish’s protection.

Usually there will be one or two Koi who are loners, these fish seem shy and like to hide under Lillie pads or behind plants.  They swim out in the open but usually all alone.  It makes me think of how there are always people who would rather be alone rather than swim along with the crowd.

Waterr Saving Tip: Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only 1/3 full. Stopper tub before turning water. The initial burst of cold water can be warmed by adding hot water later.

 This is the 768 Post for this blog… Its two years old and still going strong.

Sky and Surf tribute to the Earth

Watercolor on canvas panel 8 by 10 75.00

It seemed like a beach sort of day today and I thought I would paint some surf.  I love all the colors you can see in water and especially water that’s moving.  I have always thought the color of water was pretty much the same everywhere you go but now I know this isn’t true.  The water on the east coast is much more green then the water on the west coast, and of course the water in the gulf of Mexico is much more Turquoise,  Sure, the time of day and the season also makes a difference so an artist can never really capture all the subtleties in the colors of the sky and Ocean. 

 You could be painting a beach painting everyday for a year and never really paint everything you see. 

 Its funny because this painting makes me want to paint a waterfall, so check back …maybe I’ll paint a waterfall tomorrow.

Hey! Are you even trying to save water?  How about this, buy a rain barrel.  You can water your yard in between rains.  If you don’t want to spend the money for a rain barrel, put out a bucket or two, you can always water the plants on your porch…. every little bit helps.

Rainy Day Friends, Beautiful Earth 10

9 by 7 watercolor on paper  $50.00

I’ve been wanting it to rain because we are in a pretty bad drought and the trees really need it.  I was on my usual walk around Mc Dowell park and many of the trees are losing their leaves already and some have gone brown or yellow.  The creek near the handicapped trail is almost dry and it looks worse than last year.  I don’t want a torrential rain, but a nice slow rain would be nice… I guess I’ll put my order in… never know unless you ask. 

Mushrooms always pop up after a rain and its fun to get out and see whats growing in the woods.

Water Saving Tip :  Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.

Beautiful Earth 08.08.08


This abstract painting a day is 11 by 15 ” and is a painting in mixed media on gessoed watercolor paper $200.00..

The gesso gives it a bit of texture.

I think it fits today’s date and this months theme.  If you really look you can get the feeling of water drops.
Wow, it feels great to actually have my painting uploaded and on line before midnight.   I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately and I may actually get some sleep tonight!


Water Saving Tip: compost food rather than use the water wasting garbage disposal.

Lake Wylie Moon, Beautiful Earth 07

Watercolor on Gessoed masonite…. 8 by 10 $75.00

There is a bit of glare on this photo but I’ll try to re-post in the morning because the photos are much better without a flash.

If you’ve ever looked at the moon hanging over the lake on a warm summer evening, you’ll know that the colors are muted yet beautiful.  You would think it would be quiet but the air is filled with the sounds of cicadas and tree frogs.  Its very beautiful and yet very mysterious. 


Our water ways…..

When I was in Camerton I noticed some of the waterways there were choked full of water weed, like blanket weed and Hydrilla, and that made me think of all the folks who unknowingly place plants in the lakes or ponds thinking it will be good for the lake.  Its never a good idea to introduce a plant ( or even an animal ) to an area if it isn’t native.  These plants mess up the delicate balance and many times take over an entire eco system, disrupting the balance of plants and even animals.  Usually changing that area for lifetimes to come.  Often that area will never be able to return to its natural state.   If you dom’t believe that just look at the Kudzu…. need I say more?

( if your not from the South you won’t know what I’m talking about) Kudzu was brough here from Asia as a good cheao alternative for live stock feed and it’s basically taking over, what saves us is our cooler temps in winter or we would be living in a Kudzu Jungle.  It can grow 1 to 2 feet a day.


Anyway… back on the soap box…

When your tired of that cute little turtle or fish… don’t release it into the waterways, even well meaning folks release alligators, fish or plants into marshes or waterways, thinking it won’t hurt.   They might even believe the unwanted pet is getting a great gift of freedom.  Most are taken out by predators they have never seen before.  Of course the opposite is true for instance Alligators could grow very large in a lake without predators, easily dining on waterfowl and worse, small pets!


Water saving Tip… wash your fruit and Veggies in a bowl rather than under the running faucet.

Beautiful Earth 06

4 inches by 4 inches, watercolor on ampersand ( aquaboard) $45.00

This painting is similar to my tribute to Monet series I did last month and I’m sure I haven’t finished this series as it’s one of my favorite to paint.  Also: it fits the theme for the month of August… Water.

It difficult to emphasize the importance of water and more specifically clean water.  If we could all do our part by being more aware of how many things we deal with on a regular basis that can seriously damage the fragile Eco systems in and around our water ways.  Most of the time it all comes down to the correct disposal of all types of household cleaners and often used chemicals.  Fluids like motor oil, anti freeze or household paint really should not go down the gutter or drain, yet I see folks do this everyday.  Paint thinners, varnishes, and fuels are often thrown onto the ground rather than sent to special recycle centers .  People over spray insecticides in and around their home not thinking about how these chemicals hurt lizards, frogs or small mammals.   I watch folks spraying insecticides all around bird feeders and bird baths not thinking they are actually hurting the birds they are attracting and these insecticides eventually end up into the ground water.  Take an extra moment next time you have to use any of these items to please be aware of how they are used and where they may end up.  Of course, last but not least… make sure to dispose of them properly.


Water saving Tip… When it rains put out several pails ( in a safe place) to capture all the free water, use it to water plants.  Just don’t forget it because Sketters will be out to get you!

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Today I went to Cramerton ( about 9 miles from my home) with 25 or so local artists and we painted standing in the grass along a winding river.    The scene was a small bend in the river with ducks and submerged logs.  Really very nice, but of course It was about 96 degrees and that was at 5:30 pm…   It didn’t take long for the sun to start to set and the temp to drop, good thing too cause I was melting. Painting plein aire is always a little tricky and today wasn’t an exception. The warm air kept drying out my paper so the first plan to have a nice wet into wet water scene kinda died as the paper was drying faster than I could paint.  Then again the oil painters had  lots of bugs in their paint so I can’t complain…
On to plan B and  I decided to do some exaggerated color and see how that would look.


Water Saving Tip: Only wash clothes when you have a full load of clothing, this could save 1000. gallons of H20 per year!

Here’s a picture of my buddy Martha who was painting to the right of me, we were stacked up like cord wood and to be honest, my view was a bit skewed.

This is a photo of the Mannco boys who are Martha’s sons.  The were thrilled to have found along the shorline a fishing line with a  hook and a worm all ready to go.   In this photo you can see them trying to catch dinner. 


Here are some of the other artists… there in front is Bob from my Saturday morning drawing sessions.

All in all it turned out well and I left before dark.  Maybe next time I’ll take oil… stuff doesn’t dry out so fast!