Thursday, October 29, 2009


Did a little tonal guide to my current watercolor palette, and it looks like I could stand to add some variety to the reds. Watching paint dry is an expression that conveys the ultimate tedious activity...but I really love watching the way watercolor changes as it dries, especially the paints that have sediment (plus it happens pretty quickly). Small pleasures.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sketch for zinnia painting

Initial sketch from life
and a photo reference for later (another bouquet from the garden). There's an electric blue-purple to the indigo spires that I haven't figured out how to mix yet, not to mention the fuschia zinnia. Hope to post the completed painting soon!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

From the garden

Today's backyard bouquet

Monday, October 19, 2009

More sketches

Quick sketches of a ceramic figurine of a chipmunk and paste.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Afternoon sketches


The top sketch was done on Arches 140lb paper (great for pen and ink w/watercolor that involves NO washes). I decided to make my own watercolor sketchbook by tearing 7.5inX11in sections of this paper and joining with bulldog clips. The zinnia was done in a sketchbook with heavy, non-watercolor paper.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Flying (2)
Guess I've got herons on the brain after a few days near the water.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back from Northern California

Muir Woods redwoods and ferns, Mt Tam area, China Camp State Park, kelp that looks like Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas (Point Reyes), Tomales Bay (a place where they serve great clam chowder)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

'Wyoming' canna

Wyoming canna
So, the foliage and bloom on this canna make me happy every time I look at it.