Tuesday, June 30, 2009
As I continue to make changes in my new work space I brought in a table I have used for still life set- ups many times in the past and put it near the north window. With a few D'Anjou pears and a hard-working linen table scarf I began the process of getting comfortable with the work area. It will take some settling in but this is a good beginning. This watercolor still life is 6"x8".
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I took a photo of this iris about a month ago. It was an overcast day and this was the only blooming iris in the garden. Photos were coming out decidedly dull when the sun broke out momentarily, making the bloom glow with a brilliant late afternoon light. I plan on doing a larger painting of this study before long. This study is 5"x7". Sold.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This year has not been a big year for iris, at least not yet but this one blooms bravely. Daffodils and iris seem to be among the few bulbs the ground squirrels leave alone so they are a standard in mountain flower beds. This one is a pale velvety violet.
This study is watercolor on paper and measures 8 3/4"x 6 1/2".
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
This study is the first, I hope, of many cherry pieces this summer. They're great summer eating but painting them is even better. The rich colors of this batch are just over the top.
This watercolor on paper is 5"x7". SOLD.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
In the rain-soaked garden I spotted this the first of the columbine blooms of the year. They are such beautiful and delicate flowers, yet so undemanding and reliable. I've never seen them in the woods or open areas around here but these came from the eastern sierras years ago, and planted in the flower garden they have done well year after year. The rain has been one of those gentle all-night and off and on all day deals, soaking the drought-plagued forest and filling the air with the incredible fragrance of pine and sage and all rain-soaked things. Um....wet dogs too but I hardly add that one to the fragrance list.
This study is a watercolor on paper and is 7"x5".
Friday, June 5, 2009
Yesterday I got started on doing a little work on this still life I did a few years ago. I had stripped the varnish and just needed to work on one small area but one thing led to another and before I knew it hours had slipped by and I had reworked several areas I had thought were fine. Fiddling with a finished painting can be disastrous but in this case it seems to have been just what it needed. Just what I needed too!