American goldfinch and scarlet tanager.
I actually had many goldfinches at my feeder this spring, first time. Have yet to see a tanager.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Sunday, June 05, 2016
Thursday, June 02, 2016
A day (half a day, actually) of plein air painting in Cape May, NJ. Cloudy and breezy conditions favored smaller paintings; these were done on a 12x18 block. Trying to get the curve of the shoreline to lie flat, primarily. Decided to avoid the issue entirely in my third sketch.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Hello. It's been a long time.
I have been painting now and then, and often think of getting the blog going again and, as important, getting back into the blogger community.
I think my smartphone and Facebook have made me lazy.
I've been posting paintings on FB, in some painting groups there ... You get a lot of "likes" sometimes but it's very impersonal and so less gratifying and ultimately less interesting and purposeful.
Writing a blog post and interacting with other bloggers facilitated a lot of thinking about painting. I've missed it.
Here are a few paintings I did at the beginning of the year.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015
In the first one, composed this little group from different reference photos. I'm trying to add some surroundings too.
These were both painted on cold press paper; I think I'd like to try them on hot press.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
I can see I need to darken the foreground albatross's back feathers ...
After reading a post on Vandy Massey's blog that featured a couple of her watercolor journal pages, I pulled out one of the many sketchbooks I have bought with the idea of keeping my own journal but that, until today, have gone unused. I now have so many paints, pencils, pens, etc. that I'm overwhelmed. A little empirical knowledge can only help.
I had, last fall, started a little picture of a pine cone in this sketchbook--which I really like: nice size, nice paper; the sketch was pretty weak, no darks. I happened to have these Pitt markers on my desk, and started filling in ... It's the best pine cone I've ever drawn!
Friday, January 23, 2015
What a beautiful bird! Common to southeastern Australia ... so lucky me to have the Internet and see a bird I'd never see otherwise.
Went on a bird walk Monday with the local Audubon group and saw my first flicker and just missed seeing my first cedar waxwing; they're here, I just never see them! Also saw, among many other kinds--gadwalls, wigeons, mallards--two beautiful ducks: hooded merganser and ring-necked duck.