Thursday, January 20, 2022

arya

 7x10

A little painting of my little Arya sitting in a box.
There are boxes flung everywhere in my house for the enjoyment of cats.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

bird class


Three birds painted in SaltyWater Art's zoom class: western gull, pomarine jaeger, and least tern.
I enjoy Ronna's class; we often paint something I wouldn't have chosen on my own!


Friday, December 31, 2021

more birds

                                 8x8

A little titmouse. Titmouses are winter visitors here in southern NJ, such pretty birds!
                                 6x6

I usually see a lot of house wrens inmy yard, not so many Carolina wrens, but they have been plentiful of late, rummaging in the leaf piles.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

mockingbird

                                 11x12
Mockingbird painted with Ronna Fujisawa, whose Zoom classes I am really enjoying.
The feet need some work.

And, below, a mockingbird I painted on my own. I really messed up the placement of the legs; tried to "fix" it and messed it up again.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

house sparrows

all @ 4x6

I never tire of the sparrows.
These were all done quickly and loosely. I'd like to try for some larger, more finished paintings ...

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

zoom landscape class

                               11x12

Painted this WI winter scene in a Zoom workshop with Paul Oman.
While I was painting it I thought it was disastrous ... and up close it really does not look very good!
But, step back and the values take over. And then it doesn't look so bad.

Something I'm often unhappy with are the outlines of things, like the distant tree line, or where the distant trees meet the ground.
When I watch teachers they seem to get a natural-looking outline without fussing. But even when I try for just going for it, I rarely get the edge I envisioned.
Something that will require 10,000 hours of practice.


Monday, December 20, 2021

robins

                              5x7 each

Such a pretty bird. Familiar and pleasing.
Never 100% happy with the breast color ... I want a dark brightness that I haven't figured out how to get.


Thursday, December 09, 2021

birds

                               5x7 each

Painted these is a Zoom class with Ronna Fujisawa. 

Persimmon tree on my walk:

Monday, December 06, 2021

snow

                               7x11

... hopefully we'll get some this year. I think it's beautiful and I love the dampening effect it has on reality: everything gets so quiet.

Took a few photos last time we had significant snow here--two winters ago? maybe three! The photos actually don't look like much: all very gray and without strong contrasts. But that gives me a chance to work on my grays.

Friday, December 03, 2021

drawings~possible paintings

My kitchen window ... thinking about a painting. Maybe.
Found a little branch of dried up oak leaves in the yard on Thanksgiving. Did a pen drawing just to observe the shapes ... But I think the "feel" of them would probably be best captured in sumi-style painting. Something I'd like to try ...

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

lilies


Lilies and pine cones. Two subjects I love. Both deceptively difficult, for me anyway.
Planted about two dozen lily bulbs this weekend; so, midsummer, I should get plenty of practice. (These were painted from a stalk of fake flowers.)
Also planted three dozen tulip bulbs! Hope the squirrels will not eat them all!

Sunday, November 28, 2021

cats

                                 arya

The great thing about painting white cats is what great practice it is in painting as little as possible.

                   arya, sansa, and gilly

Saturday, November 27, 2021

birds

A couple of flickers--i love their coloring and markings--and a kinglet. He should be a golden-crowned kinglet but I goofed and grabbed red, as if he were a ruby- crowned.

And heres a beautiful bird I was unfamiliar with, the strawberry finch, which I painted in Ronna Fujisawa's class.

Monday, November 15, 2021

for connie

                             9x12

Last week a woman in one of the online classes I attend passed away suddenly after a brief illness The people in the class have been painting together for a long time, and they were all devastated. I'm the newcomer but I will miss her too: her kindness and sweet smile, her beautiful, elegant paintings.
The homework this week: paint a floral and, in the spirit of generosity and friendship that defined Connie, gift it to a friend.
                                  8x8
                                  9x12

Sunday, November 14, 2021

painting barns on zoom

                                  11x15
                                 11x15

Painted a couple of WI barns with artist Paul Oman this week. Really enjoy his classes and his painterly style.
In the first one, on top, I kept getting the paper too wet, especially in the background trees, where the paint kept diffusing.
I was able to control the water better in the second one.

Monday, November 08, 2021

bayshore

7x11

A subject I never tire of, and never "master"--each time I approach it, it's like I'm starting over, which maybe isn't a bad thing.

Sunday, November 07, 2021

zoom workshop

                             11x15
                               8x10

From two separate workshops with Paul Oman. I really enjoy his classes and his approach, which is very painterly.

                               6x8


Saturday, October 30, 2021

some birds

                                 6x8

The last few weeks my yard has been full of active little yellow-rumped warblers. My attempt to depict one, above, is a little fanciful, though they are gray and brown with black and white wing bars and a streaky breast.
I painted this on some hot press paper I found. May try again on CP.

Below, a couple of similarly inaccurate wrens!

                                 4x4


Friday, October 29, 2021

wip

                               9x12

Pecking away at this: it's from a photo of a holiday wreath I made last year. 
Not sure it's going to work, but I'm going to try to "finish" it, hoping I'll get some insight on how to do a better version.
Found a pile of hot press paper, which I gave up on using a while ago. Going to keep this around for now though; think it might be good for ink drawings or maybe watercolor pencils?
                                  6x8

Thursday, October 28, 2021

bayshore scenes

                               5x7

A couple of small studies of scenes near my house.
The idea was to simplify ... the only way I know how to do that is to paint wet and let the puddles do the simplifying.
I thought these were disastrous when I finished them but they are growing on me.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

snowy owl

                                7x11

Painted these last night in a Zoom class with Oregon artist Ronna Fujisawa. (Check out her website: SaltyWaterArt.com.) I like Ronna's approach: it's very direct, painterly, and stress-free!
I never would've attempted a snowy owl--all those markings!
I worked on two at a time because I have a tendency to paint too wetly and this way I can bounce back and forth. Though even so the paper was too wet sometimes ... but it's all right. Painting these owls was
very engrossing and fun.

Also beginning to work on making sketches of local birds-- wouldn't call the snowy owl local but they have been seen here!--that I can transfer to watercolor paper to paint with different backgrounds. 
First up: house sparrow.