Wednesday, September 27, 2017

a willet?


I'm not 100 percent sure what kind of bird this is ... a willet, perhaps?

Monday, September 25, 2017

more beachgoers

Another painting from one of my photos. And my completed homemade sketchbooks--two with Coptic binding, one with Japanese stab binding.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


From a photo I took last summer.
Didn't get to the beach much this summer, for some reason. Always regret not having had enough fun when summer ends!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Another sketch of beachgoers. Feel it could use some punching up ... But I'll leave it and call it a hazy day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sunday project

Working on making a few little watercolor journals: two with Coptic binding, one with a simple Japanese stab binding.
Also, a little contour drawing. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Not working ...

I set up a little still life that I thought looked so nice, simple and bright.
But I couldn't translate it to the paper (one mistake was using masking fluid).
So, inspired by Rhonda at Watercolors and Words, I decided to try to fill the space a la Shirley Trevena ... Easier said than done as I don't have her facility with shapes, among other things.
But, I figured it couldn't hurt to practice on a failed painting.
This is how far I got this morning.

Friday, September 08, 2017


From a picture I took of an oyster farmer returning to the dock.
Overworked the dark greens a bit--they kept drying too light. And I was hoping to get more variety in there; when I painted it, I thought I was varying them...not enough though.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

photo refs

Yesterday was the last day of the summer flounder season.
Didn't catch any flounder, but got a couple of nice reference photos.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Bad paper :-(

Didn't finish this little sketch--struggled too long with it as it is--because the paper was not cooperating.
I have this problem with paper sometimes--too old? too much humidity? It becomes absorbent, flattening the color and making mixing on the paper and hard edges impossible.