Monday, July 27, 2020



A couple more oystercatchers.

Sunday, July 26, 2020



Very humid here, so I got a lot of fuzzy edges, but the humidity also allowed me to keep dropping color into the darks to make them darker.

Saturday, July 25, 2020



I visited a nearby gallery with my friend Gina this week and saw some lovely, simple watercolors of shorebirds.
Made me want to paint!
Starting off with one of my favorites, the American oystercatcher.
I may go back and add some dry brush texture to the wing; overworked the chest and wound up having to add a schmear of white gouache.

Friday, July 24, 2020

kitchen table still life


I don't know why, despite my desire and intent, I cannot maintain a consistent painting practice. I am going to keep trying.
My kitchen table was covered with colorful fruit and vegetables after a trip to the farm market.
Sat down and had at it, no plan. ... I like the way the yellow of the lemons bled into the purple: that's my favorite part!
So, I was going to add something on the left, to, I hoped, help the composition, which is pretty awful.
But, typically, I can't decide what to do. A bowl? A vase? Maybe wallpaper?
Sometimes plunging in leads to unsolvable problems down the road.
At least I got the paints wet!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

trumpet vine


Even though I have many lovely flowers blooming in my yard, I have not had the desire to paint in quite a while.
I picked these sprigs of trumpet vine--I love the dark orange color--this morning and literally forced myself to make a loose sketch.
I'm not happy with it, of course!
But ... gotta start somewhere.