"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Old Man


I created this painting as the lesson for my next intermediate watercolor class at Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  This is done mostly from my mind, and I used a limited palette of Dragon's Blood, Payne's Grey and green.  The detailing was done by dipping the end of a kabob holder in the payne's grey into wet paint. The colors were added first wet-in-wet forming the face and then the detailing.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Watercolor Class

I will not be holding my Intermediate Watercolor Class tonight at Riverside Art Center.
Thanks, Barb

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Which Do You Prefer?


                                                                                             
                                                                                 
The top painting is one I did last week for last night's lesson at Riverside Art Center.  The bottom picture is the one I did during the class period last night with the class (and afterward.)

Which one do you like the best.  Last week's painting is tighter and more stylistic and last night's is a little looser. Last night's painting is also cropped more tightly.  Last week's painting is more colorful. Which do you prefer?  I am curious!          

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Boneyard WiP



I have been working on a new drawing for a painting from a photo by Carla Parris (Carla Parris photography).   It is hard to see and I apologize for that.

It is 30 inches across and 15 inches tall and is drawn on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  It is taking me quite a long time to get it drawn.  Well - back to work!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tomatoes in Copper Colander


I completed this painting during the weekend - a good activity for cold, snowy weather ...it is a painting for my intermediate watercolor class to paint.  It is 8" x  9" and is painted on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

It is painted from a photo on the Paint My Picture web site and the photographer is Lillian Bell.  I am unhappy that the camera read the colors so strongly- especially the reds in the tomatoes.  They are not that intense in the painting.

The most difficult thing to paint in this painting was the background, and then the tomatoes.  I could not get them to look like tomatoes and finally gave up.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Star Barn

This is one  of the paintings I have prepared for my intermediate watercolor class at Riverside Art Center.  It is painted on Canson's 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  The source photo was from Cricket Hackmann Photography with permission from the photographer.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Autumn Leaves Final


I think that I have finished this - finally!   I will leave it unframed for a while and look at it and analyze, etc.  This is a full sheet of  watercolor paper - 30" x 22" and is totally transparent watercolor.  This was painted on 1140 pound Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.  I love this paper - it is very responsive and workable.  I am open to suggestions, criticisms, etc.
This is from a photo I found on the web site Paint My Photo by Andre van de Sande.