Monday, December 31, 2007

At the Coast

5" x 7" watercolor on paper in Moleskine sketchbook

Here is a scene alone the dunes on an eastern coastline. The storm clouds overhead loomed as the rains began to fall.

Well, this will be my last entry for 2007. Since starting this blog in March, I've had over 2500 viewers. Thanks to all who stopped by. Come back for an even bigger 2008!Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 28, 2007

Cyclists' Portrait

5" x 7" watercolor on paper in Moleskine sketch book.
A somewhat abstract paining of some bike racers. Man, I need to work on my portrait skills! Ha, ha.Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Across Lee's Bridge

5" x 7" watercolor on paper in Moleskine sketchbook
This is a view across a river and bridge to the hills beyond. I'm trying out a new tube of Winsor and Newton manganese blue. You can see this intense color in the tree shapes on the right hand side of the painting. This color has wonderful granulation properties. I'll enjoy experimenting with it!Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy New Year Abstract

9" x 12" watercolor on 90lb. Acquarello paper
A little doodle for beginning 2008.
HNY everyone!!Posted by Picasa

Monday, December 17, 2007


12" x 9" watercolor on Fabriano paper
A kind of abstract look at a mountain-side waterfall.Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 13, 2007

North Rim

12" x 9" watercolor on watercolor canvas
Yet another for the 'Winter 2007' collection. I enjoy working
on this Fredrix watercolor canvas. Corrections are very easy in that even
the staining colors do not absorb into the canvas, so wiping out and painting
over is a snap.Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Winter Wonderland

5" x 7" watercolor on paper in Moleskine sketchbook
More in the series of winter paintings.Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Merry Christmas Tree

7" x 5" watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper
Season's Greetings and Happy New Year to all!!Posted by Picasa

Monday, December 10, 2007

3 Christmas Cards

5" x 7" watercolor on paper - Moleskine sketchbook.
A quicky, loose sketch of three cardinals with a "patch on patch" background.
This is something Frank Webb does with many of his fine backgrounds. The secret to pulling
it off successfully is keeping the 'patches' very close in value.
Happy Holidays, everyone!! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 24, 2007


22" x 30" watercolor on 140# cold pressed Arches
This is a full sheet abstract I've started for a friend. Will tweak as necessary to match the decor and wall color in her home. Stay tuned for the finished work.
11/30/07 - Update: My friend said she likes this one as is, so this is the way it will stay. I'm very happy she likes it!Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tree Study

6" x 6" watercolor on Strathmore paper.
This was a study of negative painting techniques. Notice how the
foliage seems to be 'carved' out of the dark background shape. Likewise,
the white tree trunk seems to pop out of the darker background. Negative
painting is very fun to do in watercolor -- it does take some practice.Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 05, 2007

Chasing the Sun

9" x 12" watercolor on 90 lb. cold press Fabriano paper
An imaginary flight over the Pacific Ocean following the setting sun.
This one came out darker than I would have liked. I over-worked it. That is the risk that all painters take by continuing after a statement has been made. Learning when to stop "fiddling" is much easier said than done!Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Cliffs at Dawn

30" x 22" watercolor on 140lb. Hot Press Arches paper
This actually started out as something else in mind, but the painting evolved kind of on its own. I really enjoy working on smooth, hot press watercolor paper. It really takes washes well and when you work full-size, you can use large flat brushes (2" and better).Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 29, 2007

Peabody Construction

9" x 12" watercolor and ink on 140lb. Fabriano paper

This was done from an on-site pencil sketch at a local construction site.
The tractor/digger looked rather lonely among the brush, but
made for a nice contrast vs. the natural setting.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


5" x 7" watercolor on 90lb. Fabriano CP

Another quick sketch of a warm beach scene. Enjoy!Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Quicky Floral

7" x 5" watercolor on 90lb. Fabriano paper
Just a fast, loose sketch of some flowers in a blue pot/vase.
I'm hoping to make larger paintings from these small studies -
somewhere down the road.Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 22, 2007

Backlit Trees

5" x 7" watercolor in Moleskine sketch book
A fall painting of some trees backlit by late afternoon sunshine.Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Office Window View (Las Colinas)

5" x 8" watercolor in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook
This is the view I see daily when looking out the window at
work. Looking into the sun (East) toward downtown
Las Colinas and Dallas, TX.Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Paper Stand

22" x 15" watercolor on 300lb. Arches
A park-side view of a lake with a city in the distance. Please forgive the poor perspective on the foreground newspaper stand. I see I was off by a good bit. Oh well, practice makes perfect (so THEY say!)
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Randolph Barn

11" x 17" watercolor on 90lb. sketching paper
Just a quick rendition of a nearby barn on some farm land.
It's still 90+ degrees here in TX - waiting for some Fall type weather!Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


20" x 30" oil on Yupo paper
An abstract view of an old Roman aqueduct. Yupo paper is a slick-surfaced paper
that can take all media. I've used it before for watercolor and acrylic, now I wanted to
try it with oils. Most of this was done by applying thin layers of paint via the knife.Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Morning Stroll

15" x 22" watercolor on 300lb. Arches
An early morning walk with the trusty canine. This is the
first painting on 300lb. paper in a long time. I'm also getting
a bit more brave and working up to more full-size sheets.Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fall Feeling

5" x 7" watercolor on 140lb Canson paper.
I am personally ready for a bit of autumn. Cooler weather, longer
shadows, warmer colors.Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Still Life

12" x 16" watercolor on Canson 140lb.
Just more watercolor practice. Keeping the loose style feeling.Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 17, 2007

Teacher and Student

10" x 14" watercolor on 140lb. Fabriano
I thought I'd do a rare figure study for a change. The photo is of me and one of my favorite artists -- Charles Sovek. This was taken at a workshop I took in AZ. The painting was done rather quickly, in a loose style that I've been experimenting around with. If nothing else, this just proves that I need to work on my "people" paintings :^)
I need to get more confident with painting facial details without getting too picky and overly detailed. Anybody who has ever worked with watercolor can tell you that this is easier said than done!Posted by Picasa

Monday, September 10, 2007

Capricorn Cove (aerial view)

12" x 16" oil on masonite panel (unframed)
$20.00 (free shipping to US)
This is a bird's-eye view of a coastal town. I used very fluid oil paint and worked in layers. Each additional layer used 'fatter' paint (more linseed or stand oil mixed with turp). I'm finding I really enjoy working with a more fluid painting style. I'll experiment further and display some more here. As always, thanks for looking and your comments are welcome!Posted by Picasa