Inspired by one of my favorite quotes "If you are not living on the Edge, you are taking up too much Space", and also the challenge of Larry Seiler, from whom I am following a teaching webcast on painting and stretching my boundarys, I am going to start a blog of 120 (or more) paintings, all postcard size, some from life, others from photos refs. they will be primarily watercolor, as I strive to become a better watercolorist, but I may also deviate into other areas as my fancy takes me. I love to experiment so you never know what might surface.

I love ink drawings colored with watercolor or colored ink. but I am also trying to lay color down without first drawing , trying to loosen up the compulsion to detail that I have

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This is another ref from the wetcanvas weekend drawing event. It is painted on  6x6 handmade paper  with my favorite scented watercolors. I love painting clear glass. I have alot of fun with reflections.


Christmas Mug

This is painted on a watercolor card from a photo ref by signchick from wetcanvas. I used my new favorite Daniel Smith paints, Hot apple cider yellow, candycane red and pine tree green with a dab of cobalt blue


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Katz of color

another color experiment, after masking the white bits I fingerpainted with gamboge, permanent rose and ultramarine blue, on 5x7 canson block


Casa Battlo

Casa Batlló 
Using sensuous curves in iron and stone and glittering, luminous trencadis (collage of broken tiles and ceramic) on the facade, the Casa Batlló is widely thought to represent the legend of Saint George (the patron saint of Catalonia) and his dragon. The balconies are protected by imposing skull-like formations and supported by vertebrae-like columns representing the dragon's victims, while the spectacular roof is the dragon's humped and glossy scaled back. Saint George can be seen in the turret, his lance crowned by a cross. Although the admission price may seem steep compared to many other Gaudí attractions, the interior of the building is just as extravagantly spectacular as the exterior, with sinuous staircases, flowing wood paneling, and a stained-glass gallery supported by yet more bone-like columns.
this is a 5x7 rendition of the upper balcony and the scaled roof- fun playing with color


Monday, December 5, 2011


I really liked the intricacies of the metal on this old spigot against simplicity of the broken porcelain tile. the photo ref by just chaos from wetcanvas, taken at Lotusland in Santa Barbara, CA
6x6 using ink as a wash with cobalt and mulled cider watercolors


Monday, November 28, 2011


I love painting glass, this is just a 1 hr quickie 6x10 using some exciting new Daniel Smith Paints:
candycane red, hot mulled cider yellow, christmastree green, and cobalt blue and violet
The image was provided by lisilk from wetcanvas.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Gouache Honeyeater

I am having some fun with Gouache on black Artagain paper, this is 5x7



This was a selection from the weekly drawing event on Wetcanvas, this time painted on 5x7 arches paper



Again on a WC postcard from the same marketplace still life


pomegranate still life

I am using some WC postards, that are quite light weight paper, and have a texture similar to canvas. I just dropped in some color for this crop of a marketplace still life.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ribadeo Beach

this is pen (micron .05 and .1) and wash (daniel smith WC sticks- quin gold, quin burnt orange and cobalt)
on 6x6 handmade paper (book purchased at the Paper Umbrella). The ref photo is Ribadeo Beach  by Astur.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lion Fountain

I loved the photo ref of the lions head fountain in this weekend drawing event, I have not stayed true to color, and was going to just use watersoluble graphite, but discovered my watersoluble OPs so added a bit of color. This is done in a 6x6 handmade paper sketchbook I bought at the Paper Umbrella (one of my favorite stores)


Monday, November 7, 2011

A Rose by any other name........

this was a refererence from this weekends drawing event on wetcanvas provided by mginsberg

5x7 watercolor


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Another Still Life

I painted this in watercolor while watching a webinar on oil paintng, yes I can multitask. The reference was one used for a watermedia challenge last month. I never got around to it till now, it is a bit larger than postcard size- 5x7.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

a few more Still Life Paintings

I did a few more still life paintings, all WC , from some photo refs of Charlies Mum from Wetcanvas

these were a pleasure to do, just tried to be loose and drop paint into wet paper
that is the true pleasure of watercolor
 Pomegranates (in case you cannot tell)


Pots and more pots
from photo refs by KreativeK
 This sad creature is Hailee the tortie cat, a very loose rendition

# 12

and some autumn leaves


Thursday, October 20, 2011


I did a few wildflower postcards for a challenge on wetcanvas, I won't post them all here, but will show a progression.  I am trying to loosen up a bit. they are painted straight on the paper, but the first one, I spent way too much time on, (the fewer the strokes the purer the painting) so it is muddy

 this is Alpine Avens


 this is quick and more aggressive, dianthus


and very quick, the masterwort

today I sat on the bank of the creek and tried to capture a winter (leaves fallen)  aspen and the red and yellow fall colors of the willow on Prairie Iisland along the Devonian trail, drawn with micron .03  pen and painted with my Raphael travel kit and a waterbrush.


Monday, October 17, 2011

I did a quick pen sketch of this plant in a restaurant Saturday, and tonight brushed in a WC version on a WC postcard. it is called a Zamioculcus.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

the first postcard is WC, take from a watermedia challenge on Wetcanvas. the phot ref is by KreativeK


the second is from a photo ref of Bryce Canyon, as provided by Jakesgram, also from Wetcanvas as a weekly drawing event (WDE) challenge