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