Stage 2 of this painting has me developing some leaves. I wanted to get my colors for the leaves just right so I went ahead and started establishing what greens I wanted to use. Sap Green and Jadeite Genuine from Daniel Smith are the ones that I am using.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
A new day and a new painting during this stay-at-home time we are all living in! I wanted to work on something big and colorful. When that happens, it is usually a floral of some kind. Today it is tulips. Perfect for Spring! I am working on a 26"x40" watercolor paper and it will pretty much take up the whole sheet. I thought it would be interesting to show how I develop it. Here is the beginning.
Friday, April 17, 2020
During this time off, I reworked a painting that I did awhile back. Sometimes when you do a painting for the first time, you learn as you work on it. The second time around, you can improve upon it. I changed the composition and took out a lot of the detail. My goal was to create a mood. I am happier with my result the second time around. I added more texture this time. This is the feeling of the time we are living in right now with the pandemic that the world is experiencing. I think back to when this monastery saw days of the black plague. We are all in isolation much like the sailboat stuck in the sand waiting for the tide to come in to free it.
Sunday, March 15, 2020
As artists, if we are told to stay home, we are happy! We now have time to create. I expect to see some wonderful paintings come out of this time. As artists also, we can help to set the tone and mood for our fellow mankind. And instead of promoting worry and anxiety about what is going on right now all over the world, we can spread our creativity and imagination to others. We will make it out of this woods one step at a time. To all my artists that read my blog, stay safe and paint!
Thursday, January 9, 2020
My painting "Soft Landing" has made it into the AWS Exhibition for 2020!
The exhibition will be held April 6-25, 2020 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
If you get a chance to travel to NYC, the show is a good one and worth seeing for any avid watercolor artist.
Saturday, January 4, 2020
As of today, I have been appointed and sworn in as Director of Development for the National Watercolor Society! We are celebrating NWS's 100th anniversary of being a watercolor society! I am happy to have arrived on the board for this special year of 2020!
We are planning it to be special!
I will keep you posted.
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Aside from doing my watercolors, which this blog is all about, I dabble working with decorative papers. Awhile back I created these Christmas cards to send out to friends and family. I am posting them to say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Noel, Mele Kalikimaka, Buon Natale, Felicem Natalem Christi, Craciun Fericit, Nollaig Chridheil, Feliz Navidad, God Jul, and Vrolijk Kerstfeest! Let's try to make a global effort, especially us Americans, to get along and care about this planet that we live on and each other.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
When I had the opportunity to travel to France, I had the pleasure of visiting Monet's Garden in Giverny. It was raining that day, which made it all the more interesting. Visitors were walking around with umbrellas which added to the scenes that I wanted to paint when I got back home to my studio.
Here is the famous bridge that was painted by Monet. This is truly Monet's World which is what I am naming this piece.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Hi everyone! I have not posted for a few months mainly due to other projects that I had been involved with. But what I did last weekend was to work with the Board of Directors for the National Watercolor Society. I am currently shadowing the VP of Awards as I will be taking on that roll next year. Here are some videos from the various events going on in San Pedro, California where the gallery for NWS is located. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Here is my new art studio! This has been my summer project to finally re-vamp and re-organize the studio. Things were getting out of hand and the clutter was starting to get to me. It was time to do something. Here is the final result and I am very happy with the results. The colors are pleasing to me and I feel inspired.