Monday, April 4, 2022

Award of Excellence!



 I was pleased to have received during the "Our Town Art Exhibit" located in Birmingham, Michigan an Award of Excellence for my painting titled "Pearl River Mart." I received this award from Liz DuMouchelle who is a huge benefactor for the arts in the Detroit area. My painting was inspired from an Asian store in NYC. It had all kinds of colors, shapes, activity going on and I thought it would make for an interesting watercolor. The event took place at the Community House, Birmingham, MI on 3/31/22.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

IWM International Watercolour Masters


I was pleased to find out on Christmas Eve that my painting was selected to receive the Top 200 Merit Award from the International Watercolour Masters located in England. There were 3,725 entries from around the world! There were a panel of 20 judges from around the world. My painting "Commedia Del Arte was the one that was picked for this big award. There will be an exhibition  held in Shropshire, England at the Lilleshall Hall, England May 16-29, 2022.


 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Finished!

Here it is! "Aphrodisiac" 40" x 60" watercolor on Arches paper. Not a roll but an actual sheet that came from an art supply store in NYC. Took me 2 months and a week to complete, sign and photograph. 

I have attached two close-ups to show some detail. I decided that the title is appropriate. The actual name of the plant, I do not know. It was something that caught my attention at Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. It is from the bromeliad family. If you know, please forward the information on.

On to the next!

Monday, September 27, 2021

Progress


I thought that you would like to see if I have done more work on my large painting. Yes, yes, I have done more work on it. Still not finished but getting closer and closer. I have an idea for the title of the painting but would love to get feedback from all my viewers. Leave a comment or email me. What do you think so far?



 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Women In Watercolor

 

HK Holbein sponsored an online exhibition this year for "Women in Watercolor". I had the honor of becoming a finalist in the exhibition! Another great honor to enjoy.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

More Progress

 More colors! To date, this is where the painting stands. Still quite a bit more to do but I have been making remarkable progress. If anyone reading this blog know the name of this plant, please do send it to me. I believe it is in the bromeliad family.



Next Steps

 I am spending the month of August with the goal of painting almost every day. This studio opens into the outdoors facing the north so the lighting is great. I get fresh summer breezes and have been enjoying working on this large piece.  Here is the progress that I made and you will now see it developing. I am using Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton Watercolors on Arches paper.

The leaves of this plant were ablaze with colors.  Here is some of them that I have developed.


Large Size Watercolors

 What is the largest size watercolor that you have ever painted? For me the largest size was 30" x 40" or what is referred to as an elephant size. But I have changed that accomplishment. I have been harboring what is referred to as a double elephant size, 40" x 60" for about 3 years waiting for the right subject to come along. Well it came along and I am about to show you. Stage I is shown below.


After a trip to Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida I came across this colorful plant that I do not know the name of but was inspired to paint. Here is my set up in Studio II. Here is the beginning.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Sweden!!

 Sweden! I have had over a 1000 views from the Country of Sweden on my blog. Would love to hear from any of you. You can leave a comment and ask any questions.  

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Channeling Cezanne


 Finished!
This watercolor was done on Kilimanjaro watercolor paper. I used Daniel Smith Watercolors and the size is 17" x 30".

Sunday, June 20, 2021

More Progress


 As you can see from the previous posts, I have completed more work on painting. The material took more time to develop with its folds and shadows and print. I like working with draped cloth and this one was more challenging.  I wanted to accomplish a lighting effect of showing just a beam of sunlight coming in on the still life while the rest is in shadows. All I have to do now is to finish the background and also more shadows on the white table below.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Oranges and Lemon Progress


Thought I would share my progress. As you can see I have been working on the folds of the tablecloth. Here is a close-up of the folds. Some what challenging but at the same time kinda cool!
I worked on putting in a light wash to indicate where the shadows will be. At times, I sometimes like an unfinished painting to a finished one.