Friday, April 20, 2012


Alex is a tall, beautiful model and I painted her quickly as she posed. Time was short so I had to be decisive. Having my watercolor crayons made it a little easier. I worked on gesso coated hot press watercolor paper. This one is 11" x 15".

Designing with the Figure

She looks like she is getting ready to go out, though she has a little sway going on. I worked from a sketch, using watercolor on gesso coated watercolor paper. I am having fun with shapes and textures in this one.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Just One

I decided to paint just one yellow rose in my little blue vase. Yellow roses can certainly brighten your day! This little watercolor floral is 10" x 8".


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sunflowers in a Blue Vase

Sunflowers are fun to paint. They are so large and beautiful that I just can't paint them small. I love the blues and purples that contrast with the yellows in this one. I also like the way the flowers look when they are just opening as these are. This watercolor is 18" x 14.5". Now I am off to see if I can find some more sunflowers to paint!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sunflowers in an Earthen Jug

I love sunflowers. I have painted them often and they always turn out different. I think it is because they take over and tell me what to do with the painting. This one is opaque watercolor which allowed me to paint white over darker tones. It makes for a different looking painting. It is 18" x 14".

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Reclining Nude

When I saw that the new challenge on DPW is to paint a reclining figure, I decided to give it a try. I worked from a sketch that I did from a model. This painting is a watercolor and it is 14.5" x 10.5."

Thursday, April 5, 2012


This is a new floral painting that I started last fall as a class demonstration. Sometimes it takes time and scissors to make the final painting work. I think this one does now. It is a watercolor and it is 12" x 15".

Gerbers in a Line

I have retaken the picture of this painting because I had cut the other off. I don't know if I was thinking about cropping the painting, but I know I won't do that, so here is what this one really looks like. My daughter says the background looks like real turquoise. Not planned, but it works for me.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Desert Shadows

The colors of the Southwest are beautiful. The turquoise and orange make a fun combination in this warm painting full of shadows. I may have had a little too much fun with the shadows. What do you think?

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Gerbers in a Line

This is a painting that caused me problems because these flowers have such a regular shape they can be boring in a painting. I overcompensated by exaggerating any differences and twists and then by using striking colors. I love these colors together anyway. The final painting became a long horizontal and I found it to be interesting after all. The photo is not exactly correct because the flower on the far left is cut off and it is not in the painting. I will have to fix that! I guess it is still causing problems.

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