Sunday, August 31, 2014


                   Small watercolor sketch (6 1/2" x 6 1/2") ...Titled "Two Blue Spruce and Pines"



Saturday, August 30, 2014


This is a small demo piece that I finished up for my students in today's watercolor class... brought it home, and then made some minor cleanup changes to it..... I'll slap a mat on it and show them next week the simplicity of watercolor and composition...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


                                      Watercolor and Liquid Graphite on Gesso'd paper

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


                                                         Watercolor 12"x 13"


                                                     "An Old Forgotten Tree" (detail)

     I've painted this particular tree at several different times .... One of my favorite trees, so here         it is again..

"An Old Forgotten Tree"

"Located deep in the thick woods stands one lone dead tree,  Many a fierce storm has passed through, passing by - always letting the tree be.   All the limbs are broken, they left a year or two ago.  No more green leaves in the spring,  Standing alone - the time goes so slow....."    Author:  Adine Cathey




                     Another quick demo ...... 10" x 11" watercolor


                                                        Still life of Autumn Squash

                                                   A stand of trees against the hillside

                                                      A small 8" x 9"  demo painting

Monday, August 11, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014


My demo piece from yesterday's Logan Art Gallery showing.....  Not 100% happy with the result, but then again, it was a faster pace painting in front of 30 or so people as I was standing and working in front of a low table...not the best of painting situations, but a lot of fun.  So I take all that into account and it comes out as a positive....

Monday, August 4, 2014






A painting that I started and finished last night..... This one is showing my normal colored mat (Powder) with the "V" cut or French cut.  It's another small painting  (image size 6" x 8")  with a 3" mat...total frame size is 12" x 14".....

Sunday, August 3, 2014


This small painting I did a little while back..but don't remember If I had posted it or not...In any event, here it is...
I took 400# rough Arches' paper.....Gesso'd it.....added really fine sand while the gesso was still wet, and mixed it together while still wet and on the paper...after that dried, I regesso'd several more times and ended up with a sandpaper-looking texture......Then I painted this quick, small painting on it....
Another painting of the Cache Valley area in Northern Utah... Painting size is 6" x 12"....with a 3" mat that's at 12" x 18" for a frame...

Saturday, August 2, 2014


A small  quick demo sketch  (7" x 10") ...watercolor

A small watercolor  ( 6" x 8")...... just another variation of some of the other winter contrast paintings that I've done that's posted on this blog...

"There is nothing in the world, More beautiful than the forest clothed to it's very hollows in snow.  It is the still ecstasy of nature, Wherein every spray,  Every blade of grass,  Every spire of reed,  Every intricacy of twig, is clad in radiance."  - William Sharp

Watercolor and Liquid Graphite ........  Painted this painting in more of an upright position and just let the paint flow and fall without too much concern....  On the left side I pulled out much of the liquid graphite to give an appearance of some larger pines in the background.  On the right side....added some wet-in-wet color, then work in some color when it was drier.  Tried to achieve a rainy, wet day in the mountains.   The foreground just happened because of the upright position of the  board that I was painting on.

Friday, August 1, 2014




"We are the trees, our dark and leafy glade; Bands the bright earth with softer mysteries.   Beneath us changes and tamed the seasons run;  In burning zones, we build against the sun, long centuries of shade...."           Song of the Trees by Mar Colborne-Veel