Saturday, December 28, 2013

  Watercolor sketch this evening…..Gesso'd 300# D'Arches rough.  Laid in the distance mountain and sky with a light acrylic wash…..Distant Pines was placed in with Derivan Liquid Graphite with watercolor (yellow ochre, raw sienna) and gouache (neutral grey #3) directly in front of distant pines.  There is some acrylic laid in at the immediate foreground which will likely be overpainted.
Sometimes I'll staple W/C paper down on a board…gesso it, maybe texture it with a little sand, and then sketch something out with a mixture of mediums… I do get some interesting effects which are not the traditional watercolor…..but then again, I usually don't paint in the so called normal fashion…  If this painting turns out, it will be matted and framed….if it doesn't turn out, I'll just gesso over it and keep plugging away at it……maybe I'll just get rid of that very front foreground and leave it alone…sometimes you can overwork a watercolor as we all know……. don't we….

Friday, December 27, 2013

This evenings watercolor sketch……….getting ready to conduct a workshop in Feb, so I thought I'd   better do some 30 minute quick sketches….I like the composition/color (cobalt blue, raw umber, yellow ochre, paynes grey, davies grey) in this one, so It will evolve into a finished painting I think…

    Logan Canyon, Utah  (From a hike around Tony Grove Lake)   Early Summer 2013….cool overcast day with just a hint of moisture in the air….  Used the salt technique in the right side to get a fuzzy wet appearance and dropped in a raw sienna/cobalt blue mixture to get some splotchy color.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

   My wife's finished rug…….I think it's even better in real time viewing…She is really talented..and I think we both like the same colors

Thursday, December 5, 2013

   11" x 12" watercolor/Liquid Pencil on Gesso'd paper…Titled "Night Sky"..Utah Watercolor Society (cache Valley) "Best of Show"…October 2013

"The rusty leaves crunch and crackle, Blue haze hangs from the dimmed sky, The fields are matted with sun-tanned stalks - Wind rushes by.  The last red berries hang from the thorn-tree, The last red leaves fall to the ground.  Bleakness, through the trees and bushes, Comes without  sound."             (Joan Mitchell)
6 1/2" x 6 1/2" watercolor titled "End of Autumn"…"Best of Show" in the Utah Watercolor Society (Cache Valley) 2013 Small Works Show….August 2013 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

                                        Watercolor   9 1/2 x 13 1/2

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    My wife is working on a new rug hooking in her studio….Her work is so time consuming with all the pulling and pushing of wool strips thru material…But she is super talented in her art…..Wish I had the patience to do this kind of stuff….maybe that's why I go with watercolor…painlessly quick by comparison.

Monday, November 11, 2013

        A small 6 1/2" x 7 1/2" watercolor  with a 2" mat makes for a nice small painting…..

   Small autumn watercolors 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"..

Saturday, November 9, 2013

                                                              Pastel and watercolor

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


                       More small autumn watercolor (6 1/2" x 6 1/2")

Small autumn watercolors (6 1/2" x 6 1/2") from the stacks I have been piling up in my studio this past month………

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

                        Watercolor…. 11"x 16"….

    October 2013….Watercolor, pastel, and Derivan liquid pencil on gesso'd 300# D'Arches W/C paper

Sunday, November 3, 2013

            Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor on gesso'd canvas  …..A mountain meadow.

                                          Acrylic and watercolor  on gesso'd masonite board

One of my paintings that I completed last year….I like to paint in these heavy earthy colors, as I try to represent more of our great western wilderness scenes….

Another version of the painting above…In this one I used more panes grey

         A rug hooking that my wife finished some time ago…..This is a 3'x5' rug that's on her studio floor….

My wife does these really neat rugs that she hooks……So, our creations are all over our home..She's a really talented artist and her rug hooking studio, filled with all it's organized stacks of different colored wool, is right next door to my studio.  Often we're oblivious to the rest of the world when we're upstairs creating….unless there's a big (take us away from our fun) distraction.
I think I'm going to include her work in this blog from time to time…if she doesn't mind.  By the way,  I think she designed this rug (wall hanging) from a 8th or 9th century tapestry that she saw a photograph of….
         Beside the kitchen door lie grandpa's yard boots….neatly placed for the next day's job

  A watercolor that was done up on one of the trails in Logan Canyon.  I think there were way more rocks then what I painted…but you can only paint so many rocks...

                          Moab, Utah

Small matted watercolor sketches of dried sunflowers

                          More small thumbnail watercolor sketches from my sketchbook

                            Painted south of Star Valley, Wyoming

Saturday, November 2, 2013

                                   Watercolor sketch from my sketchbooks

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Continuing to experiment with the liquid pencil on gesso'd paper....I might add that I only use 300# or 400# W/C paper...

Again I used the Derivan Liquid Pencil (sepia toned for the pines and blue toned for the sky area).  Instead of watercolor, I went with gouache (yellow ochre, raw sienna, and naples yellow)...Threw in some cobalt blue watercolor to add some interest........This painting was done on gesso'd W/C paper....Just experimenting with technique.

In this painting I used the Derivan Liquid Pencil (yellow tint) for much of the pines.  I found out rather quickly that the yellow appears as a shade of green....Why they call it yellow tinted instead of green tinted, I don't know.   I also used Walnut Ink to fill in the green pines with brown dried and dying pines and also the grasses along the cliff.... The remainder was finished off in watercolor..