Tuesday, June 30, 2015

6 . 30 . 2015   Watercolor 11" x 12"   .. This is a watercolor of an old church steeple somewhere in northern Virginia  .. couldn't remember the exact location.  Years ago, I was out traveling a backroad with a friend when I saw this old church that had a family living in the chapel part of it.  I made him stop so I could take a photo because I knew I'd never pass this way again...  This is the painting of a part of that old church...

6 . 30 . 2015 ....  Watercolor 9 1/4" x 13 3/4"  .. A couple of days ago I did another watercolor of this same waterfall, but it was smaller painting and I decided I wanted a redo of that scene with some creative variations of course ... This is that newer version.  It's not a new thing for me to paint many versions of a same scene ... I do it for the pleasure of trying to learn and grow from a painting experience ........... and of course to stay busy.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

                                                   Dried Sunflowers   ..."going to seed"

6 . 28 . 2015 ...Watercolor

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Progression painting

This is pretty much it for the progression demo ......   I'll clean it up a little more, strengthen with some glazing over, especially in the foreground bushes ... maybe scratch some highlights into a few spots., and call it done....

The below painting is the final after I darkened some of the tones and reworked some of the hues and just cleaned it up a little.  Whenever I work on blocks of watercolor paper and have some space left over I'll try and paint in another small painting before I pull up the tape.  The one on the right is a 5" x 9" and the demo one is 9" x 9" ... You could almost push them together as one..

Friday, June 26, 2015

6 . 26 . 2015   ... Another small watercolor   ... Sketch #2    ... 7" x 9"
6 . 26 . 2015  ...Out sketching and coloring.......  Sketch #1 .. A small Watercolor   7" x 9"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

6 . 25 . 2015   ...Watercolor 9" x 13"

"We are the trees.  Our dark and leafy glade bands the bright earth with softer mysteries.  Beneath us changed and tamed the seasons run:  In burning zones, we build against the sun long centuries of shade."  Song of the Trees by Mary Colborne-Veel

Monday, June 22, 2015

6 . 22 . 2015  ... Watercolor and pastel

Last month we received so much rain that the hills and mountains became a mixture of fresh clean greens that seemed so alive with color everywhere I looked..... I think I like most the springtime season and the very early summer, that are filled with rainy days that push the colors to my senses.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

6 . 21 . 2015    ....  Watercolor ..."Springtime Aspens"  9" x 13"

"Spring drew on ... and a greeness grew over those brown beds, which freshened daily, suggested the thought that hope traversed them in the night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.."

Charlotte Bronte

Saturday, June 20, 2015

6 . 20 . 2015   ...   Liquid graphite, pastel, and watercolor....  a 9"x 12" from my file of sketches....

" ...... I never saw a discontented tree.  They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.  They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!     John Muir, July 1890

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

             6 . 17 . 2015    Watercolor on gesso'd paper

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order ... John Burroughs

Monday, June 15, 2015

6 . 15 . 2015    .... Watercolor.  This is a painting that I did back in the autumn of 2011.   I've tried several time since then to duplicate some of the textures, that just seemed to happen in this particular painting, and have never been able to get it quite right...  Sometimes I wonder if it just might have been the granulation in a particular tube of paint that I used.... but who knows...  I guess I'll just chalk it up to the magic of watercolor....

Sunday, June 14, 2015

            6 . 14 . 2015

And this, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brook, sermons in the stones, and good in everything .... William Shakespeare

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

Picked up 3 newly framed paintings from Prince's Gallery in North Logan this morning....

They'll be available on my web page..

Monday, June 1, 2015

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes ...e.e. cummings