Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sunset Mirage

Its a beautiful day here in SC the kind you wait for all year. Too bad I had to clean out my aquarium, house, pool and do books for most of the day. Maybe tomorrow I’ll go to the lake and let the dogs swim. It may be one of the last times this year for the dogs to swim in the lake. Once it gets cold only one of my dogs will even get into the water.

I planned a play date for them, isn’t it funny to actually have a play date for dogs? Well if you want to get a lot of work done its best to wear them out. It takes a lot to get them so tired they lay down for the rest of the day. Its one way to get things done without having too many winey complaints.

Monday, September 29, 2008

wild acres at Dusk

If this looks familiar its because this is almost the same painting as day before yesterday. This time I put a pink or magenta glaze over the painting to give it the appearance of early evening light.
8 by 10 acrylic on illustration Board. 75.00

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Monet's tribute 10

Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas $300. This is another painting from the “Monet’s tribut” series… This piece is a bit larger than my other pieces in the series. I also used a different palette. I like it, it has a bit of gold mixed into the paint which gives it a special glow. This was painted with the new Golden Acrylics which look and work very much like oils. These new Open acrylics are great and if your considering trying them I encourage you to do so. The process is very much the same as regular acrylics but there is a special medium which extends the already long drying time. Also there is a thinner which you can use to actually remove the paint from the canvas. The real key is to never use water. Water only makes these acrylic paintings look dull. The mediums makes them glow.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Grandmother's Visit

Watercolor on paper 22 by 30 $ 500.00 SOLD
I sold this painting today and thought I should at least post it because I realized the client is coming tomorrow to pick it up and I hadn’t even taken a photo yet. I really didn’t have time to take a decent photo and you can see that there is a big flash right in the middle of the sky. Oh well, you get the idea and this photo at least give me a record of the painting.
I used to paint light houses all the time because I used to get a lot of requests for them. Not so much any more. Now folks just like water paintings of the waves on the beach or breaking on the rocks. Its more of a mininamalist trend.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Shaun The Sheep | Still Life

This is all so true for any artist who paints outdoors. I mean it is a collaspable easel after all. Would that be the Mona sheepa?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Koi Pond at Dusk


22 by 11 $200.00 watercolor on paper

This looks great either this way or Horizontal...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

pool party

This fun painting is an 8 by 8 inch watercolor on masonite.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Young boys portrait

I've been working on a portrait and if you would like to see an update there is a link below. It will be finished tomorrow and then I'll put up a final photo.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Butterfly Koi

Watercolor on Masonite 8 by 10. $75.00 Some folks call these fish ” fairy fish” or “Dragon fish” and “long fin Koi”. I watched this Butterfly Koi swimming back and forth under about a foot of water and I was desperatly trying to see if this little long fin fish would hold still. Not a chance, she was moving like Isadora Duncan, & her fins were flowing all around her like veils. She swirled in and out of the Lillypads. It was like watching an underwater dance all alone skimming thru the water and dancing for no one but for herself. They are beautiful fish and so different than the standard Koi. Some folks think their not Koi at all but a hybrid. I don’t really get involved in show Koi ( although they are beautiful) and I don’t care about the correct classifications of Koi, I just like them as I like my three rescue dogs, for the pleasure of watching them and having them be a part of my life.
I’ve owned several purebred dogs in the past but none ever gave me the love my three mutts have given me each and every day.
Also that reminds me of my Walmart fish.. I told this story a while back…who would have thought, its an ugly duckling story all over again.
It started to rain tonight and the weather seems a bit cooler. Its refreshing after a couple of very humid days.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Aceo "Asian Influence"

This little painting was painted in between my commissions. They are rather tedious so its nice just to paint for painting sake. I love the rich thick color of oil sometimes.
Watercolor will always be my favorite but sometimes its nice to just paint without too much forethought.
I'm painting a child's portrait right now and if you want to check it out go to http://h20color.wordpress.com

Country Dream

I painted this some time ago but I can't remember if I ever postd it. Its a watercolor (1/2 sheet)15 by 22 and is for sale for $300.00

I love the colors in this landscape and I like cows so of course I like this painting. Sometimes you just like sentimentality.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Under the influence

11 by 15 Watercolor and Carendach on WC paper $130.0
Busy busy busy… its been hectic this week and now they say a Hurricane is on its way, I had the rain gutters cleaned out and I can’t think of anything else to do to prepare. We are really very much in land from the coast and usually all we get is rain so I think everything will be OK. Last week with the last hurricane we got five inches of rain in about 15 hours… but everything went well and I think it will be OK this weekend too. Cross your fingers for me. We have been in a drought so this helps us so much, I just wish it didn't all come down at once.

Lady in pink

This watercolor sketch was painted in one hour with a live model. This is a good way to brush up on your skills. Your decision making skills are put to the test.
15 by 22 watercolor on paper

Monday, September 01, 2008

e bay Lily

I wanted to show everyone the yellow water lily I purchased from ebay earlier this year, it was pretty small when I purchased it, but It did bloom.

Thres Koi

This painting is a watercolor on gessoed WC paper.
6 by 9" 50.00
I was pretty busy this weekend and didn't have too much time for myself but I was able to paint this painting. If course its 11:00 pm but I did get it finished.