Thursday, December 29, 2011

Magi in Hat


Transparent watercolor on 9x12 Arches paper for Julia Kay Portrait Party of Magi painting.  Painting is the mystery.

Philosophy

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow

Friday, December 23, 2011

Barbara painting me in Barcelona 2011


Barbara painting me at La Central in Barcelona.  The painting is an oil painting by Magi Batet and is from the Julia Kay Portrait Party meet-up in Barcelona, Spain in July 2011.  Magi's work can be viewed on Flicker at http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagina_arte/

Friday, December 16, 2011

Artist's Passion



"What makes you go, 'WoW!' Paint that. What nearly makes you weep because of its intense beauty or sadness? Paint that. What would show up in your fantasy if you walked right through a mysterious doorway? Paint that, then paint it again. Painting is more than just making pleasant pictures. It is participating in the wish to share visually all our most intense feelings. Strong feelings or passion toward a subject cannot and should not be hidden as we paint."
-- Jane R. Hofstetter, NWS, from her book, 7 Keys to Great Painting.

Friday, December 9, 2011

At the Ocean


Transparent watercolor on 12 x 16 Arches Paper from my trip to Florida

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mariah's Fall Woods 2


Oil paint with palette knife and brush on 16 x 20 stretched canvas

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cobol in Hat


Transparent watercolor for Julia Kay Portrait Party

Men in Hats


Transparent Watercolor of Arturo on 9 x 12 Arches Paper for Julia Kay Portrait Party 

Mariah's Fall Woods


Transparent Watercolor on 12 x 15 Arches Paper for Lots of Landscapes

Painting Advice


"I have a saying: When you don't know what to do, don't do it--because it will just look that way. A painting is finished when your realize that you have nothing further to do on it. … Personally, I consider one of my own paintings a success when I begin to enjoy it. But this rarely happens right away."
-- Mario Cooper, AWS, from his book, Watercolor by Design.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Follow the Star


Oil painting on stretched canvas with palette knife for Artists of Grace Christmas Gallery

Alhambra

Transparent watercolor on 12 x 15 Arches paper for Lots of Landscapes

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Painting not a Person


"No one will know or even care what the subject 'really' looked like. Your painting must speak for itself. Art is separate from reality and actually has little to do with it. Matisse once told an outraged patron who complained that her portrait was not a good likeness, 'Madame, this is not a person, this is a painting.' "
--Inessa Derkatsch, from her book, Transparent Watercolor: Painting Methods and Materials.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Float House


Transparent watercolor on 12 x 15 Arches paper for Lots of Landscapes from chartan's source photo at www.flickr.com/photos/chartan/59 25466054/

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Endless Sky and Sea


Transparent watercolor on 12 x 15 Arches from my trip to Florida

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tribute to the "never say die" St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Team Transparent Watercolor on 12 x 15 Arches

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


Maya Angelou


The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

North Lake Union


Transparent watercolor on 12 x 16 Canson paper from source photo atwww.flickr.com/photos/fuzzyimagearts/5458179679/ for Lots of Landscapes


Giroussens


Transparent watercolor on 12 x 16 Arches from source photo atwww.flickr.com/photos/53942696@N06/5555568910/ for Lots of Landscapes

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


From Mathew Hartman's Facebook 
http://www.facebook.com/YRYOUHERE
shared by Gail

Steve Jobs

Pencil Portrait of Steve Jobs created for Steve Jobs portrait group on Flikr  http://www.flickr.com/groups/stevejobsportraits/

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The House That Built Me



I like this, but don't know how to get the advertising off.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Interesting article about Jobs and Woz

Steve Jobs. . .Amazing energy and creativity. . .supporting research and engineering. . .a pioneer not afraid to lead the way.  We will miss this kind of leadership.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

aiweiweidocumentary




About the Chinese artist who designed the birds nest stadium for the Olympics

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rocky Waters


Oil painting with palette knife from my trip to Spain

Monday, September 26, 2011

2b pencil on moleskine sketchbook for Julia Kay Portrait Party from source photo atwww.flickr.com/photos/frostylime/5973262228/

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beautiful experience story and picture


Boats in Port


Oil and palette knife inspired by my trip to Spain

Ramblas with Flowers


Part of the summer's palette knife and oil paint experiments for Lots of Landscapes from Arturo's issue

Animatorkim


Watercolor for Julia Kay Portrait Party

Morning Fishing


Watercolor for Lots of Landscapes

Llanrwst and River Conwy


Part of the summer's oil and palette knife painting

Llac. Sta fé de Montseny


Watercolor for Lots of Landscapes

Buttermere's Boats


Watercolor for Lots of Landscapes

Duffy's Boat


Watercolor for Lots of Landscapes on Flickr

Flow


Part of the summer's palette knife experiments.

Got To Go Back

Beautiful music and video.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Barb's Long Hair

Transparent watercolor on 12 x 16 140 lb Arches paper

New Stevie Nicks


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Missouri Current

Here is another cool blog.  Look back in the archives for detox soaks.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Hong Kong 96

Oil paint with palette knife on 11 x 14 canvas board from luli's photo for Lots of Landscapes

Friday, August 19, 2011

Felix and the Wine

Transparent watercolor on 12 x 15 140lb Arches paper for Julia Kay Portrait Party from source photo at www.flickr.com/photos/felixtamay o/5760062146/

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

River in Kurdistan

12 x 16 transparent watercolor on 140 lb Arches paper for Lots of Landscapes.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ramon e Isabel

Transparent watercolor on 12 x 16 140lb Arches paper for Julia Kay Portrait Party

Thursday, August 11, 2011

anna a1


anna a1 in 4B pencil on Moleskine sketchbook for Julia Kay Portrait Party

Gonzolez-Moreno

4B pencil on Moleskine for Julia Kay Portrait Party

Tales of 1001 Nights

Southern Egypt for Lots of Landscapes on Flickr transparent watercolor on 12 x 15 140lb Arches paper

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


susannedt

Transparent watercolor of susannedt  on 12 x 15 140lb Arches paper for Julia Kay Portrait Party

Monday, August 8, 2011

lily p

lily p for Julia Kay Portrait Party transparent watercolor 12 x 15 140 lb Arches paper

Daniel

2B pencil sketch of Daniel for Julia Kay Portrait Party

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sagrada Familia Church from Barcelona, Spain

2B pencil on sketch paper from my photo. I am probably nuts to try this, but it was calling to me.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Rural Missouri

Transparent watercolor 12 x 16 on 140 lb Arches paper. From an aggregation of photos from the Hoppe Springs trip.



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Padstow Harbour

Transparent Watercolor on 12x16 140lb Arches paper for Lots of Landscapes flickr group.

Boat of the coast of Spain

Transparent watercolor on 12 x 16 140lb Arches paper. From my photo taken near Cadaquez, Spain.

Julia Kay Portrait Party

2B pencil on 5x8 sketch paper from photo at www.flickr.com/photos/juliakay/4 522744230/ for Julia Kay Portrait Party

Pencil Portrait

Trying some techniques I found interesting from members of Julia Kay Portrait Party.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Church at Cadaquez

Transparent watercolor on 12 x 16 Arches paper from my sketch. Still trying the mother wash with drizzeling.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hadrian

My drawing from Hadrian. © Trustees of the British Museum located atwww.flickr.com/photos/suehodne​tt/5928971985/ for a series of portrait events based around the Roman Emperor Hadrian at Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall this summer on behalf of English Heritage and the National Trust.

Souel

Transparent watercolor on 12 x 15 Arches paper done for Lots of Landscapes

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Spanish Coastal

econd attempt to integrate the workshop learning into my painting.  Special consideration, color change occurs most in the mid tones.  Do I work with 3 tones light, mid and dark?  How to follow an instructor who abstracts shapes when I am interested in the specific types of rock.  How to indicate that type of rock with a stroke rather than detail.

Port Lligat

This is the first painting at home trying to integrate the workshop learning into what I do.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Check Out My Sister's Blog

Click on the title to see my sister's new blog.

A Balladier

Great words.  Click on the post title to see  "A Rainy Night in Soho"

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trip to Spain

video
Back from sunny Spain. A combination painting trip and meet-up with online friends from Julia Kay Portrait Party.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cordoba, Spain


Cordoba, Spain a transparent watercolor on 12 x 15 140 lb Arches paper, done for Lots of Landscapes on Flickr