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.


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

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.