Monday, April 30, 2012

The Sketchbook Project, Limited Edition

Original Sketches from my Sketchbook Project, Limited Edition
7"x18" Accordion Fold Section

Now that this has been sent in, and the deadline has passed, I thought you might like to get a peek inside my sketchbook. Visit here for more information on the whole project.

I removed the thin paper from the original Moleskine sketchbook provided by the project and replaced it with 140 lb. CP Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper. Directions on how to rebind your sketchbook here.

Every contributor to the Sketchbook Project Limited Edition Vol. 1 will be included in a series of art books documenting the project. Together, the series will provide insight into the imagination and process of each artist participating in the project. Bound by the Brooklyn Art Library Press and hand-finished in our Brooklyn workshop, the book series will be published in the fall of 2012.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Morning Shadows

Original Watercolor

This little sketch is included in my contribution to the Sketchbook Project, Limited Edition.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Show comes down in 8 days

 Only eight days left before my work comes off the wall at Gallery by the Bay in Stanwood.

Don't miss it! They are open Wed-Sat from 11-5pm.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Another house portrait

Original Watercolor
8x10" Sold

Here's another commission for new homeowners.

I gave them a new fence and a bit of landscaping through the magic of watercolor.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Red Roof Progression

Red House on the Bluff
8x10" Original Watercolor, Line and Wash

First, I used a photo reference and micron preliminary drawing, no eraser!

Next I painted a pattern of light and shadow.

Finally, I worked on the variations of light and dark tones, warm and cool colors and textures, while trying to keep it fresh and "sketchy".

 This one's not in the show at Gallery by the Bay. I just finished it in the studio yesterday.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Wall at Gallery by the Bay

Here's another view of my show at Gallery by the Bay.

I have some more work on the opposite wall, near the front window.....but I guess you really need to see it in person. :-)

If you've been to the show, I would love to know what you think.

Click images to zoom.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Los Tres Amigos Progression

 One of the 38 paintings in my show at Gallery by the Bay this month is "Los Tres Amigos (Tomatillos)"

8x10" Original Watercolor Framed : 11x14"
(Click images to zoom)

I started out with a contour drawing from the set up in my studio of two tomatillos and a husk. I painted the warm and cool lights and darks, capturing the light and cast shadows.

For the background, I used a darker value to highlight the tops of the tomatillos. I used Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper, which creates some very nice textural drizzles wet on wet.

Finally, I painted just a few of the delicate veins in the husk for texture.
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To purchase this painting, please contact Gallery by the Bay or pick it up in person Wednesday-Saturday, 11-4.

To learn how to paint in watercolor, come to my new series of classes starting April 17 at Gallery by the Bay. For more info please