First in Line


This is my painting First In Line chosen for first place in the West Texas Watercolor Spring Show.  The quality of paintings  entered in this show where exceptional so I was quite surprised when notified.  An accomplished and master  painter, Jerry Yarnell,  judged the show.  His teaching can be seen on PBS.   Instruction books and DVD’s are available on his web site.  It was certainly humbling to be chosen in the winners circle.

Thank you Jerry Yarnell….


Canvas Demonstration

It has been way to long since my last posting.  Not because brushes and canvas were on stand by, electricity/water turned off or a studio melt down…well there was that one day.  The current studio scene…painting discords overflow in the trash,  stacks of maybe’s in the bin and a messy wet palette….no question someone has been working.  Will someone identify themselves because help is needed… not more supplies.   Like most artists,  ‘most’ used loosely,  it seems there is more to do in a day than hours permit.  So thought I would share a quick demonstration born out of the chaos.  Generally speaking a brush is wet everyday except when priority calls.  The demonstration below is on a 11 x 14 stretched canvas.  A quick response to a photograph in my files of many waiting to be painted.  A yellow ocher watercolor stick was my choice for drawing.

watercolor stick sketch

watercolor stick sketch

My beginning is a sketch rather than a drawing.  This gives me the freedom to change direction while laying in color…

Beginning washes

Beginning washes

Ultra Marine Blue/Raw Umber Violet/Cerulean Blue/Quinacridone Burnt Orange are the pigments used for the first washes.  My attempt is to paint the value needed for the finished piece from the first wash of pigments.   Reason being the first washes will lift from the canvas because the pigment remains on the surface.  Paper absorbs pigment so glazing is effective.

Defining the subject

Defining the subject

Halloween Orange/Andrew’s Turquoise/Naphthol Red are added to the palette to mix and mingle with the first pigments.  I enjoy seeing the pigments engage conversation with their next door neighbors.  At this point I am ready to stop and say ‘fini’ but the painting needs line.

Finished Painting

Few dark marks for windows….lines to separate or connect…a quick touch of pure pigment and it’s done….or at least it is done for me.

Hope you enjoyed the journey…thanks for participating.

A New Year Beginning

Wow! Christmas celebrations began early around my place bringing responsibility here, there and everywhere.  Finishing touches on this dish, one more recipe of candy, last gift wrapped or at least I think it’s the last one feeling good about the accomplishments made just that day.  Going to parties, having parties, dressing for this, changing for that enough to wish you hadn’t bought the ticket.  After the last fork is washed it’s time to make room for all the things that made their way into your nest.  By the time it is sorted, cleaned, stored it’s time to start again.  Is this wonderful or what?

I had much planned for the start of my new year……work on some ideas that made the mind dizzy with excitement just thinking about the possibilities.   Then sinus/flu/allergy made its way through the door and liking the surrounds more than outstayed their welcome.  Returning to a horizontal position and reclaiming those once fresh possibilities has been slow going.  Hopefully this coming year I can keep up with more dialogue for those visitors to the blog.

My first painting for the new year was a fun painting…..12 x 24 on canvas.  Sketching a quick cityscape using warm and cool hues with less water and more pigment, I attempted to let the painting paint itself.  Liking color can almost be a curse because rather than paying attention to values color seems to dominate.  I totally enjoyed setting aside the time to listen to Andrea Bocelli and paint with abandonment…..enjoy and keep painting….I plan too…..Gala Evening