Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dog Portrait Original Watercolor Painting

Dog Portrait original watercolor painting is 9 x 9 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.   The blue 'dot's were accidental - for some reason the pigment stained those areas of the paper.  As Bob Ross used to say, just a "happy accident" and I left it there... maybe he's been splashing in water.   

Do not be afraid of errors. There are no errors. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sea Turtle Original Watercolor Painting

Sea Turtle original watercolor is 9 x 12 inches.

Life beats down and crushes the soul 
and art reminds you that you have one. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

SAILING WATERCOLOR ORIGINAL PAINTING

SAILING original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches on Arches 140 lb paper. 

The pessimist complains about the wind; 
the optimist expects it to change; 
the realist adjusts the sails.
- William Arthur Ward

Saturday, August 20, 2016

YELLOW IRISES ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Yellow Irises original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.   

Commit yourself to constant improvement. 
Commit yourself to quality. 
Be persistent, persistent, persistent...
 and have a grateful heart!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SUNFLOWER WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Sunflower original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches on Arches 140 lb paper. 

Truth makes on the ocean of nature no one track of light;
 every eye, looking on, finds its own.

Friday, August 12, 2016

UNDERWATER FROGS WATERCOLOR PAINTING

UNDERWATER FROGS watercolor painting is 10.5  X 11.5 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.   This was done after viewing a demo from artist Liam Quan Zen.  Not quite what I had in mind.

Every man is a borrower and a mimic; 
life is theatrical and literature a quotation. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Woodpeckers Original Watercolor Painting

WOODPECKERS original watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.  

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. 
To one without faith, no explanation is possible. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

HIBISCUS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

HIBISCUS original watercolor painting 9 x 11 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.  


Oh, beauty, ever ancient and ever new.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

TIGER LILIES ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

TIGER LILIES original watercolor painting is 9 x 11 inches. 

All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SPARROW ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Sparrow original watercolor painting is 9 x 11 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.  

Be loyal to what you love, 
be true to the earth, 
fight your enemies with passion and laughter. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

TURTLES IN UNDERWATER SCENE WATERCOLOR PAINTING

TURTLES IN UNDERWATER SCENE original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches on Arches 140 lb paper. 
If you want something really important to be done 
you must not merely satisfy the reason, 
you must move the heart also. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bison Watercolor Painting

Bison watercolor painting is 10 x 14 inches.   I did a Lian Quan Zhen's DVD demo doing one painting and then using my own photos and background mountains I did another on my own trying to practice what I learned with the first.   I can't wait to try this on my other animal paintings.   This colorful loose technique is adding a lot of excitement to what I've been doing thus far......

"There is some reason, obviously, that you are drawn to your material, but the way in which you explore it might come to be quite different from what you would expect."

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Owl in Pine Tree Watercolor Painting

Owl in Pine Tree watercolor painting is 9 x 12.

Illusions are art, 
for the feeling person, 
and it is by art that we live,
 if we do. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Crab Watercolor Painting

Crab watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches on Arches hot press paper.  

It's a matter of simplifying. 
Practice removing extraneous ideas...
 until you have only what's needed to express a simple thought.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Blue Heron Watercolor Painting

Blue Heron watercolor painting is 9 X 12.  I used the same technique but I used a one of my photos for a reference.   I have another photo that I think would be fun to try. 

You must plan to be spontaneous.

Friday, June 24, 2016

ROOSTER SPLASH WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Rooster splash watercolor painting, done after viewing Liam Quan Zhen's video on splashing and blowing techniques....I will be doing a few others also.  This was a lot of fun to do, although I had to use a straw for the blowing as without it the paint wouldn't move. 

It's easy to paint a thousand points of light with a thousand brushstrokes. It's much more difficult - and infinitely more eloquent - to paint a thousand points of light with only one hundred strokes. 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

KOI POND ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

KOI POND original watercolor painting (9 X 12 inches) on Arches 140 lb paper.

Watercolor is a swim in the metaphysics of life...
 a mirror of one's own character. 
Let it be unpredictable and colorful. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

WATERFALL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

WATERFALL watercolor painting is 11 X 15 inches on Arches 140 pound paper.   This was done with an online demo from Liam Quan Zhen who will be visiting the Watercolor Society in July and doing a three day workshop. 

I ordered a couple of his DVD's as I love this technique and have tried on my own to do a painting in this manner but haven't been very successful.   I'm pretty happy with the results from this as a first attempt, but I have a photo of some koi fish that I want to do and see if I can get the effect I want.  It's an experiment with color and pouring and spraying....

Color is like cooking. The cook puts in more or less salt, that's the difference! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

SUNSET ON THE OCEAN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

SUNSET ON THE OCEAN original watercolor painting is 10 X 14 inches on Arches 140 pound paper.

There is a price that is too great to pay for peace....
One cannot pay the price of self-respect.
Woodrow Wilson

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