Monday, March 31, 2008

Lamb Watercolor Painting

Lamb watercolor painting is 10 X 7" (image is not cropped) finished last evening.
This is using the same delicate limited palette, using Arches 140 lb paper, as the other lamb.
$105 with double mat and framed.

My thought for today is from Gilda Radner and is from "The Velveteen Woman" by Brenda Waggoner:

"While we have the gift of life,
It seems to me the only tragedy
Is to allow part of us to die--
Whether it is our spirit, our creativity,
or our glorious uniqueness!"

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Montana Feeling Watercolor Painting


Montana Feeling watercolor painting inpsired by a challenge this weekend on the Wet Canvas site was from Montana, and to do an image in 2 different mediums. I chose a pencil drawing and then watercolor. There were some reference photos of birds, and a little girl pouring water on herself that tempted me, but I chose something very different for me.

This turned out to be a deceivingly complicated drawing and took a long time to do the pencil drawing, and then the watercolor. I was under the 2 hour time limit for the drawing, but not for the painting. It was nice to "lose myself" in this painting, though.

They are both 11 x 14"...the pencil drawing on 90 lb Fabiano paper and the watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper.

Thought for today:

"Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit." ....Matthew Arnold

Friday, March 28, 2008

Lamb Watercolor Painting

Lamb watercolor painting using a delicate limited palette of cobalt violet and emerald green and measures 6 1/2 x 9 1/2"
on Arches 140lb paper.

"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." Isaiah 40:11


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Spring, Washington Park, NY Watercolor Painting

Spring, Washington Park, NY is a
watercolor 10 x 13" on Arches 140 lb paper and was inspired by a trip with the Watercolor Society to the Salmagundi Club in New York for the American Watercolor Society's annual international exhibit - last year at this time, actually. My friend and I sat and people watched for a while - lots of activities going on. And of course lots of photos.

I was very amused at a girl who set an easel up in a high traffic area and then proceeded to paint from memory. I admired her comfort level in doing it.....I would have tucked myself away somewhere with a sketch pad instead.

My thought for today is on the subject of confidence, a quote from Paul Ceszanne to Victor Chocquet:


"I should have wished to possess the intellectual equilibrium that characterizes you and permits you to achieve without fail the desired end... Chance has not favoured me with an equal self-assurance, it is the only regret I have about things of this earth."

or this:

"Walk to your easel casually, but with a dollop of arrogance." ...Harley Brown

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Low Tide Watercolor Painting

Low Tide watercolor painting measures 10 x 8 ", on Arches 140 lb paperand was inspired by an image on the Wet Canvas for a drawing event. I was supposed to take a photo when just the drawing was done and I forgot....so I never submitted it there.
I may try this in a monochromatic (one color).

Thought today is from Charlie Brown:

"I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sunflowers Watercolor Painting


Sun Flowers watercolor painting
10 3/4 x 14" on Arches 140 lb paper

Thought for today:

"Love always protects." I Corinthians 13:4,7)

The word protects conveys "the idea of covering with a cloak of love." Covered with tender-hearted care, with encouragement, defended, comforted, protected. ..... 'A Love Worth Giving'--Max Lucado


Monday, March 24, 2008

Lake Watercolor Painting

Lake watercolor painting was inspired by this serene looking place....where I need to be today.

This is a 5 x 7" watercolor on 140 lb Arches paper. The reference photo is from the Wet Canvas weekend drawing event.

"May these quiet hills bring peace
To the souls seeking."
Sada Coe

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Street Vendor Watercolor Painting

Street Vendor watercolor painting inspired by another of last weekend's Wet Canvas reference from India. This measures 10.25 x 7 1/8"

Sometimes I try to imagine how living in someone else's shoes would be, and this image does this for me. And then I read this:

"Your Shepherd knows that you were not made for this place....so he has come to guide you out....He is the perfect one to do so. He has the right vision. He reminds you that 'you are like foreigners and strangers in the world' (I Peter 2:11). And he urges you to lift your eyes from the jungle around you to the heaven above you.
....He made the boldest claim in history...when he declared....'I am the way.' (John 14:6) [He cut] a path through the underbrush of sin and death...and [escaped] alive. He's the only One who ever did. And he's the only One who can help you and me do the same." Max Lucado, "Traveling Light"


Friday, March 21, 2008

Red Rooster Watercolor Painting

Red Rooster watercolor painting
measures 7 1/2 x 7 1/2" ...more of a color statement than anything else. I'm not sure I'm totally happy with this painting as yet....it doesn't have the usual detail in it. I may go back in and work on it some more....but I'm happy with the colors and the boldness of it.

Thought for today, on roosters....

"There are three things that are stately in their stride,
four that move with stately bearing:
a lion, mighty among beasts,
who retreats before nothing;

a strutting rooster, a he-goat,
and a king with his army around him. "
Proverbs 30:29,31

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Circle of Friends Watercolor Painting


Circle of Friends watercolor painting is 10 X 14 1/2" and inspired by a little pond down the street from my home where we walked last summer. The palette for this is cobalt turquoise, red violet and yellow-orange, and I think it works in this painting.

Thought for today, on friendship, of course....

"A friend is a present you give yourself.".... Robert Louis Stevenson




Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Indian Woman Watercolor Painting

Indian Woman washing dishes is a drag, no matter where you are.... but inspired this painting from a reference photo at Wet Canvas, part of the WDE. I tried to use a different palette for this painting.

This is a watercolor, 10 X 12".

Thought for today is from Max Lucado:

"Worry comes from the Greek word that means 'to divide the mind'. Anxiety splits us right down the middle.... Rather than take away tomorrow's trouble, worry voids today's strength. Perception is divided, distorting your vision..."

The answer is in Philippians 4: 6,7 which says,

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand."

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Guide Watercolor Painting


The Guide watercolor panting is approximately 7 X 10" without a mat, using a limited palette of gold, indigo and earth red, and is inspired from a photo reference on Wet Canvas for a weekend drawing event this weekend.

Thought for today on guidance is from Psalm 23:

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Jerusalem City Walls

Jerusalem City Walls watercolor painting inspired by the strange feeling walking down these city streets where thousands before have walked, in a place that's basically the same as it was over two thousand years ago. So amazing looking at the architecture and the influences throughout the ages on it.

"I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest. Up comes a theologian and blows it out." ....Denis Diderot

This is a watercolor, using the "Old Masters" palette....raw sienna, burnt sienna and paynes grey.... about 11 X 15, without a mat.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hard day at the beach.....Watercolor Painting

Hard Day At the Beach watercolor painting was inspired by one of our beautiful Rhode Island beaches. This beach is typically dedicated to children and families with rock wall breakers at intervals to break up the surf.

This painting is approximately 10 X 14 " without a mat, watercolor on 300 Lb Arches paper.

"A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist."..... St. Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The guitar Watercolor Painting


The Guitar watercolor painting inspired by the loving look for the guitar by my grandson.

"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. "....Johann Sebastian Bach


Thoughts on prayer: Max Lucado suggests ('Come Thirsty') that because we are urged to "pray at all times and on every occasion" (Ephesians 6:18) and that our everyday lives are busy and filled to capacity already, that we acknowledge an awareness instead of a presence of God in our lives....in line in the supermarket, etc., etc.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Getting To Know You Watercolor Painting

Getting To Know You watercolor, approximately 7" X 9" was inspired by this bird, which was raised in captivity and unlike it's companion, spends lots of times socializing with the visitors to the Roger Williams Zoo.

"Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality." ....Albert Einstein

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Sunday, March 9, 2008


Faithful friends Watercolor Pet Portrait


Faithful Friends watercolor painting measures 11 X 15 approximately without mat and is inspired by a couple of reference photos on Wet Canvas. He is in doggy heaven now.

"I cannot see that art is anything less than a way of making joys perpetual." ....Rebecca West

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Steam Locomotive and Imagination Watercolor Painting

Locomotive watercolor painting measures 11 X 15 "and was inspired by my grandson. In his four year old mind, everything becomes a train, and his younger almost 2 year old brother imitates him....the jungle gym, the shopping cart at the store, my car.....and sometimes they become the train, their little arms pumping....and of course all the appropriate noises. A few times in my car we have come across trains in a little industrial city in Pawtucket, Rhode Island where they still use them as they cross the streets, very slowly to their joy and my dismay..... So he was my critic of this painting and he scrutinized it very closely.

So, my thought for today has to do with imagination:

"To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter's imagination." Frank Auerbach.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge" Albert Einstein

Friday, March 7, 2008

Mandevilla Vine Watercolor Painting


Mandevilla Vine watercolor painting was inspired by the two big pots of these flowers that I placed on my patio off my kitchen which grew up and over the railing of the deck. Unfortunately they grew so huge it wasn't possible to bring them inside before the winter. They had wrapped themselves over and over around the deck railing. This painting won honorable mention at the Watercolor Society's juried show.

Thought for today...I found this quote from "Courage to Change", an Al-anon devotional:

"Sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness...until it flowers again from within...." Galway Kinnell.

There are those of us who believe that we are responsible for the ugliness that surrounded us as children, constantly told we are the ugliness, but this quote speaks more to the story of the "Ugly Duckling" than anything else....the swan who was in the 'wrong family'.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

American Eagle Watercolor Painting


American Eagle watercolor painting, 15" X 22" was a difficult and tedious painting trying to achieve the gold from the sun on those feathers and maintain a crisp painting.


Thought for today.... I like the idea of things being "sculpted from nothing" rather than a "walking weather vane whipped by the cold winds of fate", or "a confluence of inherited chromosomes and childhood trauma." ('Cure for the Common Life' by Max Lucado) I hope this painting reflects a little of that Sculptor's hand.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Lenten Rose Watercolor Painting


Lenten Rose watercolor painting is small 7 X 10 " inspired by an image from Wet Canvas weekend drawing event. Only 2 colors were used on this as well.

"Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God." Jean Anouilh

My search on information on this beautiful rose --- it is sometimes called the Christmas rose due to an old legend that it sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem. During the Siege of Kirrha in 585 BC it was used by the Greek besiegers to poison the city's water supply. The defenders were subsequently so weakened by diarrhea that they were unable to defend the city from assault. Some historians believe that Alexander the Great died because of an overdose of this taken as medication.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Young Girl Watercolor Painting

Young Girl
Watercolor Painting
Inspired by an image from the Wet Canvas weekly drawing event. The challenge for this was to do a painting using only 2 colors....so I used blue and red.

My thought for today is from a book called "The Velveteen Woman". She uses the book "The Velveteen Rabbit" as an analogy of our becoming "real" through God's transforming love. She talks about our "fake fur" perceptions vs. our "real fur". There is a chapter she calls, 'Looking down our twitching noses' at others. Comparing ourselves to others leads to unhappiness as we always see ourselves as either better than or worse off than others, i.e., superiority or inferiority, neither of which is accurate. Henri Nouwen once said "In a football game if you are the winner, the other guy is the loser. But that's not true with God."

To God we are all beloved. With or without trophies.

When I look at an image and paint it, and then view the wonderful and different ways we all interpret that image with colors, or contrast, or mood or drama....as we do on the weekly drawing event... I believe that's how I can understand how God looks at us all and sees the beauty, the uniqueness, in us all. There is no "better than", only "good".

Pond Watercolor Painting

Pond
Watercolor Painting

Inspired by one of those quiet, peaceful walks on Block Island on a warm September morning..... I'm not quite sure I captured the moment here.

Thought for today: "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Psalm 56:3

It's like having this peaceful place when you give your concerns to God. He doesn't think our fears are foolish or silly. He doesn't tell us to "get tough"....he's been where we have and he knows how we feel, and he knows what we need.

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