Wednesday, December 21, 2016

ELEPHANTS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

ELEPHANTS original watercolor painting is 9 x12.  This was done using a pour technique (pouring the paint on the paper and letting it mix or splashing with a paint brush) and some blowing. 

“God is really only another artist. 
He invented the giraffe, the elephant 
and the cat. He has no real style. 
He just goes on trying other things.” – Pablo Picasso

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Wine Glass and Grapes Original Watercolor Painting

Wine Glass and Grapes original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches.

It has become quite a common proverb that "in wine there is truth."
In Vino Veritas
-   Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis, 75 A. D.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

HOW NOW BLACK COW? ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

HOW NOW BLACK COW? original painting (watercolor) is 9 x 12.  This reference photo was deceivingly difficult to do with the varying grades of darks in the cows.  I debated whether it should go in the circular file.  The jury is still out on that.  This is the second attempt also. 

The cow is of the bovine ilk;
One end is moo, the other, milk.
~Ogden Nash

Monday, December 5, 2016

BLACK IRIS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

BLACK IRIS original watercolor painting is 6 x 6 inches, Arches 140 pound paper.

Thus in each flower and simple bell,
      That in our path untrodden lie,
      Are sweet remembrancers who tell
      How fast the winged moments fly.
Time will steal on with ceaseless pace,
      Yet lose we not the fleeting hours,
      Who still their fairy footsteps trace,
      As light they dance among the flowers.
~Charlotte Turner Smith (1749–1806)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

HAPPY HIPPOS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

HAPPY HIPPOS, original watercolor painting is  9 x 12 inches.

"There is an eagle in me that wants to soar,
and there is a hippopotamus in me
that wants to wallow in the mud."
Carl Sandburg

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Butterfly Dreams Original Watercolor Painting

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

We beautiful creatures born in mystery
  Fly best on wings of dreams. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

THE HUNTER ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

THE HUNTER, original watercolor painting of a cheetah, is 9 x 12 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.
Ralph Marston

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Blue Vase Original Watercolor Painting

Blue Vase original watercolor painting is 6 x 6 inches on Arches 140 pound paper.   
Touch the earth,
speak of love,
walk on common ground.
Steve Van Zandt

Friday, November 18, 2016

BLACK CAROUSEL HORSE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Black Carousel Horse original watercolor painting is 7.5 x 10 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.  This hand carved horse is from the Looff Carousel, built in 1895.

Excellence is not a skill,
it's an attitude.
Ralph Marston

Thursday, November 17, 2016

LITTLE BOY DREAMS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

LITTLE BOY DREAMS original watercolor is 10 X 15 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.  This is my grandson when he was two years old with his first guitar.   He has always loved guitars and playing on them.  He now is older and has a collection, and his best place to go and dream is the Guitar Store.   I submitted this for a juried show at the Watercolor Society "Dreams". 

If one is the master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time insight into and understanding of many things.Van Gogh, Vincent

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

APPLES ON A TREE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

APPLES ON A TREE original watercolor painting 7.5 X 10 inches on Arches 140 lb paper. 

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple
but only God can count the apples in a seed.
Robert H. Schuller

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pink Rose #16 Original Watercolor Painting

Pink Rose #16 original watercolor painting is 6 x 6 inches on Arches 140 pound paper.

All paintings are abstract. Some abstract paintings also have pictorial representation or narrative content, 
but in essence they are first and foremost abstract
 because we have only paint. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Little Girl With Teddy Watercolor Painting Original

Little Girl With Teddy watercolor painting is 8.5 x 10.5 inches on Arches 140 lb paper. 

"In a world where everyone seems to be larger and louder than yourself, it is very comforting to have a small, quiet companion."
-Peter Gray

Monday, November 7, 2016

Pears Original Watercolor Painting

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

The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels
 at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Owl Eyes Original Watercolor Painting

Owl Eyes watercolor is 5 x 7 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.

Well, my deliberate opinion is - it's a jolly strange world. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Oranges in Crystal Bowl Original Watercolor Painting

Oranges in Crystal Bowl original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.  

Color is the fruit of life. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

FALL COLORS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

FALL COLORS original watercolor painting is 9 x 9 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.    On a walk with my grandson I picked up some leaves.  The sun was coming into my window and created these nice sharp darks and lights.

A blank piece of paper is God's way 
of telling us how hard it is to be God.”
Sidney Sheldon

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Daisies Original Watercolor Painting

Daisies original watercolor painting is 9 x12 inches.

There is a logic of colors,
and it is with this alone,
and not with the logic of the brain,
that the painter should conform.
Paul Cezanne

Monday, October 17, 2016

WHITE TULIP ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

WHITE TULIP original watercolor painting (5 x 7").

What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires
their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession
with the idea that what has already been said is
still not enough.
Eugene Delacroix

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Black and White Cat Original Watercolor Painting

Black and white cat - original watercolor painting - is 5 x 7 inches.

Every time you don't follow your 
inner guidance, you feel a loss of
energy, loss of power, a sense of
spiritual deadness.
Shakti Gawain

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Orange Flowers Original Watercolor Painting

Orange flowers original watercolor is 5 x 7 inches on Arches rough paper.   I don't know what kind of flowers these are, but loved their bright colors. I haven't posted here as I've had a few things I've worked on that I really wasn't crazy about that ended up in the circular file.     In the words of Erich Fromm:

I shall become a master in this art
only after a great deal of practice. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Goldfinch on Holly Original Watercolor Painting

Goldfinch on Holly original watercolor is about 8 x 10 inches on Arches rough 140 pound paper.  

Art has to do with the arrest of attention in the midst of distraction. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

SPOONBILL BIRD ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Spoonbill Bird original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches on Arches rough paper.   This is from a photo reference of my nephew who lives in Florida and takes amazing photos.

Our duty, as men and women, 
is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. 
We are collaborators in creation. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Two "Painted" Pink Roses Watercolor Painting

Two "Painted" Pink Roses watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches on Arches rough paper. 

Painting is a source of endless pleasure, 
but also of great anguish. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

HUMMINGBIRD WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Hummingbird watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches approximately on Arches rough paper.   My daughter has a feeder on her deck and sitting there we can watch them with not only the feeder but her flowers in planters on there as well.  

“may my faith always be
at the end of the day

like a hummingbird...returning
to its favorite flower.” 
Sanober Khan

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pink Dahlia Original Watercolor Painting

PINK DAHLIA original watercolor painting is 7.75 x 10 inches on Arches rough paper. 

In watercolor, if you are not in trouble, then you're in trouble.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cayman Island Bird Original Watercolor Painting

Cayman Island bird original watercolor painting is 5 x 7 inches and is actually a pigeon  

Usually treated with disdain by many, I found some fun facts about pigeons - they life savers, for example, and used in the war and saved lives.   Here's the link:   http://www.pigeoncontrolresourcecentre.org/html/amazing-pigeon-facts.html#intelligent

Monday, September 19, 2016

Underwater Landscape Original Watercolor Painting

UNDERWATER LANDSCAPE original painting is 8 X 10 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.   I did this using a 'pour' and splatter technique with no preliminary drawing at all.

“The measure of a life, after all,
 is not its duration, but its donation.”
Corrie ten Boom

Sunday, September 18, 2016

BUTTERFLY ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING


 BUTTERFLY original watercolor is 8 x 10 inches.

"Happiness is a butterfly,
which when pursued, 
is just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit quietly,
may alight upon you."
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

STILL LIFE TOMATOES ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

STILL LIFE TOMATOES original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches.  

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. 
~Author Unknown

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Red Rose Original Watercolor Painting

Red Rose original watercolor painting is 5 x 7 inches.  

Drawing is feeling. 
Color is an act of reason. 

Monday, September 5, 2016

MORNING GLORIES WATERCOLOR ORIGINAL PAINTING

Morning Glories original watercolor painting is 9 X 12 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.

"Worry is like a rocking chair: 
it keeps you moving but doesn't get you anywhere."
Corrie ten Boom

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Pale Pink Rose Original Watercolor Painting

Pale Pink Rose original watercolor painting is about 8 X 8 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.

"Love is larger than the walls which shut it in."
Corrie ten Boom

Friday, September 2, 2016

NEWFOUND LAKE, NH - Sandy Beach Original Watercolor Painting

Newfound Lake, NH, Sandy Beach, original watercolor painting is 11 X 15 and was a commissioned piece.

And our wise Father in heaven knows 
when we're going to need things too. 
Don't run out ahead of him.”
Corrie ten Boom

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tomatoes in the Sun Still Life Original Watercolor Painting

Tomatoes in the Sun original watercolor painting is 9 X 12 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.  

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, 
it empties today of its strength.”
Corrie ten Bloom

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.

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