Saturday, July 11, 2020

ORANGE FLOWERS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

ORANGE FLOWERS original watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches.

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.

 Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, July 6, 2020

Strawberries in Silver Pitcher Original Watercolor Painting

Strawberries in Silver Pitcher, original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches.

"Love is a fruit in season at all times,
And within the reach of every hand."
Mother Theresa

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

SAND HILL CRANE #2 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

SAND HILL CRANE, original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches. 


It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for
things themselves, for reality is more important than
the feeling for pictures.
Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, June 15, 2020

Hawk Original Watercolor Painting

Hawk original watercolor painting is 8 x 8 inches.

I am still far from being what I want to be, 
but with God's help I shall succeed. 
Vincent Van Gogh

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Yellow Rose and Bud #2 Original Watercolor Painting

Yellow Rose and buds #2 original watercolor is 8 x 10 inches.


Art is to console those who are broken by life.
Vincent Van Gogh.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Tortoise Shell Cat Original Watercolor Painting

Tortoise Shell Cat original watercolor is 8 x 8 inches.


If you live for the next world,
You get this one in the deal
But if you live only for this world,
You lose them both.
C.S. Lewis

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Lemons and Copper Pot Original Watercolor Painting

Lemons and Copper Pot original watercolor painting, 9 x 12 inches.


Once people stop believing in God,
The problem is not that they will believe in nothing;
Rather, the problem is that they will believe anything.
C.S.Lewis


Thursday, May 28, 2020

ACADIA PARK and GREAT BLUE HERON ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Acadia Park, Eagle Lake, great blue heron, original watercolor painting is 12 x 16 inches. 


For one swallow does not make a summer,
Nor does one day;
And so too one day,
Or a short time,
Does not make a man blessed and happy
Aristotle

Monday, May 18, 2020

HEADING TO THE LIGHT ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

HEADING TO THE LIGHT, walkway original watercolor painting is 10 x 18 inches.

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 7:14

Thursday, May 14, 2020

GOATS #2 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

GOATS #2 original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches.  I love goats. 

The best way to love God is to love many things.
Vincent Van Gogh

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

LILY PADS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

LILY PADS original watercolor painting is 12 by 18 inches on Fabriano rough paper.  I entered this into the Rhode Island Watercolor Society "All About Color" show.   After I spent hours going through my photos I picked a reference from when I was in Arcadia park when I captured the little frog and water lily and pads and then after I spent hours drawing it out, realized it was all green..... so  I poured on the colors and prayed a little.


Colors, like features, follow the changes
of the emotions.
Pablo Picasso


Monday, May 11, 2020

GREEN SEA TURTLE #3 ORIGINALWATERCOLOR PAINTING

Green Sea Turtle #3 original watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.


Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the
tempestuous sea of liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

Friday, May 8, 2020

YELLOW WARBLER ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

YELLOW WARBLER original watercolor painting (7.5 X 8.5) on Arches 140 lb paper. 

YELLOW WARBLER by Katherine Lee Bates

...Listening to those blithe notes, I slipped once more
From lyric dawn through dreamland's open door,
And there was God, Eternal Life that sings,
Eternal joy, brooding all mortal things,
A nest of stars, beneath untroubled wings.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Western Bluebird Watercolor Painting

Western Bluebird watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches.  

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
Henry David Thoreau

Monday, May 4, 2020

Window Flower Pots Original Watercolor Painting

WINDOW FLOWER POTS original watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches.  The first sunshine in days and the light on these pots grabbed my attention. 


Christians should never fail to sense the operation of an angelic glory. It forever eclipses the world of demonic powers, as the sun does a candle's light.
Billy Graham

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

CARDINAL BIRD ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

CARDINAL BIRD original watercolor.  The sunshine is so bright on this bird that it was hard to figure out if she was a male or female, but she has brown in her.


Education without values, as useful as it is,
Seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
CS Lewis

Monday, April 27, 2020

GONDOLAS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

GONDOLAS original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches.


The greatest evils in the world will not be carried out by men
with guns, but by men in suits sitting behind desks.
CS Lewis

Sunday, April 26, 2020

LIGHTHOUSE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

LIGHTHOUSE original watercolor painting (9 x 12 inches)


In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe
And enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
Blaise Pascal

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

ORANGE AND YELLOW TULIPS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

ORANGE AND YELLOW TULIPS original watercolor painting (8 x 10 inches).


A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower.

Marianne Williamson

Sunday, April 19, 2020

LITTLE GIRL PORTRAIT ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR

LITTLE GIRL PORTRAIT original watercolor painting.  There are several minefields doing a portrait, and the mouth is probably the biggest one to get past....

"A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth"  by John Singer Sargent.

 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

THREE KITTENS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

THREE KITTENS original watercolor painting 8 x 10 inches.


When you’re curious, 
you find lots of interesting things to do.
Walt Disney

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

BALITIMORE ORIOLE #3 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

BALITMORE ORIOLE #3 original watercolor painting 8 x 10 inches.


If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understood it well enough.    
Albert Einstein

Monday, April 13, 2020

AMERICAN BULL DOG ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

AMERICAN BULL DOG original watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches. 

Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

FLAMINGOS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

FLAMINGOS #2 original watercolor painting (8 x 10). 

A flock of flirting flamingos is pure, passionate, pink pandemonium-a frenetic flamingle-mangle-a discordant discotheque of delirious dancing, flamboyant feathers, and flamingo lingo.

Friday, April 10, 2020

MAD HEN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Mad hen original watercolor painting is 5 x 7 inches.  I loved this photo reference...kind of says how we're all feeling right now in this confinement....



There was an old man with a beard, 
who said: 'It is just as I feared! 
Two owls and a hen,
 four larks and a wren
 have all built their nests in my beard.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

YELLOW THROATED WARBLER BIRD ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

YELLOW THROATED WARBLER original watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches. 

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, 
life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”Poet, novelist and playwright Langston Hughes

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

FISH -- PARROTFISH ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

PARROTFISH original watercolor painting, 8 x 10 inches.  Thanks to Li on Wet Canvas for the underwater references in this week's All Media Art Event.


I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, 
but because by it I see everything else. 
 C.S. Lewis.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

ELEPHANT ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

ELEPHANT original watercolor painting 9 x 12 on Fabriano Rough paper.


We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected
Things as interruptions of real life.
The truth is that interruptions are real life.
C. S. Lewis

Friday, April 3, 2020

STILLNESS #2 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

STILLNESS #2 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING 9 x 12 inches.   Photo reference credit to John Pitocco.


Everything that’s created comes out of silence.

Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence.

Our words come out of this void.

Your very essence emerged from emptiness.

All creativity requires is some stillness

Wayne Dyer


 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

STILLNESS #3 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

STILLNESS #3 original watercolor paintings 9 x 12 inches.  Photo reference credit John Pitocco.  


Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen- that stillness becomes a radiance. 

Morgan Freeman

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

STILLNESS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

STILLNESS  original watercolor (from reference photo by John Pitocco) 12 x 16 inches.

 I don't think that I really did the reference justice which has the boats as the focal point and then just goes on back so beautifully inviting you into the scene.   I realized in doing this what I really want to do  is a close up of those boats and the marsh.   I may do this one over again too.


Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction.
Paul Brunton

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

YELLOW WATER LILIES ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

YELLOW WATER LILIES original watercolor (8 x 10) on Arches rough 140 lb paper.

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, March 30, 2020

FURRY FRIENDS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

FURRY FRIENDS original watercolor is 9 x 12 inches on Arches 140 lb hot press paper.   It looks to me as though the cat has lifted his head as the dog invades his personal space.....and very obviously looking in his direction. 

After a time, even the dog compromises with the cat.
anonymous

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

LOST LAMB ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

LOST LAMB original watercolor painting is 9 x 10.5 inches on Fabriano rough paper.  I was inspired by the Scripture verse  in which Jesus tells the religious leaders who were muttering about the people of doubtful character he was ministering to:

"Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue."  
Luke 15:5- 7 Message

Sunday, March 22, 2020

ROOSTER #3 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

ROOSTER #3 original watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches on Fabriano rough paper (140 lb).  

Wise man is the rooster of the universe: He awakens the unawake!
author unknown

Friday, March 20, 2020

Great Blue Heron #2 Original Watercolor Painting

GREAT BLUE HERON #2 original watercolor painting. 


"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." - Albert Einstein

Sunday, March 15, 2020

TULIPS/DAFFODILS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR SPRING FLOWERS

TULIPS/DAFFODILS original watercolor of spring flowers.

"Life with God is not immunity from difficulties,
but peace with difficulties.
CS Lewis

Friday, March 13, 2020

DAFFODILS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

DAFFODILS original watercolor on Arches140 pound hot press paper. 


Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.  Corrie Ten Boom

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

WHITE WATER LILY WITH BUD ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

WHITE WATER LILY AND BUD original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches.

Swan flocks of lilies shoreward lying, In sweetness, not in music, dying.
John Greenleaf Whittier

Monday, March 9, 2020

ALMOND BLOSSOMS ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Almond Blossoms original watercolor painting.  I became recently aware of the almond blossom in relation to the description God gave them in creating the ark of the covenant (Exodus 25).  The blossoms are used as the branches in the lamp stand, and decorate the ark with gold petals as well.   I wondered,  what is the symbolism?--- and so I googled.  I found this wonderful description in this site. which I quoted part of below.     Moses staff was a branch of an almond tree, which did bud and blossom (Numbers 17). 

"In the Hebrew language, name for almond tree is shâqêd (Strong, 2010). The primary root of shâqêd is shâqad which means to be watchful, alert, on the lookout, and sleepless. Almond buds and blossoms were placed on the Lampstand where the lamps burned during the night to symbolize two things: first, the constant watchfulness of God over His people and second the need for Israel to be alert to the commandments of God."

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

PEONY ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

PEONY original watercolor painting is 8 x 10 inches.


And the wind upon its way whispered the boughs of May,
And touched the nodding peony.   
Anonymous
    

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

UNDERWATER REEF ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Underwater Reef original watercolor painting,   12 X 18 inches.

You are never too old to set another goal,
or dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis

Thursday, February 20, 2020

SWIMMING WITH THE FISHES ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

SWIMMING WITH THE FISHES original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches.   I snapped the reference photo for this watching a television show.


The sea heaves up, hangs loaded o’er the land,
Breaks there, and buries it’s tumultuous strength.
Robert Browning

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

TIGER LILIES #2 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

TIGER LILIES #2 original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.  I snapped the photo reference for this at a restaurant table. 

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  
 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"
  
Matthew 6:28-30

Saturday, February 8, 2020

RUNNING FREE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

RUNNING FREE little girl running into a field...photo reference credit and thanks to John Pitocco....  watercolor painting (9 x 12 inches) on Fabriano watercolor paper. 

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
Dean Karnazes

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

SECRETARYBIRD ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

Secretarybird original watercolor painting, 8 x 10 inches on Arches 140 lb paper.  This is a bird native to Africa that stands about 4 feet tall.  It's a member of the raptor family.



“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

HOW NOW BROWN COW - ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

"How Now Brown Cow" original watercolor of a curious cow, 8 x 10 inches on arches 140 lb paper.

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

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

TAN PUPPY ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING

TAN PUPPY original watercolor painting is 9 x 12 inches.

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.