Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Back of felted scene

So many fibers have been worked thru to back -  Its almost like a secondary whisper of a scene.  

Felted scene

This is finally close to being done.   Its taken forever with redos and tweaks.  

Breakfast at Grand Tetons

Oh dont I wish I was there.   Only now instead of a camp trailer it would be a motor home or 5th wheel.     I can dream.  

Country drive

My breakfast sketch is from photo in AAA magazine.     Reminds me how I always loved driving through the sierras and foothills.

Arizona sunset 2

Last felted piece with this subject dold right away.  I love doing these skies.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Apples on red check towel

Another breakfast sketch.

Apple study on blue towel.

Breakfast sketch.

Landscape skyscape

Breakfast sketch.  I loved the sky colors on photograph in AAA magazine.

Apple study

Breakfast sketch.


Breakfast sketch.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wooded slope

Based on painting seen in Sutter Creek Art Gallery.  The slope was much steeper and had more trees but this is my adaption.

2nd fruit study

This one was done during phone conversation w friend.   

Fruit breakfast.

Eat it or paint it?   That is the question.   

Bowl of fruit

These are just at the point they are past their prime.  Id better oaint them before cutting up for compote.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sky study

Last night odd cloud formation. Long strips of clouds and some areas of poofs of clouds. Looks like a flag.   

Sky study 2

Friend Nancy took this a bit later  about 20 miles away.   

Monday, September 19, 2016

Work in progress

Cleaned up the foreground.  Hmmm... what shall I do next?

Breakfast at Capital Reef

Utahs landscapes are so awesome.    A painters paradise.   The sketch on left I am  leaving as is.   First color blocking.   Very fresh.    Set it aside and painted the one on right.    Great exercise with colors.  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Breakfast at Zion

The sandstone cliffs at Zion Park as shown in AAAmagazine is my breakfast sketch inspiration.   

Step 5

Thats a little better but now I dont like the foreground or proportions.    Hmmm....  its getting too warm to paint until evening.    Time to think it over.   

Stage 4

I like the neutral.   Now what?

Stage 3

Waste of time. Dont like this. Will oaint itvout with a neutral.

Stage 2


Floral starter

Working over a black gessoed canvas.   Stage 1.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Rosemarys birthday card.

This was fun. Done on a whim.  From first  thought to mail box it took about two hours.   

Yosemite sketch.

A favorite scene was used on cover of this seasons AAA magazine.      Ahhh... takes me there.     You can zoom in on my little version.

Cupcakes for breakfast?

I painted an acrylic cupcake for a birthday post card to send to a friend a couple days ago.     It put me in the mood to do one in watercolor.   Here it is. Bon appetite.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Breakfast out back

This was the view behind my fifth wheel at Sierra campground.   Ive painted it before but felt like a trip down memory lane would make a goid subject today. I can almost smell the cedars and pines.   

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lins info

It is Fair Oaks. CA.     Shop called "the Feathered Nest on Fair Oaks Blvd.  

Breakfast with Lin

A few years ago I bought a snall watercolor painting from the artist.   She signed it "lin"i cant find her card any more so i cant give her the prper credit she deserves.   Seems to me it was Folsom or Fair Oaks where I found her teaching and showing her work in a shared shop on the main street of the old tiwn.  Across from the town park.  Odd little town. Chickens waNdering the streets.  Beautiful ones. .     Anyhow I took the picture down from my wall and thought Id try to capture the colors she used.   Its darker than most of my landscapes.  But thats why I like it so much.    Heres my attempts.   I started small and decided to do a larger one as well.   They are not finished.   But its breakfast and time to share.     Ill try to find a link for her when I post finished paintings.    

Breakfast with Linda McNeil

Years ago i had a flyer from somewhere with brilliant illustrations by Linda McNeil.  She really captured the purity of light in the high Sierras.   This breakfast sketch is based on her illustrations.   I cut a few out and have been hoarding them - im so glad I did.    I can learn a lot from her.  

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Maybe this is better

I added more color to dish and darkened the shadows.

Pears. Watercolor sketch.

I really should stop trying to paint dishes.   Or get serious and learn how to do them better.

Pears for breakfast


Friday, September 9, 2016

Fresh apples.

My models.

Apples on green plate

Morning breakfast watercolor sketch.   Models will soon be eaten.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Abstract 5 in series

Yellow shape is another of the traced shapes from layered drawings.   Its a starting point.    

Citrus breakfast

This mornings breakfast sketch.     Cheers.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Breakfast abstract 4

Another watercolor based on one of the abstract shapes from tracing parts of drawings.   

Close up

Same colors.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Painting over abstract backgrounds

This colorful canvas has been sitting on the shelf for quite awhile.   I painted over it with titan buff tinted with manganese blue hue both Golden  acrylics.   I tried scraping it off in pkaces but found that did not work.  Paper towels scrubbed it back though so parts of the under painting showed through. .   

Flight shape

This is another of the shapes I traced from layered drawings on tracing paper.   My art friends thought it looked like a bird although at the time it was only a shape to me.   

Acrylic abstract

Flight.     There is a very colorful backgriund under this.     I painted over it and scrubbed out the shape before it dried.  

Fabric collage

Batik quilting fabrics can be so inspiring.   The colors and designs are organic and intriguing.   Thats what inspired this piece.  Scraps.    

At first thi s was mountains and a wide river or lake all across the bittom.   An artistic friend suggested it needed some verticals in foreground.  So i put in the trees but found they needed grounding.   That led to the foreground bank and boulders.  

Next i added the left foreground piece of land and boulders for balance.   Then more boulders.     I had p2ainted in a lot of moutain reflections on the still water.   It didnt work that way.     So I narrowed the river and painted it in since I had no scraps t6hat would work there.    

I can see a few changes and tweaks to make but at last I am liking it better now.   

Monday, September 5, 2016

The abstract series

Hrre are the three together.

Breakfast abstract 3

Today I used that shape as the basis for this abstract.    Can you see it?

Abstract shape

Awhile back while playing with fibding abstract shapes - this is one I drew/traced from parts of my drawings.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday breakfast abstract

Another little watercolor abstract.    I need to do one more and I can call it a series.   Lol.  

Saturday, September 3, 2016