Monday, October 31, 2016

Oct 31 abstract 2

Central figure is amusing.  Like something from Dr Seuss.

Oct 31 abstract 1

Just for fun.

Oranges breakfast sketch. Oct 31

This tree is right outside my studio. Its loaded with oranges.  Not ripe yet.   I used ink outlines on left side. None on right.   Just to compare.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Oct 29 the blue horse sings

More than a decade ago my brother cut me an album from some of his music collection.  It is called simply "horses".   I copied it to my music library in old computer.  Fortunately.  The album he cut was loaned out and never returned but each time I get a new computer I copy the music files so I can continue to listen to it.  Its probably the most listened to album I have.    

The blue horse in the Franz Marc painting sings to me.   So I listened to the horse album and painted this quick study. 

Oct 29 breakfast abstract

Todays sketch.   Is it a dead bird?

Oct 29 abstract study

Based on painting by Franz Marc  Could not resist doing a loose study from post card.    This has long been a favorite. I just never thought to paint it.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Oct 24 abstract

This is a little different pallette.   Im using up some old watercolor paints.  Lol

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Oct 23 #2 abstract

Had a nice chat with a friend.  Sat down at art table and picked up the paint brush. Before you know it another abstract was well under way.   

Oct 23 abstract

Im leaving off the faux writing today.   I love this green with the rosy red.

You will notice the three sides touched with the green shape.  Its a bit tricky achieving  balance when connecting the sides.  But somehow it works.  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Two for breakfast

Today I tried a new method for creating central shapes.    I began by marking the paper on three sides with light color.   Then connected the spots (place markers) with 3/4 inch brush in same color.  The trick was to vary the lines. Curves. Broken lines. Some wide some narrow.  Some straight. Some angles. Also making some slight variations in the color in several ways.  The object is to develop an interesting unpredictable shape.

After that its time to break up the background with other shapes and colors.  i almost always use circles somewhere.   And textures.    At the end I do the ink outlines and white pen marks.   and spatters of colors used in painting.   .

Friday, October 21, 2016

Morning abstract

Trying another different pallette this am.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Another in the series.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Colored pencils. Prismacolor.  

Acrylic abstract update

More semi circles lower right.

Abstract turq

This is a different pallette.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Abstract study 2

I could not resist my sunny warm studio today so went ahead and painted another abstract today.

Abstract study

Part of series.

Guavas in pencil

Time to dig out my nature drawing journal. Ill be doing nature studies at senior groups for awhile

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Abstracts on scraps

Not having any watercolor paper cut to the sizes I like tocwork with - I did my breakfast sketches on scraps.    That was fun.

Pomegranites from friends

These are also from Nancy and Ed.    Every year I do a colored pencil drawing of this fruit.    I guess its time to get out my pencils.

Eds box of persimmons.

Love to how neatly he packed them.

Guavas for breakfast

The yellow guavas are from friend Nancy's "heritage" guava tree transplanted from Hayward to Oakdale.   Now that she and Ed have moved to Manteca he is trying to root a cutting so they can maintain the tradition.   The green ones are from one of their new neighbors.    Yum.    But first I wanted to paint them.  

Btw  My parents also had a guava tree in Hayward.   

The persimmons are not ready yet.   Ill paint them another day.  Surplus from N & E.   Thanks friends.  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Changes to acrylic painting.

Last time I posted this there was just a vase of flowers on table. I decided to add an abstract shape into background.  Still not sure what I will add or change next.

Breakfast abstract. Squirrel

When i first formed this shape it was just a shape.   After I painted it there was a squirrel gathering nuts.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Abstract for breakfast.

Series continued.    These are so much fun.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Breakfast floral.

Quick sketch. Paint first draw later.   My motto.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Added ink

That lower left corner needed something. 

Breakfast still life

Oh my this was fun.  Very confused start. What was I thinking? Expected to do abstracted fruit but instead went for layered textures in background. Layered to hide whatever was there before.  Then lifted wet watercolors with paper towels for textures.

I read that many artists have their works fully formed in their minds before they put brush to surface.  

I may have a landscape or still life in mind. Sometimes i will presketch in pencil.   Not often.   I enjoy the surprise  when brush and hand do all the creative work.   

The fruit is sitting right here on the table so thats where I started.   I started painting in the other surrounding things but it just did nothing for me.  So i hid it for the most part.   Then I just played around as it was nearly unsavable.   Why waste it?

Ended up with some parts I like a lot like those reddish stripes over yellow background and the blue over the yellow between stripes then blotted so yellow would show through.   That might be a useful technique sometime.    

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Abstract oct 8

Another neutral.

Breakfast abstract oct 8

I am trying a different pallette - a little more neutral.  

Abstract updated

My art friends didnt like the white area going off lower right corner.    Im hoping the pale circular stripes help.

Another redo abstract

July 23 this was started. Finished this am.

Revised abstract

Started in july. Now  done.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Oct 6 breakfast sketch

I just realized I forgot to post this yesterday.

Abstract series

Yesterdays afternoon painting.

Sharing a sunlit spot.


Breakfast abstract series

I shared my little abstracts with friends yesterday and they were so enthusiastic it made me want to do more.   This is todays breakfast sketch.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Delta sunrise

Finished from previous post.

Good morning sunrise.

This is quick sketch.   Im out of time. Will return to it later. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Red barn

Breakfast sketch Oct 3. Inspired by Whisson's painting Sunlit Landscape New South Wales.   He had a white building in it but I liked the idea of a red barn.   

Red barn on scrap.

When i reached for a cut sheet of watercolor paper this am - there were only scraps.    Why not use one? 

Its my 78th birthday today.   Yikes that sounds so old.  

Breakfast sketch based on previous sketch.