Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 22nd breakfast abstract

Working in a series

Sometimes a subject is intriguing enough to explore over several art sessions.    Overlapping circular shapes caught my interest.  I like the weaving through of images and colors.  Years ago I used a series of acrylic circles in an altered book which gave the effect of a chain.  

As i am experimenting with watercolor abstracts this series fits into my style.    Using the black ink to ouline the watercolor shapes makes the layering jump.    I can see a few more days of this can be fun.   Then I plan to concentrate on landscapes again.      

May 22 2nd piece

May 23 breakfast sketch

May 21 breakfast sketch

Breakfast abstract. May 24

Neutral abstract with circles

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Breakfast at the beach

This little sketch is from a photo taken by my aunt on one of our outings.   I dont think she ever painted it but i remember she sold lots of cards with this photo at the art shows in Santa Cruz and Carmel areas.  Sometimes we would sketch but other times we just snapped photos and had a picnic lunch.     They were really special times.   

Breakfast with Jack Pellew

This morning I based this little sketch on a picture from an old art magazine.  1982.   That was one of my cancer years.   I didnt pick up a paint brush until chemo was over and I was well enough to function again.   In those days I painted in oil.   If I had tried my hand at watercolor sketches - i could have painted daily.     Woulda, coulda, shoulda moment.      Lol.   I probably pulled this out for an oil painting as the palette is interesting.   It was fun to capture in simple watercolors.     

May 18 breakfast sketch

May 17 breakfast sketch

May 19 breakfast sketch

Play day

Our mixed media group divided up the space on watercolor paper and filled in the spaces as we visited.     Time flew by.    I chose a limited palette and design elements.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Felted floral.

Just finished this one for a friend.   If you zoom in you get a better sense of thecwool colors and layering used to create it.   

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Breakfast sketch landscape

Id like to wake up in this setting.    Focusing on a landscape during breakfast is almost as good as being there.   

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Abstract w pink

Another breakfast abstract.

Morning abstracts resumed.

Change in weather makes studio comfortable for morning painting.   We had very hot weather for about a week. Now its more normal again. I only used air conditioner two days.      Ì

Friday, May 5, 2017





I did color blob. Barbara added ink work.  Angry bird.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


Play day with mixed media pals. We drew little creatures.  In this case Barbara suggested we start with drawing eyes.    Thses blobs of color were smushed around then finished with outlines.  Fun.

Blob . Fox on skis

Pretty in pink blob

Green blob characters.

More blob critters.

More critters.

These started with color blobs. Details including eyes added after pain dried.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Colorful faces

Fine line resist pen

A new toy in my studio.   I have never  used resists other than wax crayons or birthday candles.   Lol.   Oh yes and a silk resist for details on silk scarfs years ago.     I recently found that old silvresust but its decades old and does not flow freely  - so I invested in this new product.    The line is so fine...these are little experiments.     

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Multi color radial

Blue radial 2

Blue radial 1

Breakfast with Jawlensky

This image was torn from an old Connoisseur magazine.    I always liked the colors and thought someday i might use it as a reference.   Today was the day.   Its really difficult to translate an oil painting to atercolor.   But the challenge is interesting and fun. Especially for quick studies.     I love the Expressionists uses of color.    hope you like it.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Green morphables

Posting this again as picture didnt show first time. These creatures can assume any shape.

Where id like to have breakfast

Hollyhocks for breakfast

Quick sketch.

Bike at shore

I have not touched acryllic paints for many months but thought id do this as currently bikes are a poular subject.     I drew it first otherwise it might only vaguely resemble a bicycle.   

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Breakfast beastie

Blue giraffasaurus.   One of my mixed media friends has been playing with Carla Sondheims techniques for drawing little critters.   She is drawing the cutest little creatures.   So I thought I would see if i could incorporate them into my breakfast abstracts.      This is the first one of this series.


Two legged jump over.

This little creature is very agile.   He can jump over anything.  

Geraniums in bloom

Sage blloming

Garden friend.