I’m just an amateur photographer, so sometimes great opportunities for marvelous shots are lost due to my inexperience. This was the case recently when a spectacular heron modeled for me, but all my shots alas, came out blurry. A photo disappointment for sure, but grist for some watercolor sketches. Step 1 and 2 below.
Yes, it’s spring but there’s still a chill in the air.
A sweet goose couple is nesting in the same spot again this year, center stage, in The Great Swamp. Literally, a less than five minute sketch from beginning (below) to end (above). An effort to capture a bit of her grace.
A very quick painting this week. I’m working on new images/ collaborations. Can’t wait to show you:)
Orange socks-watercolor sketch. In the interest of better perspective, I should have blurred or lifted the color from the hard line on the bottom of the coat, behind her feet. It’s something I’ll remember next time.
Kiss kiss winter good-bye!
A little muddier than I’d like. Here’s J.
A good-natured, early morning, pop in the teeth, just out of bed, ten minute portrait! Nope, nobody I know. Really. Only loosely based on someone I know. Nope, not telling. She’s pure fiction. Such fun watching her materialize! BTW, not talking about my teeth. They stay put.
This is the second birdie child-vison influenced image. Most of the elements in this piece began as really loose watercolor paintings. I brought them into Photoshop and digitally placed and painted. I almost always put in a little more work after I show you what I’m up too. This piece is no exception, but I …
This image will be showing up again changed, in my new series. The darks are blue + it’s complement-orange. A flick of isopropyl alcohol to create the interest in the hair. Here is it with no digital interference,
Fantasy drama with a little digital intervention.
A snapshot from a dream-mare.
A sketch/painting of Dianne.
For those interested in process, above is the finish. Below is the entire composition before I worked to my satisfaction. I enjoy lifting the color to refine the painting. I may refine the finish a little more, but I will wait a day or two to see it with new eyes. The only downside of …
Waiting in the wings.
A belated Halloween salute. The model is a dear artist friend, although this is not a portrait. This sketch is based on a photo by photographer Scott Groller.
Something Dark is happening in faerie.
This is creature week. They are sullen and unnerving, sporting giant ears. I have no idea why. I tweaked digitally, just a little bit.
It’s no secret that I very much enjoy painting drippy watercolor figures. Most of you also know that I don’t much enjoy painting figures in a scene. Clearly, I need to push myself a bit, so here’s a comfortable compromise. It’s a drippy magical creature (below) digitally manipulated to soar within a scene…of sorts.
An adorable blue-haired demon child, pressed up against your screen door, demanding sweet treats! Happy Halloween!