Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Strawberries and Chardonnay" Saturday's watercolor class demo

Had four new students Saturday morning.  It's pretty much impossible to finish a painting in 2-1/2 hours starting from scratch, but we all gave it the good old college try.  I was determined not to add another unfinished painting to my pile, so finished it in the evening...four hours total.  9" x 11" on 140# Arches.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Iguazu Falls" watercolor workshop

The Rancho Casa Blanca ladies asked for a seascape workshop for this week.  When they saw the photo they said,  "Oh, this is way too hard."   Well.....they did great!  They worked for 5 hours without a peep and all agreed that if it isn't difficult they aren't learning anything.  Great attitude. The 4th lady from the left, in burgundy, is 92 and still painting away.  Her husband helps her bring her supplies to class.  "Iguazu Falls"(Argentina) 21 x 14" watercolor on Arches 300# cold press.  Available at

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Battle of the Brushes.....oil vs water

Which painting will win the battle....the oil or the watercolor?   Oil is still a work-in-progress.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

WIP oil demo at Eldorado Polo Club

Painted today at the Eldorado Polo Club matches.  My gallery is a sponsor so we had a front row table for lunch.  The gallery had a large display for several of the artists' work as a promo to get people to come to the gallery.  It was fun to be able to watch the matches while painting.  I made pretty good progress in about 4 hours.  Not sure how many, or if, I'm going to add the tree silhouettes as shown in the reference photo.  Just going to let the painting percolate for a few days and see what it says to me.  "Eldorado Sunset" oil on canvas, 20" x 16"

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A DailyPainters' fan adds my "Happy Doughnut" (top) to her doughnut collection

A buyer in Maine who collects doughnut paintings couldn't resist my "Happy Doughnut" oil 6" x 8" (top with pink sprinkles) for her collection.   Thank you, Andrea!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Just sold through DailyPainters gallery

Just sold to a new collector in Asheville, North Carolina through DailyPainters online gallery  This was not my usual style.  It was very fast and loose. Painted wet-in-wet.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Watercolor Class demo........"The Icing on the Cake"

Great class tonight.  Everyone worked so hard.  Just when you think it's going to be never is.  So much fun to work it out together and laugh a lot.    WIP  watercolor 12" x 9"  

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

"Surface Tension" watercolor SOLD

SOLD today at the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society show at The River in Rancho Mirage, CA (Borders bookstore space) Thank you Scott! 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

New Olympic Sport - Watercolor Demo

I submit art demo-ing as a new Olympic Sport.  It requires lots of stamina, agility and quick movement.
This was my demo for the Coachella Valley Watercolor Society annual show this weekend.  I completed this landscape in about 45 minutes.  I did have a pre-painted version of the clouds ready for when I reached that stage, so I could paint in the trees without having to wait for the clouds to dry.

"In All its Glory"  13 x 19" watercolor on 300# Arches hot press.  ( I ran out of cold press which is what I normally use.  Was a little worried how the hot press would handle, but it worked out okay)

Friday, March 2, 2012

"Surface Tension"

This is my entry in the March BoldBrush painting competition. If you like it please go to the BoldBrush website and click "like" to vote. Here's the link: Thanks.  "Surface Tension" full sheet 22" x 30" watercolor on Arches cold press.