Linocut: Viognier & Apples (and a painting by Amanda Blake)

Viogniere & Apples 6.5 x 4.5 Linocut with Watercolor The block, drawn with a Sharpie Marker, and then carved with my Flexcut tools, ready to print. This is the first piece of Richeson Easy to Cut (unmounted) linoleum I tried, and I liked it, but I think I’d recommend the mounted version, to reduce slippage & stretch if you’re using a press. If you’re interested in trying a soft block for printmaking, I’ve heard good things about Gomuban blocks, which are reported to be just as soft to carve, but a tad stiffer, so they stretch less during printing, and hold sharper edges …[Continue reading]



Watercolor: Pink Winter ( & a painting by Neil Hollingsworth)

Pink Winter 6 x 7.75 watercolor on Arches Bristol paperSoldMy friend LG sent me a photo of her newly build bedroom drenched in squinty winter light. I could see by Porsche and Oreo’s unanimous feline approval-sprawl (I’d be joining them if I were there) that this was an excellent addition to the house. I asked to use the photo as a reference this week, with a few little changes here and there, and finished the painting this afternoon. Now, to continue with yesterday’s post about collecting daily paintings, I want to tell the story of how I came to buy a wonderful little …[Continue reading]



Watercolor & Charcoal: The Serpent Beckons Eve

The Serpent Beckons Eve 7 x 5.5 Watercolor & CharcoalSoldI was sorting digital image files in my archives, and I forgot about this piece till I saw it again. It was great fun to design, and I had just discovered the amazing illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith [1863-1935], so this was very influenced by her work. I think I’d like to revisit the style and theme in the next few weeks, and see if I’ve learned anything since this piece was finished. Archives are good. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Independence Day

Independence Day 5.5 x 9 Watercolor on Bristol paperSoldThis is a revision of a painting done in the summer. I like it better now, and I look forward to doing a larger version of it sometime this summer. The nuance of the human face – especially a young, on-the-verge-of-adulthood face, always speaks to me and kicks up the urge to paint. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Chesley at Capistrano

Chesley at Capistrano 8×10 Watercolor on Cold Press paperSoldThis is my friend Ron, selling at the California Art Club exhibit at the Capistrano Mission about 6 years ago. He’s a good man, and an incredible painter, and I’m very lucky to have one of his plein air paintings on my wall. During the weekend of the exhibit, I took lots of photos for future paintings because the light was so nice under the arcade, and the grounds at the mission are a maze of beautiful, but complex painting opportunities. I’ve sketched several vignettes over and over again, attempting to leave the hiccups in …[Continue reading]



Watercolor: Nested

SoldNested 11 x 17 Watercolor on Arches Hot Press paper Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Moonlight Cruise

Moonlight Cruise 10 x 14 Watercolor on paperSold Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Firenze Cucina

Firenze Cucina 12 x 17 Watercolor on Arches Hot Press paperSoldThis painting was started as a demo at the Scottsdale ArtFest in Arizona, and finished this morning. Using the reference photo to lay in washes and locate a few details with the brush here. Happy New Year! Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Reading on the Patio

Reading on the Patio 3.5 x 8 Watercolor on paperSold Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family. Steep in the time together and make lots of merriment. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Propagation

Propagation 14 x 10 Watercolor on paperSoldThere’s something that’s both neatly geometric and artist-messy in the composition of the photo I used as a reference for this piece. I snapped the image while visiting one of my best friends in Massachusetts nearly 30 years ago. The title is in reference to the potted plants sprouting on the ledge, and the potential of paper, notebooks and pens. There are bits of text on the sheet of paper beneath the apples; an excerpt from an E. B. White poem titled Window Ledge in the Atom Age:I love this day, this hour, this room,This motionless narcissus,I …[Continue reading]



Watercolor: Persimmon on the Sill

Persimmon on the Sill 8.75 x 10.75 Watercolor on Strathmore BristolSoldAs a kid, my grandparents had a sun porch which served as a back-lit sunbeam for displayed glass in their dining room. I’ve been fond of sunlight on glass for as long as I can remember. The photo used for this watercolor was taken many years ago, in the squinty Fall light in Massachusetts when I was in college. Now that it’s officially Fall, it seemed appropriate to paint that light again. I’ve delivered the two pieces below to the Brand Library Gallery in Glendale, CA for Brand 38: Works on Paper. The …[Continue reading]



Linocut & Watercolor: Corona

Corona 2 x 3 Linocut & WatercolorThis petite linocut based on the likeness of Frida Kahlo will be exhibited for sale – along with four watercolors below – October 3rd at the Ryman Affair of the Art 20th Anniversary fund raising event. The Ryman Arts program gives selected teens an opportunity to practice studio arts on Saturdays for free, instructed by working artists, with a goal of getting the kids into college – and the arts as a profession. It’s an honor to participate in this show every year. There’s a preview of the art for sale and ticket details on the web …[Continue reading]



Watercolor: Freesia, Pitcher & Lemons

Freesia, Pitcher & Lemons 6 x 8 Watercolor on Strathmore Bristol Plate Finish paperAvailable for sale here.Painted while flying between LA and Orlando, so the pigment is applied in pretty heavy layers. I can’t blame too much time on my hands & my less than ideal set up on the plane, but this one was a challenge. Next time, I’ll bring multiple drawings to fill the time, and I’ll prep them just a bit more petite in size. (Unless I get upgraded from coach.) 🙂 Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog

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