Still Life Art

Three Lemons on Blue 5×8 Watercolor Haters and Trolls in the Comments This summer, the haters are out in swarms. Among my community of artisans with an online presence , this is a frequent topic. Haters skulk behind the bluish light of their computer screens, and crouch under the cloak of anonymity, while launching criticism, …

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Rieke’s Bowl 3×6 Watercolor Sold I’ve been working on a large painting on the floor because it’s too big for my easel. It reminded me that I had a display board in my apartment a few decades ago, mounted to the wall in the living room, and it was terrific to pin or tape large …

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Yellow Roses 3.5×3.5 Watercolor on wood block Sold This week, I’m painting the largest watercolor I’ve ever attempted. The paper is larger then standard watercolor sheets, so I purchased a roll of paper, cut a 40″x 40″ square, and stapled it to a board (see photo below). It took a few days to grid the …

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Patio Bouquet 4×2 Watercolor on paper Available in my Etsy Shop. I’m preparing for another Los Angeles Art Festival in ten days – this one is in Thousand Oaks (June 7 & 8, booth #43). I’m re-stocking my layout for the festival with a few petite paintings.  This one is quite tiny, and it’s a …

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Kitchen Sunset 15 x 21 Watercolor on paper (Sold)  I finished this watercolor in time to take it to the San Diego Artwalk last weekend. The weather was finicky on Friday night and Saturday morning – a first in all the years I’ve participated in this show. But the rain & gale force winds died …

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This art is available in my Etsy shop. I love the half-tone pattern (see below, before I painted it) of this style of monotype. Some folks call it a trace monotype, and others call it a line monotype. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, I found a speedy two minute demo on youtube if you’d …

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Epiphyllum 16 x 27 Watercolor on paper   Sold Big, warm holiday greetings to you and those you love. Merry Christmas!  I appreciate your comments and enthusiasm, and I don’t take your encouragement for the art making I post on this blog for granted. It keeps my art supplies in motion, and I’m truly grateful. Happy …

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Propagation 14 x 10 Watercolor Sold I snapped the reference photo for this watercolor while visiting one of my best friends in Massachusetts 30 years ago. Since the image reminds me of a great day – sharing & making art with someone I know so well – I’ve used the imagery in several drawings, paintings, and a …

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Meandering Watercolor Artist I’m experimenting in the studio again. Meandering in the art supplies is fine if I have no upcoming shows or commissions. Enthusiasm to try this-and-that, and then a-couple-of-those is both the blessing and the curse of a creative mind, in my case. I have artist friends who are awe-inspiringly focused. I’ve written …

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Sources of Inspiration for Watercolor Paintings Look Around the House at Your Books I have a garden book on Roses organized by “type, size, color and season of interest”. That last bit “season of interest” caught my attention… which season would I be interested in watercolor painting using floral still life as a subject? Find …

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Reference Photos for Artists Several times a year, I set up still life vignettes to use as reference material in watercolor paintings. This watercolor is from one of those sessions. If you’ve never created a catalog of scenes to paint, give it a try.  Gather things around your home that might be fun to paint, …

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Cocoon Plant & Roses 7×13 Watercolor SoldThis is an older painting, based on the usual line up of flowers and bud vases and cacti that lined the window of my kitchen in the house where we raised our kids. We’re three years into a different home – one without the white tiles and the west-facing windows. I miss the …

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Avocado Still Life 7×5 Woodcut & Watercolor SoldA long time ago, in cold and frosty New England, I stuck push pins in an avocado pit and suspended the bald tip in a glass of water. Much to my delight, it sprouted, and I had a baby avocado plant growing on my desk, next to potted african violets, …

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Pears & Lemons in the Sun 3.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor on gesso-coated wood block Weekend with the Masters I’ve just returned from Weekend with the Masters, and my head is a big gum ball machine of ideas, inspiration and thoughts about the history and process of making art and being an artist. I need time …

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Good Mornin’ Sunshine 11×14 Watercolor on paper I just returned from nine days of caring for my grandkids (1 & 3), and after 24 hours & many miles away – I ‘m still listening sharply for a baby-waking-up down the hall, or taking note of kid-friendly groceries (peanut butter, goldfish crackers, etc.) in the pantry. …

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Kitchen Counter Sun Dial 18×24 Monotype & Pastel Sold This is the last piece prepared for my Two-Person exhibit at Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena, CA with my lovely, good friend Laura Wambsgans.  Between us, we’ve got 40 pieces of original art, displayed all over the restaurant, and it looks fantastic. If you’re in the area, …

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Watercolor Still Life Painting This watercolor was done for a show a few years ago.  I’ve been meaning to set up a similar arrangement with a brightly patterned cloth under the bowl, large scale. Do you think it’s a good idea? In the original set up, the hand-thrown bowl was an engagement gift from a …

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Winter Geraniums 18×24 Monotype with Pastel on Rives BFK paper Back in the 70’s, as soon as the leaves began to turn, my grandparents drove from New England to Florida to escape the pending cold that might strain my grandfather’s partially removed lung. My grandmother shuffled all her pots of geraniums into their sunporch, and …

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(Watercolors from top left, clockwise: Sabino Fish & Plums 6×8, Sour Green Apples & Wine 9.25×7, He Hung the Moon for Her 6×4.5, Graham Thomas Roses in a Blue Vase 10×7, Camellia on the First Day of Spring 7×5) Happy Valentine’s Day! A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,A song is no song …

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Last Roses of the Season 8.5 x 7 Monotype on Arches Cover paper Available on Etsy.    Sold Making a Light Field Monotype With Watercolor Fall is here in the California desert, with squinty-bright light, cool mornings and scattered leaves. The very last roses in my garden are wind-blown and crumpled, but I’ve been bringing them …

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He Hung the Moon for Her 6 x 4.5 graphite and watercolor on Arches paperSoldThis is the Daily Paintworks challenge this coming week: Value Challenge: Black & White to Color (You don’t have to be a member to participate, and it’s free). For this challenge, use the black and white window photo above by clicking …

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Afternoon with Wyeth 19 x 24 Dry Brush Watercolor on Strathmore Bristol paperSoldProcess shots start at the bottom of this post.One of my favorite artists is Andrew Wyeth. One of my favorite books is about him; Andrew Wyeth – A Secret Life by Richard Meryman. (I wonder if this makes me a Wyeth groupie?) The …

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Winter Cat Garden 8×10 Watercolor on Strathmore Plate BristolSoldThe reference for this little watercolor was sent by a friend in Masachusetts, where they’re under a blanket of snow, like most of the U.S. I’m lucky to live in a temperate climate now, but I’m thin skinned and thin blooded, despite my New England roots; 60 …

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Garden Harvest 21.5 x 11.25 Watercolor painting on Plate Finish Bristol paper Process photos start below. Sold Free Art Give-a-Way Violet & Apricot 16 x 13 Watercolor & Pastel on paper It’s time to say thanks for all your encouragement & comments with an art-give-a-way. Having a blog helps balance the scales between the solo …

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Violet Apricot 16 x 13 Watercolor & Pastel on Canson Plate Finish Bristol paper Private Collection To celebrate the transition into the new year, I’ve been experimenting with various art supplies in my studio. As part of my Begin the Year with Less Clutter Program, I’m thinning supplies and giving things away. I have three …

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Graham Thomas Roses in a Blue Vase 10×7 Watercolor on paperI’ve been traveling, so this was started on a plane between the east & west coasts, and finished this morning in my studio. I’ll be traveling again in a few days, so I’ll see what comes of that trip. This season is always a test …

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Freesia 4.5 x 3 Watercolor on Canson Bristol paperPetite little watercolor study of one of my very favorite spring flowers in an amber vase on a cornflower blue kettle cloth napkin – available in my Ebay Store.Sold My hand to give a sense of scale on the art. Golden Melody 8 x 6 Reduction Woodcut …

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Spooning Cuties 4.4 x 6 Watercolor on Canson paperSold Abandoned 6×8 Oil painting by Tom BrownAs soon as Tom Brown posted this painting on his blog, I grabbed it. It’s a 1929 gas station just outside Santa Barbara, California that was active till the early 1960’s. It was also the site where a Japanese submarine …

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