Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

My First Alcohol Ink Painting - Koi.

alcohol ink on Yupo NFS

Artist Note
My first time with the alcohol inks.
I found the inks powerful
in saturation, luminous
and tricky to work with.
I can see the benefits of
experimenting especially on
the Yupo paper.

Last week I joined
some  painting
 buddies on a trip
to Santa Fe to paint the
aspen leaves turning gold.
Guess what interested me more...
remembering I have been involved
with a series from the
waterlily pond?
Yep - my mind was still
on the water reflections and fish.
Funny how I couldn't just
be attracted to anything else.
A series is a series!

For those of you who have
never been to
Santa Fe
 there is a gallery
with a magical sculpture garden.

Formally known as the Fenn Gallery
It is now the Nedra Matteucci Gallery.
I have been visiting there for many
years. Look how gorgeous it is.
(click to enlarge).

I did do a plein air of the aspens
up by the ski area.

And loved seeing all the 
Chamisa  (rabbit grass)
in full bloom.

I encourage you to treat
yourself and
explore the link
Nedra Matteucci

 I am going to enjoy catching up 
with everyone's blogs.

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Water Lily

The Water Lily
6inx6in oil on canvas board $110.

Artist Note
#9 in the series

Moving towards abstraction
after exploring the more detailed
versions in the series.
This started off brighter
with thicker paint,
and it got softer
as I eliminated more detail

I am out of town so am not able 
to get to answer all the 
comments from the last post.
I do thank you taking the time
to comment and will look 
forward to checking 
your posts when I return

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Reflections On The Pond

6x8in oil on canvas panel  $135. SOLD

Artist Note 
This one is as much about 
the reflections as the 
lily pads and Koi. 

 I had started a series 
about reflections earlier this year
(March) but was thwarted in my
efforts by a health issue.
Here I feel the same pull to capture
the reflections as I did earlier.
The addition of the lily pads and 
colorful Koi makes it more enticing

Keeping it abstract.
All palette knife except for the fish.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Reflections On The Lily Pond

Reflections On The Lily Pond

8x6in oil on canvas panel $135 SOLD

Artist Note.
Number 8 
in the lily pond series.

The glow of the setting sun 
reflects on the water.
Sky and water  together- 
I always have an 
emotional response
to this combination 
no matter what time of day.

Using the palette knife
I went for simple shapes of color
to suggest sky, hills, water and then 
adding the lily pads at the end. 
Its amazing what the eye can 
make out of
simple shapes and color.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lily Pond at Capistrano.

Lily Pond At Capistrano.
8x6in oil on canvas panel  $150
Purchase HERE

Artist Note

Last week a member of the 
Artists Guild
 Mission San Juan Capistrano 
and sent me some 
Lily Pond photos. 

I cannot wait to paint some more
of them

When I lived in Southern California
I visited there many times -
(every time we had visitors!)
and have a book of watercolor 
sketches recording many a view.
Now, if only I can find it...
It is 5 houses ago!

Thursday, September 17, 2015


6in x 6in oil on canvas panel $110. SOLD

Artist Note
Koi fish. They fascinate me.
Their colors - their grace.
This time they are the stars 
with only a small waterlily
placed there to make 
"every quarter different."

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lily Pond - Yupo Redo

Lily Pond #4
 8 x8 in Watercolor on Yupo 
Work in process...

Artist Note.
Not as much "stylized"
this time.
Here is a re-do of the previous post
taking into account 
all the suggestions
and observations. 
It was an interesting project for me. 
I am totally grateful to all the 
artists who took the time to share
their viewpoints.
I really learned a lot of new
ways of actually
edges -
adding -
subtracting -
tension -

My previous effort had the 
water lighter  
and pads darker.
here are my source images 
showing both ways.

MY new version reversed 
the first one.
Below are small sketches I made
on the quest for a  Yupo watercolor
painting of a lily pond.

Some of the groaners on the journey.
Below is the original wiper
then I thought what did I love?
Answer - the koi.
 LOL- conflicting  two points of interest...
decide to leave the koi for
 another painting!
Back to it being too busy! 
I raised the 
horizon and liked it 
and at least it looked watery!

Several more attempts followed 
when I discovered the  reeds.
I thought the verticals added 
something I liked. 

I thank everyone who commented 
or emailed their suggestions
or just joined in the fun of it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Water Lily Study - Yupo

Yupo study

Artist Note
Painting the waterlily on Yupo and 
am enjoying it. Still at the experimental 
stage of discovery... 
seeing what works, and more importantly
what doesn't.

I think this is a better design 
 when cropped this way.

(There is a good reason)

Please tell me what you think.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Balcony in Guadalajara, Mexico

Balcony in Guadalajara.
9x8 in watercolor on Yupo

Artist Note.
Carol Marine came up with
a neat subject for this week's
 Daily Paintworks Challenge.

I have loads of balcony photos
from all my travels. This one 
from the gorgeous old city 
of Guadalajara, in Mexico's
interior. In this area they 
all had small clothes lines,
sometimes four to a balcony.
This was 20 years ago...
I wonder if they still
hang it outside or 
if they have dryers
now their electricity has

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lily Pond #3

Lily Pond #3
6x6in Oil on canvas $110.
Purchase HERE

Artist Note.
The difference a bright blue
sky and sunshine makes
to color is pretty well amazing.
This is 4pm... afternoon sun..

Enjoy a fun Labor Day!