Saturday, January 31, 2015

Impressions of Asheville

some shots I took a recent visit to Asheville NC

 shots of the French Broad River
 I think this one might become a painting

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Card Series

 This is a link to this years cards 
here are a couple of pictures of the process
When I'm thinking about cards I try to come up with a process that allows me to work on the whole batch at once.  Or at least start the whole series at once to keep the theme thought out.
I started with 2 full sheets of Fabriano rough watercolor paper.  one with a green wash and one witha burnt orange wash.
my original idea was to do a collage of clouds on top of a foreground. but this proved t be too time consuming and inconsistent.  I also couldn't immediately see a way to put in the foreground.  The first one i did as sketch for the idea came out great.  But as is often the case,  I couldn't duplicate the results
instead, I just played with putting in skies and clouds
 This is the first and only collaged image for this series. It was intended as a landscape but I think it looks more like an under water scene.   
This last shot shows several of the cards ready for final details and mounting on backing card stock

Saturday, January 10, 2015


 I'm really not much of a digital painter but my new phone, galaxy sg5, has such a great screen and i can use anything as a stylus  even a regular pencil, so I have been using it for quick notes in the app "s-note" that comes with the galaxy note and has a basic drawing function. with brushes and transparency. I can layer but I can't undo layers. and I can import a photo and paint over it. here are the first 2 (on;y 2 ) I have so far
This one is based on a remembered vision of my back yard with an actual picture in sepia behind it
this one is a "finger paint" of an idea for an abstract to try with oil and cold wax in an up coming workshop I'm taking with Cindy Walton. Probably coming from my obsession with bamboo during plein air sessions in October and the color of patinaed copper and bronze.