Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Just a Little Lipstick!

What could be more exciting than a little girl, jewelry, clothes, shoes, purses and lipstick?

I did this watercolor portrait today using a different way of stretching paper onto an inexpensive prepared deep edge canvas instead of a piece of plywood. The stretched canvas adds a stable backing instead of just stretching the watercolor paper onto bare stretcher bars. Then, in place of glass for glazing, I sprayed the finished artwork with several coats of Krylon Workable Fixatif followed by Golden Archival Varnish, letting each coat thoroughly dry in between. This can be hung with glass (separated by matt board) and a frame, or without glass and a frame, whichever you prefer.

There is nothing more beautiful than wooden, enamel, or metal moulding and acid-free matt board to compliment your artwork and decor but sometimes with the high cost of framing or a more trendy contemporary look, you may want to go frameless.

Monday, September 28, 2009

En Plein Air Watercolor Painting of Lake Hodges

Painting Watercolor En Plein Air (in the Open Air) on this outing was very exhausting. It was soooo hot! We lugged out equipment to the lake edge, set up, fought flying and crawling insects and dry Santa Ana winds. We left sunburned even though we had umbrellas and sunscreen! What a great day!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Watercolor En Plein Air of Santa Rosa Plateau in Mid Summer

Although I'm never satisfied with my results painting Watercolor En Plein Air (in the outdoors), it's always a wonderful experience. This was no exception. This is Santa Rosa Plateau is near Temecula, CA. What a nice way to spend the day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mr. Toots Watercolor Sketch

I painted this quick, 45 minute, watercolor sketch in Capitola, California just south of Santa Cruz. My daughter had to work on some artwork so we found this quaint coffee shop called Mr. Toots. We followed a narrow stairway up to the second floor where we were greeted by heavenly smells of coffee beans, sandwiches, and pastries. One end had a tiny balcony that overlooked the beach and restaurants below. We sat in a corner with our espresso and pumpkin pie from midday until dark. The seasonal tourists had left and it wasn’t crowded so we felt like 7 hours wasn’t too long to take up a table! And there was plenty of caffeine to keep us from nodding off (as if that’s a problem when you’re doing something you love…like art and spending time with your daughter!).

This painting is done on textured clay board (by Ampersand) instead of watercolor paper, and measures 6"x 6". I’ve always wanted to try it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Road From the Winery En Plein Air with Watercolor and Ink

En plein air is a French term that means painting “in the open air”.

Going outdoors away from my regular routine is so therapeutic! Fresh air and beautiful surroundings clears my mind of concerns, and Painting outdoors on location gives me a chance to use a different area of my brain. This area is in Southern California wine country where I frequently meet another artist friend En Plein Air to paint.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Marlin fishing...Portrait of a Man and His Fish!

This is a little different way of painting a portrait.
I wanted to capture several stages of the Marlin fishing experience on just one sheet of watercolor paper. Yes, the two fishermen are the same person, my uncle.

Painting this brought back memories of another experience, my first deep sea fishing trip with him, and the delicious fresh Rock Cod we fried at his restaurant later that evening.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Portrait of an Uncle

Hello, I'm back! This summer we suddenly lost a beloved member of our family. I did this watercolor portrait of him back in 1983 as we sat talking in his office space that was set up as my studio-gallery. Through the years he encouraged me in my art and commissioned several paintings. This quick painting took about a half hour. And it was good practice because he did not sit still!