Friday, March 29, 2013

Flamingo on Point - Plein Air Watercolor

Flamingo on Point  5.5" x 9.5" on 8" x 10" acid-free textured paper  plein air watercolor

This watercolor of a flamingo was painted outdoors (en plein air) at the San Diego Zoo. 

Slow motion photography shows famingos pump water through their bill 20 times per second to filter their food. These birds spend most their day feeding, preening, resting, & bathing.

Their beautiful pink color comes from a diet rich in alpha and beta carotenoid pigments found in their food.  And no, if you eat gobs of carrots you will not turn pink but you might turn a little yellow! (Flamingos don't eat carrots, by the way).

Soon this, and other paintings of mine will be available to bid on online auction! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Art Lessons and a New Look!

My blog has a new look!  There is also a new tab above that says Art Lessons!  I hope this will make it easier for you to find my art lessons.  Just click on that tab for the complete lesson list!

Good drawing skills are fundamental to painting. A drawing can be a finished piece of art or it can be used as a guide to paint by. Anyone can learn to draw and paint if they can learn to see the basic elements of design in the world around them. I’ll teach you, step-by-step, the elements of drawing and watercolor painting, gradually adding more complex and challenging skills.

Here is the very first lesson I did in 2008:

The most important ability you need in order to draw is learning to observe. This first lesson will make you aware of lines. Take a look of this page of lines (straight, curved, short, long). Use your imagination to guess what these 8 items are. Finish the drawings on your own sheet of paper. The correct answers will be in lesson #2. Some of them might surprise you!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Les Abeilles - Bees in Watercolor

Les Abeleilles - Bees

Watercolor painting of bees.  My son drove through a swarm of these the other day