Friday, February 15, 2019

Spyhopping Orca

Spyhopping or photobombing?  You decide.  

This is another piece using a similar technique as the unfinished penguin (ie, letting high granulating paints do their thing).  Daniel Smith's Lunar Black really is an interesting paint.

                         Watercolor 9x12 on 140 lbs watercolor block

I hardly ever do a study before painting or drawing (probably should).  I did this itty-bitty orca for fun and liked it so much that I did the larger one above.

                                               Watercolor 3.5x5 on paper

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Unfinished Penguin

Some people have unfinished business, I have an unfinished penguin.  Go figure.

I might finish this. . .but then, probably not.

              watercolor on 6.9 x 9.8 200 GSM (110 lbs) Perfect Sketchbook

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Rusted Pipe

Much like the little tree frog doodle, this is also not watercolor but ink (with a splash of watercolor in blue).  I am really enjoying the Birmingham Pen Co inks, with such fun names like Carrie Furnace Pig Iron (the rusted red brown) and G.C. Murphy Tarnished Nickel (the steel black).  This is a bit of a departure from the stuff I have been doing lately.  Always nice to try something different.  

     Brush and ink on extra heavy weight 270 gsm mixed media paper (Stillman & Birn)

Thursday, January 31, 2019


This is an illustration that I have been meaning to post for awhile.  It is a request from a friend that I was happy to accommodate.  It is an illustration, but with watercolor.  So instead of just pushing water and color around the paper and hoping for the best, I had to exert much more control.  I really like the final product.

                                       Watercolor on 140 lbs watercolor paper 9x10

And this little guy is actually not watercolor, but Sketch Ink (by Rohrer & Klingner).  Done mostly using Emma (a dark green ink) with a touch of Carmen (a yellow-orange ink).  

                                  Pen & ink on 140 lbs watercolor paper 4x6

Friday, January 25, 2019

Cold Blue

It is has been just a little bit cold here in NJ this past week, just like these cold, blue mountains.  

                           Watercolor on 90 lbs paper 7x10

                                  Watercolor on 140 lbs paper 6x6 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Vitamin Sea

Saw a sign this weekend that said, "The only vitamin I need, is Vitamin Sea."  Ain't that the truth. 

                                  Watercolor on 140 lbs paper 10 x 14

Saturday, January 05, 2019

New Year's in the Keys 2018-19

It has been a few years, but we returned to Key West for a New Year Celebration Spectacular.  It was glorious!!!  The weather and company could not have been finer.

We drove thru the Florida Everglades and snapped some photos of the local fauna.  Below are a couple of simple watercolors I did based on those photos in my Strathmore watercolor journal (5.5x8.5 inch; 140 lbs paper).  I tried out a new technique to try and improve my color mixing.  I think I nailed it with the gator!!  I have a few other gator photos that I might try to paint.

                                                           "Egret study #1"

                                                  "Submerged Gator"

                                               "Egret study #2"