Friday, May 23, 2008

Summer's Where?

We had three or four days of sun with temps in the 90s, I remember them well. Just last weekend the AC was a necessity. Now the heat comes on and it's in the 50s. I really enjoy warm summer nights. These dunes remind me of the Lake Ontario shore I visited each summer as a child. Able to stay up later because school was out, we'd play in the dunes until the sun set.

Warm Night

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Puss in Boots with Buttes

This is what I call Fun Art. People used to tell me I should be an illustrator, because I have a way with stuff like this, but I've come to realize it's not really illustration at all. It's something else. Fun Art is somewhere between fine art and illustration. Like fine art, it's an expression of the artist's own sensibilities, ideas, and themes. And like illustration, it's accessible and well, fun!
ACEO done on 140 lb watercolor paper, with watercolor and gouache.

Puss has gone out west to seek his fortune, and to help
poverty stricken cowboys strike it rich.

He's wearing hand stitched cowhide boots, faded blue
jeans, a belt with a classic big cowboy style buckle
(silver, with his initial), a brand new denim vest, a red
bandana with paisleys on it (a western tradition), and he's
cut a couple holes in his Stetson for his ears (cats are
allowed to do that).

In the picture are prickly pear cactus, a cow skull, a
blooming century plant (agave), and in the background,
distant buttes.

Puss is doing the archetypal "cowboy lean" against the
fence. He's got his lariat ready to rope some stray dogies.

Back Yard Jungle

This month's entry for Nibblefest on eBay. We have a palm tree in our back yard, and I painted it plein air. Watercolor on 140 lb cold press paper, 9 x 12.

(well you guys, didn't mean to let a whole month slip past me before posting here again. thanks for all the comments on the great cosmic frog...I replied to it. I really appreciate this group!)

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The White Witch ACEO

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor and gouache, 2008.

A portrait of the wicked White Witch, Queen of Narnia in C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

Pinking cherries in Pecetto - Italy

Watercolor on Favini 150 lbs watercolor paper
15 x 12 inches

This is a watercolor I made for a show in my local Univeristy whose Theme was Pecetto and its traditions and landscape.
Well, Pecetto is an ancient village on top of a hill. The zone around is full of cherry trees ans I prefered to focus my imagination on the pick-up moments in spite of most people that pointed on monuments and old walls.
In the background I've sketched the village surrounded above by the Alpes scenary, in the center is the Monviso where the Po river has its source.

I'm experincing new way to paint, more water and lights effects.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The English Boy ACEO

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor and gouache, 2008.
A young english man on a summer day in a country garden.

Potted Plants

(c) M Pruitt 2008

Here in the Northwest, we had a sudden 3 day spurt of hot weather (in the 90's). I went out with my husband, picked out and potted some annuals for our deck, which inspired me to complete this painting I had begun the week before.

It measures 8"x4". I had the perfect frame for it and it's for sale in my Etsy shop - frame and all!

BTW- we're back to our typical spring - cool and rainy!

Jungle Native

I listed this ACEO for this month's NibbleFest Art Contest (NFAC) May Theme is Jungle life
It's painted on ARCHES 140lbs Watercolor paper with Winsor & Newton Artist paint.
It's a portrait of a Native Jungle boy stretching his arch to hit an animal while hunting.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Out with the Old...

This is the first time I've participated in an ACEO fad. Apparently Hamsters are the new Crow, so here is Out With the Old... (conspired by the hamsters of course.) watercolor and ink 2.5 x 3.5

Fresh ACEO

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour with gouache, 2008.
A fresh smelling guy straight out of the shower with a "fresh" attitude!

Monday, May 19, 2008


5 x 7 inches, watercolor with gouache, 2008
A painting of Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala as she appeared in the Star Wars film Attack of the Clones.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Pale Yellow Cabbage Roses Watercolor Painting

Pastel botanicals are always the first things that pop into my mind to paint. I love the pale, pale vintage David Austin cabbage roses. This painting is 4" x 6".

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Pale Peach Cabbage Roses Watercolor Painting

I love pale pale vintage-looking cabbage roses. Especially the ones that are so heavy that they hang upside-down from the vine. This painting is 4" x 6".

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