Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Yupo is a synthetic paper - and watercolor floats on top. As it the water dries, the pigment swirls and settles in very unique patterns.
After applying a variety of colors - including gold I let the it dry flat. After a lot of time studying the results, I decided it looked a like an abstract river bottom.
Paint removes very easily on Yupo - so I began to follow the patterns I saw and with a wet brush, removed areas of paint to create the ripples and bubbling water, swirling around rocks on the bottom of a creek.
Yupo has to be sealed - so I sprayed it with a Krylon sealant and this is the final result. An abstract watercolor!
It's 9"x11" and available in my store.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
4 x 6 inches, watercolour, gouache and gold ink, 2008.
The fourth wife of Henry VIII.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolor and gouache, 2008.
Palm trees, white sand, blue skies and bleached blond boys on the beach...
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
5 x 7 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.
This is the first of my entries in this year's EBSQ Ripped Off show. The idea is to pair up with another artist from EBSQ and each do a work based on a piece of the other's work. This painting was based on Noelle Hunt's "Chicken To Ride". It's a Blythe doll - these dolls were originally made in the early 70's and had big eyes that changed colour when you pulled a string in the back of her head . I know because I had one! I was given it and if only I had realised then what a collectors item it would be now, as they were only made originally for a year, 1972. A Japanese company started making them again a few years ago and a whole cult has grown up around them. Anyway, my painting takes the Blythe and chicken-riding theme of Noelle's original and mixes it up to make something even more kitsch with a rude joke in there if you have a dirty mind!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
These are pale powder pink climbing roses, inspired by the beautiful rose creations of David Austin. I painted them on some Sennelier hot-pressed watercolor paper that a friend gave me (Thank you, Lee). A new kind of paper, for me, and I like it! I used Graham, Winsor & Newton, and Grumbacher watercolor paints. I love climbing roses - such an interesting combination of the casual and the elegant.