Saturday, September 27, 2008

Live Oak Tree and Bluebonnets

Don't know which is more popular here in Texas - the Live Oak trees or the Bluebonnets. Both are a gift and a treat for our eyes. Painted in watercolor, of course.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Yosemite Paintings

As promised, here are some larger watercolor paintings I did while on a painting trip this summer with my painter friend and neighbor, Martha, and two other wonderful artists, Teri and Betty. We took a workshop there with artist Fealing Lin who did great demonstrations and critiques. Can you see the influence (probably not, but I did get a lot from watching her paint!)?

Half Dome (above)

This was perhaps my favorite spot in yosemite - the rushing water filled your eyes and ears!

Happy Isles

It started to rain, so we took photos and went inside to work on the pieces.

Half Dome in the Mist

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Helikaon ACEO

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

Helikaon (Aeneas) is a prince of Dardania, and his father is a cousin of King Priam of Troy. He fights with Hector and is a hero of the Trojan war. In Gavid Gemmell's "Troy" series of novels he is a major character, and has a ship, the Xanthes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


This is a miniature I just finished for a miniature show. It's the most detailed small painting I've ever done measuring in at around 2.5 sq. inches. :)

The Great Debate

Thanks to this months group Challenge at WnW, I painted this american quilt and pears and it's supposed to represent the three parties and the upcoming elections and all the debates coming up. It's 8x12

Berri ACEO

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

Berri's distinctive hair colour and skin markings act as a warning to predators that she won't taste nice if they try to eat her!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Galahad ACEO

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.
Galahad is the son of Lancelot and Elaine of Carbonek - however, as Elaine has used magic to seduce Lancelot, by disguising herself as Guinevere, he abandons her. It is only later that when Galahad is grown that he is reunited with Lancelot, who knights him and takes him to Camelot. On arriving he sits in the "Perilous Seat", a space at the table reserved for the Knight who will discover the Holy Grail - usually to sit in the seat is fatal but he survives. Arthur then asks him to remove the Sword from the stone, which he does. Of the three knights who take up the Quest for the Holy grail, it is Galahad who succeeds because of his sinless nature and chastity.

Starfish ACEO

ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.
A mermaid using a starfish as a hair decoration sits sparkling in the sunlight.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Mr. Swiss

This is a quick watercolor portrait I painted with the All Media Events Group on Wetcanvas. It measures 4 x 4 inches and took about 50 minutes.