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