Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two teensy eensy little watercolors

I finished two little miniature paintings yesterday, inspired by the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
One is of a little girl "Runaway" running away from her parents who are obviously occupied talking. Watercolor with a little bit of ink.
It's listed on eBay at:

The other is "The Hot Seat" - a garden bench in the tropical garden hothouse in the ABGs.
It's all in watercolor. The image size on both is 1.5" - but I've left a white border around the outside that can help with framing.

Low starting prices.


Monday, December 28, 2009

4 more Miniature Watercolors just listed on artbyus

Just listed 4 more tiny MINIATURE paintings on art by us. All watercolor, including 2 I already had up there. 1:12 scale (for room boxes and/or dollhouses)


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Commission Portrait: Mr. Jackson

7 x 10 inches, watercolor, 2009.

A last minute commission for Christmas I received yesterday (from my solicitor!) and completed today.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Portrait Studies

Annika, Gesture Studies, Watercolor Crayons and Water, 24 x 18
These are 5 - 10 min. studies.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


This is another Christmas commission I just finished.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Little Girl

This is a portrait commission I just finished. I've been home for 2 days due to the wonderful snowstorm that hit the Midwest and instead of slaving over a boring computer at work, I've gotten to paint. Yay snow!

11 x 14

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fruit and Nuts

8 x 11 inches, watercolor, 2009.

Satsumas, walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds - delicious seasonal snacks.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My latest watercolor - ACEO - what do YOU think?


This ACEO (2.5x3.5") watercolor took me 4 hours to paint.

"Innocence & The Black Sheep"

It's listed at an absolute BARGAIN PRICE.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


8 x 11 inches, watercolor, 2009.

A painting of Physalis or Cape Gooseberries, as they are also known. They look like little orange tomatoes enclosed in a papery cage and taste as sweet as strawberries.

Friday, November 27, 2009


7 x 10 inches, watercolor, 2009.

I love satsumas and gobble loads of them at this time of year. I especially like them when they are a touch green and still a bit sour.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


7 x 7.5 inches, watercolor, 2009.

A painting of a poinsettia, the plant that finds a place in so many homes over Christmas. There is a mistaken belief that they are poisonous.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Three Bell Peppers

8 x 10 inches, watercolor, 2009.

Three bell peppers on a blue background.

Painted for this months WNW 7 x 11 x 3 challenge - to paint a painting of a size with the shorter dimension no less than 7" and the longer dimension no greater than 11", with a three hours time limit to paint it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Before the Fall

Autumn in the Pacific NW brings a wonder of gold and yellow to the trees that shed their leaves. Just touches of orange and brown for contrast. This is a glimpse Before the Fall.

For the first time, I painted on a totally blank piece of paper. No drawing at all, not even a horizon line. After getting past the was fun! Done completely by the picture in my head and the colors outside my window with a little help from my brushes.

Missing from picture, one very annoying squirrel!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I've always loved pine cones. In my home state of South Carolina, they are everywhere. I love to walk thru the pine needles, and listen to the crunching needles under my feet, and look for perfect pine cones. Every one is a little individual.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Candles & Flames

Today I had to take a break from landscapes and needed to do something a little different. So I came up with these candles. And they took way longer than I thought they would. Those flames are tricky for me. ;-)
ACEO 2.5 x 3.5
Elaine Originals
J. Elaine Hays

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

WNW Master Challenge: Pissarro

My version of "Road at Eragny - Winter" in response to this months challenge at Watercolors WNW.

4x5 inches, watercolor on kilimanjaro

Sweet Peppers

10 x 7.5 inches, watercolor, 2009.

A still life of some red pointed sweet peppers and orange sweetbite peppers.

Monday, October 26, 2009

WnW Master Challenge: Pissarro

5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

A rendition of Camille Pissarro's "Cafe Au Lait" painted for the WnW Watercolor groups Master Challenge for October.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Calendars for 2010 are now available from Redbubble!

Floral Watercolours

Doctor Who

Ladies Only

The Tudor, Male Art, Fantasy and Mythology calendars are also still available from Redbubble.

White Dahlia

6.5 x 7.5 inches, watercolor, 2009.

A lovely white sunlit dahlia, again from the RHS Gardens at Wisley, Surrey.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cactus Dahlia II

6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

Sadly this lovely cactus dahlia isn't from my garden - it's from the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley, where I visited last weekend.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bubble Fairy

"Bubble Fairy"
5x7 watercolor and gouache on illustration board.

Green Peppers

8 x 10.5 inches, watercolor, 2009.

These lovely, shiny green peppers were also part of this year's homegrown pepper crop.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Three Squash

8 x 10.5 inches, watercolor, 2009.

These are three of the squash we grew this summer. We hadn't grown squash before so we were curious to see how it turned out. Sadly it wasn't good - the fruits were very bitter and nasty to taste (and very poisonous if eaten). It's not clear why this happened but at least they looked nice enough to paint!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Yellow Chilli Peppers

5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

Another painting of some produce grown at home. I love chillis and spicy foods, and this year grew a variety of chillies of diferent strengths in the greenhouse - these are quite mild but still pack a nice warm punch.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Annika, 16 x 16
Our group is back to painting from the model on a regular basis. What fun!

Homegrown Tomatoes

10 x 7 inches, watercolour, 2009.

A painting of some of the tomato crop from this year - so red and juicy I couldn't resist painting them.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Good Witch and the Naughty Cat

HALLOWEEN is arriving.

The Good Witch and the Naughty Cat
- ACEO - 2,5 x 3,5 inches

This one was made after an attempt to follow an Anime lesson in a new book I've bought.
I don't love all kind of anime, but find that it's a very good way to learn to draw the faces expressions, I hope to go give some more try.


6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

A white and yellow aquilegia (or columbine) flower.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

TOY #1

ACEO 3,5 x 2,5 inches
Watercolor on Arches 140lbs paper, painted with Artist Winsor & Newton paints.

Watercolor of one of my son toys. They're growing and don't play anymore with them, before beeing dismiss in a box in our garage, I want to give a last chance of glory, in hope that one day someone will ask to play again.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pansy III

6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

A third pansy painting, a lovely blue specimen.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cactus Shot

Cactus Shot, 8 x 8
When Erika left California for Arkansas, she bequeathed me many beautiful plants. A cactus, which is now in bloom is one of them. These are two blossoms that fell off the plant and landed in a shot glass.

Pansy I

6.4 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

The first of a couple of pansy paintings I am going to do.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria)

6.5 x 7 inches, watercolour, 2009.

The delicate structure and pink and yellow shades of this alstromeria were a challenge to paint. We have these in several colours in the garden, a legacy from my father.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

French Marigold II

6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

A painting of a different variety of french marigold from my garden.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Yellow Tomatoes

Yellow Tomatoes, 6 x 9, Watercolor
Another little painting before they're all gone...

French Marigold

6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

More flowers from my garden, I love the vibrant colours and layered petals of this marigold.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pink Rose

6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

I'm not sure what sort of rose this is, just that it's pink and beautiful!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


This is a part of a series of Coffee Cups that I painted for fun. Coffee cups are great subjects because you can go crazy with the colors. It's better, sometimes, after I make my initial drawing, if I just throw the reference material out the window, and concentrate on colors.

Yellow and Red Tomatoes

Yellow and Red Tomatoes, 8 x 8
We had a great harvest of yellow and red tomatoes this year, I wish I had had time to paint more of them. These are among the last of the crop.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wash House Women - finished artwork

Well, I finished it. Not sure how many hours.

It's 14.5x21" watercolor.

"Wash House Women"

Click on image for a bigger view is recommended.
This image is copyright.
Thank you.

Asian Lily

6.5 x 7 inches, watercolour, 2009.

We grew these asian lilies a couple of years ago, lovely elegant plants with beautiful pale orange blooms.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cactus Dahlia

6.5 x 7 inches, watercolor, 2009.

I have a couple of these cactus dahlia plants - I love the spiky blooms, and the plants usually flower abundently. I chose to concentrate on a single flower for this painting to emphasise the petal shapes and colours.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


8 x 10 inches, watercolor, 2009.

Foxgloves from the garden this summer. Foxgloves (digitalis pupurea) are very poisonous, from the roots and leaves to the flowers and seeds but the toxin is also used for medicinal purposes, especially treating heart conditions.

Friday, September 11, 2009

My 'big' watercolor progresses ...

I may crop about 1" or so off the top, and an inch off the bottom. Several more hours work done, and many more to go!

A close up. Many unfinished parts.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Many giclee prints of my watercolors now on Bonanzle!

I haven't done prints of my ACEOs before, and have now printed in limited editions as giclees. RARE as I probably won't do this again. Check them out!
I'll be adding more tomorrow.

Thank you for looking.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Wash House Women

First time I've done a larger watercolor in several years. My inspiration is two wonderful women who constantly are part of dress-up re-enactments of the old west in a nearby historic town. This was at a special event, where they guarded the 'wash house'.

So is from photo studies I took.
It's about 14" x 22". I'm thinking of possibly entering some competitions with it. I just got downsized from my job (the 5th downsize in 20 months :( ).

This is not easy to photograph - so bear with me.