Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Friday, January 8, 2016
Monday, December 28, 2015
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
1969, just out of the army and back to work. Used to just pound out the watercolors, slap a matt on them, cheap frame and plain glass … call it good. This old steam engine is from a set of 3 that Mary kept for our home. I didn't discover until too late that so much damage had been done. All of the leaching from cheap matts and tape have taken a toll on these paintings. I may try doing new versions and or having them professionally photographed and than digitally corrected and make a small series of digital prints. Moral of the story, take care of your paintings and preserve them properly.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Hello everyone, it's been awhile.
There are many reasons and excuses for the lack
of paintings and posts. Many changes in family health over
the last two years plus difficult events that mess with the mind.
At least my mind. Of course I have at least a 100 meaningless
excuses for not painting.
It was a huge mistake to stay away from painting and drawing
for such a long period of time. It all feels empty now. I ask
myself questions like, didn't creativity and passion come naturally
before? Why does color seem to be a mystery now, why do I
doubt my ability now, what happened to confidence?
Hopefully I'll be able to find them again and get back to it.
During the last couple of weeks I've been studying other painters,
watching on line demo's, looking at my books and searching for
ideas. While doing this I realized something. Many of my paintings
tell no story and seem to be just pretty pictures that would make
nice wall paper or place matts. Yeah, yeah, I know, stop with
the pity party. Pity or not, it's real and factual. Lorianne will love
this but part of my problem are reference photo's which I take by
the hundreds. I've been spending a lot of time looking through them
recently hoping for some creative spark. It would appear that my
tendencies are drive by reference shots with no thought process
just images. They all seem to be taken on gray overcast days
that are flat as a pancake or sunny days all shot during mid day.
Now that's smart, no shadows, no contrast no common sense.
Plein air, now there's a subject. I've purchased five easels to use
during painting adventures. How many have seen the light of
day ... 2. How many have seen the light in the past 3 years ... 0.
Are you loving this Lorianne? I'm sure you are.
Well, I've gotten this far and now I can't remember what my original
intent was but at least you all know where I've been and where I
am. Down the road there may be a post that involves a brush and paint
or pen and ink or finger paints and feet. Maybe I can get my grandkids to
paint something for me.
Until we meet again and thanks for listening to me drone on!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
You certainly can't tell by my blog that I've been spending
many hours in the studio. Making progress but still not
satisfied with most of the paintings. I've tried not to linger
to long trying to correct colors and such. Just a quick trip
to the trash heap. There are thoughts and some pieces in
progress. Maybe some day they will appear on this blog.
Don't hold your breath.
Well I'm off to the hospital Monday the 13th for another
operation. This one is nasty and that's enough said about that.
It has delayed our trip to Florida this year which is a bummer.
Hopefully we'll still get to spend part of March down there.
Once we know the outcome that is.
Off to the studio I go, hi ho!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Tints over tints, wet into wet colors,
blotting, blending, wash aways. Lots of texture
and accidental effects. Sometimes lost and
sometimes found. I've had many conversations with
this painting and finally understand what it
was trying to say.
11" x 15.5"
Arches 140# watercolor paper
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sort of a new direction for me. Several blogger friends
suggested that I use some of the gesture drawings I have.
This is a shaky beginning. Certainly not a subject I've
used in watercolor before so it's an adventure.
I've got some redrawing to do because of proportion
problems I see here. My gesture drawing was quite
small and roughly drawn. Imagining the human figure
is fine. My imagination hasn't been used that way for
quite some time so the search continues.
I'll post further progress quickly or slowly depending
on how things go.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Vertical check for composition.
I was going to write about the long conversation
this painting and I had along the way. I may come
back to that at some point. For now let me
know what you think about this painting.
I think this is the third version of this subject.
Friday, April 22, 2011
It's actually 10,000 ft. looking down on Boulder Mt.
In the distance is some of the Grand Staircase, Escalante.
I was really drawn to the pure white of the snow
contrasting with the dark pines and the distant
mountains and valley's.
Watercolor on 140lb arches. @ 8 x 10
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Utah is a maze of national parks!
Here are a few pictures that we took over
the last 5 days. Many long stories and
100's of photo's for later.
Difficult to show but this is the top of the
Grand Staircase - Escalante. It is impassable.
Settlers said the only way to cross this series of rock tops
and thousands of crevasses was an animal with wings.
Many people have gone into this land and never returned.
Most recently a young hiker, was not heard from after he entered
and was never found. There really is no way to get in there
and search. Strange and creepy place.
This is just a passing photo of Capital Reef, another
This is a small example of Canyon Lands National Park.
There are 100's of these canyons created when the seas
withdrew and the remaining rivers started creating
these many canyons. You really have to see it!
This is a small part of Arches National Park.
This is called double arch, probably the best example
in the park. Pay no attention to the guy with
gray hair. Just there for size relationship.
It's been quite a haul and we're currently in Lincoln
Nebraska. We have one more night on the road and
then home on Friday. Looking forward to
seeing our family.
Friday, April 1, 2011
I could have posted 100's of pictures ... here are a few.
Entering Zion as the sun goes down.
Shear swirling rock in Zion.
Water wall on shear cliff in Zion
The Virgin River in Zion
The Navajo Bridge over the Colorado.
View from the bridge.