Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Off to see the Orthopedic surgeon again!

Remember in 2010 when I had surgery on my right
shoulder because of a slip and fall?  Well I decided I wanted
a matched set so slipped and fell on the left one.  Surgery Thursday.
Later ya'll

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Round Trip

16 x 16"
Watercolor on
140# Arches Cold Press Paper
2014 #4

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Crazy Pads

Watercolor on
Fabriano 140# Cold Press
Watercolor paper
2014 #2

Monday, January 13, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Before I worried about preservation.

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

Blank paper.

Blank paper.

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

Old Technique from bye gone days!

Studio paintings from a Dr. Sketchy's session.

Watercolor and blk ink on hot press arches.
both 12 x 16".

Pardon the focus/new camera, bad photographer.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Work in Progress

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


Not a good photo but will do for now.
Transparent watercolor on 
cold press Arches watercolor paper.
14 x 18"

Friday, December 2, 2011

Not the Same

  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"
Transparent watercolor 
Arches 140# watercolor paper

Saturday, August 6, 2011

More of dreaded locks.

I think I've gone from dreadlocks to fairy princess.  This
is going to take a while as I decide what to do next.
At this point I can only start over which isn't a bad thing.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pouting Dreadlocks/watercolor

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


Mr. Clever found you all again.
Whew, that's a relief.


It appears that ole Mr. Clever has mistakenly
removed all of my followers.  I have no clue how
I did that.  No offense everyone, I loved having you.
Now I have to figure out how to get back the space that
allows followers.  Wish me luck!

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

Miles and miles and not enough sleep!

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
National Park.

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

From the Navajo Bridge to Zion National Park

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Time for Reflection

As the fire in the sky races to the sunset
I'm left to ponder the end of one journey
and the beginning of another.  It's been great
but it's time to move on.  There are sights
in Utah yet to see, but home beckons us
to start heading towards Michigan and
family.  It's a bunch of miles but as
with all journeys the reward at the
end is always worth while.

Thanks for hangin with me for the last two
months and if time allows I'll send off some
pic's from Utah so you can join in our
travels.  Stay well everyone and remember,
paint and draw with Passion!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Heading Home Soon

A small pastel sketch on Biggie paper.  Taking another shot
at painting this waterfall on Oak Creek.

This is attempt number 4 of Oak Creek Waterfall.  This is only a
beginning with wet into wet soft color.  I have some idea where this
is going so we'll see what happens later.

This is what I call noodling!  The word comes from using bare
hands to reach under river banks to catch huge catfish.  How that
has anything to do with this piece ... well, I started by just spraying
water onto the sheet randomly.  Then taking wet paint and dropping 
it in the water and letting it stretch.  At that point I take a liner brush
with water and draw wet crosshatch patterns that just touch the
wet paint and water already on the sheet.  You can piddle with
this for a very long time.  Not necessarily a good thing.  It was
fun to do.  No expectations.

This is the 3rd attempt at this little moutain range.  Another 
example of stopping to late!

It's been nice being here in Sedona.  We did some hiking,
sightseeing, reading, napping and enjoying the sun which 
was with us most of the time.  

My good friend, Loriann Signori has always told me that the
struggle with painting and searching for happiness while
doing it is always the worst before a significant breakthrough.
Well friends, this should be one hell of a breakthrough because
my struggle here in Sedona has been one for the books.
Practically every day I painted was frustrating either because
they didn't begin well or they didn't end well.  I mixed enough
mud to fill the Mississippi, used enough paper to fill a flat
file and turned the light out and walked away more than 
I'm used to.  I thought I would go ahead and post today's
happenings, not because I'm happy with them but just to show
I'm still drawing breath and juggling brushes.  We'll leave
in about a week to head home.  Our trip will lead us north
to Utah and Zion National Park, Arches National Park and
Canyon Lands National Park for a few days and then start
our trek east back to Michigan.  Hope it's finally spring time!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pinion Fire

Never try to create a diva.  They're seldom good and mostly evil.
This one is evil, too showy and has muddy feet.  I'm paying
the consequences for thinking to much and or not enough or both.

Diva's should be lady like and soft spoken.  This one is screaming
at the top of her lungs and is far from dainty.    More later.
As an after thought ... I seldom if ever use opaque white, see
why?  Time for the garden hose.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Verde River Valley

This is the painting I left alone for a bit.
I was unsure of the direction plus some of the technical
problems created by this kind of contrast.  I'm still not
sure if I'm through so I thought I would go ahead and post

it and see what your thoughts might be.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Evening Pencils

I started a new painting several days ago and started to ponder, what am I doing?
So, rather than answer that question I've stayed totally away from it.  Evenings
find me doodling in the sketch book.  They are some times memories but mostly
images plucked from the air.  They're very small and take on somewhat of a graphic
look (2 dimensional).  Relates back to days of designing, logos, cartoons, basket
designs for China, ideas for plush toys, bla, bla, bla!  Just give me a soft pencil and

a pad of tracing paper ... I was in heaven.  More later.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


This one moved along quite quickly.
I will probably try this again with some different
colors.  Just trying to loosen up a bit and without
much thought.  Tomorrow a little more thought.