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When clear pictures are received I begin with a rough sketch, followed by this more detailed one. I've straightened lines, added or deleted details as needed. An indication of shadows is included, as this will be my "working" sketch to be transferred to Arches watercolor paper… Continue reading… 0 comments

After transferring to watercolor paper, the first washes of paint are applied. I like to start with the largest ones: (sky, lawn, roof) to feel I'm making a lot of progress. My favorite thing at this stage is making a gray sky turn blue… Continue reading… 0 comments

I've added all the smaller details as well as checking what's already been done. This is the time I adjust values or change colors to more accurately depict the house… Continue reading… 0 comments

The house portrait is finished and matted for delivery. I'm able to trim bushes where necessary and add flowers at the client's request; Winter scenes can be transformed into Spring/Summer. If I've given you the feeling you're "home", I've done my job… Continue reading… 0 comments

HOW IT REALLY IS For those who say they can't make a straight line with a ruler, be assured artists work hard to make it look easy. A good day is when everything falls into place: colors mix perfectly the first time, all lines are straight, and your hair dryer (yes, hair dryer) stops the mingling of paint at just the right time to get the effect you were after. The way the paint flows is influenced by the type of paper and its texture. Some days are good "tree" days when the paint makes great leaves. Others are a struggle to get the right leaf detail. I have one favorite brush for painting foliage; I know the leaves are in there, I just have to find them… Continue reading… 0 comments

These little critters form the basis for a new style in my CHILDREN 'S NAME GALLERY. Each name is an original work of art on 140 lb watercolor paper, created to the customer's specifications when the order is placed. Always popular at Christmas, these names are also appropriate for births and birthdays. I think this alphabet will become my favorite. Although ...… Continue reading… 1 comment

Looking for a great gift for that new baby or your favorite child? This figure is part of my girl's alphabet. The alphabet consists of little girls and ballerinas and can be customized to coordinate with the color of the child's room. The names are painted on 140 lb Arches watercolor paper at the time of the order. I use the copyrighted letters to create the names; all names are original art, not prints… Continue reading… 0 comments

My house and pet portraits are painted with Winsor&Newton watercolors on 140 lb Arches cold press watercolor paper. My favorite color for skies is Prussian blue. I have a small jar of this color mixed with water put aside for just skies. I wet the sky area first, then put down the Prussian blue wash, adding some Cobalt blue or Paynes gray. No two skies are alike. For the times when there is not much in the way of background trees I use a wadded paper towel (I find it absorbs liquid better than tissues) to create cloud formations. Again, like snowflakes, no two clouds are alike… Continue reading… 0 comments