Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Portrait III

Another portrait done during the season in the Portrait Class
Watercolor  14X10

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunflower Batik

This took many layers of wax.  First layer of wax was where the white was saved.  Then I painted everything with yellow.  Next layer of wax was over the yellow but only where I wanted the yellow value. 
Batik  10X14

Friday, August 26, 2011

Emily & Charlotte

Batik again but the final darkening effect is softer.  I like it better. 
Batik  10X10

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Edison House Batik

Another attempt at batik.  I am not happy with it.  The subject with all the blue sky isn't good in batik.  Too dark.
Batik on Watercolor  14X10

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Portrait II

You can see the variety of models we have in our Portrait Class.
 Watercolor  13X19

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Portrait I

This was done in the Portrait Class.  We take a vacation in the summer.  The class will start up again late October.  Every Tuesday from 1PM until 3 or 4.  We don't have professional models.  It is my favorite art activity
Watercolor  9X12

Monday, August 22, 2011

Is This Your Boat

I had the oils squeezed out so I painted another oil.  Oil is the Cadillac of paint mediums.  It is easy to blend, to copy the color correctly.  But it is messy.  I have paint everywhere.  On my shirt, my arms, my face, my glasses.  But it is worth it.
Oil on Canvas  14X11 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Water Fun

This is an oil.  The painting is still wet.  The reference is a photo taken in Tacoma, Washington.  It was a warm sunny day and lots of kids were playing in the wading pool.  I just painted a few kids but I have all ready started a second painting. 
Oil on Stretched Canvas  14X11

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Batik Blue Heron

I created this painting the same time as the Ibis.  One of the steps is ironing the waxed masa paper between paper.  The iron & iron board is put up once for two paintings. 
Batik  11X11

Friday, August 19, 2011

Batik Ibis

I will be teaching a class in batik December.  The painting starts with a watercolor on masa paper.  Then a layer of wax.  There are a lot of steps but the results are worth it.
Batik  11X9

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Yellow Sky

Another plein air painting that I found under the couch.  I like to be creative with color.  During the season, I may paint three days in a row.  Portrait class on Tuesdays, plein air with the beach art league on Wednesday, and again on Thursday plein air with the Sanibel art group.  So I don't get back to finish the previous days painting. 
Watercolor 21X14

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


This is my first Washington State painting.  I took lots of interesting photos when I visited my son and his family last week.
Watercolor  8X11

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dixie Fish Co Again

This was painted during a Fort Myers Beach Art Association Wednesday paintout,  I have painted the Dixie Fish Co many times.  I could have my own show.

Watercolor  17X11

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Susanne discovered a new application in Photoshop.  Filter - Render - Lighting Effects.  It spotlights the painting. This painting I posted before but I added more detail.  And the texture shows great with the spotlight.

Acrylic on Board  12X16

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Red & White

This is the red and white block Karen is experimenting with for her new quilt project.

It is a 9 inch block.

Beach Fun

This painting was done a while ago on the back of another painting.  It was painted fast.  It probably only took me a half hour.  I always was going to do it over on a new watercolor paper.  But I just covered over the back painting with gesso.
Watercolor  21X14

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Beach Mansion

This is a house just off Estero Blvd on Fort Myers Beach.  It was painted plein air.
Watercolor  21X14

Monday, August 1, 2011

Done Sunning

Another plein air painting.  It is hard to make a good composition when you are at the beach.  There is just so much sand and water. 
Watercolor  22X14