Thursday, July 23, 2015

Elegant writer calligraphy marker

My newest past time is to watch you tube videos.  You can learn just about anything on you tube.  This week I learned how to dye a midori cover, add a pencil loop to my midori, make dash boards for my midori, and the list goes on.
So last night I found a video that showed How To Use the Elegant Writer Calligraphy Marker with Artist Karlyn Holman.
This 24 minute video is packed with a lot of useful information.  So I pulled out my black 2.0mm fine elegant writer, Caran d'Ache crayons, and my Daniel Smith watercolor.  I did a quick sketch of tulips and then misted my paper to activate the ink in the elegant writer. I moved the paper around as the water explored all the ink lines.  Once the ink was dry I went in and added color.   I really like this techniques and plan to use it often.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Green eyed cat

  Shhh...don't tell my dogs my secret or they'll get jealous.  Long time ago I owned cats.   One had piercing green eyes and the other had greenish brown eyes.  Recently I came across photos of Misty who had the piercing green eyes.  Since I didn't have any paintings of Misty, I thought it was time I did.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blood orange flowers

Just dropping color and sprinkles of color.  I really like vermillion which reminds me of blood orange.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


I don't do still life's very often, but when they were in bloom in my yard I had to have some in the house.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Border Collie puppy

Quick watercolor of a border collie puppy.

Tulips the final 4 of 4

Several years ago I started a series of 4 watercolors of tulips.  Up until today only 3 of the 4 were complete and hanging up on my wall.  The watercolors were grouped together with the 4th fame empty.  Well today that 4th frame is no longer empty.
I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint this impression of tulips on Fabriano watercolor paper.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Throwing paint

I discovered that I like throwing watercolor paint.  It's such a freeing way to drop paint.

Thursday, July 09, 2015


I've always have loved lion since I was five years old.  It started with my father winning a large pink lion at the county fair,who I named Sammy.  Sammy went everywhere with me.  When I was upset I would seek comfort in my pink lion.  He's never far from my mind and I always wonder what happened too him.  I thought I'd find him in my parents storage when we cleaned out the house to sell, but he was no where to be found.
Gouache painting  9.5 x 11 on watercolor paper.