Saturday, August 19, 2017

Flamingo Grooming

Flamingo Grooming 6 (1/2)" x 4 watercolor on paper

I'm in love with how flamingos move their necks especially while grooming. My process with these watercolors is that I do a few sketches of gestures while observing, then I paint the silhouette of the gesture with masking fluid. After that I do the background, wait for it to dry, then I paint the flamingo based on my notes. I also like to look out and blur my eyes so I'm getting the color generally right.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Flamingos in the Sun

Flamingos in the Sun 4 (3/4)" x 7 (3/4)" watercolor on paper

In this study I was looking at what was happening with the colors when my eyes were blurred. I wanted to know what was happening generally throughout the scene, what it was saying as a whole rather than looking at tiny nuances and details. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chilean Flamingos

Chilean Flamingos 7 (3/4)" x 4 (3/4)" watercolor on paper

Did you know that flamingos are born white? They're pink from shrimp and apparently there's green and blue ones too! I've been working at the Woodland Park Zoo as a photographer/caricature artist. On my lunch breaks I go to the Chilean Flamingos, there's also swans and ducks in there too.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Study: Pears

Study: Pears (8" x 11") graphite on white paper

Been drawing pears, it's amazing how each one is so different from the next. It's neat how the smaller shape on the top of the pear overlaps into the bigger shape below. I am pretty rough with the paper, I mostly use 4H and then I dive into a 4B.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Window At Noon

Window At Noon (6" x 5")
oil paint with walnut oil on Oil Arches Paper

So this is my favorite that I've done lately, I'm so bedazzled by that bright, ambient green that pours in at noon. I keep thinking- gesture, gesture, gesture! I want the essential, only the necessary marks.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Four Pears

Four Pears (5" x 6")
oil paint with walnut oil on Oil Arches Paper
This painting has a deckle edge as well, I'm likin' it. I found these pears on the window sill this way, goes to show you sometimes still lifes' set up themselves! Looking out the window was one of my assignments for my drawing students, basically you know that the interior will always have your darkest darks and lightest lights. You can enforce that there is a window there by keeping the scene in the background low contrast in value.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Dusk (6.5" x 5" on 7" x 6" paper)
oil paint with walnut oil on Oil Arches Paper

This is my view of my front window when I'm standing in the kitchen, I'm always seeing the light do crazy things to the bush out front. One minute it will be in shadow and then another it's lit up like a roman candle. The luminous green just pours out of that window, so bright compared to the interior. Also this arches paper is fabulous. I'm becoming attached to the wavy edges and I just looked it up, it's called a deckle edge in printmaking, I knew it was called something! I'll also put an image of the entire paper, this is just an image of it cropped in the composition I intended.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Little Green Pear #2

Little Green Pear #2  (4" x 3.75") oil on Oil Arches Paper
Another pear, decided to deem it #2 since it felt like I was solving the same problem. I want a specific blue for the background so I ended up just painting a piece of paper to get my blue. Oh also Oil arches paper is delightful, perhaps I just needed a material change for a bit. I usually paint on masonite board but I'm enjoying this paper, it's a bit softer of a material. Once something is put down on this paper it doesn't come off, not very forgiving but I enjoy that. Here's the little drawing below, same size as the painting with a (1/2)" border, (3/4)" on bottom border.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Little Green Pear

Little Green Pear 4" x 3.75" oil paint on Arches Oil Paper

This paper was like a hidden gem in my closet, I've had this paper for awhile but finally I've used it! I cut out a bunch of squares to make tiny paintings with. Anything smaller than a 6" x 6" should be called quaint because a small paper is so gosh darn cute! :) 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Art Supplies are Expensive

Art Supplies are Expensive 6" x 6" oil on masonite

Lately I've been looking at William Coldstream's work, he's my absolute hero. His paintings have a nice soft quality, so foggy and lovely. He also measures everything with his paint brush which is weird because I've never thought about using the brush to measure. I always switch to a pencil because of the sharp point...perhaps I could shave the brush end to a point?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Grapes in a Mug

Grapes in a Mug 6" x 6" oil on masonite 
Natural lighting really made a difference in this still life, the light feels soft like it does in the morning. I also love how rotund and plump the grapes are- very juicy. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cup O Joe

Cup O' Joe 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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Coffee's the best, it keeps me warm in my cold apartment. I found out that 'a cup of joe' was named after Josephus Daniels who was the Secretary of the Navy during WWI. He was known for making changes on the base by adding more chaplains and also making alcohol less available, which made coffee the strongest drink. Coffee became affectionately known as a 'Cup O' Joe.'

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Enlightenment 6" x 6" oil on masonite 
I finally got to paint a Buddha statue! I saw someone else on DPW do it and I got inspired. Gold is so hard to nail down, from one angle it's green and from another it's orange.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Alexa Echo Dot

Alexa Echo Dot 6" x 6" oil on masonite
This is the new amazon gadget, the Echo Dot. I bet I'm the first person to paint it. The personality that you talk to is Alexa, I mainly use it to listen to my Pandora station but it's good for jokes, weather, timer for cooking, etc.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Morning Coffee

Morning Coffee 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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I have been starting to scratch into my paintings with the end of the brush, mainly to redraw but also to see the under-painting beneath.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bottles with Flower

Bottles with Flower 6" x 6" oil on masonite
So this is definitely not alla prima, I spent a few sessions on it to see if I could really nail the color. I spent all of my time squinting, so proud of me :)