Tag Archives: watercolor

Pittsburgh’s Rivers in Morning Light

Lately I’ve been traveling into Pittsburgh and crossing a river in the morning, looking down in this direction. It’s often misty along the rivers, and coming toward Pittsburgh from the west the early morning sun lights the mist with different tones, on this particular day it was pink and all else looked a dusky blue. […]

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Mimi in the Laundry Shade

Finally! This morning we could re-enact one of our favorite activities: hanging out the laundry on a warm, sunny morning. This painting was from a summer morning but even though it’s May it’s quite warm out there right now, and Mimi and I took some extra time to enjoy it. This was painted from a […]

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April Nature Desktop Calendar: Tea for Tulips

I knew I’d love to paint the tulips, but I really needed to learn to paint the rust on the teapot. I intentionally kept the background vague and loose in shades of green and neutral tones to complement the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows and extreme detail in each of the tulips. The frothy white […]

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April Feline Desktop Calendar: Holly on the Rocker

A LITTLE WHITE LIE is sometimes what it takes to save an animal from a bad situation. Well, that and a convenient cereal box, but it all works out for the better. . . . . . . . Holly’s dad was working on his apartment building in a small town 50 miles from his […]

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We Were Listening to Granados, de Falla and Rodrigo

If you don’t know your Spanish classical guitar composers, now is your chance. I was listening to them while I painted this, but it could also be that Fromage was listening to them when I took the photo of her while visiting her family on Easter four years ago. I got to see my former […]

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April Nature Desktop Calendar: Tea for Tulips

I knew I’d love to paint the tulips, but I really needed to learn to paint the rust on the teapot. I intentionally kept the background vague and loose in shades of green and neutral tones to complement the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows and extreme detail in each of the tulips. The frothy white […]

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Sunbath, a Study of Sunlight Because of the Cat

A study of winter sunlight, because there’s a cat in it. It’s a very simple scene: a black cat having a bath in front of a white painted kitchen cabinet with chrome handles, and a yellow and orange patterned carpet, but the play of light has fun with the colors and objects. Brilliant light streams […]

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Dreaming of a Warm Summer Morning With Geraniums and Parsley

I’m ready to look out my back door and see this colorful, welcoming scene. Typically when I look out my back door I see my big vegetable garden, lots of perennial flowers and wildflowers, and my everlasting pink and red geraniums, some of which are 15 years old and saved in the basement each winter. […]

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Mewsette’s Blue Nap Note Cards, and What She and Giuseppe Thought of My Art

“Mewsette’s Blue Nap” is a loose watercolor I painted in indigo blue on watercolor paper. When I paint them I cover the paper in more or less her silhouette, leaving little gaps of white and adding heavier coverage where there are shadows. Then I work into the silhouette while wet for the mid range tones, […]

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Colorful Kelly, a Little Surprise of Color

This sketch totally surprised me—I’d never done a thing like it before. Inspired by Kelly awaking from a nap on my desk, I’d been about to try out these watercolor pencils while she was sleeping. I discovered that what I thought was black was navy blue and decided to go ahead. I’m so glad I […]

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