For Mother’s Day…

My Mom asked me for a painting for Mother’s Day.  She asked for a snow scene but it is Spring time and I just can’t do it.  So I decided to give negative painting another try.  I drew three apples and a few branches being careful to make sure that I left plenty of empty space between them.  I first wash the background with three colors: Raw Sienna, Pthalo Blue, and Permament Sap Green.  I kept using these three colors for each layer of color I added to the picture.  Between each layer of color, I drew in more leaves and branches and painted around them.  In this way the background color becomes the color of the leaves and branches of that layer.  This has a nice effect.

The Forbidden Fruit


On My Birthday

My birthday landed on a Saturday this year.  I am now 46.  I took the whole day off and practiced my latest hobby! 

More Flowers

This is an example of negative painting.  I’m not really happy with how this turned out.  I really like the bottom right flower but the top right doesn’t look very good.and the bottom left didn’t turn out the way I hoped. I think that this picture would be improved by making the background colors more homogenous.  Too many variations become a distraction.


Passing Storm

On my birthday, Tammy gave me the book “The Complete Watercolorist’s Essential Notebook” and I saw a painting like the one above so I tried it.  I really like the author’s style.  His name is Gordon MacKenzie.  I don’t like the sky here.  And I wasn’t completely pleased with the sun dapples on the water, but it is a start.

Fancy Dishes

18×12 Pen and Ink and Watercolor

Fancy Dishes

I was inspired to try this painting by Brenda Swensen and her post on Zeta paper.  So I grabbed some of my wife’s Pfaltzgraff dishes (Napoli style) and set them up on the corner of my desk.  I have six can lights in my Library that doubles as an art studio, so there were a lot of highlights on the dishes.  I tried to get most of them by painting around the brightest leaving just white paper and lifting color out with a wet brush and a dry paper towel.

This was a lot of fun.  This was the first time that I painted something sitting in front of me.  That made a big difference.  Usually, I paint with my imagination, that is, imagining what the object looks like and painting it that way.  This time I kept the subject in front of me and what a difference that made!