Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Watercolor Portraits

I painted with watercolor, portraits of two very different people this summer.  I'm not good with faces and features.  My brother called my previous paintings, pictures of aliens, but I'm starting to feel comfortable with the idea that I might not be able to paint an exact replication of the person, but I can get down the gist of the pictures I'm trying to copy.

One picture was taken of a friend while we were walking at the University of Washington.

The second photo I saw on Flickr, and I really liked her profile.

So what do you think?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lessons in Watercolor

I have taken to creating sketches for the purpose of watercolor.  Many from photographs, others from concepts.  Here are a few of my finished works.

The Eagle Flies 

This watercolor was inspired by a photograph taken by Jerry Cahill.

My Garden Design

This was my basic garden design.  While I have already changed some areas, I wanted to get my initial concept down so I could easily communicate my wishes to the guy building my garden terraces and installing fencing.

My Hand

I have found that sketching the details of one's hand to be especially difficult.  I just have trouble doing it, getting the dimensions, wrinkles and shading right.  But I am going to continue to  practice drawing my hand.

My Tools

This is an illustration of the common tools that I use.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014


I read a great e-journal posted the other day from Cloth, Paper, Scissors regarding painting your fantasy house, and thought I would take a stab at the job.  Staci Swider's creation was really awe inspiring.  She combined a lot of elements to make a welcoming home.

I also spent a lot of time looking through other people's houses in their own art journals and fell in love with this house here, created by beth Macre in Countdown to Summer.  Her house is so much better than mine, but I've tried to recreate in my own way.

I first drafted something in my art journal, and then decided to take it one step further and move it to canvas.  My house isn't quite as lifelike as the author, but it's so bright and bold against the dark background of the wall.  As I come into my house, it just hits me, and I feel good about being home.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


I like to create a mockup of a new art work first, before I put the time and expense into a canvas piece.  I try out colors and techniques to see if they work in my sketchbook before I upscale the piece to canvas.  Sometimes, I never get that far because after sketching the piece, sometimes it doesn't work for me.  There were a number of things that I changed from the piece below to the upscaled canvas.

For example, I muted the colors in the distant window, and increased the distance between my window and the child's.  Also muting the colors highlighted those eyes.  I really like that look.

Looking From My Window at Girl Looking at Me

Here are some of my other window paintings that I thought were equally inspiring.

Girl Looking through Blinds

Mountain Top

View From Window