Mums, 2017, Watercolor on Paper, 12 x 16
I learned recently that chrysanthemums are considered one of the ‘Four Gentlemen’ of Chinese Art.
Neat! So I need to starting painting some bamboo, plum blossoms, and orchids.
I really like the colors in this painting, especially the golden-browns against the bright pink.
Matisse the orange kitty likes smelling mums!
Scabiosa still life painting, 2017, watercolor, 12×16
Yikes, it’s Wednesday! Matisse the orange kitty has declared all Wednesdays national holidays for sleeping.
Dark Chocolate Cosmos and strawflower still life, 2017, Watercolor, 12 x 16
The dark chocolate cosmos are my favorite type of cosmos. They have the perfect cute buttony shape. I couldn’t find seeds for them but I was able to find two plants at the local gardening center and yes they are perennials! They nearly died off though during our sad drought this summer. I planted them in the ground so I’m crossing my fingers they’ll make it back next spring!
Matisse the orange kitty inspects the quality of my floral arrangements.
Sherbert pink blossom still life, 2017, 12×16
A bouquet of cut flowers against a grey background. I think I am going to try to paint this one in oils in the future, I really like the colors. The grey watercolor feels slightly weak and would be lovely in oil.
Matisse the orange kitty, not approving of the direction this painting is taking, decides to take matters into his own paws.
Coral quince, 2017, watercolor, 12×16
Another take on spring cut flowers, quince, as well as a bit of plum foliage.
Matisse the orange kitty contemplating the endless possibilities of a blank piece of paper.
Nicotania still life with stripes, 2017, watercolor, 12×16
Every summer, this sticky plant bursts through the ground and grows quite tall. I assumed it was yet another weed but people actually purposefully plant nicotania in their gardens. At night its beautiful, fragrant white blossoms bloom and they are quite geometric and have an interesting silhouette.
Here’s Matisse the orange kitty in the studio, looking innocent, for now…
Pink dahlia in blue vase, 2017, watercolor, 12×16
So my efforts to show my work earlier this year went bust. One time was at an art walk in Forest Grove when the store owner didn’t show up. But I found this amazing flower vendor at the farmers market down the street. I was able to get these wonderful dahlias very affordably!
Little study flower vase on oriental rug, 2017, 5×7
You can get a view of the rug somewhat in this picture of my studio mate kitty, Matisse. Even though he looks like a demon child in this picture (reminding me how Anne McCaffrey described young willful dragons in the book Dragonflight) and has not only bitten my work and also tried to pull the table cloth out from under all my watercolors, this kitty has been truly such a joy and a wonderful painting companion.
I’m also on instagram and a little less behind on posting my new paintings.
Quince blossoms with blue vase and handkerchief, 2017, 12×16, watercolor
I cut these wonderful pink quince blossoms from a overgrown neighboring shrub.
I painted this on the best watercolor paper I have tried so far. It’s Fluid 100 cold press 300 pound weight. The extra thickness means I can load up the paper with a ton of water without the paper going all wrinkly on me and the surface responds wonderfully (not too absorbant). It’s pricey but comparable and far superior to Arches and other watercolor papers that I have tried.
It’s been ‘snowing’ ashes and the wildfires in Oregon have jumped the gorge. meanwhile there is a category 5 hurricane hurling towards the east coast. Don’t get me started about politics.
I’ve been experimenting with some watercolors, trying to do a more muted and effervescent feel.This one was a based on some dahlias I grew in my garden but I added some petunias and bougainvillea. This one I purposely tried to make the background flowers fade into the white of the paper. What do you think?
Here is the most recent watercolor of some chocolate cosmos that may have died because it ‘s been so hot here in Portland. I’ve been trying to get the right shade of pink and I think I nailed it. And I really like the way the blue interacts with the flower on the left. I should’ve held my ground and not gone darker with the red on the right. But there’s always next time!
I’m off to Pennsylvania and Colorado to visit some friends and family. Hopefully I’ll get some good shots!