Thursday, July 25, 2013

WIP Flamingo Boat

With todays washes I began defining the skorts, life jacket, boats, legs and sandals. I moved from those areas to the stone wall, trees and grass.

As you can see I made the skorts darker and added the folds of the material. I then moved to the boats, grass, trees and stone wall with washes that show where everything will be. The red boat is beginning to take shape as is the shadows of the grass. I see a bloom has developed in the grass above the red boat. I will have to work with it for the shadows to work. 


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Flamingo Boat

I took a picture at Paddlefest, at Coney Island Park near Cincinnati, Ohio,  a few summers ago of these two women readying their kayak. I was amused with their effort to attach the flamingo to a kayak. 

This is the beginning washes to my drawing. 
I put lemon yellow down for the grass to give glow to the lighter areas.

The next washes were laid in for the kayaks, flamingo, stone walls, the ladies skorts.  I also began laying washes on the legs and giving them some definition.


Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”Stella Adler 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Saying Good Bye

Watercolor     Pop's Garden     Private Collection

Nine days ago my father-in-law passed. He fought cancer and a bad heart for 15 months.  
He was a man that always had a joke or story to tell, candy for kids and pop to share.
He worked for GM as a welder for 31 years.
I painted this portrait of him working in his garden. His garden was his pride and joy.
Pop, along with his sons and grandsons, got his garden in.
As we harvest it we will think of him and remember
his love of family, his  humor, his work ethic, and his big smile.

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