Pears and Brass

I visited my hair stylist the other day. Next door is a wonderful antique/thrift shop and I found this brass urn. Set up my still life and painted it from life. The grapes are kind of wrinkly now, but they did their job well. Pears and Brass Urn 9x20" oil on canvas; $450 ready to frame

A Colorful approach

I'm trying out a new-to-me palette of colors. It's a secondary palette, and the 6 main colors mix to create pure secondaries, unlike the primary palette, which creates a more subdued set of combinations. Here's a look at the latest color wheel and the first painting using the new palette. The neutral colors are most certainly the challenge here, I'll need to improve my control of the pigments, but I'm looking forward to the dance! wpid2667-DSC_9974.jpg   watercolor on 100% cotton paper   watercolor on 100% cotton paper

Watercolor dog

I love my Papillon buddy, Ace. He's so serious about having fun and yet patient when I want to do weird stuff to him, like make him wear a hat. Today Ace supervised my watercolor pours. He's wearing a lovely shade of Winsor Blue (green shade) on his feet. Oh yeah, it's a staining color.

Can the warm be far behind?

It's a wind chill of minus 7, and only expected to get to 16 F here in the balmy south. The Canadiens have generously shared their polar temps with us, and I'm taking advantage of it to make some frozen paintings. While I psych myself up for sub-freezing fun, I'm taking respite in a little bit of painting summer. Joy 11x14 watercolor on 100% cotton paper

Feel free to rise

We are so held up by our fears, concerns and personal challenges that sometimes we forget to fly. Sometimes we can fly, but we need some space for take off. Sometimes we can fly, but the water of our life is holding us back. Maybe we've gotten in too deep. Life is that water that feeds us, and yet also drags us back sometimes. If we gaze upward and don't lose sight of what we can be, then we will ascend. Ascension 8x10 oil on canvas