Sunday, February 17, 2019

Flowers in Gouache

In the past, I have not been too fond of painting flowers but I have this lovely still life on my kitchen table and have taken on the challenge. This time I focused in on a section that had high contrast. Using its' negative shapes to create the little flowers. Painted in Gouache.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Still Life - Flowers in Watercolor

Practicing flower painting from life in watercolor. This is a section of my Valentine Bouquet.

I started with a contour sketch.

The flowers.

Practice. What have I got to lose?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Casein sketch of Crow

This was my first time using casein. I have struggled to learn gouache and decided to give casein a try. My son gave me a nice set of James Gurney Shiva Paints (set of 6) and it was a good introduction using this medium. This painting sketch painting was done from a photograph.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Neighbors en plein air

This small gouache is a plein air sketch of my neighbor's house.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sketchbook Pages 13-24

These are pages 13-24 of my current sketchbook. The pages mostly contain exercises from a Charles Reid DVD I have been watching. I also have some gouache practice sketches in this video.

Monday, February 11, 2019


Painting my scissors for more gouache practice.

Friday, February 08, 2019


I am not going to let my bad eyesight get me down. Still practicing my watercolor. These are pistachios, painted with watercolor.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Common Threads

This book was created in a workshop given by Orly Avineri and Beatriz Heaton. The Common Threads workshop was 4 days long. There were so many steps and methods learned during those 4 days. The experience was just as exciting as the outcome.

The finished book I made during the workshop.

These are some of the pages from the book.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Self Portrait

I updated my social media profile pic based on what I look like lately. I no longer wear a patch after eye surgery but my eye is still very red.

Attempt #1
This was drawn with colored pencil.
I have limited vision so I accidentally drew my good eye a little wonky.

Attempt #2
I think this is a lot better.
I used a jpg of my social media profile drawing and altered the color of my eye in Photoshop.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Burns and Bruises

I made this cartoon based on my experience in the pre-op for eye surgery.

I suppose it is customary to check for signs of domestic violence.

Monday, February 04, 2019

My portrait by a friend.

My friend, Vern, sent me this portrait after he heard I had eye surgery.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Mini Lap Journal

Today I worked in my mini lap journal. I was given this blank book (bound by another artist) at an Orly Avineri workshop a few years ago. We dyed it and enhanced it in the workshop and there are many more pages I have to work on. Due to eye surgery earlier this week my eyesight is still not up to par. I found working in this book very relaxing.

Friday, February 01, 2019