Saturday, February 25, 2017

PORCH ROCKERS--another version of a favorite subject

I've already painted and sold three other versions of this setting.  The location is our front porch where we enjoy spending long evenings watching the sky go from blue to pinks to deep violet.  Late summer is that time when all the hard work in the garden is paying off and it's finally time to enjoy the fruits of our labors.  The street in front of our house is narrow and is often used by runners, young families pushing strollers and friendly neighbors out for a walk.

I used reference photos I already had on file to create a composition, and then a full sized 11x14 inch sketch which I transferred to heavy watercolor paper.  Then I stapled the paper to gator board and masked out the areas I wanted to remain white.

After gently wetting down the whole thing I floated primary colors over the scene and let it dry.

I added another layer of colors after masking out another section and let it dry again.

Then I got so involved in my work that I forgot to take more photos.  So this is the final which I've put up for sale at Watercolors by Leenie.  I like this one a lot.  It will be hard to let it go, but I guess I can always make more.

Monday, January 30, 2017


Thought I'd take a moment to show off a couple of my latest watercolors.  The cold and snow is an incentive to stay inside and work on projects in a warm place.

This is "Shiny Things Three."  It's my third effort at reproducing glass and silver in watercolor.  It surprised even me on how the surfaces appear reflective even though it is just pigment on paper.

Here is a tighter shot of the 11 inch wide and 14 inch high one-of-a-kind painting.  "Shiny Things One" is still available for purchase but "Shiny Things Two" has been sold.

The process began with a sketch on Arches 140 cold press paper.  The big challenge was keeping the marble shapes round.  I masked out the places I wanted to remain white and ran a loose wash of primary colors over the rest.

Then it was a matter of slowly reproducing something similar to my reference photos using layers of transparent washes.

This is called, "Cowboy Poet."   It is a portrait of Bill Hirschi, our friend and neighbor, who manages herds of angus cattle by profession but also can entertain with his original poetry of life in the American West.

Both paintings and many more can be found on my Etsy Site--