Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cupcake and Cherries

I decided to create an oil painting after the last two watercolors failed.
6x6 Oil on Raymar panel

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spring Lambs


This is Spring Lambs after the first glaze of watercolor.

I just cannot give up on this one. I really liked the pose. They were in the feed lot which I thought was not that picturesque, so I invented this background.
14 x 4.5 watercolor on 140 lb. cold pressed paper.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Iris no6

I reposted this one again. I added more veining and had the bottom of the leaves fade into the background.  I use masking tape around the edges before I paint. After the painting is finished I remove it leaving a white border. When I matt this I will leave the edge showing.
The irises are out now. I painted this one from my yard.
9-1/4 x 6-1/4

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Twins 2

I am still not over painting sheep. I liked these lambs but am not that excited about the background. I started a second painting since this is watercolor I am limited to what I can fix. Starting over again is my best bet. The lamb in the center does not seem to work, the ears were really like that and I am keeping that. The thing about watercolor on paper is I can crop it. This would probably work better with the lambs moved more to the left.
Watercolor on 140 lb. cold pressed Kilimajaro paper.

If I crop it like this the composition may work better. Photoshop makes it so much easier to decide how to crop.
Final size 6 x 4

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lambs on the Run

When they called the lambs in the feedlot I took several photos. This is Photoshopped with lambs from several photos.

What I wanted was an action challenge. Capturing the natural feel of motion is something I need to work on.
Watercolor on 140 lb. cold pressed paper.

Lamb's Head

This is one of the 3 month old lambs. Sheep as apposed cattle let you approach them, so I could get this close up. I used mostly ultramarine and burnt sienna with a little bit of cerilean on this painting.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring Lambs

Another of the series of lambs. These are the very young, less than a month old.
4.5 x 10.5

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Sheep


I listed this on another site and did not realize it is not posted here. This was the first of my sheep. This was quick and simple. I love to play with watercolor in the background, all the happy accidents are there.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


This wisteria grows in our backyard. When I planted it, all I knew was the flowers were pretty and would make great subject matter for paintings. That was 10 years ago. The wisteria plant is a woody vine that gets very heavy and needs a good support for the weight. This one is growing on an old swingset frame. One leg has bent and I would not sit on the swing for fear it would collapse. The plant is very pretty when it blooms so for now it will stay.
8 x 10 oil on Raymar panel.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I really don't know if these are twins but the who can tell with sheep. I asked the owner if she names them and some she does. Her older sheep have cloth coats on them to keep most of the dust and such out of the wool. She gets a better price for the wool if it is cleaner. I probably won't have any paintings of the sheep besides having been recently sheared they have their coats on.
8 x 6 Oil on Raymar Panel.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

White Rabbit

This is just a quick watercolor that was ment for a challenge. I went with a lamb for the Easter challenge. Through the years I have painted a lot of rabbits. My favorite ones were the white ones on blue backgrounds.
I have a commission to paint a Fox Terrier. I needed to do some sketches to familiarize myself with the breed. These are quick sketches. None of the photos I took have one view that is perfect as is, so it will take my creative license to pull several images together. I just wish I was a better photographer.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Black sheep White Sheep

A had the opportunity to take pictures of the spring lambs at a local sheep farm. I have not painted many sheep and after evaluating this painting think I need to define the woolly fur better.
6x8 Oil on Raymar panel.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Portrait sketches

Sketching seems to help me break out of a slump when I start painting too tight and don't see the whole picture. This was painted from a photo taken a long time ago. I used a variety of charcoal and graphic pencils for this one.
This might seem familiar as it is the same as a previous post. I had promised the sitter a sketch for signing the model release. I used the standard no 2 pencil for this one.