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Ajijic, flora and fauna

Ajijic Plaza Umbrellas

AjijicPlaza copy-web.jpgThis is a small scene in the downtown Centro Plaza in Ajijic, Mexico. It’s a relaxed and sometimes very busy place.  Weekends find artisans selling their wares, musicians playing their instruments in festive songs. Generally it’s a busy but festive place. You can get and ice cream and sit on a bench and people watch or meet friends for lunch at nearby restaurants.  Food carts await and taxis sit at their stations ready to bring you anywhere you want to go.

The atmosphere is always friendly and there’s always the sound of laughter of happy children running in and out of the gazebo.  It’s a wonderful place to share with friends.  Flower are always blooming Ajijic Plaza umbrellas  against a clear blue sky.

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Red headed girl in her secret garden

secret garden

This is a fun illustration I did on a very large sheet of watercolor paper. She sees a garden in her mind’s eye. It contains various birds, some common and some exotic. Find the green frogs climbing a red tree and a mamma bird with her baby chicks.
This was lots of fun to illustrate and more fun to color. Enjoy it on my products.

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Purple and Green Transparent Watercolor

purple and green abstract

I did this large watercolor a few months ago. It started with an under-painting
done with a lot of wet on wet base acrylic washes. When dry, I just started painting the negative shapes with transparent washes, getting bolder and bolder as I went along. The more I painted, the more I saw where the images and shapes could go. The basic idea is to keep the colors clear, define the motion in the composition and build a depth that transparent watercolors can do so well.|
I have done this technique since my old days in California when I did a lot of big watercolors outside; moving from sun to shade as needed. The technique suits me as it is an exciting and very immediate way to paint. If you are familiar with my years of drawing in scratchboard, you know I love detail. Here, with this discipline, it’s more about feelings and movement. Drawing and painting to me is like music and movement and it’s more fun when it’s completely unpredictable. That makes it exciting.
Over time I have learned to give the art the freedom to paint itself. If you try too hard to turn it into something you see in your head, you run the risk of killing it by overwork. You can’t manipulate art into a pre-conceived idea because it isn’t pre-conceived. The idea has to have time and space to grow and develop.
The concept behind this kind of work is to take it slow and go where the composition tells you it wants to go. I used some clippings from the garden to draw from. I sold this painting last week and that’s very cool because it is giving me confidence to do another one and I really enjoy this way of painting.
I did another one of this style yesterday and took some pictures as I went along. I hope to put these pictures on my blog this week. I am toying with the idea of expanding this little blog into a learning/sharing place instead of the original idea of it solely being a record for me of what I’ve painted here since I landed in Mexico. I’ll see if it works out in terms of time. I want to add to my digital skill-set but I-ve been busy building houses and moving to another country. for the last few years. I think it will be fun to explore some other social media. and some other online exposure.
I adore my new workspace in my new house and my skylight that I paint under. The weather here in Mexico is always good for painting. Even when it’s pouring rain, it’s never cold or uncomfortably damp. It’s a dream for me because what I did not relish about the northwest was all the rainy days. Watercolors took forever to dry and it slowed me down.
Here’s a link to view this art on my Redbubble site

daily paintings, fonts, greeting cards, Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing, whimsy

A Day in the Life of an artist

Artists view themselves pretty differently than the way the world in general sees them.  I am bringing you a little series I originally drew sometime in the mid 1980’s.  Pretty old, huh.  I found the sketches packed away in some dusty box.  I brought them into my computer and am redrawing them on my Cintique tablet.

I think this will be a lot of fun to create a new take on an old issue of how artists view themselves.  Young or old, beginner or master, artists are colorful people.  Their personalities are reflected in what they make and do.  I tend to be kind of goofy sometimes and that is the best part of me I believe.

So here goes a new way of sketching.  Enjoy.

Here’s my link to find this image on a bunch of stuff you might want to buy.  I can’t ship anything from Mexico reasonably, practically or otherwise and for this reason, I use POD sites.

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on a t-shirt, mug, or other goodies.

flora and fauna, patterns

Red and green abstract floral

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I’m loving abstract flowers again.  This one is a combination of watercolor and intense markers. It’s interesting on its own and it gets wild as a repeat pattern.
These kind of paintings to me are more like drawings and they are an in between mix of media which is really fun.
Here is the link to purchase on over 80 products.  my goodness…

alphabet, daily paintings, fonts, greeting cards, Illustrations, whimsy

Goofing with hand lettering

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Back to the drawing and painting workspace.  Now that the major remodel has been done on my sweet little village house, and, now that I’m recovering from exhaustion, it is time to goof around and play a little.  I have an idea in my head for another series to be done simultaneously with the almost extinct animals of Mexico.  It’s about painting what you want to paint.  So this is a note to begin.  I will use a digital font for the art but this is just to break the ice and sit at this wonderful table.
I have lots of light here and room to spread out so it’s nothing but fun.  My internet is extremely poor and slow, but I’m hanging in there for a better day.  I have a hundred ideas for this “paint what you love” series.  If you have a suggestion for what you think I should love to paint, feel free and jump in.