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.

flora and fauna, Holidays, Illustrations, Nature

Cornucopia for fall

I have always loved the fall season. September used to be my favorite month in elementary school. I remember the chilly mornings of New England and the changing of the leaves from greens to oranges and yellows and reds.
This is a tribute to the season. A thankfulness of great squashes like butternut, acorn and of course, the mighty pumpkin. Have a pumpkin latte and enjoy what the season brings.
Here is the painting on my products.

greeting cards, Holidays, Illustrations, kids, Revising Old Work, whimsy

Happy Halloween with jack-o-lanterns

A little girl with miniature jack-o-lanterns. Of course my horse. She needs to light the way into the night. She is painted with watercolor and pencil and various digital textures. She can be found on a poster or a greeting card or a coffee mug. Really? Absolutely.
I wanted to show a little bit of process here. Sometimes an idea goes through many changes. This is a typical example for me of how I like to modify and experiment. Here’s a link to my products with the final design.

happy halloween

This was my original sketch. It has gone through a lot of changes.
Here’s a link to my products with the final design.


Snow Mountain Melting abstract painting

Somewhere in our near future the ice caps may disappear. The frozen tundra will melt and the bears and whales and little critters will disappear. The oceans will turn red and the fish and coral reefs will fry. This painting is full of predictions and angst. It’s not too late to change the scenario.
Here is the link for the framed version of this painting


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.


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