abstract imagination, mexico

A sun face with very purple swirls

Here is a new watercolor with very intense colors and mood. I did the basics of this piece when I was demonstrating for my class on layer painting in watercolor. The underpainting was done with inks in soft washes and I spread them on the wet paper with my fingers in a swirling motion. When it had dried in the sun is the point at which I gave the face its basic shape., The swirls of motion almost drew themselves. The many layers of dark purples and red are rich MaimiriBlu watercolors from Italy which are my favorites. This is a big painting and a powerful piece.

Here is the piece on Fine Art America.

abstract imagination, humor, people, whimsy

Doodle faces and expressions

finished drawing

Sketching face doodles from imagination. At this point, everything I’m drawing is from my head only. Here I’ve transformed pen and ink on watercolor paper to a png with some modifications–text, cleaning up, background and color burns, etc. I saw this through a cloud of faces and hoped to represent it that way. I am calling this group the Curly-Q’s. I hope to incorporate them into one of my little picture books. I am sure I will find the right place for them. Here is another shot of how it started out. The whole image began with pencil swirls on watercolor, scanning and then went through a lot of changes in photoshop.

original sketch on ProArt field book, 7×10.

I’ve listed this on RedBubble and on TeePublic. fun

abstract imagination, cityscapes, Revising Old Work

Fantasy City Moroccan style

Fantasy city Moroccan style

Watercolor from imagination. This watercolor was almost thrown away and I realized it had redeemable qualities. It was on a watercolor pad and we were traveling with minimum art supplies. It was just a testing of random colors splashed on the pad. It was about 4 years old and had been long forgotten. The only water I had was in a small spray bottle. I had 2 brushes and a small dish on my gouache palette. Believe me it did not start out looking like this. The dark shades were my muddy water mixed with browns and blues which I used to define the shapes. I pushed the paint around and did a lot of lifting with a thirsty brush. I worked on it very gently and slowly for about an hour, a little bit at a time. It turned out amazing. I just love it when little miracles like this happen.