Category Archives: Watercolor

My Art in a Book, a Field Guide and a New Commission

I am happy to say that the excellent new book Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques by Thomas Thorspecken, includes this “Urban Animals” page (above) featuring my sketches of cats. When the publisher contacted me to request the use of the images, I was delighted. … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Art business, Oil Painting, Published work, Sketchbook Pages, Urban Sketchers, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments

Happy Face? Donuts?

Do you have a happy face right this moment? I didn’t until I received a blog comment/email from a German blogger whose email and blog name is happyface313. It made me wonder what it would be like to be that … Continue reading

Posted in Building, Ink and watercolor wash, Life in general, Shop windows, Sketchbook Pages, Urban Sketchers, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Spring Into Summer

After I filled the jumbo Moleskine watercolor journal I discovered I forgot to post several pages. From March! So here are a few of those sketches from early spring. Above and below are the John Muir home, with a bit … Continue reading

Posted in Bay Area Parks, Blake Gardens, Building, Gouache, Ink and watercolor wash, Landscape, Martinez, Plein Air, Sketchbook Pages, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Loads ‘o Lillies and Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor review

I spent some time sketching and painting a calla lily that sprouted in my garden and while I was at it, tested a palette of Winsor Newton Cotman paints. Several of my friends have this clever, inexpensive Winsor & Newton … Continue reading

Posted in Art supplies, Drawing, Flower Art, Gouache, Oil Painting, Plants, Product Review, Sketchbook Pages, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Teddy Bear Fountain, Berkeley

I was excited to sketch Berkeley’s 100-year-old Teddy Bear Fountain again. We found the perfect viewpoint, I sat down on the carved stone bench, pulled out my pen, opened my bag and discovered I’d forgotten my sketchbook! DUH! Fortunately Cristina … Continue reading

Posted in Berkeley, Ink and watercolor wash, Landscape, Outdoors/Landscape, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Playing Catch Up!

Since my end-of-year wrap-up blog post remains unfinished, here are a couple of autumn sketches that were waiting patiently to be posted. I have a good excuse though: my new iMac arrived last week and since then I’ve been immersed … Continue reading

Posted in Bay Area Parks, Ink and watercolor wash, Landscape, Life in general, Plein Air, Sketchbook Pages, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

Secret Pt. Richmond “Wave Garden” With Spectacular Views

One of our Urban Sketchers, Susan Ford, is a landscape designer who discovered this amazing secret garden in Pt. Richmond that overlooks the bay. The owners of the property,  whose home is just above the garden, recruited concrete artist/sculptor Victor Amador … Continue reading

Posted in Gardening, Landscape, Outdoors/Landscape, Painting, Places, Plein Air, Pt. Richmond, Sketchbook Pages, Watercolor | Tagged , , | 15 Comments

Lucy: Cat Portrait in Watercolor

I was asked to make a watercolor portrait of a beloved cat much missed by her family.  This post will be their first chance to see what I’ve come up with so far. I’m not sure I’ve captured her appearance or … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Ink and watercolor wash, Painting, Sketchbook Pages, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Bad Mood Cloudy Day at Borges Ranch That Ended Well

My mind was as cloudy as the skies when my plein air group visited Borges Ranch for a Saturday paint out. I was mad because a beautiful bookcase promised to me on Craigslist sold to someone else. I needed it badly. … Continue reading

Posted in Bay Area Parks, Landscape, Life in general, Plein Air, Sketchbook Pages, Walnut Creek, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Painting Pt. Bonita Part I: Watercolor

When I got frustrated with painting from life last month, I took a break and experimented in working from the same photo in different media. First I did the sketch above in my journal from the photo below which I … Continue reading

Posted in Landscape, Marin County, Outdoors/Landscape, Painting, Places, Sketchbook Pages, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Will You Accept This Rose? (War of the Roses Part II)

After all the struggles of the previous day, I was determined to succeed in painting a rose and decided to give myself a break. First I rearranged the colors in the palette, putting them in my prefered, mostly color-wheel order instead … Continue reading

Posted in Art supplies, Drawing, Flower Art, Ink and watercolor wash, Life in general, Painting, Rose, Sketchbook Pages, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

War of the Roses, Part I: Schmincke Watercolor Review

On the next test run of my new Schmincke palette that Roz introduced here, I painted some roses on a tablecloth in the sun on the deck. While the Schmincke pan paint is lovely to use, and the palette a good … Continue reading

Posted in Art supplies, Drawing, Flower Art, Glass, Ink and watercolor wash, Painting, Plein Air, Rose, Sketchbook Pages, Still Life, Watercolor | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments