Category Archives: watercolour-a-day

Down at the Heel

Well, here I am in Maple Creek, having a great time with old friends and new…SO much fun that there’s scarcely time to paint.  When I finally got around to it & got my drawing banged out, I came to discover that I’d left home with everything I needed except my paint!!!!  So off I go to my friend Mary’s tonight;  we shared her studio, had a visit and I borrowed her palette. Phew. I got my daily done, after already missing 2 days this week.  I think it’s become if not an addiction, a compulsion!

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Sunflower Study # ??

I promise that this is the last sunflower study I will bore you with for a loooong time.  I just had to take one more stab at it.  Trying to listen to you John, but loosening up for me is like swimming upstream!  I picked a new sunflower today…a yellow one. Trying to be looser and lighter with the paint.  Very little drawing.
Off to a Cowboy Poetry festival for 3 days, and doubt that I’ll have Internet access, so you’ll get a reprieve!!  Hope everybody has a great weekend; the weather is going to be spectacular!  
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Sunflower Study 1

Well, bear with me while I wrestle with this.  I did 3 of these today, and threw 2 away…this one will probably follow!  It’s the one-stroke thing, only with sunflowers this time. I’m trying different brushes and various strategies to paint the whole thing in as few strokes as possible.  I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get that flower painted without the center running all over the place though. As a consolation prize I’ve added a photo of the  bronze sunflower I used as a reference. So beautiful, and …this pathetic thing bears no resemblance!   

Zinnias & a Marigold

This piece is another of my attempts at one-stroke floral paintings…..this time with a little bit of preliminary drawing, just to place the flowers in the picture plane. It’s still not what I’m after and I wonder if this just isn’t my style.  It’s all about the ratio of paint-to-water, and I keep coming at it with too much paint.  I feel like a beginner, which is kind of fun (regardless of the results!). 

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Delphiniums @ Echodale

Echodale Farm  was my location of choice yesterday, and the flowers were in all their glory; there were even some delphiniums still in bloom.  I loved how the light hit them and lit them up against the dark foliage background.  Again, I tried to paint them much wetter and more directly, with no layering or glazing. It’s fun, but I’m not getting the lost edges I want,   so I’ll keep trying. 

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September Song

Today’s painting is another attempt at a more direct style of using watercolour, with no drawing ahead of time and a one-stroke style of applying the paint. It’s still not the result I want, but I intend to keep on trying. 

The flowers are from the yard…a reminder that though the calendar says summer is nearly over, we still have lots of flowers to look forward to for a month or so anyway.

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My Polly

Polly is in danger of being the most painted horse of the times, and here she is again…lookin’ good, for an old(er) girl!

  Beautiful, snake-savvy and smart, she knows my vehicle, her white blazed face following every move till I deliver the cookies, or mints or special senior horse feed (her winter treat). Or even just a good belly rub.  It’s been a great summer for the horses; lots of grass, beautiful calm sunny weather and best of all….very few bugs! 

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Marigold

This is all you get for today…..I’ve been home so little for the past 2 weeks that today was catch-up day!! I cleaned this house from top to bottom, taught an art class, did laundry, mowed the lawn and made pickles.  Amidst all of that I attempted a new approach to painting flowers…a more one-stroke calligraphic method.  I did one with several flowers in it as well, but it was even worse than this!! 

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Buffalo Star Tipi

When I was in Calgary in July showing my work at the Hyatt Hotel, part of their extensive Canadian art collection were some historical photos.  This little painting is derived from a sepia-toned early 1800’s vintage photo of a Pikani tipi, depicting a beautiful example of gorgeous design and elegant function.

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Three Crows in a Bird Bath

I’m aware that things have really “gone to the birds” with my blog these days, but these crows have been begging to be painted.  These are part of the family of crows that have taken over my parents lovely back yard….not the ideal situation if you value undisturbed sleep and peace in general!  Here they are monopolizing the bird bath. Their antics are entertaining though, with their bird-politics and their obvious intelligence. Now that the babies are raised they seem to have moved off to other locales…which is even more of a blessing than their presence. 

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