Friday, January 30, 2015

commission continues...

Every spare moment is being spent on this painting!
There is a ton of small details...  I am putting a warm
wash  of cadmium yellow and yellow ochre as a base
on each window.  Going darker into the shutters and
laid the porch floor.

You can see I am moving around the house adding
under-washes which will make this painting warm.

This shows an overall view...

Can you see the changes?  Chimney, detail under the eves,
porch floor, under the porch.  Notice the impressionistic
work of the brick that was white-washed.
I am totally enjoying myself, just taking my time.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


I worked in the pine trees behind the barn.
Starting the house shutters.

Notice the detail in the upper floor shutters...
tops are louvered and the bottoms solid.

Just taking my time...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I painted last night till about 11pm and started back at it early
this morning and for the whole day.  I am moving around the
painting a bit.  My client wanted peony bushes in front of
the brick wall and a weeping willow behind the house.
So far my colors are bright, but wait till I add shadows and

Tuesday evening I am giving a FREE lecture at the
Lititz Library.  6:30-7 is the Art Association meeting
7-8 is my lecture and demonstration.
"How to Stay Motivated as an Artist"
FREE!!  If your local please stop in and help fill
the room!!

Monday, January 26, 2015


I have been spending all of my time on my new commission. Since the
first of January I completed two full scale hand drawings, each taking
about a week.   They were viewed by my client, changes were made
both times.  I finally was able to draw (a third time) on my watercolor
paper.  Below is the hand drawing.
This is a full sheet watercolor ~ 30" X 22"

Once this final drawing was completed and OK'd I am able to
start painting.  With watercolor it is important to have your
drawing correct.  Once I start adding paint, the paint stains
the paper and it is hard to make changes.

I am starting at the top, working in my sky.

 Detail in the clouds and working on the tree.
This is two full days of painting.  I need to take my time!

We did have a fun weekend in Washington, DC with friends.
Stayed at The Hotel Lombardy which was very nice.  Went
to the Bureau of Engraving,  The Basilica, and the
Newseum.   We had wonderful meals at: Founding Farmers,
District Commons and Marvin.

Linda is still fighting off her chest cold. Which I gave her.
Meds and resting only  helped a little.   Doctor offered
a second round of antibiotic but I think she is going to
wait it out. That brings you up to date.  I plan to paint
most of tonight, in between shoveling...

Thursday, January 8, 2015


For new students that have never painted I usually start
them off with a fruit.  Looking at color, texture and
light and shadows.  I had 3 classes with new students
and we used a cherry.   Here are my demonstration pieces...

 Cherry Study #1
6"x 4" 

 Cherry Study #2
4"x 6"


 Cherry Study #3
6"x 4" 

Today was spent on the full scale study drawing
for my commission.  I am assembling multiple photos
into one drawing. Using historical and current photos
trying to get every building the client wants into this
sweeping view.   I will have several days into working
out the study drawing.  Then my client will look at it
and make any corrections before I even begin to draw
on the watercolor paper.  A slow process but I already
have the image in my mind!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Can it be 2015 already??

 "Diocletian Palace" in Split Croatia ~ 300AD!
6"x 4"  original watercolor

I loved this angle, the blue sky just brings you up.

Korcula, Croatia
4"x 6" original watercolor
They just put up the Christmas tree in the square

In case you did not know, Linda had a wonderful
opportunity to go with Joan, her girlfriend on a
small ship cruise to Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia

and Herzegovina.   I stayed home and played
bachelor for 15 days.  I learned how much I missed
her!  Anyway, I was excited to paint a few of the photos
she took.  The limestone is so old...

I just looked back and was surprised to see I have
been Blogging and doing "A Painting A Day"
for 8 years!  It has become a little harder to do it
daily but don't think for a moment I am not painting
daily!!  I am juggling classes which started yesterday

and of course it snowed so half my class made it!
I started a large estate commission which I will post
when I have permission.  Linda is closing out our
year and reading show applications.  Just keep rolling


Thought I would share some Holiday photos of our
kitties...   handsome boys!