Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Here is my granddaughter's watercolor of me!
There is a bird nest and bluebird bring food to the nest and I am in the middle of the action, on a sunny day birdwatching.
If birdwatching lets my granddaughter paint the story, isn't it all important: painting, kids and birds!
If you paint you will inspire others.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Remember those paintings that didn't mean much when you painted them? I found this gem in my file and my adventures on Hog Island in ME last summer flooded into the present. What duck was it? I'll find it in the bird book just as I would find the real duck, but the experience is what its really is about!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

This is not a new watercolor but one I discovered in my archives-so timely for spring. The wood thrushes are out and about Vermont woods and by streams.
Are you having trouble seeing this bird? I did when I was ten feet away from the actual nest and bird. I painted what I saw and let the image be.
Paintings are about so much more than one person can imagine and wasting time figuring out if it is a good painting totally misses the point. Keep paintings to tell you more each time you see it.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"Western Bluebird" 4"x6"

Spring is coming and painting outdoors gives credence to any watercolor. Those painters painting outdoors who decide that a painting is not good enough and bring it home to "finish" are losing the painting's immediacy!
All painters whether experienced or beginner have a vision and an idea of what they will paint-matching that vision is very hard. And in the mean time look at what you already have-a fresh exciting painting. Stop and smell the roses on the path to paint just your vision.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Here is a quick study of Cinnamon Teals. As I painted the watercolor on a post-card size sheet of paper, my fellow painters pointed out how important the relationships of head size to tail length was...they "knew" the watercolor was wrong! You know it too, so keep adjusting proportions till it reads right! Just keep going and you will get it.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Watercolors are wonderful because with a few strokes of complimentary colors, juxtaposed on white paper, the medium makes a compelling painting. The birds flit through winter with confidence and painters that show confidence are appreciated also. It makes us want to take a new deep breath and look at winter again.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Why does a painting express so much? What does an artist do to make it so expressive? Questions all artist's wish they had a concrete answer for. The one answer I live by is having something in front of or behind all things: breaking a plane in art terms. Would this bird be so connected to us if the branch in front were removed? Nature is nothing if not about connections. By showing the bird in the tree we remove the angst of isolating the bird. So we see it as simply "there." Breaking a plane is the simplification that works every time!