Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Robin" watercolor 5"x7" $75

I've seen this Robin before in my yard and in fact she's been here all summer because robins will nest as many times as they can each summer.
As fall arrives, the rich colors in the trees seem to develop or are my eyes just seeing what they want to see?
The background in this watercolor mimics the rich fall colors: indigo, reds and yellows. I painted this with the Winslow Homer mantra: keep layering and removing paint till it is just right. He never said die.
Watercolors are not delicate just the paper and paper is expendable. Use heavier paper to keep painting. Use materials that are right for your painting style.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

"Costa's" watercolor 5'x7" $75

This one lone Costa's Hummingbird was feeding in a blossoming Ironwood Tree on the Baja. It was so tiny and seemingly lost in the pale pink petals, but invarietably the Zantus's hummers fought for their space, chasing the Costa's. The unbelievable speed in these chase scenes was dramatic and mesmerizing.
We would have set up our camp chairs and watched forever but finally night was coming and dinner called.