Magical Mysterious Watercolor

Ona Beach State Park

Greetings, Art fans.

I am delighted and excited to share with you my journey as a new watercolor painter.  In October of 2019, I found myself at a new and promising juncture in my life,  with new possibilities opening up. I decided at that time to embrace one of my lifelong yearnings, and that is to learn to paint in watercolor.  Watercolor has always held a special place in my heart, as the first medium that informed me, at the tender age of 15, that I might have promise as a visual artist. It is a medium of great magic and mystery and one that i have always wished i could pursue, but never had, until now.

Pricing

On this page, I will post my paintings, continually updating with the most recent first, going backwards in time, to my first attempts at this delicious medium.....so elusive and charming....so challenging and frustrating. Working through the self-doubt and fear of the paper...to push through to actually put pigment on the paper...unwraps a whole world of discovery, wonder and joy.

August thru December 2020

Taking a Break from Fishing
Taking a Break from Fishing

From one of my best trips to one of my favorite places, the Oregon Coast. The Astoria Waterfront. 7.5x11" on Fabriano Cold Press Paper. $125

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Sweet Jersey Heifers
Sweet Jersey Heifers

These adorable heifers totally charmed me on a visit to an organic farm on Salt Spring Island, BC. Watercolor and charcoal pencil on Cold Press Paper. 7.5 x11" $150

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"Brothers"
"Brothers"

Titled by and from a lesson by Sterling Edwards.

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Pastoral Tranquility
Pastoral Tranquility

11x15" on Arches Rough Paper. $175

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Fairhaven Perspective
Fairhaven Perspective

Learning to draw and paint in two point perspective...local spot I shot a few summers ago. 11x15" on Arches Rough paper. $175

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Christmas Sheep
Christmas Sheep

After a tutorial by Karen Rice. Made several paintings of this for Christmas cards. 5x7" on Cold Press Paper.

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Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

Watercolor and ink on Cold Press Paper. 5.5 x 7.5" SOLD

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Passion for Poppies
Passion for Poppies

11x15 on Cold Press Paper $175

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Trees upon slope
Trees upon slope

7.5x11" on Rough Paper based on lesson by the "Mind of Watercolor".

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Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach, Oregon

11x15 on Rough Paper $175 Based on lesson from Gary Tucker

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Across the Water
Across the Water

11x15" on Cold Press paper. $175 Done in a virtual workshop with favorite teacher, Gary Tucker.

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Tiny Study II
Tiny Study II

One of a series of studies on granulating pigment.

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Tiny Study 1
Tiny Study 1

One of a series of studies on granulating pigment.

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Semiahmoo Afternoon Glow
Semiahmoo Afternoon Glow

7.5x11" on Rough Paper $100 Old Salmon Cannery buildings from an era goneby. Semiahmoo is near and dear to my heart and home.

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Ona Beach State Park
Ona Beach State Park

11x15 on Rough Paper $200

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Butedale Falls
Butedale Falls

11x15 on Rough Paper $175 My first attempt at this scene. Shot in Alaska appoaching the old town of Butedale. I'm aboard the "Home Shore" a purse seiner that fishes for salmon in Alaska. Skipper Jim Kyle has fished there over 40 years and knows the area really well. He converted the boat into a mothership Kayak Charter Adventure vessel and I was his graphic designer and one of the photographers taking care of his marketing. Fantastic adventures all over Southeast Alaska.

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May, June, July 2020

Misty Morning - Ona Beach State Park
Misty Morning - Ona Beach State Park

11x15" on Rough watercolor Paper $175 On the Oregon Coast.

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Stone Bridge in Autumn
Stone Bridge in Autumn

11x15" on rough paper. $175 Working on technique, of course. Lots of mistakes....need more practice, practice, practice. But the feeling is there....soft misty moments in autumn at the Stone Bridge in the Rockefeller Preserve, NY.

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Creek to Sea
Creek to Sea

7.5x11" on Fabriano Rough Paper $100 More practicing loose and free techniques.

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Stone Bridge
Stone Bridge

10x10" on cold press Watercolor Paper. $100 This is my second attempt at the Stone Bridge in the Rockefeller Preserve in Pleasantville, NY. Different techniques for foliage and grassy bank and dark reflections.

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Dreamscape
Dreamscape

10x10" on cold press Watercolor Paper. $100 A quick study in abstraction....playing around with fun techniques and interacting with the medium. Wonderful discoveries of spontaneity and freedom with paint and water.

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Pocantico River, Rockefeller Preserve, Pleasantville, NY.
Pocantico River, Rockefeller Preserve, Pleasantville, NY.

11x15" on cold press Watercolor Paper. $175 This painting was done from a photo on their website.....the Pocantico River. I struggled for a week, doing value studies, rough color studies and different versions of the scene. I'm still not thrilled here....this feels a bit overworked and heavy handed....nonetheless I've learned a lot in the process and am happy with the result. Will do again soon with the intention of developing a much looser and freer way of applying paint.

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River Landscape 3
River Landscape 3

This is the third time i painted this lesson from John Lovett....my most admired watercolorist....and most fun teacher. This is a video lesson available on his website. I love the way this turned out.....after all this practice, i feel i'm finally getting muscle memory as to how to control water and strokes. See attempt #2 in previous gallery.

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My Brushes
My Brushes

11x15" on Rough watercolor Paper $175 Another lesson painted during a workshop by master watercolorist Gary Tucker.

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Dawn on the Muddy River
Dawn on the Muddy River

11x15" on Rough watercolor Paper $175 Painted as a part of a workshop with Gary Tucker, a gifted teacher.

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January to April 2020: 2nd 3 months painting

A Winter Garden
A Winter Garden

11x15" on Rough watercolor Paper $175 Painted as a part of a workshop with Gary Tucker, a gifted teacher.

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Street Cafe
Street Cafe

11x15" Another wonderful lesson from John Lovett

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Glowing Birch Bay
Glowing Birch Bay

9x12" on cold press Watercolor Paper. $125 A loose interpretation of the beach in front of my home.

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No Entrar
No Entrar

7.5x11" on cold press Watercolor Paper. $100 From a photo I took on a visit to Puerto Vallarta. Working on improving my ability to evoke mystery in the aging, deteriorating wall

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Resting Trawlers
Resting Trawlers

11x15" Lesson from John Lovett. I didn't have the right colors or the right paper, but did my best. The blues are way too heavy so will do this fun lesson again. But i am happy with the loose marks I practiced for the boats, as well as the fine rigger lines for masts and lines. Also I like the movement in the water.

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Wetlands Drama
Wetlands Drama

11x15" Lesson from Karen Rice. I was working on reflections and using unconventional tools, like sticks, cut up credit cards, etc to make marks.

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River Landscape
River Landscape

11x15" Lesson from John Lovett. An important lesson for me I will do again and again to keep improving at painting loose.

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Wetlands Reflections
Wetlands Reflections

7.5x11" From a lesson by Karen Rice

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Up the Skagit River
Up the Skagit River

11x15" From an old photo I took when I lived upriver in Marblemount, Washington.

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October to  December 2019: 1st 3 months painting

Forest Creek
Forest Creek

11x15" Basically an attempt to copy a painting by John Lovett....trying to learn technique and see if i could achieve certain effects.

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Warm Beach
Warm Beach

11x15" on Cold Press Watercolor paper. $175 Warm Beach near Stanwood, Washington. One of the first paintings I did. From one of my own photos of a beautiful remote beach. Technique is mostly dry on dry. I find this easy to do...but not really how I want to paint. I'm most interested in learning to work with more wet techniques....where all the magic of watercolor happens.

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Doorway to Discovery
Doorway to Discovery

7.5x11" A lesson from John Lovett. I'm happy with some of the loose effects in the corners, but can now do better with the bricks. See the Puerto Vallarta image in the other slide show.

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This Old House
This Old House

7.5x11" Lesson from John Lovett

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Fishing for Details
Fishing for Details

7.5x11" Lesson from John Lovett. Sorry for the glass reflections....will take out of the frame and reshoot soon.

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Birches
Birches

7.5x11" on coldpress Watercolor paper $100 An early study piece....I did several attempts at birch scenes in winter, practicing palette knife technique.

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Icy Reflections
Icy Reflections

7.5x11" on cold press Watercolor Paper. $100 One of the first paintings I did. Working wet in wet....trying to be very loose and free....after seeing the paint start looking like a reflection, I placed the shoreline. I like how evocative this is and how the paint made it's own statement.

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Alpine Fog
Alpine Fog

7.5x11" on Cold Press Watercolor paper. $100 Just playing with different techniques at the very beginning.

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