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Archive for March, 2006

White Poppy

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Someone please tell me what possessed me to try to paint white poppies on a Moleskine page previously toned with darker paint? As a first attempt with a difficult flower it would have made a lot more sense to use watercolor paper and reserve the whites. But no … I had to do it the [...]

Another opening, another show

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

A different view of an opening magnolia blossom from Descanso. As part of an ongoing experiment with some art friends, I painted the background with Van Dyke brown watercolor, then scumbled some white gouache over top. When that was dry I drew the flower and stems and painted it with watercolor and gouache, and touched [...]

A nest in the west – Illo Friday Spring

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

For more current spring paintings from my journals … click here . Last springtime, a finch family came looking for nesting quarters and decided that the eaves were not nearly as hospitable as one of my hanging Boston ferns. I saw the frantic search for twigs and grasses, the constant flying to and fro of [...]

Magnolia blossom 1

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

The magnolia shrubs are in full bloom at Descanso, and I had the opportunity to paint some of them in my botanicals sketchbook a week or so ago. I will probably do another page with the blossom fully open, but at the time I loved their sculptural look in well-formed bud. It’s no wonder that [...]

Two guys out for a walk

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Seen at a farmer’s market … a man and his lizard. I liked the look of the these two buds, hanging out together, getting some fresh air and a snack. Some days it actually is easy being green.

Return to the teahouse

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

I am visiting Descanso Gardens several times a week now, weather permitting, just to capture the changing beauty of the season. Day by day the garden seems to change. The rain that nourishes some buds to open washes away others in full flower. It reminds me that beauty is very fleeting and that the time [...]

Spring lilacs – challenge 59

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

It was cool and partly cloudy, but spring was in the air today at Descanso Gardens, where the lilacs are beginning to bloom. I painted this botanical study in my paperblanks journal which I am using for that purpose, exclusively (see callistemon, earlier this month.) I used a combination of tube watercolor paints and caran [...]

Hat trick

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

I’ve been talking to some of my art friends about going to a life drawing session and they made some very good recommendations about using materials I’m familiar with. Usually I draw with either ink or watercolor, unless I’m doing something digital. But neither of those seems well suited to a life drawing class. I [...]

Mike’s Photos from NCAA!!

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

UCLA has eliminated its first opponent in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and our son, Michael (a UCLA junior and Daily Bruin senior staff photographer) was courtside catching all the action. Click the image to see more of his dramatic photos … Tomorrow, round two. Go Bruins! And go, Mike — you got some great shots! [...]

Sketchcrawl Downtown #3 – Olvera Street

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Click picture to enlarge Here’s the third and last of my drawings I did last week on the sketchcrawl in downtown LA, and another response to the “draw a local landmark” challenge. With limited time for drawing I opted to spend the time drawing rather than doing washes or painting on location. Today I took [...]

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