Vortex
       
     
Nebula Two
       
     
Nebula Challenge
       
     
Jellyfish - SOLD
       
     
Untitled Now
       
     
Blue Fire
       
     
Jowls
       
     
Creepy Wisdom Tree
       
     
Exhaustion in a Teeming World
       
     
Surreal on the Plains
       
     
Sunset on Dad's Beach
       
     
Chaotic Days
       
     
Mae
       
     
My Childhood Expressed in Homes
       
     
Mariachi Dancer
       
     
Even The Blackest Heart Has Some Art
       
     
Staycation
       
     
Gag the Hag
       
     
Untitled
       
     
Vortex
       
     
Vortex

Watercolor on Fluid 100 Cold Press paper, 9" x 12", 8312017

More fascination with space, this time taking on a very different shape the way space and its denizens can easily do.

Nebula Two
       
     
Nebula Two

Watercolor on Yupo Medium, 5" x 7", 8/30/2017

I am fascinated by Space, so the challenge before this one just got me going.  This nebula is subtle and flowing.

Nebula Challenge
       
     
Nebula Challenge

Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Cold Press paper, 9" x 12", 8/29/2017

A friend did a nebula and  unofficially challenged me to do one. I'm not sure this is a nebula rather than  a galaxy, but it was fun, and I got to practice a number of things. Using the Saunders Waterford was a good choice as it really makes the colors pop.

Jellyfish - SOLD
       
     
Jellyfish - SOLD

Watercolor on Yupo Translucent, 8" x 8", 8/27/2017

Here I wanted a gentler look than the brights I have been working with lately without a loss of color in the painting. The brights I did retain set off the more muted colors.

Untitled Now
       
     
Untitled Now

Watercolor on Millford paper, 4" x 9.5", 8/23/17

The question was, "How does the Millford paper behave?" The answer was, "interestingly and brightly. " It could become a favorite paper if I could get more easily.

Blue Fire
       
     
Blue Fire

Watercolor on Fluid 100 HP paper, 10.5" x 7.5", 8/23/2017

Blue may generally be a peaceful color, but there is no peace in this man.  Anger seems to have set him on fire and started melting him away.

Jowls
       
     
Jowls

Watercolor on paper, 9" x 12". 8/22/2017

This guy is tough to figure out. That he needed to be brought out onto paper is all I know for sure. I suspect he wandered off a BBC set while my mother was watching a British mystery.

Creepy Wisdom Tree
       
     
Creepy Wisdom Tree

Watercolors, ink, and acryla gouache on Yupo Medium, 9" x 12", 8/22/2017

A couple of years ago, I did a lot of colored pencil wisdom tree drawings, only to discover that my style did not say "wisdom" to people. Instead it said "creepy." I was crushed for a bit. then I moved on. On to the world of watercolor. This painting is a hat tip to the accident that brought me back to painting after so many years.

Exhaustion in a Teeming World
       
     
Exhaustion in a Teeming World

Watercolor painting on Yupo Medium, 5" x 7", 8/19/2017

The modern world can whirl around us, trying to drag  us here and yon with their pleasures and needful things. All too often this becomes exhausting, and, if we are not careful, eats at our souls.

Surreal on the Plains
       
     
Surreal on the Plains

Watercolor on Yupo Medium synthetic paper, 5" x 7", 8/18/2017

Another test gone good. This time I was testing if or how waterbrushes would work with watercolor on Yupo.  As long as you have good control of the water flow from the brush, it's all good.

Sunset on Dad's Beach
       
     
Sunset on Dad's Beach

Watercoor on Yupo Heavy synthetic paper, 9" x 12", 8/15/2017

This painting is based on a photograph my late father took of the beach on Emerald Isle, North  Carolina. I hope he would think I did him proud.

Chaotic Days
       
     
Chaotic Days

Watercolor on Yupo synthetic paper, 8/2017

The world seems to be drowning in chaos lately. Bright colors so intense they almost hurt the eyes echo how painful all the chaos is.

Mae
       
     
Mae

Watercolors on Stonehenge Aqua Cold Presspaper, 7" x 11", 8/2017

With Mae, I tried out QoR watercolors and how they meshed with my Daniel Smith and Sennelier paints. I was also trying out the drips so popular recently. All in all I think Mae turned out well in spite of my experimenting with her.

My Childhood Expressed in Homes
       
     
My Childhood Expressed in Homes

Watercolor on Yupo synthetic paper, 11" x 14", 8/2017

Memories of the places I lived through high school live a strange life here. My mother was surprised to see it, and that it does indeed have all the places I lived from about age 3 to when I dropped out of high school. She asked for the piece, so it is now in her "daughter gallery" of art.

Mariachi Dancer
       
     
Mariachi Dancer

Watercolor on Yupo synthetic paper, 8/2017

This piece started life as a swirling abstract. Then I saw a dancer there. A mariachi dancer.

Even The Blackest Heart Has Some Art
       
     
Even The Blackest Heart Has Some Art

Watercolor on  paper, 8/2017

A fellow artist was saying he had a black heart and soul. I pointed out that he also had art in him. I painted it for him. Proof, I tell you!

Staycation
       
     
Staycation

Watercolor on Strathmore 500 paper, 5" x 7", 8/2017

I did this for Angela Fehr's "Vacation" challenge. I was on staycation at the time, so the trees and red wagon out my window were the view of vacation.

Gag the Hag
       
     
Gag the Hag

Watercolor sketch on paper, roughly 4" x 4", 8/2017

This started as a trial to see the difference between Daniel Smith's Green Gold (L) and Deep Green Gold (R). Gold not withstanding, thee swirls looked like a crabby hag's face, so I filled her mouth with a red ball gag. 

Untitled
       
     
Untitled

Watercolors on Mineral Paper, still mounted on  painting board, image size 9 " x 12" , 8/2017

Often my face paintings turn out a little creepy. This lady also got an extradose of bright colors as I tested the Mineral Paper for the first ti me.