Monthly Archives: November 2014

Holiday Savings

Canada GooseCanada Goose Floating on a Winter Pond – watercolor available for purchase at my shop.

Save this holiday season!

From now until Dec. 24, I am offering FREE shipping on all orders from my shop! Just use coupon code WINTER14 and the shipping will be deducted from your invoice.

All of my drawings and paintings are originals because I believe everyone should have access to affordable one of a kind works of art. Stop by and check out the flowers, birds, landscapes, snowmen, and (even) frogs. Buy one as a gift or treat yourself!



It’s a Beautiful Day for a Sale!

Common RedpollToday is the big day – I am participating in the Etsy MaineTeam Cash Mob sale. All day today (Friday, November 21, 2014) if you make a purchase from my shop and use coupon code CASHMOB14 during checkout you will receive FREE shipping.

This is a special one day event. Get an early start on your holiday shopping and save!

Thank you for stopping by!


Dreaming of Snow

Winter WonderlandOn Friday we got about 1 inch of snow, just enough to cover the ground and then once the temperature got to about 42° it melted away. My deck still has a light coating but seeing that snow inspired me to start drawing snowmen. Since I’ve been teaching a class on drawing on black paper I thought that would be a great surface for my frosty friends. You can purchase “Winter Wonderland” or my other snowman drawings from my shop. As a bonus to kick off your holiday shopping, this Friday, Nov. 21st I am offering FREE shipping if you use coupon code CASHMOB14 during the checkout process.



Fuchsia Blossom

FuchsiaIt took a small break from classwork this weekend to work on a botanical study of a fuchsia blossom that I have wanted to do for some time. No matter the variety I like how the sepals and petals are generally different colors, in the case of my blossom the contrast is very pronounced.

All my botnical studies start the same way, first I create a detailed sketch in graphite that I transfer to my good paper. After that I begin selecting colors. I really enjoy selecting and mixing colors to make that perfect value so I spend quite a bit of time on this step. This double blossom of fuchsia was the perfect challenge. Getting the right shade of pink to create all those folds would require several different mixes.

Once all the colors are selected I can start adding light layers of the different shades. I generally don’t work on a piece for long stretches of time. I like to take periodic breaks so that I am working on my subject with fresh eyes. And, I like to step back and view my work from a distance. Something that looks good close-up may not work from farther away. By doing both of these things I can more easily make corrections to the composition as they pop up rather than trying to fix them once the piece is finished.

The finished illustration is 5″ x 7″ and is available at my shop.



Paper Review: Strathmore Mixed Media

RoseOn a recent trip to my local arts & crafts store I found some Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media paper. I am always on the lookout for paper that I can use for both my pencil and watercolor paintings that is heavy weight, high quality, and reasonably priced. The vellum surface gives the paper the feel of hot pressed watercolor paper which I find responds wonderfully to watercolor pencil.

After sketching the rose on the right in graphite I began layering on the color using my Derwent Inktense pencils. Once I had some color on the paper I used a water-brush to soften and blend the pigment. In areas that were too dark I was able to lift off the color by scrubbing the surface with the damp brush; the paper stood up to the lifting beautifully.

On my next test I used traditional watercolors and ink for the Christmas poinsettia. I like how the ink flowed over the surface off the paper. The strokes stayed smooth and crisp. The flower was painted in the style of Chinese brush paintings using a traditional stiff-haired brush. After the paint dried (which did not take very long) I added a glaze of pearlescent paint to give the piece a subtle shine which can be seen when the light bounces off the surface. I am so pleased with this paper that I ordered another pad of it from my favorite online retailer.

Joy Love Peace

If you are interested in learning more about watercolor pencil and how I created the rose above please join me for my Watercolor Pencil class which begins in January 2015. If you would like to purchase the Poinsettia painting please visit my shop.