Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Golden Conure

So this is my effort with the golden conures with traditional paper, brush, paint.   Took about half as long for two birds and I think is much better.

Digital Birds


Trying another bash at digital painting on the iPad.   These are using a pencil (iPencil?) with the Paper by 53 app.   I'm trying hard not to get that overworked, oversmoothed look you often see with digital paintings.  Takes forever though - much quicker to just paint the damn things.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Birds, birds, birds

Just discovered I have 3 weeks worth of birds unposted - so here they are.   First is an american goldfinch.

Next up is a troupial.

And finally an eastern rosella.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sketch of the Day - Lunchtime

I'm feeling the need for more drawing in my life so lunchtime included a 20 minute sketch session in NWLabs cafe.   Always a good spot for some drawing - lots of people around who are very wrapped up in whatever or whoever they're with.   

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Memorial Hall Sketch

Memorial Hall Harvard

So when you have a meeting unexpectedly cut short and it's a sunny day and you're walking across Harvard Yard - time for a sketch!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Venice - Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione

Venice watercolor Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione

I've been neglecting painting recently and when I have got the brushes out it's been birds, birds, birds.    

So I have a new plan.

After a quick rummage through the photo library over at I now have  a folder full of Venice photos ready to be used.   This way I don't have to agonize over what to paint.    I'm also painting a lot larger than I have been of late.   This one is on 16x20 which gives me a bit  more elbow room but also means I have to concentrate and plan a bit more.

So - more ambitious,  non-feathered paintings is the course of action.

This one wasn't a total success but not a total failure either.   The drawing was fun as always and the painting worked in some places and not in others.   Not bad for a first effort in a while.

Oh - and the tower leans in real life.   

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Crowned Crane

crowned crane bird watercolor

The latest in 'Paint Colorful Birds for Fun' on facebook.  I'm going bigger for a change - this is 20x14.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


watercolor landscape

Blick's recently had many of its watercolors for sale at $5 a 14ml tube so I took the chance to try out a few colors I wouldn't normally buy.   This is a quick made up landscape with Delft blue, indian red,  payne's gray, quinacridone violet and golden crimson.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Recent Sketches

I've been doing some pen sketching recently as I've been feeling a little jaded on the painting front.    Very enjoyable, if hard.   These are mostly with my Noodler's Ahab which is supposed to have a flex nib but is not super flexy.