Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Added a raven to the autumn painting today. Usually, I paint the branches first on these but, for this set, I thought I'd do the ravens.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Got the backgrounds done for the raven set (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter). Each one is an 11 x 14 canvas.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Finished the new painting. I should be able to get a print-worthy image tomorrow (it's still wet so I didn't want to mess around too much). This is the first painting I've done of that swan who hangs out at the Los Gatos Lake park (which is also where these pine trees are). Haven't titled it yet. I'm thinking of Swan on an Emerald Lake. Or maybe Contemplation of an Emerald Lake. Something with "emerald".

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Today's painting session was about defining the wood areas and doing some underpainting. Tomorrow, I'll glaze over it with brown and (hopefully) the white areas you see will show through as wood grain. For this piece, I'm using Golden's Open Acrylics. They have a longer drying time that traditional acrylics. This tends to give the piece a softer effect, more similar to oils. But, if you want to do something like this, you have to let it dry several hours or overnight. Otherwise, the white will just reactivate and mix right in with the brown, instead of the brown glazing over it.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Result of today's painting session. Really starting to take shape now.
That's pretty much it for the window & the stone path. I still need to do the woodwork, finish the cat, add a tree to the background, then a teapot & teacup to the wooden bench. And whatever else I missed ;-).

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Here's the result of today's painting session. I got a lot further than I thought I would. I spent hours previously planning out this piece so that helped move it along. There's going to be a cat in the window (Leroy is the model). The teahouse window is from a Japanese garden in San Mateo, CA.

Monday, August 01, 2011

New pendant of Chakra Meditation in the Redwoods, handmade from my original painting. Great for a man or woman :-).
The original painting and prints are available at