Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Splatter Lilly

Same as the previous painting. 1/4 sheet cold pressed watercolor paper. Ink, acrylics and watercolor.

Sunday, December 28, 2008


It has been a while, but I am back. I got so busy with work in December I just didn't have the energy to paint at night.

Here is my first piece in a while. It is on a 1/4 sheet of cold pressed watercolor paper. Watercolor, ink and acrylics.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Friday, December 05, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Random Thoughts

I was working on a new charcoal piece, but it was boring me to tears. I hate throwing away paper so I started doodling on it. Here is the end result. Charcoal and pastel.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Charcoal and conte crayon. Another picture from the wetcanvas reference library.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rasta Man

This image was from the Reference Image Library over at wetcanvas. Charcoal and conte crayon. 18" x 12" or close to it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Man Sitting

Another from a series of pictures I took in NYC.

Monday, November 24, 2008


Okay, I gave in. Here is the watercolor I was working on.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Man Facing Right

I have been working on a half sheet watercolor for a week or so now. I have not liked the way it was coming out so I worked slower and slower. I do not like finishing something I start so I kept with it. I finished it tonight and .... blech!!!. Not for public viewing.

However, I whipped out this charcoal and like it much better than the water color.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Pa and Ma

No this is not my parents. They are two separate photos I got from my reference files. I bought some PICMA Graphic 2 pens. They have archival, waterproof inks. I used these for the inking. Then added a couple of drops of india ink.

The pens worked great. I can work fast and loose. I then added the watercolor. 1/4 sheet hot pressed.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Dripping Sunflower

I started this piece before the limes took over my life. 1/4 sheet hot pressed watercolor paper. Ink done with the eye dropper. Water colors added last.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Unofficial Lime 101

It has been nice taking a little break from art. I sure needed it. It was a joy to loaf around at night. Over at wetcanvas they asked for a photo of the lime which I provided. Then they started a group lime homage thread here I couldn't resist and posted a lime. Unofficially lime 101.

Here are the pictures of the lime.

And here is lime 101

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

100 Dancing Bananas

Not to be out done by my daughter and me, my son has started his own project, 100 dancing bananas. He started his own blog where he is posting them. He is not going to do it everyday, but he has been good so far. Here is a link to his blog Feel free to post comments if you want to, he enjoys them.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lime 100

Yes, here it is! The grand finale. Lime 100!! Woo hoo the project is done. Once again free relaxing nights. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Lime 99

Acrylic on stretched canvas. 16" x22" One more left, woo hoo.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lime 98

This one is in acrylics. 16" x 22" on stretched canvas. No particular influence. I just made it up as I went along.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Lime 97

This started off as a sketch in my sketchbook at work. It looked really cool. I did think "I should bring the sketchbook home so I don't forget what it looks like" But wit my cocky attitude I knew I wouldn't forget. Well I did. This looks nothing like the sketch. It was suppose to be much more graphic oriented. I knew it was going wrong and couldn't save it. Oh well there will be another lime tomorrow.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Lime 96

Well you can see what I was trying to accomplish. It up to you if you thing I was successful. I'm not so thrilled with it. Oh woe is me!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lime 95

This one is still making me laugh.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lime 94

Done in watercolor. The middle part was ink. I didn't like it very much and blotted out as much as I could. Then I added blue. Much better now.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lime 93

8" x 10" in acrylics. As I painted I dropped in ripped pieces of newspaper.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Lime 92

We went to old Sturbridge Village over the weekend. We stayed overnight in a hotel. So I had a choice, get up really early and paint that day's lime or.... bring the lime with us. I opted not to get up early. So here is the lime with the room's complimentary ice bucket and glasses.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Lime 91

I saw a similar style in the New York Times today so I thought I would copy it. Watercolor background, ink lime drawing.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Lime 90

This is in acrylics on an 11" x 14" canvass board.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lime 89

This is in acrylics. 5" x 21" I used a left over piece of masonite.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lime 88

I got to a thinking, what does this half of lime look like? This is what came to mind. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Lime 87

11" x 14" canvas board. All acrylic painting.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lime 86

Took my son to a haunted house at Lake Compounce last night. Didn't get home until real late so I had to do a quickie conte crayon lime. I have a coaster balanced on a yogurt cup for this one.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lime 85

Yes, after lime 84 my daughter hacked and carved and finally sawed through the lime. I almost have to get out the power equipment. Cutting the lime was planned a long time ago. We were going to do it for lime 80, but my daughter wanted a few more days of the "easy lime".

1/4 sheet hot pressed fabriano. I did the rapidograph pen work first, then added color.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lime 84

A nice family portrait. You can tell we have had it with the lime. Ink done with the eye dropper. Watercolor added.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Lime 83

11" x 14" canvas board. It is acrylics. I painted it with a palette knife and scraped into the paint with a jigsaw blade. Before I started I had a vision of the finished product. This does not look like what I envisioned so I didn't really like it. When my wife saw it she liked it a lot. Upon further review I now like it too.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Lime 82

1/4 sheet hot pressed watercolor paper. Going clockwise from the upper left. Conte Crayon, Watercolor and Ink, Acrylics and watercolor. You may not realize it but hot pressed watercolor paper is not the ideal surface for conte crayon. Ain't so great for acrylics either.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Lime 81

This is an acrylic painting 11" x 14" on canvas board. I really didn't have much in mind for this one and wasn't very motivated. It was kind of bland and I wasn't happy with it. Then I had the great idea of painting over it with very light colors and then scraping into the paint with the end of an acrylic paint tube. Now I'm happy with it.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Lime 80

All acrylics all the time.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Lime 79

I did this one on yupo paper. I did a little gesso work first, but I don't think it made much of a difference. It was a little different working on the yupo that had been gessoed, but I don't see much difference in the end result.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Lime 78

1/4 sheet cold pressed arches. (the last of my cold pressed arches. Cold pressed fabriano from here on in)
I did the watercolor first, then glued down the newspaper. Then I added conte crayon.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Lime 77

I did the ink part with a brush. I did everything else with water color.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Lime 76

I call this one "A good Idea Gone Bad." Did the ink with a brush. The rest is watercolor.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Lime 75

From one of my favorite movies. I just changed it a little.

Lime 74

Showing my personal feeling towards the lime. 1/4 sheet hot pressed fabriano. Rapidograph pen and watercolor.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lime 73

The bricks were done in watercolor. The rest is in acrylics. 1/4 sheet cold pressed arches.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lime 72

I made a grid with masking tape. Then I drew the lime in ink with the eye dropper. Then I painted away with watercolors. Let dry, then peal tape. I like the idea but I am not so sure about this piece. My wife thought that thinner tape lines may have looked better.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lime 71

When we started the 100 limes project my daughter counted out the days and picked the start date. The day we started lime 100 would be on my wife's birthday. Well her birthday is in 18 days and we still have 28 limes to do. Seems like she miscounted. Lime 90 will be on my wife's birthday.

Lime 71 was inspired by a famous artist. I cut the lime out of foam board and used it as a stamp. Done in acrylics on 12" x12" stretched canvas.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Lime 70

I used a piece of masonite I had gessoed a long time ago but never got around to using it. I glued newspaper down first, then painted with acrylics. I got to opaque so you don't see much of the newspaper. Maybethat is a good thing.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lime 69

11" x14" canvas board. I started with a charcoal drawing, then did a couple of washes in acrylic.