Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This week at Brush-Paper-Water...

Mystic Gemstone, detail
Amy Arntson

Like Amy Arntson, I grew up in a lakeshore town on Lake Michigan, although on the Wisconsin side of the lake. By chance, a visit to my hometown six years ago coincided with an invitational show featuring art with a Great Lakes theme at the local art museum. Amy's work stood out for its unusual approach as well as its technical brilliance. She has an extensive and impressive exhibition history, which she maintained while teaching full-time at the university level and authoring a couple of college-level textbooks. My admiration for her work led me to establish an email connection several years ago and I hope one day to have the good fortune to meet her in person.

Please slip over to Brush-Paper-Water to see more of Amy's work.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fibonacci rules...

Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower

A coneflower whorl is a lovely example of the Fibonacci series. That's the sequence of numbers created by adding together the previous two numbers starting with 0 and 1. So that gives you -- 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, and so on. Dividing two successive numbers (especially as the numbers get larger) gives the golden ratio or golden mean, which has long been a favorite device in art because of its aesthetically pleasing proportions.

But that orange against the purple ain't half bad either!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, 6" x 4"

My friend Diahn is promoting her soon-to-be-open Etsy shop with a number of give-aways. This week, she's featuring a charming bluebird. When I saw that delightful little bird, it inspired me to get out the salt shakers and see what I could do. This oh-so-precious bluebird looks like it owes its existence to Walt Disney's Song of the South, with its signature song -- OK, now EVERYbody sing...

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

Mister Bluebird on my shoulder
It's the truth, it's actual
Ev'rything is satisfactual
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This week at Brush-Paper-Water...

Bandon Stacks, 22" x 30"
Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston and I met 10 years ago in a weekend workshop and immediately hit it off. Sue was just starting out in her watercolor career and she took off like a shot -- getting accepted into highly-regarded shows and earning her signature from the California Watercolor Association within just a few years. Along the way, this incredibly high-energy woman also served as show chair for CWA's 34th Annual National Exhibition and as president of the organization for several years. As I've observed in the past, the Bay Area is home to an astonishingly strong group of watercolorists and Sue is another one of that group that I am very pleased to have as a friend.

Please pop over to Brush-Paper-Water to see more of her work.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

All the little birdies...

go tweet-tweet-tweet!!

This post has a double intent -- to try out Slide and to promote a watercolor twibe started by my friend Connie Williams. The hope is that this will become a resource for watercolorists to share information and generally support each other. You need a Twitter account to get started, but then it's just a matter of joining the twibe and twying not to talk weally, weally stwangely evewy time you mention it!!

[Note: I changed the slideshow to gallery style after a friend commented that the original crazy visual transitions could trigger migraines in susceptible people. Added a few more birdies for your enjoyment too!!]

Monday, July 6, 2009

Dressed for success...

In all my years on the planet, I don't think I've ever seen a bee carrying this much pollen!! Unfortunately, I had to run into the house to get my camera and then accidentally pressed some control button as I was rushing back outside, so the first few pictures showing both legs loaded with pollen were out of focus. It was really quite a droll scene -- this little gal was kind of bobbling from flower to flower looking for all the world like she was wearing bright yellow pantaloons!!

I've been taking a break from studio work since I went off to Wisconsin in early June. There are several small works in progress, along with some larger pieces that I need to finish. I hope to post something in the next few days.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's here, it's here!!!

Watercolor Artist, August issue
see page 52

I finally spotted the August issue of Watercolor Artist at my local Borders bookstore tonight!! If you're not a subscriber and want to get a copy, now's your chance! And of course, I hope you'll turn right to page 52 to read the great article – "Adventures in the Ordinary" – that they wrote about my work!! ;-D