Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ruddy's new roost...

Ruddy Duck #2

Very pleased to see Ruddy's new digs!! The winner of the auction, Carrie Roets-Waller, had this great frame ready and waiting for him, courtesy of her mom, who owns a frame shop. Always glad to know my critters end up in loving homes!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This week at Brush-Paper-Water...

Lemons and an Old Pitcher
watercolor, 30" x 22"
Chris Krupinski

Chris Krupinski is the second in my series of American Watercolor Masters. Over the past 25 years, she has produced a marvelous body of work, focusing on common elements of our daily lives -- fruits, vases, pitchers, bowls, quilts, fabrics -- in a way that transformed them into high art and made them unmistakably hers. I am very pleased to share her work with you.

Please jump over to Brush-Paper-Water to see more of her work and link to her website from there.

Friday, March 18, 2011


In some mixed up moment, I listed an incomplete variant of my email address in the auction information in my last two posts. My apologies if you wanted to bid and couldn't reach me. It's fixed in both posts now and I'll repeat it here: the correct email address is

Current bids are shown in green on each post. The bidding will end at 8 pm PDT, Monday, March 21. This is an opportunity to get a piece of original art while you contribute to disaster relief -- all monies will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.

To see the work of other artists participating in this auction, go to Art Auctions for Japanese Disaster Relief.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

More art for auction...

Ruddy Duck #2
watercolor, 6" x 6"

I'm adding this little guy to the auction. Ruddy is one of my favorite salt shakers so I decided to give him another spin as I tested this small panel of watercolor board.

Ruddy is painted on Aqua-Fuze -- Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed paper bonded to a 3/16" sheet of gatorboard -- advertised as archival. I found it lived up to the claims that it handled like regular Arches and it has the added benefit of not warping at all (and believe me, I put a lot of water on that panel in the process of doing the background).

If you're interested in bidding, send me an email at -- and please put Japan Art Auction in the subject line.

Bidding starts at $35 and bidding will be open until 8 pm PDT, Monday, March 21.

SOLD!! Thanks for bidding.

I'll post current bids as they come in, and I'll notify the winning bidder at the conclusion of the auction. Buyer is responsible for shipping costs.

You can see work by other artists participating in the auction by going to this site.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Art Auction for Japanese Disaster Relief...

The magnitude of the disaster in Japan is so great as to be almost incomprehensible. It is with shock and heartsickness that I have watched the news and heard of the horrors unleashed by the massive earthquake last week. The scale of the suffering is mind-boggling.

My friend Tom Schaller has put it so well -- "As individuals, we can often feel helpless in light of such a disaster, but by joining forces through our art, we can hope to make some small difference." To this end, I am joining with a number of my friends who are auctioning their paintings, with all proceeds to go to the Japanese Red Cross. You may see the work of other painters who are participating by going to Art Auctions for Japanese Disaster Relief. Thanks to my friend Iain Stewart for setting up the site.

Here is my painting (ready to frame), with auction details following:

Watch the Birdie
watercolor, 8" x 8"
archival double mat, 16" x 16"

To place a bid, email me at -- please put Japan Art Auction in the subject line.

Please start the bidding at $75. I will post bids as I receive them.

SOLD!! Thanks for bidding.

Bidding will close at 8 pm PDT on Monday, March 21 and the winner will be notified by email as soon as possible. Buyer will be responsible for shipping costs.

I posted a second painting on Thursday morning. If you found this post through the group auction site, you can click on the blog header to see all my posts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

This week at Brush-Paper-Water...

Three Rivers: Red Twig
watercolor, 22" x 30"
Geoffrey McCormack

Geoffrey McCormack came to my attention a couple of years ago when he won the Best in Show award (Purchase Award with Silver Star) for this painting at the National Watercolor Society exhibition. The triptych of stones, twigs and string – part of his Three Rivers Series – stood out for its unusual subject matter and spare elegance. When I invited him to be featured on the watercolor showcase, he sent me a description of how the series came about which gives a wonderful glimpse into the workings of his artistic mind.

Please jump over to
Brush-Paper-Water to read Geoffrey's comments about the series and to see more of his work.