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Thursday, June 25, 2009


Lilly wasn't quite clear on the purpose
of Yoga but willingly played along with
her good friend Walden.

this 8x10" print from the original
drawing by me is available for purchase
for just 15.00. contact me via e-mail at
or check out my Etsy store at:
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

watercolor tutorial

"The Garden"

step 1:

In this case the painting was a comission

with very specific elements that the person

wanted included. That's why the drawing is

this detailed. Just a light sketch with a regular

#2 pencil. The paper is 140 lb. cold pressed.

step 2:

Since I'm putting lots of flowers in the

scene I'll do them first so they'll stand

out better.

step 3:

Now comes the laborious chore of 'negative'

painting the background in and sparing out

the flowers, although you don't need to be

super careful. Don't use a small brush!

step 4:

I also block in basic colors for the

foreground, the palm tree and the background


step 5:

Now I've added the hill in the middle distance

and the vineyard. It's the Napa've

got to have a vineyard!

step 6:

beginning to add darker values and you

can see the child emerging and I've also

finished the palm tree and blocked in the

basic color for the tree on the left.

step 7:

added the darker value to tree on the left

as well as some branch detail and just

some refining of some of the plants. Don't

feel like you have to make every square inch

detailed though. I know some of you are

saying, "Too late for you to take your own

advice Dave?"

step 8:

Just fill in the child and the hot air baloons

and we're finished. I even topped this one off

with a few opaque spatters in the garden to

suggest more flowers.

Monday, June 15, 2009

saved watercolor

This is a watercolor started in one of my
workshops by daughter Mikey. Unfortunately
she gave up on it and said she was just going
to dispose of it so I confiscated it because I saw
great potential in it. I've done a little bit to it
but don't think it's finished.
One of the biggest challenges for an artist, as
I always tell my students, is knowing when to
stop. Sometimes you need to take a break
away from your painting and then come back
later to view it with a fresh eye.

What do you think???

Oz memorial set

This is a set I did over the last few days for The
Wizard of Oz play upcoming that will be performed by
Broadway Bound Kids, a children's theater group based
in Sonoma, Ca.
It is set up here at Cline Winery outside Sonoma as the
backdrop for a memorial service held Saturday for Bobby,
a 5 year old cast member who was killed when a tree fell
on the car he was riding in. His father was critically
injured and his mom and his young best friend Elaine
escaped serious injury.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009


The well-known "Love" passage
from 1st Corinthians, chapter 13
in the Holy Bible, transformed
into this colorful print from my
original mixed media rendering.
Print will measure approximately
8 x 10", printed on either matte
or high gloss finish paper with a
white border to leave room for
framing. It is available by e-mailing
me or by visiting my Etsy store at

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