Friday, December 30, 2011


I bashed this off to illustrate the technique of "underpainting". Its a complicated compo that will probably never allow for a good painting but its fun for me to try.

The notion that saved whites produce areas of effective high-light is not entirely satisfactory to me. Rather I prefer saved areas of underpainting to produce maximum glow in combination with saved pure whites. You can use three primary stains, that's the most common/popular choice, I think. Just to make things interesting I used Cobalt Turquoise, Winsor Orange and Naples Yellow, which, of course are not primestainers. Then I used a cheapo purple to block in shadow areas. If you look at the reflected light areas you can see the various combinations of under hues and final touches with these same hues. The painting glows like kryptonite (only yeller) in real life.

For the darks I used B.S. and FUB.

When you underpaint the colours look dark but they almost disappear later on as the darker colours are placed. I use a fairly limited palette and include the underpainters in the program all the way through.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Boo! Who? Chris Beck's Halloween Challenge

This bit of nonsense is part of Chris Beck's Halloween Challenge.
Happy Halloween!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Down By The Bay

  Just playing with a big brush (no 36 round)...

Friday, April 29, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I used pastels (non oil)  and watercolour pencils  just to see what would happen....they seem to be compatible...

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Somewhere in Nanaimo...1968

This is me working on an idea, first sketch...
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fernando's Watercolour Blog

I am very happy to be featured on Fernando Pena's watercolor blog:

Monday, January 31, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Working on the Comp...

 Bink for elaboration...working on the proportions til I get a viable compo...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Windbreak

Bink to expand my horizons...
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Squire of Macaroon Heights

Got the pic and the title, need a story...bink to blow (up). You have to bink to blow to see the whole pic for some reason...

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Brush Paper Water

I am very happy, pleased and generally excited to be on Chris Beck's watercolor blog...go see
Brush Paper Water