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Gaze

“Gaze” 6×10 inches Watercolor & gold leaf Started with this little thumbnail drawing in my sketchbook for this mini painting. I knew the general composition, as well as the tonal focus. I had some initial ideas for coloring, and though I stuck to them for the most part, a few things got changed around during the process of painting. A more refined sketch on the Arches Watercolor Board surface that I like to paint on. I actually enjoy Fabriano Artistico the best, but with a lot of my recent techniques, I tend to lay the watercolor ground on very thickly …

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Sylph

Sylph size: 5.5×10 inches medium: watercolor prints ($16.95)  available -here- First chance I have had in many months to just do a piece for no other reason than “because”.  Now that everything is shipped out for Immortal Ephemera, and the next few deadlines are at least a month out on the horizon. Here’s a little sketch that happened the other night. I wanted to go for more muted colors. Not the crazy bright blues, greens, and reds in the recent paintings. Started with my india ink texture techniques for the background. Layered a thin glaze of Daniel Smith watercolor ground …

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Dragonfly wings

Before I get to the meat of this post, I wanted to express my thanks to all of you who have written in the past week after my previous entry to tell me how you appreciate reading my blog.  It is wonderful to know that these are so helpful, and it is inspiring to me to hear how it inspires you! So, onward! This is a piece in progress still, but I have been getting questions about the wings in many of these recent pieces. So here is a closer look at how it goes. I start with the pencil …

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Trance

I have fallen a little bit behind in keeping the blog up to date these days! Lots of events happening, a whole lot of art happening, and also a little bit of uncertainty about the audience interest in reading blogs these days. much as I love this format, the bite sized tidbits of social media seem to be the preferred choice of information consumption. However, I was gratified to hear from many of you that you have missed my blog posts on the process of my paintings. Now that i am coming to the end of a big deadline crush, …

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Abutilon Flower Study – steps to paint

I have another botanical piece in the works for an abutilon (flowering maple). It’s still in the sketch phase. But since I won’t have a chance to work on it for a while, I did some studies of the flowers so that I could record the colors, just in case I can’t find any flowers when I get back to painting the final piece.Here are the colors I ended up using: Gamboge Genuine, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridrone Red, Quinacridrone Purple, Quinacridrone Coral, Leaf Green, Sap Green, Hookers Green, Neutral Tint I started with a dilute glaze of Gamboge Genuine on the …

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Thriae: Melaina the Black

Melaina the Black Size: 14×18 inches Medium: Watercolors Prints ($16.95 & $27.75) -available here- In The Homeric Hymns, the Thriae were a trio of nymphs on Mount Parnassus, who were said to have taught and given Apollo the gift of prophecy. They were called Melissae, bee-priestesses, with pollen in their hair and honeybee wings. Homeric Hymn 4 to Hermes 550 ff (trans. Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) : “[Apollon to Hermes:] ‘There are certain holy ones, sisters born–three virgins gifted with wings: their heads are besprinkled with white meal, and they dwell under a ridge of Parnassos. These …

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December gallery happenings

A couple of gallery events happening in December. Modern Eden – December 13, 2014 – January 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA. Presenting group show “Wanderlust“. My two paintings “Migration” and “Vivace” be on exhibit. To inquire about purchase of my paintings, contact kim@moderneden.com “Vivace” – 4×6 inches, watercolor, gold leaf. $360.00 “Migration” – 4×6 inches, watercolor, gold leaf. $360.00 And Red Raven Gallery – December 6, 2014 – January 1, 2015m Port Townsend, WA. My painting “Memory of Summer”, along with many prints will be on exhibit at the Copycat Violence Collective group show, “Echoes of Perception”. Contact Red Raven …

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Rosemary

Rosemary Rosemarinus officinalis 11×7 inches, watercolors I was pleased to find that the recent rains hadn’t knocked off all the flowers from my rosemary bush. In fact, I was surprised to find it full of blossoms. I decided this would be a good one to start on for the herbal guide I need to get working on for Llewellyn (the book is due out late 2015, I think). Here’s a specimen on my desk, smelling quite fragrant. And the pencil sketch. Added some closeups of the flowers, buds, and leaves on the side. The main stalk is drawn at 1:1 …

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Dreamdance Oracle: Serenity

Dreamdance Oracle: Serenity 8.5×13 inches detail closeups & prints -available here-  Satyros Phil Brucato writes for this card: Poised between extremes, the dancer hovers in a tranquil place of balance – temporary, perhaps, but currently at peace. Movement, for the moment, has become stillness, the fifth of Gabrielle Roth’s five rhythms that guide our lives. Harmonizing with the sublime source of the universe – the First Sound, Om – this passion is actually a LACK of passions. In place of thorny and tumultuous emotions, the dancer has attained serenity. Yet serenity is almost always fleeting in this life. The pace …

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Stag Cycle Sonata: Scherzando

Stag Sonata Cycle: Scherzando Medium: Watercolor, gold leaf, ink Size: 11×10 inches Photos of the process of creating this painting: Started off with a slightly different composition, with the tree extending up, and the dryads playfully taunting from above. I’ve been trying out some new paper because my old favorite seems to have changed up a bit and is no longer suitable for my style of working. So I went to the art store a month ago and bought a sheet of every hot press watercolor paper they had available and have been slowly making my way through the stash …

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The Art of Observation

 The Art of Observation Medium: Watercolor, ink, metallics, gold Size: 11×14 inches Detail closeups and prints ($16.95) and original painting ($1200.00)  -available here- Who is the watcher, and who is watched? She glides across the ground, no footsteps in her wake, no sound to mark her passage, no breath to stir the air. * * * Photos of the painting in progress: Earlier this month, I was off in Atlanta at DragonCon. I like to work on ink drawings when I’m traveling. I would like to work on paintings, but that usually entails bringing along too much stuff and I’m …

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Miniatures

Been on a tiny painting kick for the past few days. I think that of the hundreds of birds I’ve painted over the years, this little hummingbird takes the prize for being the smallest. Flying high above a jade green cup…. And many a night it seems That all the valley fills With those fantastic dreams. They overflow the hills, So passionate is a shade, Like wine that fills to the top A grey-green cup of jade, Or maybe an agate cup. – William Butler Yeats, “The Dreaming of Bones” And even when I’m painting in mini-size, I can’t resist …

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