boat on water

This week working with, Stan Miller for advanced watercolor class at Spokane Art Supply… we were challenged to take a picture of a boat and apply some artistic design to improve the layout composition along with achieving some good realism in the rendering. I enjoyed the mission 🙂

water being a mirror
water being a mirror

This is for sale unframed $20. I just love the way water can become a mirror showing the underside of boats and piers and beautiful sunset skys, it makes me think of warm ocean waters and early morning at Kaneohe Bay, rowing out to Jon Olson’s boat.

Little Ben’s Portrait Finished

baby portrait
I love this little guys smile and that wonderful reflection in the mirror behind him.

BTW I use and abuse all family members and friends, as I grab photographs to work from whenever I see something cool so I can practice painting of the human form.  The photograph I am using for this one was taken by Sandi Shirley, my co-grandma. Thank you!

My goal was to get Ben’s likeness and I finally feel that I have done it. It does look just like him. Yay! Such a cute baby with two of the deepest dimples you have ever seen. Dimples are not easy, go ahead and try em. It was tricky to get the lighting right, but I feel like the reflection is working correctly too. At least I hope so. What do you think? Be gentle… I’m an emotional artist ya know. 🙂

Little Ben prog 1 & 2

Focusing on the center point of my inspiration, which is Ben’s smile and the wonderful reflection in the mirror behind him changes the portrait a great deal. Here is the layout sketched in and background wash beginning. The second view is after some more washes. I am taking this slow and gradual as I try to maintain a better realistic representation.

Ben progress shots 01 & 02

Next I will work on the details.


baby watercolor portrait progress

Cute Little boy smiling in front of a mirror showing the back of his head.
I love the way his face is so bright and the reflection in the mirror behind him is more a warmly suggested view.

Still working on improving my portraiture craft specifically in the realm of “realism” . This is a progressive shot of Little Ben’s portrait, where I am currently adding darks mediums and lights to get the values right so I can start on the details to finish. One step at a time 🙂

watercolor portraits with realism

It is an honor to attend a class with Stan Miller at Spokane Art Supply on Wednesdays 1-4pm for Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor instructions.  It is so inspiring to work with such a talented master artist. I am working on improving my craft specifically in the “realism” realm. Currently working with two grandkid images,  this is Ben on the right. I am following Stan’s suggestion to focus up close and get the realism down pat… instead of doing the whole body layout.Ben and cousin reflection

inspirational snapshot

I have not been able to attend these meetings in a while and will be going to one tomorrow night at the Spokane Watercolor Society on Wednesday and I am working on the assigned challenge of “reflection” to take with me. I was taken at our family Christmas cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene, (our son-in-law arranged) to go see Santa which was fabulous. This photograph was taken by my “co-conspirator Grandma” Sandi Shirley of my youngest grandson (Benjamin) and his cousin and I am going to finish painting Ben and cousin reflection it for that meeting.