Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Kona's Wiry Mug, #3

Kona's Wiry Mug, 6" x 6", Transparent W/C on CP paper.
This painting turned out better than the last two, for sure. However, I'm still not completely satisfied with how the wiry fur looks. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. This has been the most frustrating subject I've painted to date. Not the dog, but her fur.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Kona's Wiry Mug - Practice painting #2

Kona's Wiry Mug #2, 6" x 6", transparent watercolor on Arches C/P.
Boy, is Kona's wiry fur difficult to paint. I still need a LOT of practice on this, but I think it's better than the first attempt. A little.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Tatiana 6" x 6", Transparent Watercolor on Yupo
This was painted in memory of Tatiana, the tiger who had been caged at the S.F. Zoo. The events that transpired that day are still untold, but it seems that Tatiana was being taunted by some punks who were carrying sling shots. She escaped her grotto and behaved like a tiger, killing one guy and tracking down and mauling the other two. So, she was shot and killed. One less tiger this world could not afford to loose. If humans would leave wild life in the wild, where it belongs, tragedies such as this wouldn't happen.

As for this painting, it's my first attempt using Yupo synthetic paper. It was very fun to paint on something that responds like nothing else I've used before. It's almost like painting on glass. The paint pools and can be hard to control. Obtaining tight, photo-realism is not an option using this type of paper.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Kona's Wiry Mug - Practice painting #1

Kona's Wiry Mug 6" x 6"
Wow! I haven't posted anything new since September 11th? Anyhoo...This is a practice portrait I did of my hairy "niece". I need a lot more practice on this type of wiry fur. I used hot pressed instead of cold pressed paper like I'm used to. It gives different results, for sure.