Sketch Book Series: Dogwood Blossoms (circa 2012)

This was an early attempt to capture the beauty of the dogwood blossoms outside my Mom and Dad’s house. Today is the (14th) anniversary of my father’s death. I can’t think of a dogwood tree without thinking of him. Once I asked Dad how he was able to identify a dogwood tree. “By its bark,” […]

Sketch Book Series: M and D’s View of Florida Room (April 2009)

Even though the background should be seen as further away, I enjoyed my efforts to assemble the elements of this watercolor sketch to reconstruct the view of the ‘Florida Room’ (as the called it) at my Mom and Dad’s house.

Cloud Practice 3: With Blue Skies

In these practice sketches, I tried several different techniques. First, I only partially removed the liquid mask. This resulted in a stippling effect in some of the clouds.  I also laid down a second blue wash on the sky. I tried different ways of sculpting the clouds with gray and black pigments. In the second […]