What can be more fun that a lighthouse, seashells and paint? This fractured still life was based on some small local souvenirs: seashells from the beach and a lighthouse ornament. I like the contrast of the long, straight lines of the lighthouse with the curves of the shells. The muted greens and blues refer to my home in the Pacific Northwest.
304 - Still Life with Lighthouse, D4, $175 (Watercolor, 10" x 7")
What can be more romantic than a mermaid alone at night? I imagined that a mermaid in today's seas would find lots of debris, some being quite useful. In this case, she is examining a net. Is she using it for herself, or was she caught in it? The story might go either way.
305 - Mermaid with Net at Night, $175 (Watercolor, 10" x 7")
I used my favorite broken seashells as my inspiration for "Sea Swirls". What I like about the seashells are the swirling and spiraling shapes I see when I look inside. I liked the juxtaposition of the curves of the swirls and waves against the straight lines of my "frames within a frame" and grid.
306 - Sea Swirls, $450 (Watercolor, 21" x 11")
This painting was inspired by the crash of waves on rocks. It's about the forces of nature, which sometimes can be beautiful and violent. I had fun using color symbolically, using just about every blue on my pallet to refer to water.
307 - Splash, $175 (Watercolor, 6.5" x 10.5")
I have several souvenirs from Holland and it struck me that they could be my own version of a "Dutch Interior". Often, I do drawings and paintings just because they make me feel good, as is the case here.
308 - Still Life with Dutch Souvenirs, v2, $175 (Watercolor, 10" x 7.5")
When I created the design for "Lighthouse, D9" I was interested in exploring pattern. When I say pattern, I am referring to repetition of a shape such that it "reads" visually as one larger shape, such as the cloud shapes or the "v" grass clump shapes. In this case, the pattern took on a whimsical feel, so I added a candle for the light and embraced the whimsey!
309 - Lighthouse, D9, $250 (Watercolor, 14.5" x 8")
For some reason, the color scheme in this small painting took on an immediate "southwestern" feel for me. I can almost see bits and pieces of inlaid color, much as you might see on a piece of jewelry. When I created this particular "Toy Pony" design, I was interested in simple, geometric shapes. You will notice that three of the still life pieces interlock (the cup, candlestick and vase, from left to right). Meanwhile, Toy Pony stands slightly apart, looking back at his companion shapes. He's one of them, but a little bit different! I sometimes feel like that myself.
310 - Still Life with Toy Pony, v39a, $250 (Watercolor, 7.5" x 13.5")
This is a third version of one of my Toy Pony designs. The variations were done to examine how color effects mood. The dominance of the blues in this version are intended to create a cool, calm mood, perhaps like one might feel at night or early morning.
311 - Still Life with Toy Pony, v23c, $650 (Watercolor, 14" x 21.5")
In this RV park painting, I was interested in created a cool, deep summer, lush green feel. Sometimes in the Northwest, the greens can be so dark and dense. In the air, one can feel the wetness of frequent rains. When the sun appears, everything sparkles!
325 - Big Shade, Cool Day, $250 (Watercolor, 8" x 10")
Color can be so much fun and exciting! And, darn tricky too! I drew these RVs in an Albuquerque, NM, RV park. The sun is hot, even in the shade. In the sunlight, the whites of the RVs are blinding. Meanwhile, the shady side is cool and dark. In this case, I wanted the colors of the shade to be cool reds to contrast with the warm greens of the big trees.
326 - Late Summer RV Park, $175 (Watercolor, 6.5" x 10")
With design 13 of my lighthouse series, I decided to include local seashell shapes. My favorite bit of inspiration was to repeat the spiral of the seashells in the lighthouse. This was just pure fun and I combined two favorite subjects: lighthouses and seashells!
327 - Still Life with Lighthouse & Seashells, D13, $175 (Watercolor, 10" x 6")
I have a lifelong fascination with lighthouses. I grew up looking at lighthouse paintings created by my father. With this particular design, I simplified the shapes to create a pattern, then imagined the lighthouse at night.
329 - Storm Approaching, Lighthouse D10, $450 (Watercolor, 16.5" x 9.5")