Awash with Color
"Paint what you really see, not what you think you ought to see; not the object isolated as in a test tube, but the object enveloped in sunlight and atmosphere, with the blue dome of Heaven reflected in the shadow." Claude Monet
Voyager. Hot air balloon. Watercolor on Arches cold press paper.
The Frugal Frigate
The Frugal Frigate Children's Bookstore, Redlands, California. Watercolor and ink on Arches hot press paper.
A Day at the Zoo
A Day at the Zoo. Flamingo at San Diego Zoo. Watercolor on cold press paper.
Seahorse. Watercolor on cold press paper.
A Quiet Place to Read
A Quiet Place to Read. A.K. Smiley Public Library, Redlands, California. Watercolor on Arches hot press paper.
'An Ocean of Flowers'
Poppy field on California's central coast. Named by our daughter, Melody, age 3. Watercolor on Strathmore cold press paper.
Outboard Inn, Mentone Beach
Outboard Inn, Mentone Beach. Mentone, California. Watercolor on Arches cold press paper.
California poppies. Watercolor on Arches cold press paper.
Captain Bill's catamaran near the coast of Culebra, Puerto Rico. Watercolor on Strathmore 500 cold press paper.
Montana de Oro
Spooner's Cove. Montana de Oro State Park, Central Coast of California. Watercolor on Arches cold press paper.
Beaumont, California. Watercolor on Arches cold press paper.
...But I'm not Monet, and I start with a blank sheet of watercolor paper! An overwhelmingly white page. I stare at it, not knowing where to begin. Eventually a little voice in my head says, "Pick a color and just start. Maybe some blue for the sky..." And so it begins with a single color and the courage to put it down on the page. This is one of the many lessons that art has taught me.