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Highly allergic to bees.

One thing good about winter and northeastern 



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Snowman or Snow Figure


Another Northeastern coming our way

My  snowman/snow figure I created in the last northeastern

I am tired of shoveling

So can this be the last northeastern with no accumulation?




Orange Watercolor Study on Stonehendge Paper


Watercolor study where I use transparent washes and glazes to form oranges. With a mixture of alizarin crimson and cadmium yellow. I block in the overall shapes of the oranges on damp paper. I allow this to dry before moving to the next stage.

The next stage, I work wet-on-wet adding cadmium yellow. I build form and color, leaving small areas of the pale underwash and the white of the paper to create highlights.

I strengthened the form of the oranges with layers of transparent washes.

Finally, the cast shadow of the oranges is painted with washes and glazes of paynes gray and yellow ochre. A clean damp brush is used to soften the shadows. This also gives an impression that the oranges are sitting on a dish.

I also painted a thin glaze using cadmium orange over the entire piece.


Winslow Homer - Waiting for Dad


Winslow Homer is a painter of the 19th century.
Who was largely self-taught.
Homer started his career as an illustrator. He subsequently took up oil painting.
He worked extensively in watercolor creating plein air paintings.


Winslow Homer - The Gulf Stream

To My Mother by Robert Louis Stevenson



You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor.
Happy Birthday, Mom!

John Singer Sargent

Spanish Dancer (woman) c 1879-82, private collection, oil, 87.7 x 59.5 in

Sargent did a number of quick studies. His use of line rather than form created sketches with dashes, swirls, and squiggles.
He was a master at massing light and dark values.

John Singer Sargeant : Sketch of a Spanish Dancer : 1879    Pencil on Paper : Gardner Museum,  Boston                                                                      Spanish Dancer

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

Old Father Time with his scythe, carrying in the New Year

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne*?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin’ auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

Merry Christmas

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‘Twas the night before the office party, when all through the office
Not an employee was stirring, not even a rat;
The holiday displays were hung all over the office with care,
In hopes that your design take first;

The employees were huddled in their space,
While visions took place;
And the big chief in their suit and the rest well whatever.

When out of the blue came a clatter,
We all jumped from our desk to see what was the matter.
Away to the center, we ran,
To see it was the pizza man.

It was lunch!
What to our wondering eyes should appear,
A number of tomato pies.

With a little old driver, in the rear so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be anchovies and garlic; Oh dear!

And many other toppings besides;

And then, in a twinkling, I heard now wait a minute there is plenty to go around.
As I was turning around,
Down the hall another pizza man came oh boy more!

He was dressed in his uniform,
And his clothes had tomato stains;
From a bundle of cartons he had carried.

His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were rosy red, from the blustery temperature!
So he fled; I guess that is how the tomato stains got on his shirt.
He was clean-shaven With a broad face and a bit of a pot belly;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the tables; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, out the door he went;

He beeped his horn;
And away he flew out of sight,

Winter Landscape Painting


Landscape paintings of winter is not only white. Just like the darks in a painting, the lights or whites must be created through dynamic color mixing to grab a viewer’s attention.

Take every opportunity to mix colors and emphasize them. That’s especially true in a winter landscape. You see incredible color usage in winter. Shadows on snow are richly colored in blue and gray-violet, and the winter skies that can often seem one-dimensional are subtly prismatic. Pinks and greens and yellows are undertones you can see describing glowing sunrise or muted sunset .


Drawing Hills in Landscapes



With the soft contours of rolling hills, it is more difficult to distinguish the main masses of light and shade which emphasize solidity. It helps to look at the landscape with half closed eyes.

In contrast to the sharp angularity of mountains, most hills have soft, slightly blurred edges, because they are covered with trees and vegetations. If the hills are covered with trees, it is enough merely to suggest the texture of the foliage by using a subtle range of textures.

The overlapping planes of the hills recede works well in the design of a landscape.

The principle when drawing distant landscapes is your best means of creating the illusion of three- dimensional space on a flat piece of paper.

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