Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Coconut Palm

Coconut Palm. Watercolor. 7.25" x 9"


From July 2017 Watermedia Challenge on
Watercolor and liquid acrylic. 9" x 12"

Diced Tomatoes

Watercolor with some digital lettering. 9" x 10.25"

Monday, June 03, 2013

Peacock Proud

The DPW Challenge last week was to simplify or change the background to make the peacock stand out. Follow link to see the reference photo.

Nupastel and charcoal pencil on Mi Tientes pastel paper.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Night Bike ~ Different Ways

From The Different Ways Challenge, Daily Paintworks, on Saturday May 11, 2013
Night Bike

Challenge was to paint the same thing in two entirely different ways. Bike on left is water-soluble pencil on hot-pressed watercolor paper. Bike on right is Sharpie marker on 110 lb. smooth Bristol paper.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Blue Bowl and Pears

I was not happy with the still life I painted, so I scanned it, chopped it up virtually, and turned it into a collage.

"Pear Varieties of the Serengeti"


Sunday, May 05, 2013

Dahlias and more

These are photos of some work I've done this year. All are watercolor. The third one has some digital collage features.

 "Dahlia" 2/22/13. 
Ref. photo from WDE on WetCanvas.

An earlier version of  "Dahlia," work in progress, 2/22/13. 

 The "Crazy-Making" Challenge from 4/27/13 Daily Paintworks.

 "Clay Rose Creamer" 5/4/13

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Blue movie star

This is supposed to be Elizabeth Taylor but it came out looking like it could be any Hollywood starlet. Inspired by this week's "The Limited Movie Star Challenge" on  The challenge was to paint a portrait of any movie star using a limited palettle. Acrylic on 7"X10" Canson mixed media 98 lb. paper. Background digitally applied.


Saturday, January 09, 2010

First Painting of the New Year

From Jan. 1, 2010 Weekly Drawing Event (WDE) on Oil painting on gallery-wrapped 12" x 12" canvas.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 Portrait Swap

This is my entry for the end-of-the-year Portrait Swap on Karin Jurick's Different Strokes from Different Folks blog. Each of the 180 artists who participated submitted a head-and-shoulders photo of themselves and received an anonymous photo of someone else in return.

We've had three weeks to work on the portraits, which are due tomorrow. This is what I have so far. Any suggestions before Dec. 31?

Be sure to check out the variety of styles and interpretations on Different Strokes From Different Folks. If you'd like to participate next year, look for a notice on Karin's blog around the end of November 2010.

8" x 10" watercolor

Sunday, October 18, 2009


San Francisco rooftops...the October 2009 challenge on Different Strokes from Different Folks.
Watercolor on 300 lb. Arches paper. 7" x 9 1/2".

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Rower on Lake Michigan

The June 2009 challenge on Different Strokes from Different Folks is this rower on Lake Michigan. Please visit the site to see the reference photo and see the way other artists interpreted this image. More than 100 artists participated in this one. 5" x 7" watercolor.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

New self-portrait and cafe sketches

I've been struggling with creating a suitable public image of myself to use on blogs, Facebook, etc. This is the latest creation. I held out the digital camera in front of my face, took a photo in bad light, and did a Live Trace in Illustrator.

I've also been doing a lot of cafe sketching lately. The sketch below was made at a local McDonald's. You would hardly believe it's a McDonald's. There are a lot of interesting abstract shapes. The first image is the cleaned-up digitized and vectorized version of my pencil sketches. The actual pencil sketches follow that.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"Market Woman" Line Drawing

I did this today for the June 2009 challenge on artist James Parker's excellent blog, Windows to the Words. This month's theme was "Old Folks." Micron Pen, Sharpie and Pitt Pen on smooth 140 Arches Watercolor Paper. 4 x 5.5"

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Blog and Work in Progress

I wanted to share with you that I have started a new blog devoted to my digital art. It's called "All Digital All the Time, and you can find it here

Outside of the virtual world, I am working on a painting based on one of my hundreds of photographs taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Reference photo and progress so far are below.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fresh Tomatoes Digital Art on Canvas

Fresh-picked tomatoes. Digital print on canvas. 7 7/8" x 8.5". Click here to see reference photo from June 19 Weekly Drawing Event (WDE) on, and here to see other participants' work.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Old Barn Digital Collage

From Paint Out #16. Click here to see reference photo and work by other participants.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yawning Kittens

Yawning Kittens, Watercolor, 8.5" x 11", Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper, 140 lb. Click here to see reference photo from June 19, 2009 Weekly Drawing Event on

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Georgia Summer Vegetables

Here are some scrumptious Georgia summer vegetables for your enjoyment. Watercolor, pen and ink, 7.25" x 10", Strathmore 140 lb rough watercolor paper.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Last Remaining Orchard in Silicon Valley II

This is the second digital painting in my "Last Remaining Orchard in Silicon Valley" series. 10.5" x 14" print on Strathmore 140 lb. rough watercolor paper.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

"Jack Big Plume" and "Capricorn"

"Jack Big Plume," and "Capricorn," digital, watercolor sketch style. Photo references by WildGoose of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Used with permission.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ancient Etruscan Glass

9" x 12" stapled canvas. Shiva Artists' Paintstik Oil Paint. Reference photo used with permission. Lots of reflective surfaces in this photo of a museum exhibit made this painting challenging.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cafe Character

"Land of the Pharaohs"

This portrait is from the May 3 Paint Out on Reference photo provided by Texas artist Bob Cook. Digital art in watercolor style, 8"x7".

WDE Images - Delta Queen, Amaryllis

The current Weekly Drawing Event on is hosted by Michael Akin of Chattanooga, TN. Here are some of my digital paintings derived from his reference photos. I will update this post to add more images soon.

Top: "Delta Queen," 9" x 6.8", Watercolor Sketch Style
Bottom: Amaryllis, 14 x 11, oil painting style.

"Ski Mesa, AZ" T-shirt final

Here's the final version of my "Ski Mesa, AZ" T-shirt for my "Fundamentals of Design" class at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh -- Online Division. This version is the result of suggestions from my family, classmates and instructor, plus a steep upgrade in my Adobe Photoshop CS4 skills. The class ended Wednesday, May 13.

My second class, "Concept Development" started the next day.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

"Ski Mesa, AZ" T-shirt homework help

This is my design for a theoretical "Ski Mesa, AZ" T-shirt. (Yes, it's a pun.) These are four drafts of my final assignment in Fundamentals of Design, the class I'm currently taking in my Digital Design Diploma program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh -- Online Division. Does anybody have any opinions about what design (if any) should go forward to the next step, which is adding color? By way of attribution, the vegetation in the middle ground is derived from a vector design I bought on I have to choose a design and do a color version of it Friday, May 8. I welcome any feedback, especially gentle feedback.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Three Limes

Inspired by Wet Weekly Drawing Event April 24, and the Basic Design class that I'm taking at the Art Institute Pittsburgh Online Division. Digital art, 7.2" x 10". This is not a class assignment, but taking the class has forced me to learn more about Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I also got a great discount on the entire Adobe CS4 Design suite. I used my Wacom graphics tablet and tossed this image back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator. The pixelated lines you get in Photoshop can be vectorized in Illustrator with the Live Trace feature. It's my favorite trick and I'm practicing it a lot this weeek.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Easter Breakfast

This is my entry for the April 10 Weekly Drawing Event on This is what my Easter breakfast typically looks like. How about yours?

Monday, April 06, 2009

Misty Bridge and Dahlia

"Misty Bridge," oil painting style, 10.5" x 14".

Pink Dahlia in wet-on-wet watercolor painting style, 8.3" x 8.3"

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Gull's Eye View

This is my contribution for the March 18 Different Strokes from Different Folks challenge. Go there to see reference photo of a family on the beach. I decided to try it from a different perspective. Watercolor, Bienfang brush pens, and Derwent watercolor pencil. 9" x 12", 140 lb. cold press Sennelier watercolor paper.

Monday, March 30, 2009

"A Passion for Painting" Award

James Parker is a wonderful artist and prolific blogger who I’ve gotten to know through his work in cyber-space. I first noticed him as a fellow participant on Karin Jurick’s Different Strokes from Different Folks blog. He has a great sense of humor, seems to be interested in everything, and in general is a person I would like to go out for coffee with, preferably in Costa Rica where he lives.

James graced me with the "A Passion for Painting" award last week. I was so flabbergasted it took me four days to formulate a response. Now that I've recovered, I am going to follow directions by posting this award, listing seven of my “loves," passing this award on to seven other deserving artists, and notifying them of their award-winning status.


1. G*d, even when S/he’s hiding and appears not to be doing a very good job at all, and has just swept all the game pieces off the table again.
2. My two Geminis: David and the soft and sweet Marissa.
3. My parents, brothers, family (welcome Mason born Feb. 18), friends, and pets (Snoopy-dog and Carly with the wonderful kitty perfume).
4. Art, photography, looking at flowers, watching people, and making messes.
5. Books! When I don’t have time to read them I read about them.
6. A good laugh – either having one myself or making other people laugh.
7. Friends of Bill

And the Passion for Painting Award goes to seven people who I'd like to be when I grow up:
1. John E. Vander Stelt
2. Jacqueline Gnott
3. Susan Abbott
4. Stephen Magsig
5. Thomas Thorspecken
6. Annelein Beukenkamp
7. Julian Merrow-Smith

Check out their blogs and websites and be sure to visit James Parker's online world as well. Thank you James!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

House finches and waiting for spring

This is my entry for the March 20 "Virtual Sketch Date" blog. It's 2.5" x 3.5" digital art, oil paint style. Image contributed by Stacy Rowan.

The cheeky little house finches are also incorporated into the a work in progress for the March 20 Weekly Drawing Event (WDE) on Work in progress is above. Reference photo is here, fourth image down, contributed by Alain J., of her dog Mulligan. Oil, 9" x 12", stapled-edge canvas.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


This digital sketch of a coatimundi from the Reno Zoo is my submission for Paint Out #10 on the Wet Canvas! Open Critique Forum. The reference photo comes from Paint Out host Texas artist Bob Cook.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Hollyhocks from Wet Canvas! Weekly Drawing Event

I recently discovered the Wet Canvas! artists' cyber-community. This is some catch-up work from the Feb. 13 Weekly Drawing Event (WDE) on the All Media Art Events board. A different artist posts a dozen or so reference photos every week and those who wish to interpret an image have a week to finish one or more selections. Reference photos from that week came from Bonnie (AKA "artastic") in Saskatchewan, Canada. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration Bonnie! This is 11" x 11" a digital painting.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sushi Gumball Machine

This is my entry for the latest "Different Strokes from Different Folks" challenge. My fellow bloggers came up with a lot of different creative takes on this two-week project. Be sure to visit the DSFDF to see them. Acrylic, 140 lb. Arches watercolor CP paper, 13" x 20".

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