work in progress (WIP)

I wet the canvas and I covered it in moist gesso, so far its very much like a wet into wet watercolor. Then I apply the paint while the gesso is damp. This takes very strong pigment because the gesso will act as white paint diluting the color and saturation. One has to make sure not to over mix. If you do over mix the gesso and the paint, the values will all be very much the same.

Next I pulled the gesso over the top of the paint in a dry brush fashion. Now I’ll let it dry. Check back with me to see how I complete this painting. I’ll finish it in the next few days.



Koi Games


This painting is 11 by 14 on textured clayboard. It may be for sale I’ll let you know next week.

I used a bit of Andrews Turquoise here…which seems to be one of my signature colors.

I love the look of swirling waters around Koi because it’s a typical view.

I painted a number of commissions this week and this may be one of the chosen paintings.

I usually try to paint several paintings when working on commission work. This way I feel the customer has choices and I usually sell the others on this blog or thru I’m a daily painter and usually because of the high volume, I’ll end up with a number of unsold paintings, These go into a wall display at the Art league.

work in progress


I have finished one section of my work in progress and decided to post it here. I plan to finish it later this week.

I love this piece, the fish are really intertwined and this is frequently how you will see koi, they tend to swim in groups.   I’m glazing now, painting the piece in an upright position.      

The painting is  dry and I paint layer over layer to create a sense of depth and  multiple color layers changing the color and sometimes strengthen it.

This is about 18 by 33, watercolor on paper.

40″ by 40″ work in progress, yipee!!! Its finished

Koi Connection

40 inches by 40 inches watercolor on paper. I finished this piece this week and wanted to post it. I really enjoyed painting this piece because it just seemed to come to me very easily and quickly. I had three weeks to finish and tomorrow is the deadline so I’m always happy anytime I can beat the deadline. I spent one week of planning, looking at reference, drawing value studies and thinking and composing the design of the piece. The colors were given to me by the client but of course I had free rein as to how to make it work. The second week I painted it, I set aside three different times for painting sessions with several days between each session. This is to give me time to look at the painting to see what it needs. Also, I showed it to other artists and I take into account what I hear from them yet remain true to my own interpretation. The third week is set aside for final details and on this piece I really did very little in the detail area. For example… I didn’t make the eyes realistic or put in scales or water plants and such. All these things, I could have done. I didn’t feel the piece needed it and I felt it would just put too many shapes and things into the piece which would take away from its main beauty, the water and the movement. Regarding the design….I wanted something that resembled a circle but also had the box within a box feel. I made it circular with an open ended upper left hand corner.   I think this gives the piece a nice circular feeling but yet also opens up the circle at the top so it isn’t  completely closed.      I wanted to give the feeling of connection or interconnection amongst the koi while allowing them to be individuals.   You’ll see they all look a bit different.  I love that about the fish, its as if they are one big family and you have little Kathy and Jason and Mark right there with uncle Jack and Aunt Martha.     I still have to name this piece and I’ll figure it out and let you know. 

OK I have it.. Koi Radiance is the name
It radiates color, light and movement. The Koi represent mankind struggling thru life which is represented by the water.