Thursday, May 28, 2015

I Got the Midnight Blues WIP 3

Several of you have been asking about the size of the painting so this is a photo of my progress as I was painting this afternoon with my hand and my brush to show you the scale.

There is still heaps left to do but I am happy with how it is progressing. I have just blocked in the colour on the section you can see me working on today and yes, I do work by putting in the darks first. Tomorrow I will work on the lettering which is on this section of the saxophone.


Friday, May 22, 2015

I've got those Midnight Blues WIP 2

It's been slow progress this week but the saxophone is beginning to take shape.

 I can't wait to let my creativity loose in the inside of the bell but I must be patient... more keys and levers and shiny bits to do first. My total admiration goes out to my artists friends that paint glass and other shiny stuff. I have lost count how many times I lose where I am on my ref photo and have to follow my way back from a spot I can recognise! Whoever invented the saxophone didn't really think about us poor artists with all the keys, levers and shiny metal rods.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I've got those Mightnight Blues WIP1

I thought you would enjoy a sneak peak of the painting that I am working on now. I am loving the colour palette for this one. Blue is my favourite colour and in this one I am using the complete range of blues form the warm purply blues to the cooler aquas.

Painting this is a bit like working on a jigsaw puzzle as you look for the shapes on the reflective surface of the saxophone.  I have been enjoying listening to Stanley Turrentine's saxophone music as I worked on it today and thought you might enjoy hearing it too.


Monday, May 11, 2015


I finished the commission I have been working on today.  I hope you all enjoyed following my progress as I painted it. Thank you Sally for allowing me to share its development with everyone.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Commission WIP 2

I just love the stage in a painting such as this when my subject starts to appear on the paper. I enjoy painting any subject matter but bringing people and animals to life on the paper has to be my favourite part.

I still have a long way to go before this painting is finished and the number of reference photo's I am working from now has gone up to 15 but I am enjoying putting them all together into one image.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Commission Work in Progress

I am currently working on a commission and have been given permission to share it with you as I paint it.  Thank you Sally.

As I 'set the scene' I am working from about 7 different photographs to capture both the lighting and the detail. My subjects are masked because there are a lot of light areas on both of them that I do not want to accidently get paint on.


Friday, May 1, 2015

International Watercolor Artists Book 2: Handbook for Aspiring Artists and Art Lovers

I am very excited to be one of the 48 artists featured in this newly published book. It is now available for sale through both and


Amazon lists this book as: 

"A Handbook and Coffee Table book, to be both enjoyed and studied for artists, artist aspirers and art lovers alike. There are 48 artists in this book from 39 countries. Each artist has two pages 8.5x11 where his/her paintings are shown along with bio backgrounds, picture of the artist, answers to many questions relevant to their work, and advice for aspiring artists. They exemplify the best in watercolor world wide."

Thank you to the editor K Coralee burch Ph. D for including me in this book.