Monday, September 23, 2013


10x14 inches
Prints($16.95) and original drawing ($350.00) -available here-

The profusion of spiders in my garden at this time of year have scuttled into my art again. I found this leaf on my tomato plant the other day:

The Honeybee was abuzzling bumbling
Out among the eaves
When she came across the Spider
Lurking in between the leaves.

“Come and visit,” urged the Spider.
“I’ve laid the best china out
   (The plates with dainty yellow flowers)
You’ve worked so hard this summer’s day,
You have a thirst, no doubt!”

The Honeybee abuzzled bumbled
Through the sappy bower,
And grew quite heavy with her load
Of pollen from the flowers.

“Come inside,” the Spider crooned,
“I’ve just made up the nest.
It’s downy soft, a lovely place
To settle down and rest.”

And so the Honeybee was lured
By words and sweetened sap
To still her buzzling wings a spell
And lay down for a nap.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Medium: Watercolors
Size:18x11 inches
Prints (8.5x11@$16.95 and 11x17@26.50), original painting ($1500.00), and detail closeups -available here-

Plunging through the woods like a white shadow.

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Some of the in progress shots:

Here's what the thumbnail looks like. Not much, but it gets the ideas down from my brain. I actually scribbled this a while back, and had been meaning to elaborate on it for some time. This is what sketchbooks are great for! Anytime you have even the inkling of an idea, take a minute and scribble something, and then when a dry spell comes along, a flip through the sketchbook provides a wealth of ideas waiting to be explored.

From that rough scribble of a concept, I developed it into this finalized sketch.

 And then in photoshop I messed around to determine a color scheme. Initially I started out with the green tones, but then shifted it to the blue for a more dream-like quality. I had to sit on the colors for a day though before coming to an actual decision, as those of you who saw my post of facebook noticed!

Started painting. Started with the background.
 Moved onto the figure.
 And then further development of the ripples in the water.
And finally the fish and the leaves. the finished piece.

Be sure to visit Shdowscapes to see the full size piece and closeup views! -available here-