Watercolors in the contemporary style offer some stylistic rigid repetitious pattern. They are --as I see them-- rather anthropomorphic, reflecting something of the way people look and act. There are three other galleries that include watercolors --Traditional-Figurative Watercolors, Different Watercolors (various styles), and within the Art-from-Photo gallery.
There is also a blog that I have entitled "Adding Spots" which details a commissioned project won by a winning bidder at a DCA Foundation event.
25" x 25" Watercolor on Crescent illustration board*
Cottage Tulip Tulipa
An anthropomorphic view of flowers. We've all had this experience of standing or sitting in a tight area when someone needs to "part the sea" of people to squeeze by. Tulips are hardy flowers that push through the ground, most often when there is still snow or ice. I think this hard-headed determination is something we have in common with the Tulip.
I would love to see this carved on the seat of a chair, then tinted with natural stains.
$300 + S&H suggest price
40"x18" Airbrushed watercolor on Crescent illustration board.
Shooting Star Dodecatheon meadia, and Calla Zantedeschia aethiopica.
This anthropomorphic image reminds me of the "Ta-DAH" ending of a performance by a family (or performers dressed alike). With their left toe out to one side, nicely pointed, arms outstretched, fingers opened with palms up, and a humble nod to the audience; these "shooting stars" complete their performance and wait for applause.
$500 + S/H suggested price
Table for Two
10"x12" Airbrushed watercolor on illustration board.
Lotus Ziziphus lotus and Caladium Caladium bicolor "White Queen"
The Caladium leaves are aligned along the base as if their elephant-like-ears are draped like a cloth over the edge of a table. The two Lotuses sit on either side; with their heads facing each other. Are they sharing gossip?
Private collection. NFS. However, this has always been one of my favoirites. If you would like to commission me to paint another; please access the Contact Form and describe your color preferences, size, and price range. Another one this size would be priced in the neighborhood of $100 + S/H
24"x18" Airbrushed Watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board
Calla Lily Zantedeschia rehmanii and Iron Cross Begonia Begonia masoniana
To acheive this depth of color, numerous passes with the airbrush were required for each color. This anthropomorphic design of plants reminds me of a family portrait, with the infants, toddlers and pre-teens seated at the base and grown-ups and young adults standing --as photographers like to pose them-- aligned from short to tall.
$250 +S/H suggested price
30"x12" Airbrushed watercolor on Crescent board.
Fibrous Begonia Begonia grandis
Here I see four Native Americans wearing feathers around their ankles, feathers around their wrists, and a great feathered headresses. Design was effected by carefully cutting frisket paper (a thin onion-skin like paper lightely coated with a mix of Rubber cement and thinner); then applying layers of watercolor paint with airbrush.
$300 +S&H suggested price
15"x15" Airbrushed watercolor on Crescent board. Trumpet Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens, Maidenhair Tree Ginkgo biloba, and Carolina Jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens.
This dancing lady with the traditional full-circle skirt holds her canastas about ear height as she clicks wildly to the beat. I see the orange Honeysuckle either as the frilly base to her skirt or as many hands clapping along to the lively music.
$75 +S&H suggested price
Common Zinnia Zinnia elegans and White Ash Fraxinus americana
I see the lines formed by the Ash branches outlining the aisle. Bride and Groom stand on either side with the ring bearer/flower child in the center.
$150 +S/H suggested price.
30"x14.5" Airbrushed watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board.
Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis and Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamomea
I see three bus loads of children traveling over a hilly road as they go off on a school "field trip". This watercolor takes days to produce. After applying the design to the top of a piece of frisket paper, painting a thin Rubber cement mixture on the back and carefully laying it atop the board, hundreds of tiny cuts are made just through the frisket. These pieces are removed, extra pieces of cement are rubbed off, then layers of watercolor paint are applied with an airbrush. Painted areas are re-covered as other areas are exposed to accept different colors.
$400 +S/H suggested price
4"x15" Airbrushed watercolor on illustration board.
Mexican Pink Silene lacinata
In this anthropomorphic view of flowers, I see two heads peaking over a fence. The surpised (open) look on the face of one suggests something interesting is on the other side.
$40 +S/H suggested price
4"x15" Airbrushed watercolor with a tiny splash of camelhair brushwork on Crescent Illustration board.
False garlic Nothoscotdum bivalve.
The three delicate (and a little bit stinky) flowers represent young friends as if joined by the hip.
$35 +S&H suggested price
30"x12" Airbrushed watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board.
Fiddleneck Amsinckia menziesii, Dandelion Taraxacum officinale, and Cotoneaster berries Cotoneaster melanocarpa
Good teachers are rare like these Fiddleneck watching over children on the playground. (--You know what they say: "Kids grow like weeds". The children are represented here by the common Dandelion.) This piece wins the prize, thus far, for the most intricate details; as reflected by the hundreds of cuts required for the jagged edges of the Dandelion leaves, the round and scalloped cuts for the Fiddleneck flowers, and the curves in both the Fiddleneck stems and Cotoneaster berries.
$400 +S/H suggested price.
10"x20.5" Watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board.
Coneflower Echinaceaa paradoxa and Japanese Laceleaf Maple Acer palmatum dissectum
Artist produced this design on frisket paper, applied to illustration board, cut sections of the frisket and applied layers of watercolor paint with an airbrush. I see Hide-and-Go-Seek outdoors: with the tall skinny stems of the Coneflowers acting like trees and the children bundled in red coats (Maple leaves) trying most unsuccessfully to hide behind the trees... Or indoors: with adults represented by the Coneflowers --in mock seriousness saying to each other: "I don't see them. Where could they be!" while the two children snicker as they hide under a table with a glass top.
$150 +S/H suggested price
20"x21" Airbrushed Watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board
Trumpet Daffodil Narcissus ambergate and Variigated English Ivy Hedera helix variegata
Artist custom cut frisket paper, applied layers of watercolor paint, covered some areias of exposed surface, uncovered more areas, and painted more layers of paint to acheive this anthropomorpic view of plants.
Remember the Easter Parade? The Brits still have this consistent fascination with showy hats. I see a lady with a cinched wais -- her watch-fob-styled buckle dangling (the ivy leaf). She holds her arms out for balance as she carries this oversized hat of Daffodils, tilting foward, balanced on her head.
$175 +S/H suggested price
Loaded Water Pistols
18"x29.5" Watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board.
Garlic Allium sativum
By custom-cutting frisket paper (lightly coated with a Rubber Cement+Rubber Cement Thinner solution), artist was able to apply layers of watercolor paint with an airbrush. This anthropomorphic illustration of garlic flowers reminds me of a group of children packing loaded water pistols.
$180 +S/H suggested price.
Primrose Primula x polyantha and English Ivy Hedera helix.
As if high in the air, we look down at three baskets of 6-7 riders. The spidery arms of the mechanical ride carries each basket up and spins them around,. A queue of ticket-holders (the Ivy leaves) waits excitedly for their turn.
$350 +S/H suggested price.
20"x20.5" Watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board.
Morning Glory Ipomoea hederacea
Rose-of-Sharon Hibiscus syriacus
Artist carefully cuts, removies custom patterns in frisket paper, then paints with airbrush, reapplies frisket, removes more layers to expose the board, and applies more watercolor paint with airbrush. This anthropomorphic view of flowers reminds me of cheerleaders stacked in a pyramid.
$180 +S/H suggested price.
10"x20.5" Airbrushed Watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board
Blue Marguerite felicia amelloides and Norway Maple Ace platanoides
This reminds me of those horrible old High School photos. This debutant's hair is all poofed out (and probably on a rainy day, it got frizzy too). Her dress is too tight at or below the knees so she can barely shuffle along and her sleeves are all poofed up at the shoulders. Her stance suggests that she is trying not to slip on the ice.
$200 +S/H suggested price
10"x20.5" Airbrushed Watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board.
Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa and Asiatic Day Flower Commelina communis
In this painting, I see the audience in the foreground (the tiny blue Day Flowers) as the backs of the heads of a young audience watching a movie. On the big screen, the filmmakers have just zoomed in on the monster (the Bur Oak) as it makes a menacing "GAAAH" sound, lurching toward the audience.
$100 +S/H suggested price.
12"x15.5" AIrbrushed watercolor and watercolor pencil on Crescent Illustration Board.
Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphyllum
In this work, the flowers are upright and sideways.The folds of these flowers droop and drape like curtains. Detailed striping patterns, like fabric stitching, were made with watercolor pencil. The leaves are like the actors on stage, as seen from backstage in their final pose.
$120 +S/H suggested price.
9"x20" Airbrushed Watercolor on Illustration Board
Candy Stick Allotropa virgata and Hollly Ilex x meservae
Because "Candy Stick" grows whhite and waxy like Wintergreen, the white background of the illus. board needed to be tinted. With the other colors, the pale blue gives this piece a wintery, Christmasy feel. The three sticks remind me of three older sisters --stern and "thorny" with sharp wits. They stand together.
$100 +S/H suggested price
30"x20" Airbrushed Watercolor on Illustration Board
Chinese Wisteria Wisteria sinesis purpurea
This piece involved a great number of cuts through the custom pattern drawn on frisket paper. Since purple + green would make brown, each of the purple flowers had to be recovered as the frisket for the green stem was cut and removed, exposing only the surface of the stem to layers of airbrushed green watercolor paint.Unlike the other flower paintings in this series, an anthropomorphic image may not be as evident. If you think of a well-attended wedding you may be able to see the the line of attendees marching from two sides of the covered entrance, around to the door; entereing side-by-side to witness and rejoice the "Union".
$300 +S/H suggested price
Financial Shared Services (or "Hatpins")
40"x30" Airbrushed Watercolor on Crescent Illustration Board
Chickory Cichorium intybus linne
I worked at International Paper's Financial Shared Services for a time. You know the old image of accountants or financial experts was that of a bunch of brainiacs with pocket-protectors and No. 2 pencils (both black and red). Chickory stamens have a sort of pencil look about them, but more like the eraser end of the pencil. In this picture, I see six of my co-workers with hands on hips and a fair supply of pencils stuck behind their ears and in their hair.
Private Collection (Parents' home. Make an offer if you like and I will let them know of your interest.)