Venezia by Fabriano

These sketches are all in my new 9x12 Venezia Sketchbooks. the paper is wonderful for ink and takes watercolor washes very well
I am inspired by the techniques in one of my favorite art books Watercolor without Boundaries by Karlyn Holman. all the drawings I plan on will be cityscapes, or landscapes, many from photos I took while on a trip to the UK and France. There will also be sketches from photo refs around the world shared by my Wetcanvas art friends.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Johns' Dept. Store

a photo ref by justchaos from wetcnvas, take in the 60's on a Heritage tour

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Junkanoo Beach, Nassau

from a photo ref by Lisilk from Hitting the beach in Nassau. Babes, bikinis and bars on Junkanoo Beach.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


This old building is no longer there. It was too expensive to renovate and it became unsafe so had to be pulled down. It was in a separate 'village' used for medieaval weekends at Bosworth Visitor Centre at the sight of the Battle Of Bosworth. It is a shame that it is gone

Monday, November 14, 2011

"The Water of Life" by Steven Broadbent

located  in the garden of Chester Cathederal in Chester , UK.  this was a selection is the weekend drawing event.
I took a minimalistic approach on color, I really  loved the statue and wanted to enhance it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Down on the Forest Floor

This is far too busy I think, but it is the next page in my book.  I poured on some permanent rose, quin gold and antwerp blue, let it dry then inkied in the forest floor, (photo ref by mginsberg from wetcanvas) I added more color, but could not retrieve the whites of the paper (it is only 90 lb after all) so touched it up with gouache, something I never do.

Friday, November 4, 2011

This is an old flour mill building on the bank of the Cass River in the German settlement of Frankenmuth, Michigan. It is now used as a coffee shop and beanery. Frankenmuth was established in 1845. This photo is about 12 years old. It was originally called "Nickless-Hubinger Flour Mill". Bill (SceneChaser) from wetcanvas.
this was painted for a ink and wash challenge

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Over the fence

This is from a photo ref this weekend on the WDE in, by Charlies Mum.
I tried to pour a path of light, then inked in the trees and fence, dabbed in a bit of color after and calling it done

Friday, October 21, 2011


I have had this photo ref for ages, from the Reference Library on Wetcanvas. (I cannot find the name of the contributer, but thank you). I used some of my Daniel Smith WC sticks for this one Quin coral, Quin gold, Cobalt blue. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

my Wetcanvas friend Sundiver, spent a wonderful vacation in Saba, A Dutch Caribbean Island, and provided wonderful photo references from her trip. the next two entries are ffrom Saba, first a Walk in the Forest

 This is a street scene from Saba

as you can see cobalt violet and quin gold are tow of my favorite washes
The photo reference was provided by ScattyKat from Wetcanvas, it is St Loup s/ Thouet, a typical quiet village street.