Sunday, December 28, 2008


"Legs" 20" x 14" by Marilyn Miller

I have recently been painting people a lot. I like to capture them interacting, and I also love the patterns that arms and legs and bodies make. This painting especially shows these patterns, complemented by the furniture. Painting people is great fun!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

4 Fishin' Fool

"4 Fishin' Fool" 15" x 22" by Maggie Metcalf

This painting, "4 Fishin' Fool" is a surprise Christmas gift for my husband who loves salt water fishing. One day, the afternoon sun was streaming into the room where they were casually placed on the floor, having received the routine maintenance that preserves their function and beauty. The shadows and light were perfect so I shot the photo. As I drew the images, I realized just how complex these reels are. I originally thought it was 3 reels and as I drew, realized it was 5!

I really like the golden gleam of the metal contrasting with the blue shades of the storage bags. This, to me, is the last leg of a fishing trip. Everything is cleaned up and ready to be stored until the next fishing trip. On that day, though, it was a still life asking to be captured. And yes, it is a surprise, so don't tell.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Railroad Crossing

"Railroad Crossing" 22" x 30" by Sue Johnston CWA

This piece, 'Railroad Crossing' is the third in a series of paintings inspired by experiences on train trips over the past few years. In this painting two ladies cross the tracks to catch the train leaving Reno. I like to think that the basket held by the lead woman, is filled with her big win at the slots. I love the way their coats and the brown felt hat remind me of an earlier time in the world. Their stories and the light surrounding them were my inspiration in creating this painting.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Squash Blossoms

"Squash Blossoms" 12" x 16" by Pablo Villicana Lara

I love the color of these blossoms however yellow is a challenging color for me to paint. How do you make a shadow yellow without turning it grey or brown or green? I think I did ok, and actually, this painting just happened without too much trouble! Go figure!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Inspiration Point

14" x 20" by Leslie Wilson

This painting, “Inspiration Point”, portrays my continuous goal of painting watercolors spontaneously, preserving vibrant color and light. I’m inspired by the simplicity and beauty of nature, sometimes emphasizing the starkness of color and light, and other times realizing the sensitivity of subtle changes in landscape. I am constantly searching for elements in landscapes, figures and other subjects which inspire creative energy; not to reproduce the subject, but rather discover those selective elements which evoke a specific story or emotion within the mind of the viewer.
Leslie Wilson