Tag Archives: Yupo paper

Apricot Blossoms

5 Jul

Apricot_Blossoms

Spring’s blossoming fruit trees are lovely and exciting with promise, but the masses of nearly white blossoms can be a challenge to paint.  Yupo paper allows almost complete removal of paint as well as the addition of fine lines which edge light washes. The undertones in the blossoms were achieved with a blue underpainting. Much of the painting of the flowers was done by removing paint, then floating in a light orange color to give some crisp detail to the soft blossoms.

Mermaid Door

24 Jul

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“Mermaid Door,” the top image, is a reworked watercolor of the bottom image, “Cathedral Rock Window.  My original focus was the nine foot high tide swirling around and through Cathedral Rock. It now has light as well as the sea gushing out the door and the mermaid rock is more defined.

South Jetty Splash

23 Jul

South_Jetty_Splash

The South Jetty in Bandon, Oregon is a great place to watch the waves roll in and splash against the rocks. This watercolor is a composite of photos and memories from time spent mesmerized by the ocean’s action.

Splash Two

2 Jul

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The top watercolor is a rework of the lower painting which was originally completed in 2014.  I was unhappy with the shape of the splashes and the compositional flow of the painting.  This is a good example of how Yupo paper allows watercolors to be reworked years later.  The other difference in the images is the color of the blues.  My scanner and printer have been replaced since 2014 and produce more accurate results.

Cemetery Cypress

25 Jun

Cemetery_Cypress

This was painted plein air at the Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery which sits above the Coquille River and the Pacific Ocean.  The impressive line of Cypress trees has grown into an almost solid wall that bends away from the ocean winds.  It was a misty day which softened the colors for a reflective cemetery mood.

Lighthouse Trees 2

3 Jun

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This is the second plein air piece done of trees near the Coquille River lighthouse at Bullard’s Beach. These old wind blown trees sit on top of a sandy hill near remnants of the old lighthouse keeper’s house. The first painting was done mid day. This was done late afternoon catching more golden light and deeper shadows.

Lighthouse Trees

31 May

Lighthouse_Trees

This is a plein air piece done near the Coquille River lighthouse at Bullard’s Beach. Trees on top of a hill seem to have more character than those flat land or hillside trees. These show years of dealing with ocean storms while clinging to their sandy hill.