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Watercolor: Runyon Canyon Series, W

We all know these steps.  Or if you don’t, these are part of the Runyon Canyon hike – man made steps, formed by wooden planks to prevent sliding on a very steep hill.  We would hike up these man-made steps to see the vista of practically the entire city of Los Angeles from this view. I remember many would jog up and down, some with very fit … Continue reading Watercolor: Runyon Canyon Series, W

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Technique: Ink Wash, less Ink, more Wash

While working on a commission in pen and ink, I tried something on one of my practice sheets. And I like it, I really like it! Usually, in pen and ink projects, I draw with (non-waterproof) ink and then use the clear water brush to follow along with the ink stroke, encouraging some bleed, to provide shadows or fills or other things. The ratio is … Continue reading Technique: Ink Wash, less Ink, more Wash

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Watercolor: Runyon Canyon Series, E

You can see the fire trail (also known as Runyon Canyon Trail) that curves around the hill top. Imagine the tiny people on that trail, some doing lunges, some talking loudly about their jobs and/or romantic pursuits, some jogging, many people walking their dogs, on and off the leash. Ah, Runyon Canyon. Once I went very early in the morning 7:30am and it was a very … Continue reading Watercolor: Runyon Canyon Series, E

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Watercolor: Runyon Canyon Series, R

When I lived in Los Angeles, one of my favorite Saturday morning hikes was the Runyon Canyon loop. It’s a bit of nature on the edge of a major city, on a clear day, you could see the ocean, and because it was in the Hollywood Hills, sometimes you would see celebrities… I love this place. I’ve painted this in an impressionist inspired approach. I … Continue reading Watercolor: Runyon Canyon Series, R

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Watercolor Commission: 2 Cats

A friend of mine has started a collection of artist renderings of her two cats. I thought that was a great idea because you could feature your pets in all different kinds of styles and media: Large, small, watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic, oil, maybe sculpture. The black cat and the orange tabby often hang out together in these very loving poses. She has built quite … Continue reading Watercolor Commission: 2 Cats

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Reshare: Pen and Ink: Quiet Monkey Cartoon

We all have an inner voice. In my understanding, this voice is there to warn us against fatal decisions. It wants to make sure we don’t die. This may come in handy when we see a car hurtling towards us, but often when we aren’t in mortal danger, it looks for any danger it can. Unfortunately ‘not fitting in with others’ is perceived as a … Continue reading Reshare: Pen and Ink: Quiet Monkey Cartoon