A couple new fish watercolors painted this last week.
Barracuda - watercolor, 12 x 4"
Had a lot of fun painting this Barracuda. A bit "mean" looking with it's distinctive underbite, but it has a beautiful subtle pattern and spots - always so satisfying to paint. The greenish tones were a single additional layer painted at the end, which I think added a nice element of depth.
Grouper - watercolor 13 x 7"
The mottled brown patterning of this grouper gave me a little more trouble. Did a bit of scrubbing and lots of layers, but pretty happy with how the texture came out in the end.
I finished this dog portrait yesterday of a white pit bull. Pit bulls are probably my favorite breed to paint. They are all eyes and ears. Handsome dogs, very expressive and full of soul!
I added a few watercolors to the dog gallery for a much needed update of some new portraits. Here's a selection of some recent paintings from the past couple months.
Golden retriever in snow
Flame-point Siamese Cat
I have some new note card designs for the holidays this year. The first is this watercolor of a Red Fox in snow.
I painted this last Winter after watching this fox run around our yard as a blizzard was coming down. We would spot this one and it's mate every once in a while and wake up to tracks crisscrossing our yard in the mornings.
Printed on sturdy, high quality cardstock with a matte finish. A blank inside lets this work as a Christmas card or a note card for other occasions.
Single cards and boxed sets now available in the shop!
Red Fox card
Boxed set of 10 fox cards
Saying goodbye to October. Here is a new watercolor, something a bit Autumn themed before I get totally in the mood for Winter and the holidays.
I found this odd little gourd on a farm while pumpkin picking with the family. I've never seen one like this - I had to buy one and bring it home to paint. Painted life size - it's a small gourd and fits in the palm of my hand. I think it is some sort of "crown of thorns" gourd.
This was a fun challenge. I picked one with a nice vine and tendrils. An interesting pattern of different green hues and light speckles.
I've painted a few trout watercolors the past couple months, this one is a Brook Trout. I've seen some photos here and there of a dark variety, which I thought was especially beautiful, so that is the coloring I painted here.
Afterwards I wanted to know a little bit more about this dark coloring that Brook Trout sometimes have. I did a little internet research and found this post on the Small Stream Reflections blog. I emailed with the writer to get some more info - and also an opinion on my watercolor by someone who has seen them first hand.
In his experience the dark Brook Trout occur in streams that have darker water, which is caused by tanins from hemlocks and firs (similar to water being dyed with tea). The fish have adapted to this darker water, I assume because it helps camouflage them.
Photo: Small Stream Reflections
The writer, who goes by the alias Brk Trt on his blog, fishes small streams in Connecticut. He sent me these photos of a beautiful dark brook trout he caught earlier this week.
Photo: Small Stream Reflections
Below, some fly fishing flies that the writer tied and was kind enough to send me.
Prints are available in the shop here: 13x6" Brook Trout Print
If you are looking for a standard size it is also in this fish compilation print:
11x14" Fish Art Print
A new commissioned watercolor portrait of a black cat. This was a fun composition to paint. I'm especially pleased with how the paw texture came out. The eyes are always fun to paint as well, they usually play the biggest part in expressing the character in my pet portraits.
This cat was a stray, according to the owner, and she just showed up and made herself at home!
If you'd like to browse more of my cat portraits, check out my Cat Watercolors gallery!
Or if you are interested in your own custom cat portrait you can read more here:
8x10 custom cat watercolor in the shop
A few selected dog portrait watercolors from the past couple months.
Collie in snow, 11x14"
Watercolor and Gouache
A 7x20" watercolor of a family of 5 Bernese Mountain dogs. Looks like a handful! Had fun painting all their different personalities and expressions.
A cute little white and brown dog. Not sure what kind, but he was enjoyable to paint, especially those chesnut brown eyes. 5x7" Watercolor.
Shar Pei - 11x14" Watercolor. Not the easiest breed to paint, but I'm quite pleased how this one turned out. I think it worked well as a 11x14", one of the larger sizes that I paint.
Spent a little time this past week getting some close up shots of various prints as I was matting and getting them ready to mail. My art prints are printed on an archival, etching rag paper. It has a subtle texture that is similar to a smooth hot pressed watercolor paper, which is what I paint the originals on. I'm quite happy with the paper and print quality so I wanted to get some more photographs up in the shop that showed this.
Tufted Titmouse print
Yellow-rumped Warbler Print
Blue Crabs watercolor print
A new small watercolor of a Red Fox. I painted this after watching a pair of Red Foxes wandering around my yard in the snow. I always enjoy catching glimpses of them (usually at night) or finding their tracks in the snow. This day was fun because they were out in the daylight and poked around the yard for quite a while.
Prints are up in the shop here: Fox in snow print
Prints are 5x7" and matted in a standard 8x10" mat. Printed on archival etching rag art paper, with a nice subtle texture and thick weight.
Below, a few of the photos I was able to snap. Managed to get a couple good enough to use as reference.