Sea Turtle

Casein, colored pencil & graphite: 5″ x 7″ in progress


Back to casein! This ground was done by painting the casein over crumpled tissue paper–I waited until it was almost dry and then pulled it up. The effects are really nice and of course random. I did the ground way before I even thought to put this piece together. When I saw the photo and decided to draw the turtle I knew right away I would use this ground. I think I will do a couple of these…turtles are hard! I would like to get a little closer in I think. Also, I think that encaustic with some white encaustic over top would really add to the water feel, I will do a couple with that intention for the summer.

Big Island Oleander


Watercolor, colored pencil & graphite: 4″ x 3″

This flower was on a very large hedge shrub in the backyard of our house in Puako. I finally got a book on the Hawaiian flowers so I could start identifying everything! This is Oleander. The flower is quite beautiful and really different…it was sitting pretty high up on the shrub. I am starting to get a feel for how much watercolor to leave and how much pencil to work in, I was pretty happy with the combination here.

Gecko from Puako


Watercolor, colored pencil and graphite: 5″ x 7″

I have been painting on the Big Island of Hawaii. A great place for inspiration. I am going to do a series of the Gecko’s, they are so awesome! Such wonderful personalities and so colorful. Great painting subjects. Here is my first one.

Yellow Hibiscus

Watercolor, colored pencil & graphite: 4″ x 4″

Kauai hibiscus

Kauai hibiscus

This is similar in style to the trumpet vine, but instead of using the watercolor for the “background” I layered colored pencil in the same technique. I like it both ways. I think I will try and stick with the art nouveau style for a little while. I like the way it breaks down shapes more simply.

Trumpet Vine

I can’t decide whether this is finished or not. I will study it for a little while before I decide. I am thinking of smoothing out some of the dark to light sections in the background…right hand side in particular.


Work in progress: 5″ x 7″

in progress

in progress

This is watercolor, colored pencil and graphite. I am looking a lot at old art nouveau drawings for inspiration. I stared this piece for a friend who likes that kind of work–so I am trying to add that art nouveau quality. I might do a series of these as I really love the shapes and color.