The Market, Denver

The Market in downtown Denver is one of my favorite places to sketch because it is full of interesting subjects and the food is delicious. I can sit at one of the tables for hours over a cup of their famous hot chocolate and fill my sketchbook. The blue and white striped awnings, round wooden tables and heart shaped metal chairs add to the ambience and the figures liven up the place. I love painting all the clutter of boxes, crates, cans, dishes, and other stuff because they are interesting shapes full of color.This painting was done from several sketches and photo’s that I accumulated one afternoon. The man in his black suit framed by the sunlight coming through the door allowed me to p

White Orchids Watercolor Painting

Orchids are the most beautiful flowers and really fun to paint. When I brought these orchids home I was so excited to paint them that I couldn’t sleep that night. Working with the white watercolor paper instead of using white paint for the petals was a challenge. This procedure is critical in watercolor painting and it is one of the techniques I discuss in my tutorials on my website. The indigo and cerulean blue background are cool colors and they push the orchids forward in the composition. I get asked all the time “how do you choose what to paint” and the answer is I paint whatever inspires me. These orchids really were irresistible. “White Orchids” Watercolor, framed 30×38″, SOLD

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