Tag: Handmade Paper

John McEuan Banjo

This is a watercolor portrait of John McEuan of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The group has been playing great music for 47 years now. We recently went to a concert in Colorado Springs to see the group. This watercolor in on a sheet of gessoed handmade paper. Matted and framed it will fit into…

Louise

Louise and her husband own the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, New Mexico. I go there every June to paint with friends in a watercolor workshop sponsered by Adams State University. I recently finished this portrait of Louise. It is on a sheet of handmade paper that I coated lightly with gesso. Matted it fits into…

Ranchos Redo

"Ranchos Redo" is my watercolor. Actually, it's a recreation of one I painted in 2001. A friend of mine back in Kansas owns the earlier version. It was painted on a full sheet of 300 lb Arches rough. My new version – is on a full sheet of gessoed hand made paper – matted and…

2nd Version – Tiffanie's Balloon

I painted a new version of "Tiffanie's Balloon". Again, I used handmade paper – but, this time I coated it with gesso first. I used Daniel Smith's new watercolor ground – but, I'm sure any gesso would do the job. With a coat of gesso I was able to blend the color and soften the…

Tiffanie's Balloon – 2nd Version

I painted a new version of "Tiffanie's Balloon". Again, I used handmade paper – but, this time I coated it with gesso first. I used Daniel Smith's new watercolor ground – but, I'm sure any gesso would do the job. With a coat of gesso I was able to blend the color and soften the…

Tiffanie's Balloon (2nd Version)

This is my second version of this watercolor of Tiffanie. Again, I used hand made paper – but, this time I coated the paper with gesso. I used the new Daniel Smith's Watercolor Gesso, but I'm sure any gesso would work fine. I discovered that I could blend the color and soften edges much easier…

Tilffanie's Balloon

Recently, I tried a sheet of handmade paper, using watercolor, but without putting gesso on it first. I love the texture that developed on the surface of this painting. The subject is one of my triplet grandkids – Tiffanie. She was about three at the time and had recently broken her arm. She is now…

Tent Rocks

My latest watercolor is based on our recent hike to the top of Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico. It's on the handmade paper I got from Twin Rocker in New Orleans. The image size is 26 x 16 inches. This was our first visit to Tent Rocks. We plan to go again. The…

Six Poppies

This watercolor is painted on a full sheet of handmade paper I got from Twin Rocker in New Orleans. I did not add any sizing or gesso – I painted directly on the raw paper. I worked from several photos of poppies from my back yard in Albuquerque. I did use some liquid mask prior…

Roadkill Petroglyph

Fast forward a couple hundred years when this pictograph depicting the unfortunate demise of an armadillo like creature on a west Texas highway might be seen scratched into the surface of a large rock formation. I used a little zentangle and a lot of random scribble with Micron pens on a 6 x 9 piece…

Hollyhocks (Handmade Paper)

I used a sheet of handmade paper that I coater with gesso. Then I used a pallet knife to apply some texture using light acrylic molding paste. I also protected the whites using liquid mask. In the beginning I used a lot of wet-n-wet techniques. I loved the way the gesso let me play with…

manitoulin island

Lithograph on handmade paper, This is manitoulin island, Canada. We were on our honeymoon. In the background is the boat that used to take folks across the great lakes but was then retired. Lots of history. Thank you for viewing my drawing!   Please visit my website: www.nealmcdannel.weebly.com