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Bulldogs And Butterflies

Yesterday, I watched our local college basketball team from Spokane, Washington; Gonzaga win their first game at the NCAA championships in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gonzaga beat South Carolina in a close game, 77 to 73.  This is the first time that Gonzaga Bulldogs have made it into the Final 4 tournament so it was great fun cheering them on!

On Monday, they play against North Carolina for the championship!  Go Zags!!


I haven’t painted a subject in watercolor in awhile so I decided to participate in the World Watercolor Group challenge and paint a butterfly – no fooling! 😉

I’m not totally happy with my results.  I added a little Irridescent Fine acrylics to add shine to the gossamer wings…


Next, I tried to fix it a bit with color pencils and I’m not sure I like it much better!


Some days you win and some you lose…

Are you a basketball fan?  Who is your favorite team?

Cheers!  🙂


I have been noticing several yellow butterflies in my yard lately.  So when one landed in my oak tree the other day, I decided to take a photo of it so I could identify it:


I couldn’t get real close to it before it flew away.  Yet, I was able to identify it as a Western Tiger Swallowtail.

It is considered an active butterfly, rarely seen at rest.  I was thrilled that I was able to see this one land!

I needed to look at a better photo in order to draw it in my sketchbook.  I was so excited to see that Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd recently posted several AMAZING photos of Tiger Swallowtail butterflies on her blog!  Be sure to check them out here:  https://backyardbirdnerd.com/2016/06/21/ten-tiger-pictures/

Kathy generously gives me permission to use her photos in my artwork – Thank you Kathy!  🙂  I used her first photo to paint this butterfly in my art journal using gouache and color pencils:


I added a little collage to the bottom of the page with matte medium and watercolor on top.

Whenever I see a butterfly, I am reminded of the song, “I Hope You Dance,” by Lee Ann Womack:

I hope you will dance like a butterfly this weekend!

Cheers!  🙂

Poppy Fields Forever – Part 1

Remember The Beatles song, “Strawberry Fields Forever” from the 60’s?  Well, this is my Poppy Fields Forever painting:

Poppies in acrylic - Lesson 5

I have been taking an online acrylic class from Fred Lisaius – you can find out more about it, here.

This was the first time I have taken an acrylic painting class where I painted a picture.

Our assignment was to paint a floral on 2 panels that connect together – called a Diptych.  I started with a quick sketch:

Poppy sketch

Next, I painted the background on 2 gessoed wood panels:

acrylic background

Then I masked out the background with beige masking tape and drew my floral design with a pencil.  Using a sharp Exacto knife, I cut out my flower and leaf shapes:

poppies - lesson 3

I painted over my panels with acrylic paints and when dry, removed the tape:

Poppies painted and mask removed - 4

I wasn’t really liking my bright green background so I decided to darken it a bit with other colors.    I also added a little more paint to my flowers and my butterfly:

Poppies in acrylic - Lesson 5

I finished by outlining my shapes and butterfly with a black marker to give it definition.  I also added a little gold gel pen to the center of the poppy flowers and butterfly.

I’m not sure I like it but I enjoyed the class and learning some new techniques.

Happy Creating!  🙂