Happy birthday to Frederic Edwin Church, born on this day in 1826. See a replica of this work on view in Haddonfield, NJ, as part of our outdoor exhibition, “Inside Out,” this summer.

Pichincha,” 1867, Frederic Edwin Church


24 January 2015:   Windsor.   Lovely sunny day on the banks of the Thames, although very cold.  I’d been meaning to return to Windsor since my last visit when I only painted the railway station on a rainy day.  Anyway, I was desperate to paint the Thames with the Eton bridge in the background, but there were lots of swans on the river, all wanting food, so I decided to set up slightly higher, away from the swans and most of the tourists.  There was a beautiful deep shadow on the footpath, which was definitely a gift - and that helped to set the tonal key.  Normally I put something bright in the middle of a painting - but this was different!   Even though it was the middle of winter and January, there were lots of tourists going on the river cruises every half hour - so I couldn’t really avoid painting the people and also one of the boats.


Demelza and Ross Poldark. By me, RabidDog008

Fan artwork of Demelza, played by Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen, Jack the Giant Slayer) and Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner (Being Human, The Hobbit) from the 2015 mini series Poldark.

In the late 18th century, Ross Poldark returns to his Cornish tin mines after spending three years in the army to avoid charges of smuggling, leaving behind his sweetheart Elizabeth. On his return, having fought in the American War of Independence, he finds his father dead, his estate in ruins and Elizabeth engaged to his cousin Francis. He rescues a young woman, Demelza, from a beating, and takes her on as a kitchen maid.

As Ross works to get his disheveled tin mine and inherited estate back into shape, romance blooms between the pair.

I’m rather enjoying this show, and had a lot of fun drawing this. Don’t forget to like if you like it, or reblog. Thanks :)


High - Definition Watercolor by Jonathan Frank

Jonathan Frank born in Grand Junction, CO in 1962, is an watercolorist artist currently lives and works in Moab, Utah. He spent his earliest years playing in the canyonlands of western Colorado, and out of that experience, he developed a life-long passion for western lands and the desert. His subject matter is clearly a direct outgrowth of that, but his distinctive style was the result of an early experiment for a high-school art class. As Jonathan tells it:

The outline has since become much more stylized and refined, as well as poignant. I now use a Rapidograph pen with India ink for precision and permanency. The outline also helps to give the whole piece a clean, unified appearance, as well as to emphasize the sheer strength of my subjects. This all results in what I call High-Definition Watercolorvia

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Gustave Doré, Landscape paintings of the Scottish Highlands (1873-1879).


Fred Poisson - Paintings in Watercolor

Fred Poisson is a watercolor painter currently living and working on Block Island, Rhode Island. After years working in professional design Fred has returned to his roots, reconnecting with his innate ability to depict light and mood through the watercolor medium. These are not your typical watercolor paintings. Often large scale, full of pigment, painted both wet into wet and layered gradually, they have a richness seldom found in this medium.

He says that he prefers to think of himself first as a painter and second as a watercolor painter.  He feels this is important to making compelling images and not getting caught up in watercolor technique. via

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