Monday, May 30, 2011

the persistence of memory

Mrs. Puff, gouache on paper, 8" x 8", copyright BVF Betker 2011

Painted from photograph with thanks to DD Betker.

Monday, May 23, 2011

open harbor

Raptor, copyright 2011 BVF Betker, acrylic on canvas. 4 x 4 inches

An experiment with open acrylics on canvas, over a copper-colored liquid acrylic base composed of metallic gold and quinacridone crimson on canvas.

Monday, March 7, 2011

seek and ye shall find

Hide and Seek, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"

Left the studio window open so this painting could dry, and a major windstorm sent in its suggestions for improvement. Have to say the weather is always right!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

while we're on the subject

Center for Wooden Boats, ink and goauche on paper, 3.75 x 11, copyright 2010
Here's a plein-air sketch from last year's Urban Sketchers - Seattle visit to Seattle's Center for Wooden Boats on South Lake Union. I love painting on black, makes the colors pop and the weather look dramatic. You really have to work to get light into the scene!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

sketching at one remove

North Lake Union, 5" x 7", watercolor on gessoed panel
Okay, I'm going to try to take a note from the pages of my betters and get back to creating and posting a painting every day. That, in fact, was the whole idea, wasn't it? Here is one from last evening, a little watercolor sketched on metallic-gold-gessoed hardboard from a photograph I took not so long ago "across the street" from studio. Don't think the metallica quite shows through but it may look interesting when I get this fixed with gloss acrylic or mineral spirits varnish.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

swing dancing

Rising Melody, copyright 2010, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40"
another jazz tune, this time with big band and wah-wah

Sunday, January 16, 2011

big juicy apple

my new york, 24" x 34" image on 30" x 40" canvas, copyright 2010
Last September I had the great good fortune to visit New York City, the heart of our culture, with a friend of many decades, the person who actually introduced me to acrylic paints when we were but teenagers.
As may be clear, the scene from any NYC bus stop breaks my heart with joy!