Fun Watercolor

Ace in the Hole
Ace in the Hole

Lashie Come Home

Lashie Come Home
When I find myself in situations where I am relatively idle, I produce small watercolor paintings. These two are about 10″ x 8″.   The subject matter ranges from serious to fun and maritime to fantastic subjects like dragons and wizards.  I have a very compact travel kit and utilize small papers and boards that allow me to work in airports, airplanes, hotel rooms, in front of TV, at conventions, events or, paint from direct observation on location.   I gather a bit of research, bring some extra brushes and use available napkins.  My kit comes with one small brush, a water container and tub, and has a selection of half pans of color.  I have been experimenting with different paper surfaces. “Ace in the Hole” is from photos I took of a friend’s parrot who was mangling a business card and “Lashie Come Home” originated from photos taken of our one eyed cat in his younger days.

Many of these elaborate doodles have become spot illustrations for such things as my calendars of a few years back, and can be found reproduced on each face of a complete deck of playing cards sold in the initial Raiding Parties Card game:  http://www.raidingparties.com   Depending how well the resulting paintings resolve, I sell these in galleries, online, and at events I attend. To see a selection of maritime watercolor vignettes go to  http://www.paravia.com/DonMaitz/website/MaritimeHeritage/Gallery/Watercolors.html

Also,  these travel doodles have given me confidence to attempt such things as an edition of watercolor remarques in Stephen King’s “Desperation” illustrated first edition. The book’s paper stock was not intended to receive pigments and it was a challenge to not destroy the paper as I worked.  To see these visit-
http://www.paravia.com/DonMaitz/website/MythLegend/SpecialFeatures/DesperationRemarques.html