Saturday, April 28, 2012

Scarlet Tanager - watercolor painting

This is the female Scarlet Tanager found in wooded areas of the Eastern United States. A song bird like the Cardinal feeding on worms, bugs nut and berries.
Watercolor - 10"x8"    available at

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - corel painting

I painted my drawing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with my COREL paint program and made a few changes to her costume, then superimposed her onto a copy of the U.S. Constitution for effect.
I think it turned out quite well. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsgurg - pencil sketch

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg is certainly the most liberal justice on the bench but, I like her face. She looks like Cruella de Ville from the Disney cartoon "One Hundred And One Dalmations". Now that's a character, not a very nice one but interesting for sure.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

1936 Ford Coupe - oil painting

This is a 1936 Ford Coupe. The cost of this car at the time was $600, the average income was $1600.00 per year, a loaf of bread cost 8 cents, a gallon of milk was 48 cents, gasoline was 19 cents a gallon and the average house cost $6, 200.00.

Monday, April 9, 2012


I rarely post stuff from other web sites but this article gave me some insight and thought it might help other artists struggling with color.
I remember years ago realizing that my colors were more muted or subdued than I wanted.  I consciously worked on brightening my color.  Sometime later, I had another realization: my colors were too bright for my liking.  And so I worked on graying them back down to realize sometime later that they were once again too subdued.

Many artists, myself included, will overcorrect when we realize improvement is needed in some aspect of our art.  It isn’t just with color.  It is with every aspect.

I had a discussion just today with one of my students about this phenomenon (which prompted this post).

If you suffer from overcorrection, don’t worry, it is part of the growth cycle and you will eventually find the middle ground.  As you move back and forth from the right to left of your ideal, you will find that your swings or overcorrections become less severe each time.  You are moving ever closer to the middle ground that you are seeking.

So take heart and be grateful that you realize the need to improve.  That means you are growing.  With growth comes some level of frustration.  But as you make progress, you will find joy in your growth.

If you are one of the few who gets it right without the overcorrecting cycle, consider yourself blessed…or blind.

Best Wishes,
Keith Bond
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Western Bluebird

This is a 7"x5" watercolor on Arches 140lb. paper  Check out my Etsy shop at