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Rising Sun Series: Magical Visions in Classical Forms

Photo of Nara Painting Mindless Dancing

On the 99th day of my 100 paintings challenge I did a painting of a red-crowned crane. For this painting I drew on my love of Japanese screens, the stylized animals, trees, plants, and scenes that grace these refined yet practical art pieces. The cranes themselves are elegant, their form is beautiful whether flying, standing or dancing. I combined these elements, creating a scene that one would like to step into. Someplace a little magical, with the colors heightened, and with clouds made of gold. The crane is a symbol of gratitude, and without planning it, it was a way saying “thank you” to all of my collectors and friends that had participated in the Century Watercolor Extravaganza.

From this one painting sprang a whole new series. People have responded to these paintings, and they have commissioned me to make them their own crane painting. This has been a joyful series to create, I am along for the ride, and enjoying every minute of it.

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Am I Blue?

I wanted to maintain the essence of the Rising Sun series, but bring it home to a California landscape. When I was living in the Lake House I enjoyed the company of a resident Great Blue Heron. In the evening he would glide over the house, the sound of the wind rushing over his wings amplified by the surface of the lake. The first time I heard it I thought a light plane was making a crash landing, the sound being so loud.
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Am I Blue?
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper, Unframed $395

"Am I Blue?" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

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Am I Blue?
Watercolor/24k gold leaf    18" x 6"
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Throwing Down

This was inspired by "Prapatti", a painting that I did during the Century Watercolor Extravaganza. I wanted to explore this image more, the movement of the waves in conjunction with the tern. The tern is about to dive into the giant wave, and is absolutely confident and going for it.
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Throwing Down
Watercolor on Paper, Unframed $395

"Throwing Down" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Throwing Down
Watercolor    16" x 6"
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Mindless Dancing

This watercolor depicts two red-crowned cranes dancing simply for the enjoyment and pleasure of dancing. This painting is taller than the other paintings in this series (18"x6") and the additional real estate gave me lots of room for a dynamic and full background with plenty of depth for the pair of ecstatic birds.
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Mindless Dancing
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

"Mindless Dancing" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

"Mindless Dancing" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Mindless Dancing
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    18" x 6"
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Wetlands Romance

This watercolor depicts two red-crowned cranes in a mating dance. If you are unfamiliar with red-crowned cranes and their habits and behaviors you might want to Google them and check out the images and a few YouTube videos. They are extraordinary and entertaining creatures.
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Wetlands Romance
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

"Wetlands Romance" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

"Wetlands Romance" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Wetlands Romance
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    12" x 6"
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Evening Declaration

A lot of people respond to these paintings of red-crowned cranes. This is another commissioned piece, and I loved doing it. I am excited to explore these Japanese screen-inspired images further using brilliant color and bold landscape elements with the gold leaf clouds. I get dazzled in the process!
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Evening Declaration
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

"Evening Declaration" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

"Gods of the Marshes" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Evening Declaration
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    12" x 6"
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Gods of the Marshes

My love of Japanese screens, or “byobu” is reflected in “Gods of the Marshes”, which is what Red-Crowned Cranes are known as. This is the first of this series, which is named “just now…” for lack of a better idea. The paintings will be mostly vertically oriented, narrow in their width, as if they are being painted as a panel in a Japanese watercolor and gold leaf screen. I am loving the play of vibrant watercolor and gold.
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Gods of the Marshes
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

"Gods of the Marshes" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

"Gods of the Marshes" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Gods of the Marshes
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    12" x 6"
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One of the Three

My love of Japanese screens, or “byobu” is reflected in “One of the Three”. This is a commissioned painting based on the two previous paintings that I have done of red-crowned cranes.
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One of the Three
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

"One of the Three" is a "one-of-a-kind" is a commissioned painting. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

"One of the Three" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

One of the Three
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    14" x 11"