Thursday, April 25, 2013


watercolor on cold pressed paper
7.5 x 9.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

For lack of a better idea for a title - sometimes simple may be best. I have other works, drawings, that have been in progress for months, yet images of the surf keep calling for my attention these days.

Monday, April 22, 2013

sketchbook :: softly spring

Well, I didn't mean to miss posting last week, but the days just got away from me. Here are two recent sketches. This was the view beyond the tennis courts where Kiddo was having her tennis lesson, sketched with a black grape colored pencil and then watercolor. Spring is very slowly coming to our southern mountains.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon I sat on the back deck and sketched these happy pansies, watercolor only. And as much as I try I can't seem to get good scans from this sketchbook without those pesky shadowed spots. I had thought this heavier watercolor paper would lay more flat, yet it doesn't. I don't mind a little warping of the pages in my sketchbooks, as they are "sketchbooks" after all. But it does annoy me to see those shadows in the scanned images. Ah well, so it goes.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

what brings me back

Shoreline V
watercolor and gouache on cold pressed paper
5.5 x 7.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

Yep. Another painting of the surf. This one inspired by the early morning light on the waves. I love the color of the ocean at that time of day, when it's all glowing pastels. Yet it is so brief, as the sun rises well above the horizon and the color of the water becomes more saturated as the day moves along. I always feel fortunate when I am able to experience that soft morning light at the beach.

Monday, April 8, 2013

sketchbook :: daffodils

I kept looking for these blooms out in our front flower bed. I watched the buds grow bigger and then try to bloom despite the freezing cold. It was March 4th last year that I had daffodils blooming. This year, a full month later. Not as many blossoms, and much less showy than previous years, but just as determined non-the-less.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

the color of a moment

Shoreline IV
watercolor on cold pressed paper
5.5 x 7.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

My obsession continues. Waves, water, sand, all that movement where the two elements of water and land collide. Ever changing shapes, color and light. It's a moment that was here and gone, just like that.


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