Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Pears Harvest
Watercolor on paper 22 x 9

Monday, July 25, 2011

Shady Trail

A Shady Park Trail
Ink on watercolor paper
After a nice long walk in the shade of these wonderful trees I sat next to this weedy path and sketched while I enjoyed the sounds of horses, birds and a smooth breeze.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Edge Painting

I started a new sketch book yesterday and decided to start with an edge painting.

Muckenthaler Park, Fullerton
Edge Painting
Pat Reese, Watercolor

The closed book shows no image until the pages are flared.
  This kind of painting has been done for a long time and you can find information on this website . I haven't tried it until, after a nice long walk this morning, I noticed that this sketch book would be a perfect opportunity to try.  It's fun to do.  Just bend the pages so that the pages are flared out and then clamp them till the painting is dry.  Use a dry brush method to keep the watercolor from bleeding.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Space Painting

Space Painting

Enamel Spray Paint on Paper
By Cody and Pat

I spent a few days painting with my grandson.  We collaborated on this painting.  He would spray and manipulate the paint while I assisted and then I would step in with a few ideas and then he would add to it until we came up with a composition that we both liked.  He found this style of painting  at  and wanted to try it, so we did.  Very fun and fast moving.  Wear a mask, the fumes are strong.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Washington Naval Orange

Winter Orange
Watercolor/ink on paper
While working in my garden I often stop to rest and sketch.  These oranges caught my attention until I cooled down enough to want to prune more roses.  The winter oranges are so big and heavy this year they are falling off the tree early.  There hasn't been enough sun for the sugar to have developed in the fruit but they are still good and juicy.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Postcard from my walk

Brookdale Street, Fullerton California
Ink and Watercolor on Paper (5in x 7in)
I have been participating in a postcard exchange with my friends over at Sketchercise.  You can check out the blog at A Postcard from My Walk. This little painting was one that I did for the exchange but will not be sent because it has a ragged corner where the stamp goes and I was afraid it would continue to rip and not get to its destination. It took a while to get used to painting this small but now that I am carrying around just a stack of postcards instead of larger journals or papers I am getting lazy. Everything fits right into my pocket and is very light. Ivy (my greyhound) and I sometimes walk for hours and the lightness of the pack is important.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Winter Roses

Winter Roses
Watercolor on paper 16x11

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Washington Winter

Washington Winter
Watercolor on paper 11x9
by Pat Reese

This is the painting I did while Lindsay and I painted the beautiful area near her home in Washington

Washington Winter

Washington Winter
Watercolor on paper 14x11
by Lindsay

This is another painting by Lindsay.  She and I painted together gathering our subject from the beautiful area around her home in Washington State.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


watercolor on paper 14x11
By Lindsay
Watercolor on paper 11x9
by Pat Reese

Lindsay, my granddaughter, and I painted these sunflower paintings together.  She is quite talented as you can see.  We purchased these flowers at a local grocery store while I was visiting during Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Postcard from my Walk

Postcard from my Walk
 Logo by Cathy Gatland
I have recently joined a group of international artists to participate in a new sketching challenge of exercizing and sketching through a postcard exchange. The “A Postcard from my Walk” blog is up and running and you can visit by going to

More than a year ago I joined a group called Sketchercise founded by the renouned artist and 'blogmaster' Katherine Tyrrell.  Her blog is ranked in the top of blogs of the UK.  Making A Mark, Travels with a Sketchbook and The Art of Landscape, are the go to blogs for art information, education and resources. Katherine is now lending her expertise to the blog 'A Postcard from my Walk' where once a month I will send a postcard developed from my walks to one of the group till everyone has received a postcard from me and they will be doing the same.  Thank you's go out to Katherine, Ronell Van Wyk for orgainzing everything and Cahty Gatland for your wonderful logo. It is really exciting to know that I will be receiving a piece of real art from each one of these fantastic fellow artist that I have been blog visiting and seeing only virtual art up till now.

Fellow participants are:

Albrecht Rissler – Germany

Katherine Tyrrel- England

Alison Staite - England

Bridget Hunter - Scotland

Cathy Gatland - South Africa

Charlene Brown - Canada

Felicity Grace - Switzerland

Liz Steel - Australia

Martin Stankewitz - Germany

Pat Reese - USA

Robyn Sinclair - Italy

Ronell van Wyk - France

Vivien Blackburn - England

The first postcards get mailed out this week and should start appearing on the blog in February when they arrive at their destination.  We are posting our introductions now.  Go take a look.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sleeping Sam

Sleeping Sam
Watercolor on paper 14"X11"

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Winter Apple

Winter Apple
Watercolor on paper

In California, my garden has no idea it is winter.  The apple tree has new blooms, small apples, large apples, leaves that have changed color and are ready to drop off, leaves that are not going to drop off and brand new bright green leaves.  Today it over 80 degrees and tomorrow it will be warmer.  I worked on this far to long but it was fun and I enjoyed sitting under the shade of the apple tree just playing with the paint.