Deanna Williamson, Pepper, 4x6, watercolor, 2015,
Deanna Williamson, Pepper, 4 x 6, watercolor, 2015

This is my conure, Pepper. Like my cat, she’s very photogenic and lends her image to a lot of artwork.  The one below was an experiment with my grandchildren’s watercolor crayons.  It looks elementary like the medium I was using. I think the texture of the paper was too pronounced.

Deanna Williamson, Pepper 3, 6 x 6, watercolor crayon, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Pepper 3, 6 x 6, watercolor crayon, 2016

Here’s an acrylic painting of her from a previous post. What a dignified profile!

Deanna Williamson, Pepper 2, 5 x 7, acrylic on canvas, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Pepper 2, 5 x 7, acrylic on canvas, 2016



Deanna Williamson, Polyphonic Duck, 5" x 7"acrylic and watercolor on paper, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Polyphonic Duck, 5″ x 7″acrylic and watercolor on paper, 2016

The second painting in my duck series was inspired by Paul Klee whose artistic experimentation had a great deal influence on early abstract art. He was also a gifted musician, and in the 1930’s he borrowed the musical term polyphonic to describe his compositions of layered forms and colors. Polyphonic Duck is modeled after this approach, which superimposed mosaic-like grids of squares or dots over a painting.

I was inspired to do this painting by a prompt in a book called Paint Lab by Deborah Forman. The picture space in the author’s example was broken up with curved lines similar to the ones in Polyphonic Duck. I did a similar thing but also included Walter the duck, which created a focal point and added an additional layer to the composition.

This was actually the painting that  inspired me to do a series of duck paintings in the styles of some different artists.

Many of Paul Klee’s works can be seen on sites like and Pinterest.  Ad Parnassum, one of my personal favorites, is considered by some to be his masterpiece.



Deanna Williamson, Mushroom 1, 6" x 6", watercolor crayon, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Mushroom 1, 6″ x 6″, watercolor crayon, 2016

Recently I decided to try out some watercolor crayons I’d bought for my grandchildren.  I had in mind to use some bold colors and make a really bright and cheery mushroom. Mushroom 1 above is the result. It looks kind of like a child’s drawing which could be the result of making art with children – or – it could be the medium.

So for Mushroom 2 below, I tried using local color for a more natural look but I didn’t like the texture created by the watercolor crayons on the rough paper.

Deanna Williamson, Mushroom 2, 6" x 6", watercolor, 2016
Deanna Williamson, Mushroom 2, 6″ x 6″, watercolor, 2016

Both of these paintings were done from the same mushroom photo which I found on a copyright free site called Pixabay. I highly recommend it as a resource for images.