Cynthia Maniglia – “Chloe” – 2017

All I can paint today …
Our little Bichon had to have bladder stone surgery. Waiting for her to feel better…
Watercolor and touches of white chalk paint.

Tropical Rainforest

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Tropical Rainforest Animals” original artwork by Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon | 2017



Donkey and her baby – done

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Donkey and Her Baby | Cynthia Maniglia | Sand Salt Moon | watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb cold pressed paper 9″ x 12″
Donkey and Her Baby – drying on paper block in my studio

Not wanting to overwork this, I am calling it “done.” This watercolor painting was started yesterday (you can see work in progress here) sketched first in pencil using a photo reference that I took the other day, then painted with watercolor pan paints in a wet on dry style. Additional color was added wet in wet, with liquid frisket used to help preserve the whites. The painting was left to dry overnight, and then in the morning, I added color and textural elements with watercolor pencil which I wet on the paper to blend. Final touches were added with a fine liner brush for the barbed wire fence, and I used a dry on dry technique (very sparsely moistened watercolor paint loaded on a dry brush and wiped across dry areas of the paper). Some pencil hash marks can be seen in the lower right section of the grass where I scraped away paint to add texture. Come to think of it, I would like to – and may just do it – scrape away some areas of the donkey’s fur to add textural interest somewhere on this piece (maybe the mom’s nose?).

Finally, I apologize to some of the lovely people who regularly comment and like content on my blog for not reciprocating all the time – my WordPress feed was getting so stuffed because I was following too many blogs and unable to keep up with everyone. I love following lots of blogs because that’s how I get to see what everyone is doing – but it can be daunting to keep up with it all!

Thanks to everyone who comes by and takes a look – even if you don’t read what I have to write, comment or even press “Like.” I appreciate you just stopping by and checking me out.

Have a great day!

Gordie the Turkey and Chick

Gordie the Turkey and Chick ~ chalk pastel and marker
Gordie the Turkey and Chick – chalk pastel and marker on newsprint – Cynthia Maniglia

Yesterday, my neighbor told me that Gordie the Turkey has sat for 21 days on 12 eggs (I thought there were eight). During that time, Gordie did not get up or eat. The surprise is … the eggs were chicken eggs! The backstory:  Gordie, apparently, had a strong urge to be a mom but didn’t have any fertilized eggs to hatch, so my neighbor obliged Gordie by getting a dozen fertilized chicken eggs for Gordie to hatch. This is not the first time. So for the second time, Gordie the Turkey has become a mom to baby chicks. There are eight – two yellow and six black – that have hatched. Four didn’t make it.

Today I got to see Gordie get up and walk around, herding the chicks around before settling back down. I even got close enough to get a photo of a little yellow chick before it burrowed back under Gordie.

Trading my watercolor paints for chalk pastel and marker, I did a quickie to honor today’s sighting.I totally love working with this mixed medium! It might be my new go-to. I’ve been playing with watercolor for the past year. I won’t abandon it altogether, but I am looking to do something new. But for those of you who know me so well, here’s the obligatory floral (watercolor and marker) because I just had to … : )

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Floral – watercolor and marker, Cynthia Maniglia