Category Archives: Watercolors

Dotti’s Carmel River Beach Rocks

Thanks to all of you for sharing this retrospective of the paintings of Dotti Rix McPherson. I have enjoyed posting more than 60 of her works over the past two years. Each painting brought back wonderful memories of my Mother’s … Continue reading

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Dotti’s Carmel River Beach Surf

There are only a few more paintings by my Mother, Dotti Rix McPherson that I have to share with you. I saved the best for last! This view is from the north end of the Carmel River Beach looking across … Continue reading

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Don & Woody

I don’t know why I don’t spend more time sketching portraits. I enjoy the process and marvel at the way the slightest tilt of eyebrow or corner of the mouth can thoroughly change the expression and character of a subject. … Continue reading

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2017: Focus on Travel Sketching

I’m getting more serious about travel sketching this year, having enjoyed it immensely during our past 2 sojourns to Italy in 2014 & 2016. To that end, I’m taking Liz Steel’s online course called “SketchingNow Foundations”. You can check out … Continue reading

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Dotti’s Jack London Square

The Christmas Season is upon us in all its frenzied glory. I’m posting Mom’s watercolor of Jack London Square today to represent the whirl of Christmas Shopping we all experience. Jack London Square is a colorful shopping district in Oakland … Continue reading

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Dotti’s White Barn

Time for a trip to the East Coast to see Dotti McPherson’s next watercolor. Mom traveled to Geneva, New York at least once a year to see my Sister and her family. She was determined to be a part of … Continue reading

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Dotti’s Country Mailboxes

    Mom enjoyed driving through the Yolo County farmland. She often drove to the neighboring towns of Woodland, Winters and Dixon. Sometimes we would explore the area together, looking for interesting views to paint. The town of Yolo, the … Continue reading

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Dotti’s Upper Sardine Lake

Upper Sardine Lake is on the Eastern side of the Sierras where the rock has a distinctly reddish cast which Mom focused on in this painting. She wanted to paint this lake because it was one of her husband Stan’s … Continue reading

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Dotti’s High Mountain Lake

  When I look at this painting of Mom’s, it reminds me of hiking cross country to a cirque lake in the High Sierras that was still partially frozen over in mid July. The ice was breaking up and was … Continue reading

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Yolo ByPass Fall Color

Our paint-out group was invited by the Yolo Basin Foundation to paint in an area of the Yolo ByPass not normally open to the public. ¬†They were encouraging us to paint something for their “Bucks for Ducks” fundraiser coming this … Continue reading

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