Tuesday, June 30, 2015



Montana by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

This was a demonstration piece on how to paint clouds by outlining them with the blue of the sky, so that the white of the paper creates their shapes. I sometimes like odd dimensions for my work.  The clouds were marvelous in this scene, so I painted a panoramic view. They don't call Montana "Big Sky Country" for nothing!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Custom Pet Portraits - Jessup

Watercolor and gouache

Jessup was a delightful and impish Corgi puppy. Young newlywed friends wanted to give a portrait of Jessup to the bride's parents as a 'thank you' for all they had done for them. I tried to capture the heart-tugging endearingness of Jessup, and later heard that "grandpa" was very pleased with the portrait.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Zinnias by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

I love zinnias. They have intense colors and distinct petal patterns. In this instance, I had a nice old white vase that appeared gray next to the spray of zinnias. Zinnias are a happy summertime flower. I often turn to painting flowers when I just want to paint with abandon.

Original: SOLD!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Robin by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

American robins are actually thrushes. The England version, smaller and delicately colored, is the true robin. I like to demonstrate to my students the necessary control of blacks, grays and whites in the eventual learning of color.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Vivid Collection - Desserts Trio

Desserts by Char Fitzpatrick

This set of three prints features the above three dessert-themed paintings in vivid reds, yellows, and blues. Hang them as a collection in your kitchen, or break the set apart to decorate multiple rooms or give as gifts.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tulips in Crock Jug

Tulips in Crock Jug by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

This drawing was done as a class demonstration on how to use pastels. Pastels have a lovely luminosity. If done on white paper, they require a charcoal under drawing to produce the richness of hue.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spring Sky

Spring Sky by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

This was the culmination of a series of spring sky paintings I did from my balcony in Portland. Spring skies are positively delicious.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Bluebird by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

True bluebirds in Oregon, unlike bluejays, are sweet, small, bright blue birds with rosy tummies. Once in decline, efforts have been made to restore their numbers. As with the other works I did for my niece's wedding, I left much of the white paper for brightness. I also used a pencil head dipped in orange paint as a stamp to create the small berries.

Original: Sold!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Beach Collection - Landscapes Trio

Landscape set of 3 prints by Char Fitzpatrick

This set of three prints, Beach Collection, features the beach-themed pieces in the image above with scenes from coastlines from Oregon to Scotland. Hang them as a collection or split them between rooms or recipients if giving them as gifts.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fiesta Flowers

Mixed media
Fiesta Flowers by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

I painted this pot of flowers several times on the same paper. I washed it in the shower three times and finally got something I could work with. It became quite lively and messy. I tried to create some kind of order with gouache and black ink but it still wants to be naughty!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Custom Pet Portraits - Bella

Watercolor and gouache
Char Fitzpatrick Pet Portrait
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

Bella belongs to my good friends. She was quite a funny youngster, very precocious and gangly with beautiful coloring. Bella was the first of my pet portraits. She appeared unusually sedate in the chair.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Heads of Ayr

Watercolor and gouache highlights

Heads of Ayr by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

I enjoy painting on location when I travel. Watercolors are very portable and lend themselves to quick weather changes. I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture fleeting moments. In this painting I enhanced the clouds and choppy waves with gouache.

Original: Sold!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Italian Soda

Italian Soda by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

I love food and particularly Italian food. I worked in a family-owned Italian deli for years, appreciating the look of the food as well. I enjoyed the challenge of pouring an Italian soda in one of the beautiful reflective glasses and rapidly painting it. I painted it lovingly large.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Blue and Green Collection - Birds Trio

Birds 1 Set of 3 Prints by Char Fitzpatrick

Have you seen the new print sets on my Etsy store? This set, Blue and Green Collection, features the three bird-themed pieces in the image above with bright greens, subtle blues, and black accents. Hang them as a collection or split them between rooms or recipients.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter Church Santa Fe

Watercolor and gouache

Winter Church Santa Fe by Char Fitzpatrick
©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

I enjoy the effect of using gouache on watercolors to "bring back" the whites. It is an opaque, water-based medium and gives a solid feeling to the painting.

Original: Available Here
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Custom Pet Portraits

Custom Pet Portraits by Char Fitzpatrick

I love critters. They are entertaining to paint, fun, amusing and challenging, with very individual looks and personalities.  If you're looking for fun gift for a pet-lover or a way to remember your pet, a custom pet portrait is the answer!

I am open to painting all types of animals, frogs, snakes, sloths, turtles, goats, horses...I will have a go at anything. I like to have four to six photos to choose from and my turn around time for completion is a month to six weeks.

See all the details and place your order HERE.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Killdeer by Water

©2014 Char Fitzpatrick

I love the very subtle colors of birds. Killdeer are one of my favorites.

Original: Available
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