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Time Capsule.jpg

The universe of time and time gears. Watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper.

Ad Infinitum.jpg

This is a watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper. The paper is crushed, then soaked in warm water. The background color is applied while the paper is soaking wet. This process gives the picture a textured look and feel. It creates a unique product.

Ballet des Tulips.jpg

This is a watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper. Look closely for the ballet legs and the graceful tulips.

The Ancients-Horses.jpg

The painting is a watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper. It is meant to represent some cave paintings found in Europe.

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About Jo

Harford County

Jo Houtz is a former career federal employee who began painting after retirement.  She studied with one teacher, Renate Shelley, for 20 years.  She currently lives in Abingdon, Maryland but has displayed her works at regional are exhibits, shows and fairs from New York to Florida.  She has won awards at many of these shows.

Anomalies

This is a display of familiar subjects painted with a different look. The paintings are all watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa Paper.

  • Tangled Nautulis.jpg

    This is a watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper. The paper is soaked is crushed then soaked in warm water. It is then spread out and the background colors applied. This technique gives the painting a unique look and feel.
  • Dare To Be Different.jpg

    Again, this is a painting of watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper. The flower is a familiar sunflower but it's center is unique.
  • Gene Explosion.jpg

    These are familiar objects with a different look. The painting is watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper.
  • Juiced Fruits.jpg

    This again is watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper with familiar objects having a different look and feel.
  • Ballet des Tulips.jpg

    Watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper. The graceful sway of tulips and ballet dancers.
  • Transgenics.jpg

    Watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper.

The Ancient Series

This is a series of paintings meant to depict cave paintings. It originally followed the cave paintings in France until I decided to include some of our south west cave drawings.

The paintings are done on crushed Japanese Masa paper using watercolor paints. The crushing gives the impression of cave walls.

Bird Things

Birds are incredible creatures with such variety of skills and color that I enjoy watching them and painting them. These birds are all painted on crushed Japanese Masa paper using watercolor paints.

  • Barn Swallow.jpg

    This is a barn swallow with it's distinctive purple coloring. The painting is a watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper.
  • Bush River (at Rts 24 & 40).jpg

    These are local swans that I have been watching for years. They are painted with watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper.
  • Full Dress.jpg

    This egret is displaying the bride veil that is visible during mating season for both male and female egrets. The painting is a watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper.
  • Grande Canadian.jpg

    This painting is different. It is painted on watercolor paper instead of my usual masa paper. I love the rich colors of fall.
  • Long Eared Owl.jpg

    This Long Eared Owl is perched and ready to snag his dinner. This painting is a watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper.
  • Moonlight Courtship.jpg

    I called this picture Moonlight Courtship. You can see the veils hanging down and not spread for display. The painting is done on crushed Japanese Masa paper. The paper gives the painting a textured look.
  • Red Tail Hawk.jpg

    This Red Tail Hawk is often perched in one of my trees searching for his dinner. The painting is on crushed Japanese Masa paper.
  • Three Canadians.jpg

    These Canadians are taking a stroll in the snow instead of going south for the winter. The painting is done on crushed Japanese Masa paper.

Dragon Flies

This is a series of paintings of dragon flies. They often visit me when I am out doors doing my gardening or lawn work. Several times one would sit on my shoulder as I worked. It felt as though they were asking me to paint them for others to enjoy. All the painting in this project are watercolors on crushed Japanese Masa paper.

Flowers

Flowers display very well on crushed Japanese Masa paper. The colors come through as well as the distinct features of each flower.

  • Ad Infinitum.jpg

    This is a common sight during the spring and summer. My grandmother use to make dandelion wine when I was a kid.
  • Campbellii.jpg

    This is a Japanese Magnolia. It is very delicate looking but beautiful and it proper name is Campbelli.
  • Cowslip.jpg

    Another attractive collection of color and nature.
  • Daisy Fields.jpg

    The Daisy Field is very inviting.
  • Lavender.jpg

    This is a wonderful color in nature.
  • Morning.jpg

    A bright and cheerful way to start your morning.
  • Scratchin For Lunch.jpg

    Everyone enjoys the things nature provides.
  • Southern Charm One.jpg

    This is an old beauty. Magnolia are very beautiful in bloom and quite stately when not blossoming.

Maryland Crabs

Maryland Crabs are a most popular subject for art, crafts and especially eating in a social setting. All the pictures are watercolors on crushed Japanese Masa paper. Have fun with the series.

  • Home, Sweet Home.jpg

    This particular picture outlines many of the most familiar Maryland icons. The original is done on crushed Japanese Masa paper but is readily available in prints and on tile.
  • Maryland Icons.jpg

    Again, three of the most recognizable Maryland symbols. The original is done on crushed Japanese Masa paper and is available in prints and on tile.
  • Maryland, My Maryland.jpg

    The painting has been one of my most popular. It was done on crushed Japanese Masa paper and is available as a print or on tile.
  • Metamorphosis.jpg

    This is how it's done, from blue crab to steamed dinner.
  • Simple Pleasures.jpg

    Some of the things Marylander's like best. Available as a print or on tile.
  • Summer Fare.jpg

    On the deck with mallet in hand.
  • Summer Fun.jpg

    These two are also familiar symbols in Maryland. Available in print and on tile.
  • Summer Supper.jpg

    Add local corn and dinner is complete.
  • Super Supper.jpg

    All one needs to enjoy an afternoon on the deck.

Rural Scenes

This a a variety of rural views that we run often in our travels. The paintings are all watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper.

  • Believe.jpg

    Perhaps we don't run across faeries every day but I like to think we could.
  • Equinox.jpg

    This is our season for intense color and the beginnings of colder weather.
  • Knee Replacement.jpg

    You might find a scene like this along a rural road and remember stories in the family about this type of card.
  • Looking Back.jpg

    This is another history lesson for all of us.
  • Maybe Later.jpg

    The eyes are what captures you. Cows are such gentle creatures and it shows in their eyes.
  • Mile Marker One.jpg

    The race is on for a place out of the coming cold.
  • The Seven Leprechauns.jpg

    Here's a contest for you. There are 7 leprechauns in this picture. Can you find them. They do not come with a pot of gold.
  • The Suburbs.jpg

    The spider can certainly weave an intricate pattern.

Silly Fish

Let's have some fun. This is a collection of silly fish doing silly things. All the paintings are watercolor on crushed Japanese Masa paper.

Local Sports

This is a collection of paintings reflecting some of our local sports icons.

Miscellaneous Paintings but just as important or fun.

Some of these paintings are done on crushed Japanese Masa paper and others on traditional watercolor paper.

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