Monday, June 26, 2017

Floating Garden

I'm really enjoying working with waterlilies in this long rectangular format. It's challenging to balance everything in the composition using this shape.
I started with acrylic ink and watercolor in the backyard on a sunny day so all the paint dripped on the ground and I didn't have to worry about my rug! Using watercolor and acrylics I slowly found where I wanted flowers and leaves. There's a little iridescence in this piece.
I've photographed so you can see the edges since it's painted on handmade Shized rough press paper.
"Floating Garden" • Original mixed watermedia on handmade paper • 18"  6.25"
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Elegant Water Dance

I made great use of my backyard for painting this piece! It was great to paint outside and make a mess and not worry about the rug!!!! This piece started out as an ink and watercolor wash that I was planning on turning into a wisteria painting. After the wash dried I decided to paint waterlilies instead. I used a lot of iridescent ink in this piece so it sparkles in unexpected places in different lights. The piece is painted on Arches 300# cotton paper.
"Elegant Water Dance" • Original mixed watermedia • 22" x 30"
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

More Waterlilies!

I have some long, narrow, rectangular pieces of handmade rough press paper that I've been trying to figure out compositions for. I cropped one of my waterlily photos to be a long vertical and prepared to paint it in acrylic. So I undercoated the canvas and while that was drying, I decided to try the design out with watercolor on one of my long pieces of paper. I used primarily watercolor and added some touches with gouache paint which adds to the richness of the colors and provides a bit of contrast between transparency and opacity in the piece. Next I decided to work with lots of purples on another piece and made a big mess with ink and watercolor with the thought of painting wisteria. After the wash was dry I decided that all the purples would make a better waterlily piece. I made the design similar to the one I had just finished and used white inks and gouache for some of the lighter areas. There's some sparkly inks in the purple piece. I really like the moods of the two pieces as well as the different color combinations.
Both these pieces are painted on handmade paper and I've photographed so you can see the edges.

Left: Afternoon Sparkle • Original mixed watermedia on handmade paper • If interested in purchasing click HERE.
Right: Evening Glow • Original mixed watermedia on handmade paper • If interested in purchasing click HERE.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Spring Poppies!

I have enjoyed painting poppies this spring on location. It has been so great to find them growing in a larger area and they are my favorite variety and color! Both of these paintings are very rich in color with compositions that are arranged from direct observation rather than a cropped photo. I began each on location and finished in the studio.
"Dance of the Poppies" • Original acrylic on 3/4" cradled wood, sides painted black, ready to hang
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"Dancing Reds & Greens" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Feel the Sun See the Waterlily

I've been really appreciating light lime yellow green and used it in this piece. (I have that color in my pastels and I wanted to mix and use it in acrylic.) Color palettes can be so powerful especially when consciously directed! I am an intuitive color person and I'm learning to be more deliberate with my choices. Usually there is a color that really snaps in a painting and I feel that I achieved that in this piece with the yellow green and the almost peachy pinks.

When I look at this painting I remember the warm sunny days spent painting at the waterlily pond.
"Feel the Sun See the Waterlily" • Original acrylic on 1.5" gallery wrap canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Towhee & Wisteria

This has been a great spring for flowers. I spent some time in my sister's yard painting her wisteria and listening to all the birds singing. There were several towhees singing too and it occurred to me that a towhee would look great with wisteria. So here it is!
This is on handmade rough press paper with all deckle edges. It's a soft paper and the paint sits very beautifully on it. I have photographed so you can see the edges.
"Towhee & Wisteria" • Original watercolor on handmade paper • 12" x 9"
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Glow of Roses in the Spring

Having a lot of pink and red paint to choose from makes painting roses SO MUCH fun!!!! I have quinacridone coral which is one of my favorite colors, even better than permanent rose.The reds and greens on this handmade rough press paper just seem to glow. Painting roses every spring is something that I love very much. In the winter when I want to remember the sunshine and color of spring roses, I'll paint them while it's cold and wet outside.
"The Glow of Roses in the Spring" • Original watercolor on handmade paper • 9" x 12"
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