Saturday, October 6, 2018

Season's Turn

I started this piece as a class demo. I've had it in the living room for a couple of weeks just looking at it. I knew that I wanted to add some wildlife and when I put another piece in front of it, I realized that it looked better cropped. I made the changes this morning and I'm really pleased. This watercolor has kept its spontaneity and freshness using limited colors. The pigment granulated beautifully. It's painted on BFK Rives 100% cotton paper. It's a paper with a smooth, soft surface which is challenging to paint on because of the softer surface. Working on this paper encourages me to choose carefully what I want to do, apply color and water, and create what I want to happen without too many changes. I really love the soft finish and the emotional feeling that I get from this piece.
"Season's Turn" • Original Watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 11"
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

New Paintings!

I finished these last week and I really love them so I thought I'd post them. Both are acrylic on canvas and each has a wonderful and unique mood. I was really trying to pay attention to color and brushwork and I'm pleased with the results.
What do you think?
"Hellebore Mood" Original acrylic on 1.5" gallery wrap canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang
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"Listening to the Breeze" Original acrylic on .75 wrapped canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Plein Air Class

We were fortunate to have lovely weather to paint by the river this morning. We talked about the scenery being a little like a buffet table, there's so much, what do you paint! Basically if you can simplify your image the painting goes easier. Below are the results of our work! Every piece looks BEAUTIFUL!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Summer Pansies

I was outside painting my pansies yesterday and they were SO BEAUTIFUL! Today it was a little smoky and cloudy so I brought a couple of pansies indoors and painted them. I think my attempt today turned out better with brighter colors. I've been experimenting with letting the paint flow more and leaving some softer edges. It's such a balancing act, what to define and what to leave softer.
"Summer Pansies" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 7,5" x 5.5"
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Getting Together

Lately I've been working with acrylic inks. I love their brightness!!!!! I've used iridescent ink in the beginning wash for this piece. The iridescent inks are heavier and settle differently on the paper. I love the beginning wash and decided to add leaves and birds. I started that with watercolor and then added more ink on top. I think this composition really works and the colors sing!
"Getting Together" • Original mixed watermedia on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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Monday, August 20, 2018

New pieces

I've been reading Jean Haines new book "Atmospheric Flowers" which is a really inspiring book. In these recent watercolors I've been attempting to work a bit more loosely and more colorfully and to be mindful of the power of suggestion.
"Blues & Greens" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 4.37"  3.37"
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"Tints of Orange" • Original watercolor and gouache on 100% cotton paper • 7.37" x 5.5"
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hellebores in Miniature

I've been painting small hellebore pieces on 4" x 4" canvases using different compositions and color combinations. For the centers of the main flowers I've been using a little iridescent paint to add just a touch of sparkle.