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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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Landscape Workshop

We had a wonderful landscape workshop in acrylic on Saturday. We painted various arrangements of trees, a fence and or road and a background. We talked about how color can affect perspective and how to arrange a composition. Everyone came up with a unique color scheme. Below are the pieces from this workshop.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Going Up

I've been painting a lot of trees in acrylic lately and decided to try some in watercolor. This piece of paper is a really long narrow rectangle which makes for interesting composition. I think that the purple/lavender really adds interest next to the different greens. I painted around the whites.
"Going Up" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 9.8" x 3.9"
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Magic in the Woods Watercolor Workshop with Melissa

Today was a beautiful day!!!! Sunny and warm! A GREAT day to paint! In my workshop today, everyone created their own world using individual colors, shapes, different marks and even wildlife! We used a photo reference as a jumping off point, paper as stencils and tracing paper for shapes. Some worked on handmade rough press paper for even more atmospheric qualities. Below are the paintings from this workshop.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First of the Roses

Sometimes it's cool to start a painting with a subject in mind but no definite plan. I knew I wanted to paint roses and use lots of pinks and greens when I began. The rest of the piece was developed intuitively as I looked at what was there and how I could add to it. The handmade paper is neat to paint on because of its texture which adds character to the washes. I photographed this piece so you can see all the deckle edges.
"First of the Roses" • Original watercolor on handmade paper • 9"x 12"
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Perfect Place to Be

I have been really working on the perspective of color. How a color changes as it recedes into the distance really can add to a piece. I really like the color shapes in this piece as well as the color descriptions of the tree trunks.
"A Perfect Place to Be" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 8" x 8"
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Edge of the Field

What's at the edge of the field where the woods end and the fence begins and the sunlight peeks between the leaves? A place for animals to sleep? For birds to roost? A last bit of shade?

Using a lot of golds and greens and rich browns I tried to suggest a special place at the edge of the woods.
"Edge of the Field" • Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 18" x 24"

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Riverbank Thicket

This is a watercolor that does everything I wanted it to do. I've been painting a lot of trees lately and I really like the overgrown look to the tree on the left. I'm very happy with the yellows and greens. Green is a difficult color for me to paint with. It comes alive partly because of the warm to cool greens and because it's next to a little yellow and a little reddish purple brown. Some of the colors that I used are Daniel Smith mineral pigment which adds sparkle in some places as well as some nice granulation.
"Riverbank Thicket" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Different Project

A client recently asked me to do a special painting for them—on a wall! She wanted peonies, magnolias and ferns painted on a black background, more of the same above the tub and ferns in a couple of little alcoves. Her husband asked for a couple of small hearts embedded in one of the flowers. WOW!

Using silk flowers and photos as references the paintings took shape. My sister took time off to assist taking care of masking, ladder moving, flower and palette holding, suggestions for flowers, stems and leaves, keeping me from bumping into lights, providing guidance as I climbed up and down the ladder and stepped onto the plank over the tub, taking photos and providing great company.

Painting on black isn't something I usually do. I will never see black in the same way! This completed project looks really stunning! The photos are below.

Thanks to my client for AWESOME encouragement, wonderful hospitality and the opportunity to help make an idea become reality.

Below are some photos from this project.

Top left is before painting on the wall; upper right is completed wall with mirror in front. You can see the area above the tub with the window in the background, a close up of some of the flowers and the ferns in the alcoves which are on the sidewalls by the tub recessed about 3"


A close up of the flower with the 2 hearts in it.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Acrylic Impressions of Light Workshop

Today we had a wonderful workshop painting trees, water, and light in acrylic. Below are the paintings that we accomplished. They are very beautiful.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Painting Trees

Today I had the pleasure of painting with a wonderful group of artists. Here is the work that they accomplished.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Summer Conversation

I teach a lot of classes and use a lot of paper for my watercolor paintings. Some paintings don't quite make the cut and I've started recycling these by painting gesso, molding paste, fiber paste or absorbent ground over the old painting. This mostly covers the painting underneath. Then I can collage over that. When the collage is dry I paint with watercolor and finish with acrylic inks.If part of the piece still doesn't work I can always gesso or collage over it again. Watercolor over the collage is interesting because the papers absorb the paint differently. The textures of the gesso or absorbent ground show through the washes. "Summer Conversation" is one of these pieces. There's a lot of interesting textures in the piece to add interest to the painting.
"Summer Conversation" • Original mixed media • 15" x 11"

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Whispering Leaves

I really love painting the trees with white bark. They make such a contrast to the surrounding landscape. I've been working with greens a lot lately, a color that I think can be hard to work with. I tries to have a lot of variety in these greens. I think the light blue touches really sing.
"Whispering Leaves • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 10" x 16"
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Guardians of the Desert

I still have saguaro cactus moving around in my head! The great thing about painting is you can travel anywhere just by painting lots of color on canvas! I've been trying to really make my brushwork and colors count and I think I achieved that in this piece!
"Guardians of the Desert" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 8" x 8"
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wisteria in Bloom

I'm still working with my new purples, blues and blue greens. Wisteria is the perfect subject to paint with these colors. I tried to pay more attention to creating depth with darker values and to use a variety of harmonies such as yellow green to blue green, pink and light violet to blue and blue violet. This paper creates texture all on its own but I added some as well. There's a little iridescent paint hidden here and there.
"Wisteria in Bloom" • Original watercolor on handmade Shizen paper • 12" x 18"
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saguaro Workshop

Today we painted saguaros in acrylic. I supplied a couple of photos as references and some folks also brought their own reference. We talked about color perspective, composition, and color application. Everyone expressed a different idea of saguaros and all the interpretations are very awesome! They are shown below.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Wisteria Paintings

Wisteria is such a FUN flower to paint in watercolor. The hanging flower clusters really lend themselves to drippy paint. It's really neat to find the shapes to develop the painting. I purchased some new purples and I've been enjoying using them and exploring the different color combinations. Below are 2 of my wisteria paintings in different color combinations with one a little less defined than the other.
"Wisteria Abandon" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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"Wisteria Mood" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Hollyhocks in Pink

COLOR!!!! It's been raining here a LOT!!!!! My painting is becoming extra colorful to balance that!!!!!
This piece began as a class demo on painting hollyhocks. I used my brightest pinks and even left white space!!!! I finished with the darker areas at home. I think it turned out beautifully!
"Hollyhocks in Pink" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 7" x 4 7/8"
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Snowberries & Crows

Winter colors can be hard to portray. It's kind of like we see the tones of the pure colors that are visible in the spring, summer and fall. The light is different, not so bright and a little cooler. A lot of the bushes have a reddish tint to their twigs, background trees are bluer. And the white snowberries are all different whites. The crows were flying around when I was in the park and I wanted to add them to this wintry portrayal of the dormant woods.
This piece is painted on handmade Shizen paper and I photographed it so you can see the edges.
"Snowberries & Crows" • Original watercolor • 9" x 12"
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Rich Colors of a Wintry Wood

Some of the color variations with purple are really AWESOME! This piece explores purple, green and brown. I think the colors just sing! I'm happy with the design as well.
"Rich Colors of a Wintry Wood" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 7'5" x 5'5"
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Forest Textures

I really like the russets and maroons that I see this time of year. In my classes we've been experimenting with different textures. So, in this piece I decided to use the colors that I see around me with differing textures. For some of the colors I used orange and perylene maroon. I like perylene maroon because it fades to brownish instead of pinkish like permanent rose. It also goes really well with greens and it looks really great in the background. This piece really started working when I added the large tree on the right. I pretty much left the foreground and background alone but added darks in the middleground. The texture in the foreground is interesting to look at and adds to the piece.
"Forest Textures" • watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Snow in the Mountains

This is one of my class demos of snowy mountains. Demos have to be fast and they are unrehearsed. I didn't want to draw and mountains are fairly easy to represent, pointed triangle shapes with one side darker. The lighter side is just white paper. When I start out this way, I outline with water, which is really awesome because you can't make a mistake because it's just water. It's also really challenging to see since the water is the same color as the paper! As I worked down from the mountains, I added the bright oranges and reds into paint that was still a little wet, making soft edges. I darkened the foreground and added the sky last grading from peach to blue. I added a couple of things after that, but mostly left the painting alone. I had no desire to lose any of the freshness of this piece. I really love the colors and the freedom of the paint!
Thanks to Jim for donating the reference photo that I used as a jumping off point for this piece.
"Snow in the Mountains" • Original watercolor on 100% cotton paper • 11" x 15"
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Saguaro Home

We had a LOT of snow! Well, a lot for us! Snow made me think about the desert and those thoughts turned into a painting. I really tried to pay attention to the changes that happen with color as it moves into the distance. This adds a lot of depth to this piece. Saguaros are very neat cactus. When you see them with arms, they are very old. Some of them have a lot of really big arms and those are the oldest of all. In the distance they look like they're marching up the hills. Enjoy this peek at the desert!
"Saguaro Home" • Original acrylic on 1.5" gallery wrap canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 8" x 8"
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Tiny Beginnings of Spring

This piece really takes advantage of the texture of the handmade Shizen paper. I really like how the tree bark turned out. I added just a little green in the tree branches, tiny new leaves!
The handmade paper has deckle edges all the way around, so I photographed so you can see that.
"Tiny Beginnings of Spring" • Original watercolor • 12" x 9"
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dreaming of Summer

We've been buried in snow for a week! Not buried, precisely but a week is a REALLY LONG time for snow to hang around here!!!! It's melting now, YAY!!!!! What a GREAT time to paint COLORFUL flowers!!!!!! And think about long warm days and the smell of the roses along the pathways with all the bees buzzing around and the birds singing! All those feelings are in this rose painting. I really enjoyed using the peaches, pinks, greens, purples and yellow-white highlights. The colors just flowed onto the canvas in slightly different ways than usual. A wonderful thought in the midst of winter.
"Dreaming of Summer" • Original Acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides, ready to hang • 6" x 6"
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Monday, January 16, 2017

World Along the Waterway

This piece has been in process for awhile. It's based on a photo of an area close to my house. This is a little waterway with really wild, tangled up plants and trees happy to live close to the water. It provides habitat for lots of birds including a great blue heron and many ducks. In the evenings during the summer you can see the little duck families roosting along the bank, cuddled close together. It's a little world and it's beautiful.
"World Along the Waterway" • Original acrylic on 3/4" wrap around canvas, painting continues on sides,
ready to hang • 8"  8"
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Waiting for Winter

Everything is ready! The leaves have fallen, the bushes are bare, the air is getting colder, the geese are flying—all is just waiting for winter. I wanted to portray qualities of a riverbank on the cusp of winter.

This piece is painted on handmade Shizen paper. I photographed with the edges showing so you can see how they look.

"Waiting for Winter" • Original watercolor on handmade Shizen paper • 9" x 12"
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Snow!!!!

For everyone who is used to snow all winter, this post won't seem too interesting. Gladstone is the banana belt and for snow to stay more than a few hours is unusual! So in our latest winter event during which 4" to 6" of snow fell and then stayed, it has been a reason to take snow pictures!!!!!! It's truly AWESOME to walk among trees and bushes covered in snow, to hear the geese as they fly up the river, to look for new patterns and shapes, to see branches silhouetted against the sky covered with snow, and to see what the light is like whether cloudy or sunny. I have been privileged to go walking in the snow and enjoy and photograph—maybe for new paintings, maybe for future class projects, always for reference. (What does snow look like on a tree branch, anyway?) Below are a few of these photos. If you're in the middle of your own snow event, I hope that you are able to take time and look at what happens when millions of very tiny white snowflakes fall and stick and cover the earth. (I know it's really much nicer when you don't have to go anywhere!)



Monday, January 9, 2017

Wisteria Splendor

I tried to use some of my richest colors in this piece. The cascading purples came out really beautifully and the greens are lovely and rich. I also left some white areas and tried to keep some of the spontaneity of the first wash. Some of the colors have granulated and some sparkle. The paper is handmade textured St. Armand. You can see the texture in the photo which makes a pattern within the design of the painting.
"Wisteria Splendor" • Original Watercolor on handmade St. Armand paper • 14.5"  21.5"
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snowberry Potpourri

This piece began with a lot of acrylic inks squirted all over the paper. I pressed leaves and other texture items into the wet ink, covered and waited for everything to dry. I had a really cool piece of paper after that!!!! I also had no idea what to do with it!!!!! It was so gorgeous that I was tempted to just leave it and call it done!!!! I felt the need to make it more, though. I decided to make it into snowberries. I have used acrylic inks, watercolor, gesso, absorbent ground, and white gouache in the creation of this piece. A lot of the inks are iridescent, so in certain lights parts really sparkle. The texture is really wonderful and I managed to actually leave some of the original ink texture. I really like that this piece invites you to see what's in front of you and imagine what is in the distance.
"Snowberry Potpourii" • Original mixed watermedia on hotpress paper • 22" x 30"
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Dressed in Purple

I'm not sure how I got so interested in wisteria since the year changed but that is what I've been painting. This piece started out as a way to make awesome purples. I recently purchased a couple of new purple paints and wanted to see how they worked with my existing colors. When the wash dried I went back and defined the flowers and leaves. There's a little orange and some pinkish brown to balance all the purples and greens. It looks like Spring, something to balance the snow outside on the ground!
This piece is painted on handmade Shizen paper and the photo shows the edges of the paper which are beautiful in themselves.
"Dressed in Purple" • Original watercolor on handmade Shizen paper • 9" x 12"
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Thinking of Flowers

Happy New Year!!!!!!!
It's like winter outside!!!!! So I'm inside thinking of flowers!!!! I think that might be because I bought some new purples and wanted to try them out and what better subject than wisteria!!!!! I really like this piece. I like the colors, the shapes and the texture of the handmade paper.
 
I left the edges of the paper showing in the photo because I just couldn't bring myself to crop them off!

"Thinking of Flowers" • Original watercolor on handmade paper • 12" x 9"
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