Working as much as I could in my studio this week, I finally finished my new watercolor. This work is about color and different moods and scenes. I table with tulips and azaleas are set up on a polka dot table cloth. Chairs and flowers(of course, always have to have at least one flower!) are a motif, showing up in various spots of the painting. I have the colorful reality of the painting divided into 3 scenes, sketched flowers and leaves flowing up and around a chair facing out on the right. A sunny day with fabric flowing down off a bench in the middle. And on the left, a park bench in a place filled with blue with fabric laying on it.
I love the colors and flow, what do you think?
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For a few days now I have been working on my tulip watercolor. I want to take it slow, though colorful and surreal ideas keep popping into my head. Patterns, reality, unreality, fantasy, flowers, they are all going to make it into this painting, but I have to take it slow.
When teaching painting students, one thing they quickly realize is that in watercolor, you must be patient. Mistakes are difficult to correct.
My painting takes me on a journey. My work speaks to me as to what is next, but I must take my time and really listen.
The final painting will come, with time and an ear to the painting.
Read more at: Sketching.
Ever since my first days of painting, I have always reached for a bunch of flowers to paint. Visceral response, I think. Flowers are around us most of the year, and I love them. They are unique, fragrant, colorful, small and mysterious. You have to really, really look at them to grasp the depth of their beauty. Georgia O’Keefe did this in her paintings of large flowers. They are their own special world and are ubiquitous. I never want to take them for granted. They are gems of beauty all around us.
I bring in the hardy geraniums for the winter so they won’t die out in the cold.
Even when I am playing with paint in my studio, the image ends up looking like flowers.
Flowers center me and bring me calm. How about you?
Read more at: Strolling Among the Gardens.
I have had the goal in the past few months of going into my painting studio for at least an hour a day no matter what. It hasn’t always worked out, but for the most part it has. I have been able to start developing my colorist painting style more intensely with my watercolors and oils.
This painting is a watercolor that I started last week from some magnolias I picked from my friend’s garden.They were big and luscious and fragrant. Crying out for big exposure, I had to grab my larger pad of watercolor and paint at my easel. I painted with a larger brush in swaths of color. Opera pink, magenta, orange, alizarin crimson, cadmium red took over the picture plane. I felt happy. Then today I went into my studio, put on Fiona Apple on my speakers and just painted. I love it, what do you think?
Whimsical colorful nature in the spring!
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I have had fun recently with some of the new apps on my iPad. Many let you take a photo and make into a painterly version. This is from a photo I took of a still life.
Isn’t this cool? I think it is a useful tool to get ideas for an actual painting. Are they any awesome apps that you would recommend?
Read more at: Painting on New Surfaces.
I have been going through the various art items I have made to get a feel for what to tackle next, and I love my brass floral cuffs! I have several of them in my boutique, Etsy, and soon to be offered for sale on my new online boutique shop. They each feature a floral watercolor. Since they are printed on brass, they have a vintage look.
This is a painting of a hibiscus, aren’t they cool?!
Read more at: Give me anything blue.