Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Vintage Kitchel Utensils Watercolor Painting

Vintage Kitchen Utensils
Love old wooden spoons and crockery. They represent cooking for loved ones, and
I think that makes them very special.  This watercolor is available in my Etsy
shop or by email at Tranquility [at] hot . rr . com
Thank You for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Pink and White Roses in Glass Vase Watercolor Painting Flowers Bouquet Garden

Pink and White Roses in Glass Vase

Watercolor painting of a bouquet of pastel roses - available as a print.
Just email me or visit my Etsy shop.
And THANK YOU for looking!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Pink Roses in Vintage Creamer Watercolor Painting Flowers Floral Bouquet

Pastel Pink Roses in Vintage Glass Creamer

The old glass creamer in this painting is a very old piece that was one of the
promotional giveaways that Kelloggs Cereal used to do. That was in the good old days
when gas stations used to give away pieces of depression glass to customers
who bought gas. That was even before they gave out "savings stamps" that
people collected and pasted in "savings books".
I love this old thing, and I keep my hairpins in it.
THANK YOU for looking at my blog!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Blue and White Pitcher with Pink Rose Watercolor Painting Flowers

Blue and White - My Favorite Decorating Colors

My kitchen has always been blue and white. I'm so drawn to that clean, crisp
color combination. I think I'd love to have my whole house decorated entirely in blue and white.
For some reason, tho, I've never painted much of it. 
I'm going to change that :)
THANK YOU for visiting my blog!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Lavender Violets Watercolor Painting Floral Garden Bouquet Flowers

Every time I paint purple flowers, it reminds me of one of my favorite poems that starts:
"When I'm an old woman, I shall wear purple....."
I'm painting a lot of purple and lavender shades lately, but it's not just because I'm an old lady
(well, maybe a little). It's mostly because I removed the pre-mixed purple tube paints
from my palette and am trying to create my own purple and lavender mixes.
I'm looking for a softer, gentler, more fluid purple color than the ones
I find in tube paints.
THANK YOU for looking!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Pansies Watercolor Painting Botanical Violas Floral

Pansies Watercolor Painting

This was the first year that we planted Violas (mini Pansies) in our garden here in Texas.
I had always been afraid it was too hot here for those delicate looking little beauties.
But I was so surprised! They did beautifully, and bloomed their little
faces off for over 2 months. They will be on my planting list every year, from now on.
Every time I looked at them, I smiled, and that's surely worth it!
This painting is available by email or from my Etsy shop, and
THANK YOU for stopping by!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Hydrangea Watercolor Painting Botanical Floral

My first attempt at growing hydrangeas in Texas was not exactly a
galloping success. We planted three plants in our back flower bed, which does get
some direct sun in the morning, and dappled shade in the afternoon. But I guess that
isn't shady enough for least not in Texas. We did OK while the
temperatures were in the low 80s, but as soon as it got hotter than that, the poor little
things fried up into a stump.  Could not save two of them.  One of them, however, survived
and gave me the sweet little flower cluster above. I clipped it and dried it and painted it,
in case it was the only one I ever got :) 
Thank You for visiting my blog!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Watercolor Painting Laundry Day on the Farm

So grateful today for a wonderful rain storm here in Central Texas.  In July,
in Texas, rain is an exciting event! A woohoo moment!
I tried to make the sky in this watercolor look like there were rain clouds coming.
I hope it worked :)  Laundry day out in the country - it's such a favorite theme for me. 
It reminds me of so many things I value.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Purple Flowers and Vintage Cupboard Watercolor Painting

 My old home has been sold to a sweet young couple. What a relief! Now I can refocus. I've been rearranging and evaluating my art supplies and looking at new color mixes (more about that later). To get back in the painting groove, I've been painting some small interiors with my favorite things - flower arrangements, vintage furniture, stoneware items, etc. Here's one of them. It's in my Etsy shop at

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Vintage Washstand with Pot of Geraniums Watercolor Painting

Vintage Washstand with Pot of Geraniums

Without really planning it, I find myself painting things I love. Flowers, vintage
washstands (small dressers), old crockery, old jars, rope clotheslines, wildflowers.
If someone asks me to paint something and I'm not interested in that subject matter,
I won't ever be happy with the painting. That's why I rarely accept commissions.
But I love everything here, especially the old washstand. I have four of them
in my home, and several larger vintage dressers.
This is a collector-size watercolor, available by email or in my Etsy shop.
Thank You so much for looking, and I hope you like it.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bluebonnet Wildflower Watercolor Painting

Bluebonnet Watercolor Painting

It's that time of year when we Texans begin to dream about fields of Bluebonnets,
and Texas artists get the urge to start painting them.
It's that way with me, too. I'm going into a Bluebonnet phase, starting with small
Bluebonnet vignettes like this one, and then working my way up to larger ones, and then
fields of Live Oak Trees and Bluebonnets. 
I have original paintings here - if you are interested, just message
me at Tranquility (at)
And THANK YOU for looking !

Friday, January 5, 2018

Pink Mums in Terra Cotta Pot Watercolor Painting Flowers Floral

Pink Mums in Terra Cotta Pot
One of my old favorites, now available in prints.
Soft, fluid colors, pinks and greens - my favorite combination.
It's the new year, and we had a little bit of snow in Texas.  We don't like snow much here.
That's why we're in Texas.  Can't wait for hot weather again!
Thank You, friends, for looking at my blog.  I love to read your comments.
Have a wonderful, fresh new year!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Purple Flowers on the Stairs Watercolor Painting

Purple Flowers in Flower Pots on the Stairs
Watercolor painting on Fabriano cold-pressed paper.
It is getting cold in Texas, and I have very few flowers still blooming at my home.
A few periwinkle and a small white rose, up on my patio.
I hate cold weather. But this painting reminds me of what will happen next spring
when it's warm again in Texas.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sunflower and Hydrangea Watercolor Painting Flowers Floral Garden

Sunflower and Hydrangea in Old Pickle Jar
Watercolor painting on Fabriano cold-pressed watercolor paper, drawn in
pencil.  Another very casual bouquet, my favorite kind.
Soft, pastel colors. A gentle reminder of gramma's favorite flowers.
Wishing you all peace and safety and good health, every day.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wildflowers in a Glass Jar Watercolor Illustration

Is it finished? Most painters have a difficult time deciding when a painting is "finished".
 Most of them keep going way too long, and overwork a painting. In my opinion, 
they usually should have finished about 10 steps ago. I have done that, too. 
I try to stop early enough to just give an impression...a feeling...and leave something
 to the viewer's imagination. Plus I like to see a lot of sparkly white paper and crisp
 pencil drawing when I'm looking at watercolors. When I reached this point in the wildflower study
above, my instinct told me to stop. Every time I started to go back and paint more, 
something stopped me. So, in my opinion, it is finished. I love it just the way it is. 
I'm going to frame it for my new kitchen. 
I hope you all had a quiet, peaceful Thanksgiving.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Little Boy Fishing Original Watercolor Painting

Little Boy Fishing

I don't paint many outdoor scenes, except for my Laundry Day Watercolors,
so this was something a little different.  I drew it in pencil,
as usual, and painted it in watercolor.  I have tubes of many different
watercolor brands, but most of my favorite tubes turn out
to be Sennellier, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke and Grumbacher.
Grumbacher is a very old brand, but it still produces some fine, smooth pigments.
This watercolor is available - just email me at
THANK YOU for looking, and I hope you have a peaceful day.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pink Roses Watercolor Painting Flower Bouquet Floral Garden

Pink Roses in Glass Vase

This watercolor is on its way to Mary Jo in California.  Thank You so much to
my new customer! I've been asked if I paint from life or photos. I paint from life,
photos and also my imagination.  It's awfully hot in the summers
here in Texas.  That makes it difficult for this little old lady to get out there in the
outdoors to paint. So I use my imagination.
And anyway, I'm not one of those literal photographic painters.  I'm painting
about a feeling, a quiet memory, a peaceful moment.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bouquet of Strawflowers Painted in Watercolor

Painted in watercolor.  A casual bouquet of simple flowers,
painted in pastel tones.  I love Strawflowers.
So simple and soft, nothing fancy or flashy.
Very sweet flowers.
I have prints available, and custom paintings are available
on request at Tranquility (at)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pink Roses Watercolor Painting Flowers Floral Botanical

Pink Roses and a New Home

I've just come thru an exhausting move to a new home. It's just a few blocks away
 from my old home, but it was still a major ordeal. I moved all my watercolor studio items
 by hand, in my  trusty little Chevy Cavalier. One load at a time. It took a long time, cause
 I'm nearly 70 years old  and it was hovering around 100 degrees here in Texas.
 As the British say, I feel like I've been drug thru a hedge backwards.
 One of the reasons for my move was that I needed a bigger studio space, and
 now that I've got it, I'm itching to get back to painting. In fact, the second night in my
 new home I started painting flowers. And now that I have room, I have some larger florals
 on the drawing board. Flowers are my therapy. My refuge when the world outside
 is so chaotic. I hope they provide relief for you, too.
By the way, my little Chevy Cavalier is now 17 years old, and I have no
intention of ever letting her go.  She's a gem.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wildflowers in Glass Jar Watercolor Painting

Wildflowers in Glass Jar
I'm painting wildflowers in my watercolor studio, as usual.
They are one of my two favorite subjects - wildflowers and laundry day scenes.
I'd rather have a glass jar of wildflowers than a big fancy
vase of expensive hothouse flowers, any day of the week.
Painting wildflowers is keeping me grounded, cause I'm also packing up to
move across town, and that is extremely stressful.
But I'll have a much bigger painting space, and that's wonderful.
I will have some much larger floral watercolors soon.
Email me at, and
THANK YOU for looking at my little blog.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lavender Field in Provence France Watercolor Painting

Lavender Field in France
I was lucky enough to have a trip to France when I was younger, and I'll never
forget it.  It's so magical.  Everything about it was amazing.
Later, when I started painting, I couldn't resist some of the French
scenes that are still in my memory.  
I have prints of this watercolor available.  Just email me at
and THANK YOU so much for looking !

Monday, August 28, 2017

Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and Wild Primrose Watercolor Painting of Texas Wildflowers

Texas Wildflowers
Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and Wild Yellow Primrose
Some of our favorite wildflowers.  A casual bouquet in an old glass jar, 
my favorite kind of bouquet.  Nothing fancy.
I have made some new prints of this watercolor painting.  If you are interested,
please email me at
and THANK YOU, as always, for looking at my blog.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Original Watercolor Painting of Bluebonnets Flowers Floral Wildflowers Garden

More Bluebonnets
Here in Texas, we call them Texas Bluebonnets and we act like nobody else has them.
That's not true, though.  They grow in many states, and some people call them
Lupines.  There are different colors, too.  White and pink, for example.
This watercolor is available in my Etsy shop, or you could email me
at for more information.
Thank You for visiting my blog!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tomato Original Watercolor Painting Veggie Vegetable

I LOVE to paint little veggie studies.  That's what I do whenever I feel
a bit of "artist's block" coming on.  I start painting simple, colorful little veggies,
and it makes me feel inspired and happy.
I also recommend veggies to every new watercolor student.  Their simple shapes
and bright, clear colors make a terrific learning exercise.
I always have a series of veggie paintings in my Etsy shop, but they are
also available by emailing me at
I'll post some of my favorite veggies here in the next few blog posts.
THANK YOU so much for looking at my blog!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Texas Bluebonnets in Glass Jar Watercolor Painting

Texas Bluebonnets in Glass Jar

I never, ever get tired of painting Texas Bluebonnets.  I especially like to see them
in a casual country bouquet in an old glass jar.
They are not easy to grow in a garden.  I finally had one this year, and I
sure hope it comes back next year.
This original watercolor is in my Etsy shop.
Thank You for looking!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Red Tulips in Vintage Creamer Watercolor Painting

Red Tulips in Vintage Creamer

I have a small collection of vintage creamers.  There's something about the smaller size
that appeals to me.  I like to think about the ladies who may have used them in
their tea parties many years ago, or maybe the fancy restaurants that used them years
ago.  They are perfect for small casual bouquets of flowers, fresh from the garden.
This was a painting I did a few years ago, but I have prints available in
my Etsy shop.  Thank You so much for visiting my blog!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hydrangeas Watercolor Painting

Another flower that is difficult to grow, but fun to paint.  A friend of mine
used to have so many of these growing all around her home,
and she could control the color with different types of plant food.
I could hardly believe it!
I wouldn't even attempt that; I'm satisfied just to paint them.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Roses in Glass Watercolor Painting

Roses are difficult subjects, I think.
I always struggle with them, and I always swear that I'll never paint another one.
But then I always try again.  I do think they are usually better
with a simple background, because they are so flashy.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Controlled Blooms in Watercolor Paintings

What is a "controlled bloom" in watercolor? First you have to ask what is a "bloom"? A "bloom" is when you start painting next to another painted area that is almost dry...but not quite. Suddenly the water and pigment from your new area begins to invade the older, almost-dry area, and that creates a wild, random flooded area that is unpredictable. It looks a little like an incoming tide on the beach. This little painting has quite a few "blooms". Were they accidents? No! I LOVE blooms, so I try to create them all the time. When I create them on purpose, I call them "controlled blooms". To most watercolorists, a "bloom" is a bad thing. We are taught in school to avoid them. They supposedly ruin a watercolor. Hogwash. I think they make a watercolor much more interesting. I ignore most of the "watercolor rules" that I have read about.  What do you think?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Umbrella in the Rain Watercolor Painting

Umbrella in the Rain

It's late July in Texas, and we celebrate every drop of rain that comes our way.
I watch the radar, looking for rain.  If I see a possible rain cell,
I'm so exited because it not just rain, it's Nap Time!
I love to take a nap when it's raining!
Prints of this watercolor painting are available in my Etsy shop.
Thank you for looking at my blog!
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