Thursday, July 17, 2014

Periwinkles Watercolor Painting

These are my favorite summer flowers.  I call them Periwinkles.
Some people call them Vinca.  They have the happiest little faces!
They bloom beautifully here in Texas because
they don't mind the intense heat and sunshine.
These were painted in watercolor on Fabriano cold-pressed
watercolor paper, using a variety of professional watercolor paints
made by Winsor & Newton, Schmincke, Sennellier and others.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Country Mailbox in the Bluebonnets

Here is a watercolor of an old country mailbox
in the bluebonnets.  Two things I love.
We didn't have a big crop of bluebonnets in our area
this year, but it was enough to make me
want to paint them.  It happens every year.
Just love wildflowers.  They are such a gift!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Watercolor Painting of Flowers in Teacups

This is an original watercolor painting of three teacups
full of spring flowers, painted on Fabriano CP watercolor paper
using a variety of watercolor brands, such as Winsor & Newton,
Schmincke, Grumbacher and Sennellier.
I started with a pencil drawing, using a very fine point mechanical pencil, and
I deliberately left most of my original pencil sketch lines,
because I like the casual effect that they leave.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Tulips in White Pitcher

Another study of the lovely tulips
given to me by Kelley and Tony, my favorite people
in the world.  Painted on Fabriano 140#
watercolor paper, using Winsor & Newton paints.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pink Tulips in Old White Pitcher

Pink Tulips in Old White Ironstone Pitcher
Painted from a beautiful batch of tulips
given to me by my beautiful daughter Kelley
and her wonderful fiancé Tony.
Plopped into one of my lovely old white
ironstone pitchers.  A perfect combination.
Painted on Fabriano 140# CP watercolor paper
using mostly Winsor and Newton artist's paints,
using my favorite soft pink and green shabby chic color palette.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pastel Roses Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Roses
Experimenting with roses.  I find them a very difficult
flower to paint, so I'm always trying a new approach.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sunflowers in Glass

Painted in watercolor on Fabriano cold-pressed watercolor paper,
using Winsor & Newton, Sennelier and Grumbacher paints.
We're finally warming up here in Texas Hill Country.
The bluebonnets are just arriving along the roadsides, and as soon as
it gets really hot, the wild sunflowers will start to sprout.
So happy to see the end of the freezing temperatures.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Watercolor Painting of Flowers

I was really honored and tickled this week when a lady named Laura Jolna
featured my watercolors in her blog entitled "Bella Bella Vita". 
 It's a blog about things that inspire her - art, food, etc. Here's a link to her blog:
Thank you, Laura!  You made my day!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Strawflowers Watercolor Painting

A Vase of Strawflowers
Painted in watercolor in soft pastel tones
Fabriano archival watercolor paper
Artists watercolor paints
Original and prints are available in my Etsy shop

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunflowers Watercolor Painting

Prints of this watercolor are now available
in my Etsy shop.
I couldn't paint yellow flowers without my favorite yellow paint,
Winsor & Newton Quin Yellow.  It's a must for all watercolorists.
Here in Texas we are anxiously awaiting spring,
and I'm looking forward to the heat of summer,
when these fabulous yellow wildflowers will pop up again.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Purple Flowers in Baby Food Jar
Prints are now available in my Etsy shop!
This was painted in watercolor on Fabriano CP paper
using my favorite purples:  Dioxazine Purple and
Permanent Magenta.
Deep purple flowers always make me smile!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vintage Wash Stand

Vintage Wash Stand
Painted sage green
I love antique wash stands, painted or not painted
They seem so sturdy and unassuming
I have two of them in my living room, and am always
on the lookout for another

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

White Roses and Daisies

White Roses and Daisies
Painted in watercolor, of course.
I used diluted blues and greens for the flowers,
since I do not use white paint.
The centers were painted with WN Transparent Yellow
and WN Quin Gold.
Available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Geraniums in the Window, French Blue Shutters

Geraniums in the Window
Painted in watercolor, of course.
Beside the colorful blue shutters that you see
in so many French windows.
The red is a lovely color by Grumbacher
called "Geranium".

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Old Farmhouse and Red Barn

Old Farmhouse and Red Barn
Painted in watercolor, of course.
For my painter friends, the red barn is painted
in my favorite sienna color, Schmincke Transparent Brown,
a wonderfully transparent rich color.
Some of my favorite watercolor tubes are Schmincke.
It's an old German watercolor company,
more popular in England and Europe, but available
in the States, as well.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Challenge Photos

Artists Helping Artists
"30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge
Here are most of the paintings I submitted
to the challenge in September 2013.
This collage was created using the free collage tool
at Picmonkey.  If you'd like to make your own free
collage, just google Picmonkey.  You don't
even have to create an account!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blue Chair, Brown Dresser, A Cozy Interior

This painting was for Day #30
in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge
This was the final painting of the challenge.
It was a very interesting experience.  I missed a few days
here and there, and I didn't post every painting
here in my blog.  It was a good learning experience.
Leslie Saeta is planning another 30/30 challenge in January,
for any artists who would like to participate.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Blue Tablecloth, White Chest of Drawers, A Cozy Room

This painting was for Day #29
in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge
I love to paint cozy interiors, small warm rooms
that you would find in country cottages,
a safe refuge from the storm.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

White Lilies Watercolor Painting

Day #26 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge
White Lilies

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Red Poppies Watercolor Painting

Day #19 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge
Red Poppies

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Red Tulips Watercolor Painting

Day #18 in "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge
Red Tulips in Vase.
Painted with Cadmium Red Deep and
Rose Madder Lake.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yellow Cup and Saucer Watercolor Painting

Day #17 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days” Challenge
Yellow Cup and Saucer.
Will be available in my Etsy shop shortly.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Little Girl in Blue

"Little Girl in Blue"
A portrait I painted a few years ago when I was doing portrait commissions.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Purple Flowers in Baby Food Jar

Day #10 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days” Challenge
Purple Flowers in Baby Food Jar.
Painted in watercolor on Fabriano HP paper, using
Dioxazine Purple, Permanent Magenta, Hookers Green and Sap Green.
Available in my Etsy shop (that's where I list most of my paintings).
We're at the one-third mark in the "30/30" challenge!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Petunias on Rock Wall

Day #6 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days”
Here’s my  Day #6 painting for the challenge. 
 A pot of petunias sitting on a rock wall in a French garden.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Purple Flowers in Enamel Pitcher

Day #5 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days” Challenge
Something a little different, so I don’t get too crazy.  More abstract and stylized.   

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Daisies Watercolor Painting

Day #3 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days”
Here’s my  Day #3 painting for the challenge.   My favorite flower.  I used to have a 12’ by 3’ bed of them in my back yard.  It was wonderful.  They grew to over 2’ tall. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Pink Evening Primrose Watercolor Painting

Day #1 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days” 
OK, here we go.  It’s Day #1 and this is my first painting of the challenge.
I’m keeping it kinda small – most will probably be 5” x 7”, and the subjects will be pretty simple.
The pink color in this painting is my favorite pink, Sennellier Carmine. 
This morning, as the painting challenge started, there were 346 artists signed up on Leslie Saeta’s blog.  I’ll let you know how many are still posting at the end of the 30 days.  I hope I’m one of them!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Watercolor Paintings of Flowers

As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’m a big fan of a wonderful artists information site called “Artists Helping Artists”, which was created by two amazing oil painters, Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry.  There is a link to that site on my blog. It’s a “blog-talk radio” site with archived shows, and I listen to it almost every day.  Leslie Saeta is such a sparkplug, and she periodically issues challenges to motivate artists. One of her recurring challenges is called “30 Paintings in 30 Days”. I’ve watched other artists participate in the challenge before, but knew I didn’t have the time to participate myself. 
Well, this time I have no excuses, so I’ve signed up to participate. The challenge is to paint a finished painting every day and post it on our blogs or Facebook pages.  The challenge begins on September 1.   It’s a motivator and hopefully a skill-sharpener.  I might be losing my mind, but I’m going to give it a try. I’m not going to be too hard on myself – if I have to skip a day, I will. But I’ll do as many days as I can.  If any of you other artists out there would like to participate, just google Leslie Saeta and go to her blog to sign up.
My theme will be flowers, of course – flowers in glass jars.  I might sprinkle something else in here and there, but I’ll stick to my theme as much as possible.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

African Violets Watercolor Painting

What is the first thing that comes out of an artist's head when
she sits down and starts sketching?
For me, it's a pot of African violets.  It's like my form of doodling.
I don't know why...I have never grown them...
don't have a single pot of them...I can destroy any house plant
in a matter of hours...
but that's what comes out.
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