Friday, July 21, 2017

Succulent in Terra Cotta Flower Pot Watercolor Painting


Succulent in Terra Cotta Flower Pot
This is a watercolor painting of a succulent in an old terra cotta flower pot.
Painted using mostly Sennellier, W&N, and Schmincke 
watercolor paints on Fabriano paper.
Drawn with an extra-fine point mechanical pencil before painting.
Prints are available in my Etsy shop.
THANK YOU for looking!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pink Amaryllis Lily Watercolor Painting


Pink Amaryllis Lily
I love any flower that is soft pale pink.
This study of a pastel Pink Amaryllis Lily is available in my Etsy shop.
It was painted in watercolor and drawn with a
fine-point mechanical pencil.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Baby Bird Watercolor Painting


Baby Bird Watercolor Painting
Sometimes I just want to paint something whimsical and fun, 
so I will take a break and paint a cute baby animal.
This is my idea of a funny little baby robin.
Not technically correct, just a whimsy.
The original and prints are available in my Etsy shop.
By the way, the pencil marks are left on purpose.  
I like to see the pencil marks under a painting.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yellow Daisies in Vintage Creamer Original Watercolor Painting


Yellow Daisies in Vintage Creamer
My original watercolor of a handful of wild daisies in a
treasured antique creamer.
Drawn with fine point pencil and painted with
artists archival watercolor paints on Fabriano paper.
Available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Purple Wildflowers in Old Glass Bottle Watercolor Painting


Purple Wildflowers in an Old Glass Bottle
This is a print of one of my watercolor paintings, available in my Etsy shop.
People often ask me what I use to draw with.
I sometimes use a fine-point Micron pen, but mostly I use
a mechanical pencil with a very fine .3mm lead.
I like the Forte Pro II mechanical pencils made by Pentel.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Roses and Lilacs Watercolor Painting

Roses and Lilacs
Have been experimenting with dark backgrounds, using two or three layers of color.
I started this one with a deep purple background, and then added a layer of almost black.
I've been neglecting my blog this year, due to other obligations.
I will try to do better.
Painted on Fabriano CP watercolor paper, using a variety
of watercolor brands:  Winsor & Newton, Sennellier,
Schmincke, Grumbacher, and others.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Original Watercolor Painting of Tulips

Watercolor Painting of Red Tulips in Terra Cotta Pots
 
Red tulips seem like holiday flowers to me.
These were painted in watercolor on Fabriano CP watercolor paper,
using a variety of paint brands:  Winsor & Newton, Sennellier, Schmincke, etc.
I don't use just one paint brand.  The colors vary so much between brands.
For example, Hookers Green by Graham is remarkably different
from Hookers Green by Grumbacher.
So I make lots and lots of color charts, and then choose the swatches that
I like best.  I think I have favorites from almost every paint brand:
Winsor & Newton, Sennellier, Schmincke, Grumbacher, Graham, DaVinci,
David Smith, and a few others.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lavender Flowers in Glass Cup

Lavender Flowers in Glass Cup
Pale, pastel purple garden flowers, plopped into a glass cup...
a simple, casual bouquet from grandma's garden,
my favorite kind of bouquet.
Painted on Fabriano CP watercolor paper, using a variety
of watercolor brands:  Winsor & Newton, Sennellier,
Schmincke, Grumbacher, and others.
A print of this painting is available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wildflower Watercolor Painting



Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and Yellow Primrose
Some of my favorite Texas wildflowers
Painted in watercolor, of course, on
Fabriano CP watercolor paper
These wonderful wildflowers cannot possibly be an accident.
They volunteer themselves, without any help from us,
in the fields and along the roads all over Texas,
often in the most inhospitable sandy, rocky places.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Peonies Watercolor Painting

Peonies in a Teacup
A watercolor painting of some garden Peonies
in a teacup.  I prefer casual flower arrangements, like
a clump of flowers freshly picked from the garden,
plopped in a teacup or an old glass jar,
the way your grandma used to do it.  Makes me
much happier than a fancy formal arrangement.  This
painting was painted on Fabriano CP watercolor
paper using a variety of watercolor brands:
Winsor & Newton, Sennellier, Schmincke, etc.
Garden flowers are food for the soul, made of peace
and serenity.  They say to me:  "Take care of yourself, old woman."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Periwinkles Watercolor Painting

Periwinkles
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

Sunflowers
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: http://www.bellabellavita.com/2014/03/artist-spotlight-floral-bouquets-of.html?
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 Watercolor Painting



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
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