Monday, June 28, 2010

Red Baby Shoes

I've mentioned before, my daughter went thru a "red" phase growing up. All her clothes and shoes had to be red. Thank goodness she grew out of it, but it left me with a fondness for little red shoes. I think they're irresistable.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wild Yellow Rose

My watercolor friend Mary Williamson gave me a couple of pieces of heavy illustration board to try out. I was happy with the way this wild yellow rose turned out. I love the smooth texture of the board and I would probably paint more on it, but it's so expensive! It definitely has its uses, though. Thank you, Mary, for being such a kind, sharing friend. Love ya!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


This painting is a tribute to an old friend. Did you have a bug that you loved when you were younger?  I wonder where my old one is right now.  I often paint these bugs in lots of different colors for bug lovers.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


I love painting wild roses - it's something about the simplicity of the petals, compared to the fuzzy centers. They tend to have delicate colors, too. I like painting them in a sort-of bisque color, like the color of a shiny glazed bowl. I arrive at that color by mixing Rose Madder Genuine, Transparent Yellow, and Hookers Green Deep. Don't mix them too much! I like to let the colors mix mostly on the paper, so you can see the separate colors. This color looks its best on hot-pressed paper, I think. I prefer Fabriano Artistico hot-pressed.
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