Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Here is a portrait that I painted a few years ago when I was doing children's portraits. This was a practice study - not one of my commissions. I love painting portraits, but I got burned out doing portrait commissions. One day when I have more time I'll paint more portraits.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Have a peaceful and relaxing Thanksgiving. Peace and calm and tranquility are of prime importance to me. I endured alot of stress and pain, years ago, before I finally learned to eliminate the negativity from my life. Life is so short. Don't struggle with people who bring you down. Surround yourself with only those people who treat you with respect and kindness.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
This painting of red tulips is a little more whimsy and a little less realism, but I love it. I think it's something about the colors, maybe. And I felt good about the feeling of the red color. Red is always tricky in watercolors, because it is so strong and it turns out very opaque if you're not careful. If you want to keep your painting transparent, you have to go very carefully with the red. I think you have to suggest the red, instead of really pushing it. I made some prints of this one, and they are available in my eBay shop and my Etsy shop.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Now that I'm getting a little more settled into my new (old) house, I've started to unpack some of my paintings. I'm taking them apart, cleaning them, adding fresh mats, and taking digital photos of them (up until now I only had polaroids, and those had gotten very old and faded). Here is a painting of my daughter Kelley that I painted when she was about 10 years old. I did a bunch of paintings of her at different ages, and I'll share more of them as I get them photographed. Kelley is 38 years old now, so this was painted a very long time ago!
Friday, November 4, 2011
I'm always looking for opportunities to use my favorite complimentary color mixes (pink and green, and lavendar and green). Using beautiful complimentary colors just seems to give you a head start on a satisfying painting. I love garden flowers tucked into everyday glass jars. This is a very simple study, but it gave me much enjoyment.