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.   

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.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mexican Street Scene Watercolor Painting

I love rustic Mexican style painted furniture,
like you see in small Mexican sidewalk cafes.  The colors
are so cheerful and inspiring, and so much fun to paint.
If I had a covered patio, I'd definitely stucco some of the walls
and paint some furniture like this.  I'd sit out there and
paint in my watercolor journal and drink sun tea
and pretend I was in old Laredo.
I have a few of these studies in my Etsy shop.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cosmos Watercolor Painting

I love cosmos. They're so cheerful and delicate and old-fashioned.
Our grandmas used to plant these, much more often than we do today.
They are often overlooked by today's gardeners,
because they're not so flashy.
That's one of the reasons I love them.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sunflowers Original Watercolor Painting

A few more sunflowers, painted in watercolor, of course. 
Sunflowers always remind me of the long hot summers here in Texas.
This painting is available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sunflower Time in Texas

It's heating up here in Central Texas, and that means sunflower patches are starting to pop up here and there. Many of them are volunteers - they just pop up again and again in fields along the roads. Some of them are four or five feet tall.  Pretty amazing. For sunflowers, I always start with W&N Transparent Yellow, and add accents with W&N Quin Gold (one of my favorite colors).

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Watercolor Painting of Pink Interior

Just started working on a series of interiors.
I love Shabby Chic and English Country themes,
and I LOVE pink, so this was really FUN!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Baby Bird

Baby Bird, painted in neutrals. Watercolor, on Fabriano Artistico HP paper.
I appreciate your comments and questions.  There may be a small delay before comments appear on this blog.  I sometimes get hit with comment spammers, so I have to use "comment moderation" from time to time.  I apologize for the delay.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Purple Anemones

Purple anemones, painted in watercolor in a very high key. I think I'll paint them again in darker colors, as an exercise. I'm doing a lot of experimentation lately. I tried using a watercolor "gloss" product several times - didn't like it at all.  Right now I'm experimenting with masking fluids. I think my favorite is the Incredible White Mask by Grafix. I like it because it's white and it doesn't stain the paper.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to Learn About Watercolors

Several nice people have asked me if I have made any tutorials or given any workshops.  That is so flattering, but I’ve never done that because I still consider myself a watercolor student. I have so much to learn, and the more I work, the more I feel like a beginner. But I could talk about the things that have helped me the most, so far.

The best written watercolor information resource I’ve ever found is Bruce MacEvoy’s “Handprint” site.  It’s absolutely amazing, and all watercolorists should spend a lot of time there. I especially love the section about pigments.  Then there are the published watercolor books. I must have at least 50 of them. My favorites are those written by Charles Reid and Shirley Trevena. I learn from all of them, but reading about watercolor is not nearly as helpful as watching someone painting watercolors.

The best way to watch watercolor artists paint is to watch videos.  I’m so grateful for painting DVDs. My favorites are:  “Painting Flowers in Watercolor”, “Watercolor Solutions” and “Flowers in Watercolor” by Charles Reid; “Expressive Watercolor Portraits” by Janet Rogers; “Breaking the Rules of Watercolor” and “Taking Risks with Watercolor” by Shirley Trevena; and “Light Effects in Watercolor” by David Curtis.  DVDs are expensive, but you can re-sell them, and I believe there are places online where you can rent them. In addition to DVDs, there are lots of watercolor video demos on YouTube, and Cheap Joe’s Art Supply has some very good videos on YouTube, too.  More and more artists are making their own tutorials, as well.

The very best way to watch artists at work would be to enroll in classes and workshops.  It’s awfully hard to find a good watercolor teacher in most areas, but more and more watercolorists are offering workshops around the country. You do have to travel, and they are expensive.  Over the years, I was lucky enough to find two excellent watercolorists who gave lessons in my general area. I still have never been to a workshop, but now that I’m retired from my job I’m looking for a watercolor workshop to attend in Texas. Can’t wait to have that experience.

Even when you’ve taken advantage of all the resources mentioned above, you can’t really make progress unless you practice and practice and practice. You have to throw away a ton of mistakes; that’s just a part of it. It’s the solitary part, where you paint into the night by yourself, with lots of failures – that’s where you learn the most.  Everyone says watercolor is the most difficult medium. I believe it.
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