If you are interested in painting in watercolor, it's helpful to learn about the different types of watercolor paper and how they are made. The three basic types are "hot-pressed" (smooth), "cold-pressed" (moderately textured), and "rough" (lots of texture). For this painting of Daisies and a Sunflower, I used "cold-pressed". I think you can see a little bit of the textured paper in the photo. The very best place to start learning about watercolor is a fabulous site called "Handprint" - www.handprint.com. It's amazing. And thank you for looking at my site - I appreciate it.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Little Boy Fishing
I don't paint many outdoor scenes, except for my Laundry Day Watercolors,
so this was something a little different. I drew it in pencil,
as usual, and painted it in watercolor. I have tubes of many different
watercolor brands, but most of my favorite tubes turn out
to be Sennellier, Winsor & Newton, Schmincke and Grumbacher.
Grumbacher is a very old brand, but it still produces some fine, smooth pigments.
This watercolor is available - just email me at Tranquility@hot.rr.com
THANK YOU for looking, and I hope you have a peaceful day.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Pink Roses in Glass Vase
This watercolor is on its way to Mary Jo in California. Thank You so much to
my new customer! I've been asked if I paint from life or photos. I paint from life,
photos and also my imagination. It's awfully hot in the summers
here in Texas. That makes it difficult for this little old lady to get out there in the
outdoors to paint. So I use my imagination.
And anyway, I'm not one of those literal photographic painters. I'm painting
about a feeling, a quiet memory, a peaceful moment.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Painted in watercolor. A casual bouquet of simple flowers,
painted in pastel tones. I love Strawflowers.
So simple and soft, nothing fancy or flashy.
Very sweet flowers.
I have prints available, and custom paintings are available
on request at Tranquility@hot.rr.com
Monday, September 18, 2017
Pink Roses and a New Home
I've just come thru an exhausting move to a new home. It's just a few blocks away
from my old home, but it was still a major ordeal. I moved all my watercolor studio items
by hand, in my trusty little Chevy Cavalier. One load at a time. It took a long time, cause
I'm nearly 70 years old and it was hovering around 100 degrees here in Texas.
As the British say, I feel like I've been drug thru a hedge backwards.
One of the reasons for my move was that I needed a bigger studio space, and
now that I've got it, I'm itching to get back to painting. In fact, the second night in my
new home I started painting flowers. And now that I have room, I have some larger florals
on the drawing board. Flowers are my therapy. My refuge when the world outside
is so chaotic. I hope they provide relief for you, too.
By the way, my little Chevy Cavalier is now 17 years old, and I have no
intention of ever letting her go. She's a gem.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Wildflowers in Glass Jar
I'm painting wildflowers in my watercolor studio, as usual.
They are one of my two favorite subjects - wildflowers and laundry day scenes.
I'd rather have a glass jar of wildflowers than a big fancy
vase of expensive hothouse flowers, any day of the week.
Painting wildflowers is keeping me grounded, cause I'm also packing up to
move across town, and that is extremely stressful.
But I'll have a much bigger painting space, and that's wonderful.
I will have some much larger floral watercolors soon.
Email me at Tranquility@hot.rr.com, and
THANK YOU for looking at my little blog.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Lavender Field in France
I was lucky enough to have a trip to France when I was younger, and I'll never
forget it. It's so magical. Everything about it was amazing.
Later, when I started painting, I couldn't resist some of the French
scenes that are still in my memory.
I have prints of this watercolor available. Just email me at Tranquility@hot.rr.com
and THANK YOU so much for looking !
Monday, August 28, 2017
Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrush and Wild Yellow Primrose
Some of our favorite wildflowers. A casual bouquet in an old glass jar,
my favorite kind of bouquet. Nothing fancy.
I have made some new prints of this watercolor painting. If you are interested,
please email me at Tranquility@hot.rr.com
and THANK YOU, as always, for looking at my blog.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Here in Texas, we call them Texas Bluebonnets and we act like nobody else has them.
That's not true, though. They grow in many states, and some people call them
Lupines. There are different colors, too. White and pink, for example.
This watercolor is available in my Etsy shop, or you could email me
at Tranquility@hot.rr.com for more information.
Thank You for visiting my blog!
Thursday, August 24, 2017
I LOVE to paint little veggie studies. That's what I do whenever I feel
a bit of "artist's block" coming on. I start painting simple, colorful little veggies,
and it makes me feel inspired and happy.
I also recommend veggies to every new watercolor student. Their simple shapes
and bright, clear colors make a terrific learning exercise.
I always have a series of veggie paintings in my Etsy shop, but they are
also available by emailing me at Tranquility@hot.rr.com
I'll post some of my favorite veggies here in the next few blog posts.
THANK YOU so much for looking at my blog!
Monday, August 14, 2017
Texas Bluebonnets in Glass Jar
I never, ever get tired of painting Texas Bluebonnets. I especially like to see them
in a casual country bouquet in an old glass jar.
They are not easy to grow in a garden. I finally had one this year, and I
sure hope it comes back next year.
This original watercolor is in my Etsy shop.
Thank You for looking!
Friday, August 11, 2017
Red Tulips in Vintage Creamer
I have a small collection of vintage creamers. There's something about the smaller size
that appeals to me. I like to think about the ladies who may have used them in
their tea parties many years ago, or maybe the fancy restaurants that used them years
ago. They are perfect for small casual bouquets of flowers, fresh from the garden.
This was a painting I did a few years ago, but I have prints available in
my Etsy shop. Thank You so much for visiting my blog!
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Another flower that is difficult to grow, but fun to paint. A friend of mine
used to have so many of these growing all around her home,
and she could control the color with different types of plant food.
I could hardly believe it!
I wouldn't even attempt that; I'm satisfied just to paint them.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Roses are difficult subjects, I think.
I always struggle with them, and I always swear that I'll never paint another one.
But then I always try again. I do think they are usually better
with a simple background, because they are so flashy.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Umbrella in the Rain
It's late July in Texas, and we celebrate every drop of rain that comes our way.
I watch the radar, looking for rain. If I see a possible rain cell,
I'm so exited because it not just rain, it's Nap Time!
I love to take a nap when it's raining!
Prints of this watercolor painting are available in my Etsy shop.
Thank you for looking at my blog!
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Pink Evening Primrose
An earlier painting of my very favorite Texas wildflower,
the tender-hearted Pink Evening Primrose.
It volunteers itself all over Texas in the roughest, dryest terraine,
in spite of the intense heat.
It opens and closes during the day, and the flowers don't last long,
so you have to soak it in while you can.
I love this delicate darling thing.
Prints are available. Just email me at Tranquility@hot.rr.com
Friday, July 21, 2017
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
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
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
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 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.