Sunday, July 30, 2017

Roses in Glass Watercolor Painting

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

Controlled Blooms in Watercolor Paintings

What is a "controlled bloom" in watercolor? First you have to ask what is a "bloom"? A "bloom" is when you start painting next to another painted area that is almost dry...but not quite. Suddenly the water and pigment from your new area begins to invade the older, almost-dry area, and that creates a wild, random flooded area that is unpredictable. It looks a little like an incoming tide on the beach. This little painting has quite a few "blooms". Were they accidents? No! I LOVE blooms, so I try to create them all the time. When I create them on purpose, I call them "controlled blooms". To most watercolorists, a "bloom" is a bad thing. We are taught in school to avoid them. They supposedly ruin a watercolor. Hogwash. I think they make a watercolor much more interesting. I ignore most of the "watercolor rules" that I have read about.  What do you think?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Umbrella in the Rain Watercolor Painting

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 Watercolor Painting Texas Wildflower

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

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.
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