I don't usually paint outside but I began Summer Song by sitting on a porch looking at a hanging basket of pretty flowers. I began with wet paper and loaded my brush with strong paint and worked quickly to get as much completed as I could before the paper dried. A few added darks and details and I was done - a fun way to loosen up!
I began this painting of daisies by lightly sketching in three on 140 lb watercolor paper. I then wet the paper and quickly painted colors around the white flowers using shades of yellow, green and blue.
When everything was dry I began using background colors to negative paint and define the white petals and leaves. I kept building up the definition of the flowers and adding background leaves until I was satisfied with the painting.
Several years ago, I decided to take the plunge and create my own website for my watercolor paintings. I had put it off for several years because at the time they were not easy to set up yourself but then I found out that yahoo made it VERY easy. Since then I have added a blog, a newsletter, Facebook, Etsy, Flicker and Pinterest.
There are new sites popping up everyday where you can feature your art and at times it can be overwhelming, but no matter how many different sites you belong to a website remains the hub.
Unlike Facebook, Pinterest and many other sites you have total control over your own website.
Your website features your artwork only so you don't get lost in the crowd.
You can build your own mailing list from people interested in your website.
You can sell from your website and not have to give a commission to someone else.
You, and you alone decide when and how to make changes to your website.
Aspens (or birch) are my favorite trees to paint because you can have so much fun with the dark texture on the light bark. For this painting I combined watercolor and collage, using textured rice papers on the rocks in the foreground.
Last month we focused on color combinations in my weekly classes. For Low Country Colors I used a triadic color scheme - three colors equally spaced on the color wheel. I chose the secondary colors of purple, green and orange and reflected the sky colors in the water. We lived in South Carolina for six years and I miss the warmth and beauty of the low country.