Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lighthouses and Masking Fluid

We tackled lighthouses in my Tuesday morning watercolor class and used masking fluid to save our whites. Masking is a wonderful way to protect a shape so that you can freely brush paint across the wet paper - in this case to paint the sky - and not get any color on your lighthouse or other shape. Remember to use an old brush and wipe it on a bar of soap first so that it will be easier to clean up.

You can see all of my original seascape paintings in my Etsy Shop 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Creative Monday Challenge - Week 25

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. Before I forget to mention it, we will not have a Creative Monday Challenge next week since it will be July 4th. We will have a house full of family which will be fun, but busy.

The Challenge for this week is to paint some kind of animal  - realistic or whimsical - your choice!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sunshine and Flowers

Watercolor - 11x15

A touch of pink, a hint of purple and a healthy dose of sunshine and a garden of flowers is created! If only it were that easy. I have to admit that I do not have a green thumb. Part of the problem is that I forget to water my plants. And then when I do remember, I tend to over water them. I wish gardening were my thing, but at the end of the day, I would rather be painting flowers than growing them. How about you?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

SUNRISE on the Water

Watercolor - 11x15

I love being around any kind of water - mountain streams, southern lakes, coastal marshes, ocean shores - and watching the warm colors of the early morning sun reflected off of their sparkling surface. Always so pretty!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday Watercolor Class - Rocks and Texture

Last week in the Tuesday watercolor class that I teach at the Oak Ridge Art Center we focused on painting rocks. Painting with watercolor does not provide real texture so we used fun ways to create the illusion of roughness on the rocks. A  piece of a credit card can be used to scrape in to the wet paint for the overall rock shapes and you can dry brush and spatter paint to add more texture. Collage is also a fun way to create real texture in the rock areas of your watercolor.

You can see more of my paintings with rocks in them here

Monday, June 20, 2016

Creative Monday Challenge - Week 24 - Summertime Theme

Watercolor - 15x22

Todd and I have been enjoying the warm weather and long days of our first summer here on the lake. We are still busy with projects and yard work but have made time take the boat out and enjoy the water. I have always thought it would be fun to learn to sail - such freedom, flying across the water!

Tomorrow is the official start of summer so I thought it would be fun to make that the theme for this week's Creative Monday Challenge. What is your favorite part of summer?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tropical Fish Watercolor Batik - Sold

Watercolor Batik - 11x14

I didn't hold back on using bright colors when I painted these tropical fish. I used a batik technique where watercolors are painted on to a textured rice paper and melted wax is used as a resist. The final piece has the look and feel of traditional batik painting on fabric.