Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Watercolor & Words Wednesday - Autumn Leaves

Instant Download Printable - 8x10

I just added several more Autumn themed printable in my Etsy Shop. They are ready for instant downloading so that you can print, trim and frame for yourself or to give as a gift. You can print as many times as you want and they are being offered at a new LOW PRICE!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yoga, Art and Balance

Acrylic Collage - 9x12 board

Since we moved to Tennessee I have been attending a yoga class several times a week. I never thought I would enjoy yoga but as I have gotten older (just a little) I realize the need for more stretching and balance in my exercise routine. I have always been a runner but I have started to try and mix it up a little with walking, swimming and yoga and to try and find that perfect balance between pushing my body and not hurting it.

I think balance is important in all areas of our lives and especially for our creative journey. We need balance in the colors we use, the values in the compositions we are creating and how critical we are of ourselves and our work. Most importantly, we need to try and find the balance between the enjoyment of the artistic process and the desire to push for the final product. We need to remember to steady ourselves, relax and enjoy the creative ride!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Creative Monday Challenge - Week 37 - Texture

Watercolor - 15x21

If you are painting with acrylics or oils it is easy to suggest texture in your artwork because the paint itself has a thick consistency that can be built up to create roughness that you can actually touch and feel. Watercolors present a greater challenge because the paint itself is so thin that we have to fool the eye and create 'visual texture'.

We can use all sorts of tricks to create the suggestion of texture with watercolors including salt, dry brush, blossoms, spatters, plastic wrap, scraping, dripping, sponging and stamping.

You can also use instant coffee to create a rusted look for metal objects as I did in this painting of an old watering can. I also used the coffee on the wooden fence along with some dry brush to create a rough look.

The Creative Monday Challenge for this week is to create texture in your painting whether it is visual or tactile.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Celebrate Change and Sunflowers

Watercolor batik - 18x24

"Change is hard at first, messy in the middle 
and glorious at the end"
Robin Sharma

With the start of fall, the days getting a little shorter and the temperature cooling slightly I am feeling new creative inspiration and energy in the studio. I love summer and the time spent outside but I also love the feel of autumn and the changing seasons.

With art and life it is important to embrace the changes that come our way - whether small or large. I always tell my students that it can be hard to get yourself started on a painting and you will feel like it is a big mess at some point in the middle but if we can trust the creative process it will be glorious in the end!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New Fall Printables and Official First Day of Autumn

Instant Download Print - 8x10

Happy First Day of Autumn! To celebrate the season I have created some fall themed printables for my Etsy Shop and they are being offered at a special price for this month. Using prints of some of my original watercolor paintings I have added decorative quotes to create a whole new art experience.

These instant downloads are ready for you to print, frame and display or give as gifts. You can try it out first with my FREE 5x7 autumn print here. I will be adding more fall prints in the weeks to come and I invite you to check out all of my watercolor printables in my Etsy Shop

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

FREE!!! Watercolor & Words Wednesday - Autumn Printable

Free Autumn Printable - 5x7

I recently announced a new direction I have taken with some of my watercolor images. Using a high resolution 8x10 print of my own original paintings I design an inspiring quote, motivational saying or words of encouragement to create a whole new art experience.

The best part is that these 8x10 inch Art & Quote prints are ready for instant digital download so that you can immediately print, trim and frame them to display on your wall, shelf or give as a gift. I am happy to customize the print with a different quote or saying using the same font and color.

Since tomorrow is the official First Day of Autumn I am giving you a FREE 5x7 fall themed printable so you can try it out for yourself and see how easy it is to print and display these Watercolor & Words. Just click the Download link below the first photo and you are ready to go. If you do give it a try I would love for you to leave me a comment below.

You can see ALL of my new Art & Quote Printables in my Etsy Shop and I will continue to add more designs and inspirational words in the weeks to come. Look for more Autumn themed prints this month!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Roses and Love

Watercolor - 8x10

"A rose speaks of love silently in a language 
known only to the heart."

Nothing says love like beautiful roses! They are such a perfectly formed flower that it is a little bit intimidating to try and paint them. You either have to take a very detailed, realistic approach or keep things loose and free with just a hint of detail. I tend to take the loose approach with my watercolor paintings but not with those I love. Everyday I am thankful for the love of my friends and family.