Friday, May 29, 2015

PETAL SOFT Roses and Spatters

Watercolor - 11x15

I love to spatter paint, absolutely one of my favorite things to do with watercolor but I have to be careful not to go overboard with it. It is such great way to loosen up a painting and to add some spots of lighter color on top of a darker one, like the gold on the blue in Petal Soft.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Butterflies and My Favorite Watercolor Supplies

Watercolor - 8x10

I have been painting with watercolor for twenty five years now and have taught classes for over fifteen, so along the way I have experimented with many different kinds of paints, paper and brushes. I have learned what I prefer to use and what works best for new students just entering the wonderful world of watercolor painting. I have put together a list of my favorite painting supplies that I know work well and will hopefully save some frustration for all of you fellow watercolorists out there. You can check it out on my blog 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ink Blobs and Watercolor

Watercolor & Ink

I love to combine watercolor with other mediums and ink is a wonderful addition. The strong black provides a perfect contrast to the softness of watercolor. I usually use ink in a very precise way, adding thin lines of detail and shading, but in class last week I decided to change things up a bit and apply the ink with a dropper. It is hard to totally control the ink application so it results in a variety of line thickness with the occasional ink blob. This is great way to play and experiment on some of those unfinished watercolor paintings that we all have sitting around!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

COUNTRY BARN and Vignettes

Watercolor - 8x10

I absolute LOVE using a vignette as a compositional design in my watercolors.  It allows me to paint the foreground in a free and loose manner, leaving some of the sparkling white paper to shine through. When I am painting the foreground I wet the paper first, leaving some ares of the paper dry. This allows me to create soft and hard edges when the paint touches the paper.

It still makes me laugh when I think of all the years I would makes notes to myself and spell vignette without the 'g' - it wasn't until I was blogging about it and it was auto corrected that I realized I needed that silent letter:) 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Grapes and Vineyards

Watercolor - 11x15

I used several soft pastel colors to paint these vineyard grapes. Last year we toured several wineries in beautiful North Carolina and enjoyed spending the day tasting the all of the delicious wines.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SPRING JOY Off to Michigan

Watercolor - 11x15

Spring Joy now has a new home with Barb in Michigan. Even though I have been painting spring flowers we are having crazy weather here in Colorado with hail, snow, rain and cold temperatures - let's hope it warms up soon!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mixed Media Monday - Number 3 and 5

Mixed Media Collage - 8x8

This week's Mixed Media Monday showcases two acrylic collage pieces that I did using decorative papers, paint and stamping. After years of only using watercolor it was fun to shake things up a bit with bold pattern and colors. Each piece was created on an 8x8 canvas panel and can be displayed as is on an easel or in a standard size frame.
Mixed Media Collage - 8x8