Friday, March 23, 2018

ASPEN TREES & Purposeful Living

Watercolor Batik - 18x24

Do you struggle for balance in your life with family, faith, friends, art and play? It is easy to get caught up in trying to keep everyone else happy and to feel like we can't say no when asked to do something but it helps to remember to be more purposeful in our decisions. Some doors open that we don't have to walk through. Is it something that will enrich our life, build a relationship or strengthen a talent? If so, then say yes. If not, say no without guilt. Not always easy to do, but worthy of trying.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

CACTUS BLOOM & Commission Art

Watercolor - 8x8

A few months a go a woman contacted me through my Etsy Shop and asked if she could commission a painting similar to one that I had already sold, so of course I said yes! After communicating back and forth about the subject (cactus flower), colors (green and white), shape (square) and size (8x8 inch) we agreed on a price and I started painting.

When I completed the watercolor I listed it in my shop and notified her that it was ready to purchase. And heard nothing. I have painted many commission through the years and have to admit that this is the first time I have been skunked. I know it is a possibility each time and I don't require payment up front unless it is a large piece so I really can't complain, but it was still disappointing. At least I had fun painting it!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Daisies & Impressionism

Watercolor - 15x22

Impressionism as a style of painting is defined as aiming to represent overall impressions rather than exact details of the subject. Painting with watercolor helps to achieve an impressionistic effect because of the way the paint moves and blends on wet paper, creating soft edges. It is then up to the artist to decide how much detail to add and how much to leave to the imagination of the viewer. 

Friday, March 16, 2018


Watercolor Batik - 9x12

My brother lived in beautiful Hawaii for many years and I was always amazed at all of the gorgeous tropical flowers that bloomed year round.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PUEBLO VILLAGE & Four Focus Areas

Watercolor - 11x15

With every painting I try to focus on these four areas as I paint:

Color - a color scheme for harmony, color variety in each shape, neutrals added for balance
Value - at least 3 values for each shape and the entire composition, a path of darks 
Edges - a variety of hard and soft edges throughout the painting
Composition - center of interest defined by largest shape, brightest color, most detail