I love sending my art off to a new home and am always happy to hear from their new owners. Bamboo & Koi now lives in California with Janet who said these nice words:
"My batik watercolor just arrived today (super fast shipping!) and I absolutely love it!! It's as colorful, rich and vibrant as represented and just a beautiful piece of art! I can't wait to buy another painting!"
I have to admit that I am not the best about going to art museums but whenever I visit my Mom in Texas she is great about taking me to one so that I can get a little culture. This time, it was an exhibit of paintings by the three Le Nain brothers from seventeenth century France. They all signed their paintings with only their last name so there is much speculation about which brother painted which piece of art and how much they might have collaborated. They painted very large oils of people in religious settings and the amount of detail was amazing - faces, clothes, lace, wood, stonework - very inspiring!
I am by no means an expert in historic art but it was nice to see something in person that you wouldn't find on Pinterest and to expand my creative horizons a little bit. So, I thought it would be a good idea for this week's Creative Monday Challenge to be an Art Date with yourself. Go to a museum, an artist opening, a local art gallery, an art fair or an art demo - something that gets you out of the studio and off the internet where you can see art in person and up close. And then please share it with us all!
"Home is wherever you leave everything you love and never
question that it will be there when you return."
I am spending some time in Texas with my Mom and enjoying the surprisingly cool summer weather and a little art time by the pool. I grew up here, but of course my parents did not put a pool in until their first grandchild was born!
Every year we would load up our three kids and spend the last week or two of summer before school started here at my parent's house. I have such wonderful memories of the kids playing in the pool, Mom's great cooking, time in the workshop with my Dad and jogging near my old elementary school. The kids always made it a priority to spend some time here in the summer even after they went off to college, graduated, married and started jobs. Summer to us is Texas and I feel very blessed for all the great times we have had here as a family!
I am thrilled to be the Featured Artist this month in the online art magazine Empty Easel! The title of the article is Martha Kisling: Splashy, Whimsical Landscapes and Florals and one of my watercolors they reviewed was Splendor Falls.
"A variety of brushstrokes in Splendor Falls provides a smorgasbord of texture and dimension. Nestled in the background, tucked gently behind the falls, is a plush tree canopy featuring loops and dabs telling the tale of thousands of multi-colored leaves.
Meanwhile, sweeping, downward strokes convey the rush of water through the falls, where it gathers in glassy stillness at the end of its journey in a bottomless, reflective pool. As a wonderful contrast, the deep, rich tones found in the towering rock create a marbled, smooth look that is simply captivating."
It is always and honor to have your artwork recognized and even more fun when they say such nice things about your paintings. Thank you to Cassie Reif for taking the time to look at my watercolors, select the art and write such an enthusiastic article!
"Dream higher than the sky, deeper than the ocean"
I decided to feature one of my new Watercolor Art & Quote prints each Wednesday because I am SO excited about them all! Today I am showing my Lighthouse watercolor because who doesn't love a trip to the beach.
I start witha high resolution print of one of my original watercolor paintings and create an inspiring quote, motivational saying or words of encouragement to create a whole new art experience.
These 8x10 prints are ready for instant digital download so that you can immediately print, trim and put them in a cute frame. I am happy to customize the print with a different quote or saying using the same font and color.
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!
"Boldly be a pop of color in this black and white world"
I love to use fresh, pure color on my watercolor paintings and Bouquet of Color was no exception. I applied paint to the wet paper using tissue to create interesting texture and shapes throughout the composition.
When everything was dry I removed the tissue and started painting the flower and leaf shapes, letting the design created by the texture guide me.
It is important to have a variety of edges in any painting. Edges refer to where one shape ends and another one begins. Shapes can be separate objects or areas of color/shading within an object. One of the most common mistakes made in painting is to create sharp, hard, defined edges between everything as if we were filling in a coloring book.
The focal point is first established with your composition but then you should use edges to guide the viewer's eye through the painting to the center of interest. This can be done by using a limited number of crisp, hard edges around the focal point while everything else is painted with a little softer, blended or even invisible edges.
Notice in Floral Blues that I used the most defined and hard edges around the central blooms to create the focal point and painted softer edges in the flowers and background as I moved toward the edges of the paper. Within the larger flowers I used a combination of hard and soft edges and for the leaves I kept the transition of the greens very soft while using more defined edges for the veins.
The Creative Monday Challenge this week is to be aware of the type of edges that you are using in your artwork and to use a variety of hard, soft and in between edges throughout your painting to create a more interesting and varied composition.
If you are new to Creative Monday I would love to have you join us. You can read more about it and get info on joining the free Facebook Group here.