Friday, October 19, 2018

KOI POND - Watercolor Batik

Watercolor Batik - 12x18

There is something so peaceful and zen-like about watching colorful koi swimming in a pond. When we lived in South Carolina the previous owners had build a rock pond with koi fish and we were lucky enough to inherit them. We had just gotten Ginger, our golden retriever puppy and she kept jumping in the pond and scaring the fish so we eventually had to fence it off from her. I imagine it took a while for the koi to recover from that!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

SUNFLOWER FUN - Watercolor on Yupo

Watercolor on Yupo - 11x17

Yupo is a slick, plastic paper used in the printing world but it is a lot of fun to watercolor on, too. The paint sits on the surface instead of soaking in to the paper like traditional watercolor so the colors remain bold and bright.

I first drew the sunflowers on the white yupo paper with an oil pastel. Then, I applied bright watercolors on the sunflower, leaves and background with the oil pastel acting as a resist. I placed some plastic wrap on the wet paint to create texture in the background and when everything was dry I came back in with strong, drier paint to punch up the composition.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Be Your Own Art Juror!

Watercolor - 11x15

Many artist love to submit their work to juried art shows. It is their dream to get accepted and it helps to push them to improve their work. It can be a fun experience and of course very exciting if you win an award. 

But, be aware of putting too much emphasis on getting in to art shows. Yes, it feels great to have a juror accept your painting in to a show but that same painting could very well be rejected from a different juror for another show. It is all very subjective. 

Sometimes, it is best to be your own juror. To learn to self-critique your work. Take stock of how you have progressed creatively over time. Applaud yourself for areas of improvement, creative risks that you have taken and the self discipline you have had to keep showing up in the studio each day. 

Friday, October 12, 2018


Watercolor 11x15

For Island Hibiscus I took a little different approach for the composition and created a border to place the flowers and leaves on. I carefully painted the turquoise around the image and then placed crumpled plastic wrap on the wet watercolor to create fun texture on the border.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Watercolor - 11x15

We are still having very warm weather here in beautiful Tennessee so I could imagine actually being at the beach right now. For those of you already having cold temperatures maybe the thought of a beach day will warm you up.