Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Large Sunflower, Color and Bubble Wrap

Watercolor - 15x22

One large sunflower, sweeping color and a little bubble wrap made for an interesting composition in this watercolor painting. I used a half sheet of 140 lb watercolor paper and painted larger than I normally do, using negative painting to bring out the shapes of the petals and leaves and stamping with bubble wrap for fun texture.
I sell my paintings unmatted so that the collector can mat and frame to their own taste but this photo gives you an idea of what it would look like all framed up!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Last Day of Art Sale!

Watercolor 11x15

Today is the last day of my Back To School Sale - 30% off ALL art in my Etsy Shop. Just use the coupon code SCHOOL30 at checkout and you will be set!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CRASHING SURF & Texture All Over

Watercolor - 11x15

I had a lot of fun with texture in this ocean painting of waves crashing against rocks. I first painted the over all background colors of ultramarine blue, turquoise, purple and some yellow ochre on wet paper and immediately placed plastic wrap on top.
When everything dried, I removed the plastic that created the wonderful texture shown above.
I then painted the rocks, waves and a few seagulls while trying to leave most of the texture in plain sight.

Friday, September 12, 2014


Watercolor - 15x22

How do you define creative flow? Is it that magical state of being when everything else falls aside, time is suspended and your creative process is on automatic? Is analytical thinking suspended? Are you are creating on a different level? Do you feel that delicious rush of creative excitement? There is no better feeling than when everything seems to be going right in a painting and you feel that artistic excitement  - isn't that why we keep on creating?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Acrylic Collage and Etsy Art Sale - 30% Off

Acrylic Collage - 10x20

Rainbow Sunflowers was created using painted tissue, rice papers and acrylic paint for a mixed media art piece. It now has a new home in North Carolina with one of my favorite collectors, Amy. Don't forget that you have until Sep 15 to participate in the Back To School Art Sale in my Etsy Shop - 30% off all original paintings, just use the coupon code SCHOOL30 at checkout!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Transformation From Acrylic Painting to Mixed Media Art

Acrylic collage on canvas board - 9x12

I often have paintings that are finished but I am not totally satisfied with the final piece. I had painted a large purple iris in acrylics and did not really like it so I decided to totally change it up. I first painted around the iris with white gesso and collaged on some decorative tissue paper. When that was done the painted iris looked out of place so I glued on some purple tissue that allowed some of the original flower show through
When that dried, I added the leaves and some white ride paper to lighten up areas of the iris. Then I used some liquid purple acrylic and painted in the shadows around the petals of the iris. More green tissue on the leaves, some pink rice paper on the iris and I was done. So much fun to totally transform from a traditional acrylic painting to a mixed media piece!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

30% Off Back To School Art Sale and Sept Newsletter

Watercolor & Oil Pastel - 8x10

In celebration of school starting and the hint of fall in the air I am having a Back To School Sale in my Etsy Shop - 30% off ALL art.  Just use the coupon code SCHOOL30 at checkout - you can see all my original paintings in my Etsy Shop here
Also, my newsletter for September is out , full of art, news and tips. You can see the newsletter here