Monday, January 15, 2018

Art With Heart Newsletter & Art Sale!

My Art With Heart Newsletter was just released and is full of art, news and the latest from my studio! I invite you to view it here and if you are not already a subscriber you can sign up on my blog (upper right)

I am also having a 20% Off Art Sale on all of my Valentine's Day digital watercolor prints in my Etsy Shop and all Original Paintings of Roses

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cold Weather and Warm Hibiscus Flowers

Watercolor - 11x15

Like a lot of the country right now we are experiencing VERY cold temperatures and even some ice and snow so I decided to warm things up a bit by painting some warm, peach tropical hibiscus flowers. 

I first wet the 140 lb watercolor paper and placed white tissue paper on top and then started applying the colors for the petals, leaves and background in a very free and loose style. When everything was dry I glued the tissue paper down and then used negative painting to firm up the edges. This is a fun way to create a textured surface for the watercolor paint.

Stay warm! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018


Watercolor - 11x15

'We are all like snowflakes, 
unique and one of a kind.'

Friday, January 5, 2018

Painting Koi - Three Ways!

Watercolor - 11x15

There is something very peaceful about watching koi swimming around a pond. When the kids were small we used to go to the botanical gardens where they had several koi ponds among all of their beautiful flowers.

Watercolor - 11x15

The bright, pretty colors of the fish make them fun to paint. Orange, gold and even blue. As the artist you can go for realism or shake things up a bit and use more pastel colors.

Watercolor Collage - 15x22

For this painting I decided to add some bamboo and then collaged on different hand painted rice papers to add more texture to the piece. Three paintings of koi using three different creative approaches.