Friday, October 21, 2016

Sunflowers, Barns and Bicycles

Watercolor - 11x15

I love seeing what some of my watercolor paintings would look like if they were blown up bigger than life and displayed outside. I love how the bright, happy sunflowers look against the old, stone wall and of course you need to have some bicycles near the barn. Remember in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when Paul Newman and Katherine Ross rode the bicycle out in the country while BJ Thomas was singing Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head? Loved that movie!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Watercolor & Words Wednesday - GOD'S WONDERS

Instant Download Printable - 8x10

It is easy to take for granted the incredible beauty of nature that always surrounds us. We often need to be reminded to stop and take a moment to enjoy all of God's wonders.

This 8x10 print of my original watercolor is ready for instant downloading so that you can print, trim and frame for yourself or to give as a gift. I invite you to check all of my watercolor printables here!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

SECRETS and Words

Watercolor - 11x15

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
- Chinese Proverb -

Monday, October 17, 2016

Creative Monday Challenge - Week 40 - Use All Your Senses

Watercolor - 13x19

I read something the other day about how spending so much time using our computers and watching tv utilizes our sense of sight but we may be neglecting our other senses. I realized that the same thing could apply to art, which of course is a very visual activity and that it would be a good exercise to focus on our other senses while being creative.

Do you notice the smell of paint, charcoal or other art supplies in your studio? Do you like to light a scented candle while you create? Do you enjoy listening to music or a book on tape? Are you aware of the feel of a brush in your hand, the texture of your paper or the movement of your arm as you paint? Do you enjoy the taste of gum, candy or a healthy snack while you are being creative? Does the subject you are painting bring back memories of the smell of the salt air, the rough feel of the rocks or the sound of the waves hitting the shore?

The Creative Monday Challenge this week is to be aware of your other senses while painting a subject of your choice and to share your discoveries with us.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Positive Tips for Negative Painting

Negative painting is by far my favorite way to approach watercolor. An object is defined by painting the negative space around it, making it appear lighter and adding depth to the overall design. In watercolor it is often what we don't paint, that becomes the most important element in our composition. Using negative painting is like being a stone carver, chipping away until only the most important lights remain. 

 Positive Tips for Negative Painting:
- Draw enough to get the general design on the watercolor paper. Keep your drawing    uncluttered to allow for developing additional shapes as you paint
- Select two or three colors for your underpinning
- Wet the entire paper, apply juicy paint randomly over the surface and tilt the paper to help mix the colors
- When dry, start applying glazes around your main objects, softening edges as you move out into the background
- With each glaze, add new shapes with darker values
- Try not to get too dark, too fast

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pears on Pear Street!

Watercolor - 8x10

Sherry from Washington state purchased a Pair of Pears as a housewarming gift to herself after she bought  her new home on Pear Street. She said "it even has my unusual color scheme of green, orange and purple. It's perfect and will be prominently displayed." How fun is that!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Watercolor & Words Wednesday - Happy Autumn!

Instant Download Printable - 8x10

I think fall is my favorite time of year. I love the changing colors, the cooler days, anything made with pumpkin and using real leaves in my artwork. For HAPPY AUTUMN I painted watercolor on the backs of the leaves and used them to stamp the vein texture onto my paper. Then, I added more color and definition to the leaf shapes, painted the red berries and darkened the background.

I just added several more Autumn themed printables in my Etsy Shop. They are ready for instant downloading so that you can print, trim and frame for yourself or to give as a gift. You can print as many times as you want and they are being offered at a new LOW PRICE!

I also invite you to check all my other printables here!