Monday, June 26, 2017

Art With Heart Monday - Free July Watercolor Calendar

Summer is speeding by and I can't believe it is almost July. We are having friends and family coming to visit in the next few weeks so I have been busy getting the house ready and grocery shopping. If only the food would cook itself!

As my gift to you I have designed this July 2017 calendar using a portion of one of my original watercolor paintings. You can easily download it, print and trim to display in your office or on the fridge. Happy summer!

Saturday, June 24, 2017


Watercolor - 11x15

Roosters are always fun to paint and you can really go to town with all of their bright colors. I also love sunflowers so putting the rooster in a field of them was a no brainer. I did, however, want to leave some space at the top of the painting in case I decided to add some words on the digital image and design an art print. 

You can see in this 'before' photo of the watercolor that I just left a soft suggestion of sunflowers at the top of the painting. After I took my photos and got a good digital image I went back in and painted more detail in the sunflowers at the top left and right of the background. I haven't finished the design of the Watercolor & Words print but it will be coming soon!

Any suggestions for a clever, heart warming sunflower/rooster quote?

Friday, June 23, 2017

NEW!!! Instant Watercolor Sailboat Print

Instant Watercolor Print - 8x10

'May His presence give strength for today, hope for tomorrow'

The few time that I have been lucky enough to go sailing I absolutely loved the feeling of total freedom as we flew across the water with, the wind in our faces and the sun shining brightly. That profound feeling of strength and hope, for today and tomorrow!

I used an image of one of my original watercolor sailboat paintings and added a quote to design a piece that is ready for instant downloading. You can print, trim and frame it for yourself or to give as a gift. My watercolor printables are a great way to make a creative connection with someone special in your life. I invite you to view all of my instant printables in my Etsy Shop!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Creative Groups - My People!

Watercolor Batik - 12x18

I am getting ready to start teaching my summer watercolor classes this afternoon and I am excited to be back with 'my people.' Any art class I have ever taken or taught has been filled with happy, curious, energetic and endlessly creative people. People who are ready and willing to learn new techniques, experiment with new materials and explore new ideas. To share their resources and encourage each other on this creative journey. 

With art there is always something new to learn, experience and share. I always leave a class filled with renewed creative energy and inspiration. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of such a wide and diverse group of creative souls - my people!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Art With Heart Monday - First Time Plein Air Painting!

En plein air is the French expression for "in the open air." French impressionistic painters such as Monet, Pissarro and Renoir advocated plein air painting and much of their work was done outdoors in the diffuse light of a large white umbrella. Their desire to paint light and its ever changing qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel allowed artists the freedom to paint outdoors.

I have to admit I have only painted outside a few times since I began using watercolor over twenty years ago and it did not go well. But, as part of my 'mid-year art resolution' to expand my artistic horizons I have joined a Plein Air group that meets every Tuesday to paint outside here in beautiful east Tennessee.

I bought a box easel on sale and practiced setting it up so I would not make a fool of myself, loaded the car with the easel, my art bag, a chair, lunch box and tennis shoes. We all met at a beautiful spot called the Lily Barn with flowers, a covered bridge and a stream running through it. I set up my easel, used the drawer for my palette and water and started to paint. 

It was a fun morning meeting other local artists and seeing how they approached painting outdoors. One other lady used watercolor and everyone else painted with oils. I really just did a few small paintings to get my feet wet so to speak and believe me they are not worth sharing. I think I need to sketch a little bit more first which is not really the way I normally paint but it felt great to step out of my comfort zone and I look forward to doing it again.

Have you ever painted outdoors?