Thursday, May 26, 2016

Flowers and the Art Museum

Watercolor - 11x15

I have always wanted to have my paintings hanging in an art museum but I think this is as close as I will ever get! I have been having fun with this new photo app and obviously my watercolor is no where near as large as it looks in the photo but it is nice to dream just a little bit.

I hope one of your dreams comes true soon!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Girl Time

I was lucky enough to spend last week with two of my favorite girls. We celebrated Laura's birthday and Ansley turning 7 months old. So much fun to be with them and share that special time.

Ansley is at that age where she is curious about everything and she loves playing with the blocks that my Mom got for her. Too cute for words!

I did bring my watercolors along and managed to get a little painting time in while sweetie pie napped - more of that later.

The kids tease me because I am always saying that time with family warms my heart - but it is definitely true!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sunflowers and Bright Days

Watercolor - 11x15

Sunflowers always brighten my day and I hope they do yours, too! I was lucky enough to get to spend a week with both of my daughters and my granddaughter and they definitely brighten my day.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Creative Monday Challenge - Week 20

Welcome to Week 20 of the Creative Monday Challenge! This week we will be painting water, whether a mountain stream, lake or the low country marshlands. For Mountain Blues I used a palette of cool shades of greens and blues and reflected those colors along with a hint of mauve in to the stream. 

I stretched my colors beyond realism with Winter Symphony and used warm shades of pink, mauve and orange with a little bit of blue and purple. The key to painting water is to wet the area first and use a light touch with the paint, letting the colors mix and mingle. I also like to leave some white areas to suggest light reflecting off of the water and add a little sparkle.

Rocky Stream is an example of fast running water and a small waterfall around the rocks. I wet the water area first and painted with shades of blue, brushing in the direction of the water flow. For the frothy, white water at the botton of the small waterfall, I used the tip of a round brush to add dots of color and then sprinkled salt for more texture.

The water is the main subject and focal point for Sunset on the Marsh and I went to town with bright, warn colors. I added some purple and blue in the foreground of the water and used horizontal strokes. I kept the land and tree masses darker with very little definition to provide contrast and keep the focus on the water and sky.

I hope you enjoy this week's Creative Challenge and if you are new to Creative Monday I would love to have you join us. You can read more about it and get info on joining the free Facebook Group here.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

SOUTHERN CHARM - New Home in South Carolina

Watercolor & Ink - 11x15

Southern Charm now has a new home in South Carolina which is fitting since the beautiful architecture in Charleston was my inspiration for this painting!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend wherever you are and may your days be filled with color!

Friday, May 20, 2016

CROSSROADS and Blue Roofs

Watercolor - 11x15

For Crossroads I deviated from the traditional wood barn with a red roof and painted a white barn with a blue roof. I also used a vignette effect in the foreground and left a lot of pure, white paper for a more dynamic composition.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Too Many Art Books?

Can one ever really have too many art books? 
This is what I asked myself as I was trying to bring some kind of order to my stack of books. I LOVE art books. Always have, ever since I was a kid. I would ride my bike to the library, check out some art books, bring them home and happily spend hours looking through them. And that was when art books were printed with very few color photos - now they are full of beautiful color on every page.

This was the very first watercolor book I ever owned and I still have it. I have always been drawn to the beauty of watercolor paintings and feel so blessed that I can spend time doing what I love. There are SO many beautiful art books out there on all subjects from painting, collage, mixed media and acrylics to scrapbooking and photo art. Now if I can just find room for all of them...

Thank your joining me on this creative journey - may your day be filled with joy and color!