Monday, February 8, 2016

Creative Monday Challenge - Week 5

Good morning everyone! I have been so excited and pleased to see the Creative Monday Facebook group create, share and support each other artistically this last month - really warms my heart:)
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.

The Creative Monday Challenge for this week is to take a small object and paint it larger than life.The shell I used for this 15x22 inch (half sheet of watercolor paper) painting was only two inches long so I really had to pay attention to the overall shape and proportions to paint it so large. I did take artistic license and had some fun with the color!

Happy painting!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Three Paintings Off to California

These three coordinating grape watercolors now have a new home with Kimberly in California. I always enjoy painting these vineyard beauties and often use wax paper to help create the shapes.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Newsletter for February and Lake Living

Watercolor - 8x10

My Art With Heart newsletter is out for February. Full of news, art and creative inspiration. You can view it here. Also, read about the big move we made to live on a lake - very excited!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Creative Monday Challenge - Week 4

It seems like I ALWAYS have a stack of watercolors sitting there waiting to be finished. The fun, exciting part for me is the beginning of a painting when the paint flows bright and true on to the wet paper. I love the spontaneous and unpredictable nature of watercolor and the ability to paint fast and free. I sometime have to make myself sit down to finish a painting even if I am not feeling the creative energy. But I have learned that once I start painting, I soon lose myself in the artistic process and it always feels good to have one less in the pile!

The Creative Monday Challenge for this week is to finish one of your paintings that is sitting around waiting to be completed. If you can, take a before and after photo. If you want to start a new painting and finish it, that is fine, too.

I decided to work on the field of flowers because it was a cloudy day and I felt like a little sunshine. The paper was not the best so the paint had a tendency to lift off but I persevered and kept adding darks around the flowers with some negative painting.

I added darker shapes in the background and decided I was done. Field of Sunshine seemed like a perfect name - one less painting in my pile!

If you are new to Creative Monday you can read more about it and get info on joining the free Facebook Group here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

21 Tips to Organize Your Studio Space!

I am not traditionally a 'spring cleaner', I seem to feel the urge to organize more in January right after the holidays when I am putting decorations away. My art room ALWAYS seems to need more organization so if you are in the same boat you might want to check this out - 21 fun ways to store your art and craft supplies and help organize your studio space. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BOAT TRIO and Moving Day

Watercolor - 8x10

Well, we closed on our new house yesterday and today is moving day - finally!
Six months in an apartment has been an adventure. Kind of fun in the beginning but we are definitely ready to get back in to a house, unpacked and settled.
I am excited to share pictures so stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Gift for a Friend

Watercolor on canvas - 8x10

Lavender Scent was purchased by Judy as a gift for her dear friend and now has a new home in Tennessee!