Thursday, March 21, 2019

SWAN LAKE - Original Watercolor Painting

Watercolor - 11x14

"Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working."  

~ Henri Matisse ~

Monday, March 18, 2019

SUNSHINE IRIS - Long & Skinny!

Watercolor - 8x15

Sometimes it is fun to shake thing sup a bit and use different sizes of paper for your paintings. We tend to use pretty standard rectangles - 8x10, 11x14 - so I decided to go long and skinny for Sunshine Iris and was thrilled with the final look.

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Watercolor - 11x14

This painting began as a demo for one of my workshops where we were exploring adding other media to our watercolor paintings. I first used several colors - white, pink, yellow - of oil pastel to draw in the flowers in the foreground. The pastel acts as a resist when you begin laying in the watercolors so that you can paint dark greens in the field and not lose the flowers.

Monday, March 11, 2019

BOUQUET OF COLOR & The Magic of Tissue Paper

Watercolor - 11x14

I began this painting but wetting 140lb watercolor paper and then placing tissue paper on top. I then used a a spray bottle to wet the tissue and began to apply strong colors for the flowers and leaves, letting the paint seap through the tissue.

When the paint and papers were dry I removed the tissue and saw that it had created beautiful texture on the white paper, creating a mosaic type of feel. I then used negative painting to define the flowers, petals, leaves and vase to complete the composition..

This is a fun way to loosen your painting style if you feel like you are too tight and too focused on details. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

30% Off All Watercolor Batik Paintings!

Watercolor Batik - 12x27 inches

I invite you to visit my Etsy Shop where I am having a 30% Off Sale for all of my original watercolor batik paintings. Sale ends March 31 so hurry on over!