Friday, July 22, 2016

Sunflowers and Outdoor Art Shows

CELEBRATIONS OF SUMMER
Watercolor - 11x15

I use to participate in outdoor art shows, many years ago. When we lived in Denver, CO and also in South Carolina. They are ALOT of work because you have to prepare and price all of your art, transport it, set up a tent, hang the art. hope that the weather is good and then spend all day on your feet, talking to people and hoping that they want to buy something. 

I kept telling myself that I would do more shows once all they kids went off to college but by then I was selling online from my nice, comfortable studio and decided I liked that much better. But it is still fun to pretend that my art is outside at a show like in the photo:)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DAISY DELIGHT and the Cruciform Design

DAISY DELIGHT
Watercolor - 11x15

I LOVE daisies! There is something so fresh and clean about them. Their crisp white shapes, growing in a cluster among the greenery. As much as I love them they are not easy to paint in watercolor. It is a challenge to save your whites so that when you come back and paint the background around them they still look crisp and clean. Used a cruciform design for the background colors so that I could leave some white at the corners of the composition.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Children and Chalk


Do you remember how much fun it was to get a box of colored chalk when you were a child and how you couldn't wait to get outside and start playing with them? Do you still feel that excitement now when you spend time creating?

'Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child.'
Tim Burton

Monday, July 18, 2016

Creative Monday Challenge - Week 27

BEACH FLOWERS
Watercolor & Oil Pastel - 8x10

I loved hearing from those of you that enjoyed the Painting Checklist printable last week and appreciated the thank you. I had fun putting it together and was glad to see it used on your weekly paintings.

This week's Creative Monday Challenge is to use some kind of a resist in your painting. It can be oil pastels, crayons, paraffin - anything that will repel the watercolor paint. Oil pastels are a great way to get white and light colors saved in areas where you will paint darker color on top. For Beach Flowers I used the oil pastels in the foreground for the flowers, for the white caps in the water and the seagulls in the sky. You can buy a large set of oil pastels pretty inexpensively at Hobby Lobby or Michaels and don't forget to use a coupon. Happy painting!

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.

Friday, July 15, 2016

July Art With Heart Newsletter


Better late than never! 
My July Art With Heart newsletter is now available and can be seen here!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

FLORAL BLUES and Bright Colors

FLORAL BLUES
Watercolor - 11x15

When I first began painting in watercolor over twenty five years ago, I painted predominately with blue because it was my favorite color and there were so many beautiful shades of it available. Since then, I have explored all of the bright new colors that have come on the market - fuchsia, purple, turquoise, sapphire, lime green and magenta. But, every once and a while I still like to go back to my tried and true blues.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Butterflies, Gardens and Dirt

BUTTERFLY GARDEB
Watercolor - 8x10

I so admire people who garden and have a green thumb because I don't. I remember as a child telling my parents that I wanted to plant a garden. My dad, who always supported my creative ideas, told me I could use a small part of the backyard and to start digging. I got the small shovel and some gardening gloves and started digging away. All was fine until I saw my first worm. I quickly decided that working with dirt was not going to be for me:)

How smart of my dad to let me figure it out for myself, instead of just saying no.