Friday, December 19, 2014

Sailboats and More Sailboats

CATCH THE WIND
Watercolor - 15x22

I cannot tell you how much fun I had with this painting. I began with wet paper and lots of fun colors while leaving some white areas in the center. I placed plastic wrap on the wet paint to create interesting texture and left it to dry. When I removed the plastic I began using negative painting to create the white sails for the focal area and then moved to the sails in the background, letting them be whatever color was already there. 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SUMMER SERENADE Roses

SUMMER SERENADE
Watercolor - 11x15

Roses can be very challenging to paint because they are such a perfect looking flower but if you just loosen things up a bit you will be fine.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tissue Paper, Acrylics and Sunflowers

SUNFLOWER SPRING
Acrylic collage - 10x20

Sunflower Spring is a departure from my watercolor paintings. I used colored tissue and rice papers to collage on to mat board and then acrylics to negative paint around the flowers. I added more layers of collage and paint until I was satisfied with the piece. The beauty of this technique is that you can build up nice texture that is not possible with transparent watercolor.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tropical Hibiscus

TROPICAL BLOOM
Watercolor - 11x15

I began painting Tropical Bloom on wet paper, letting the colors run and blend while keeping an area of white for the hibiscus and leaving white areas at the bottom for a vignette effect.
When everything was dry I began painting defining the hibiscus with more blue in the background, I added shape and definition to the leaves and flower petals and added some hibiscus buds to carry the pink color around the composition.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SNOWY NIGHT and STUDIO SALE in Etsy Shop

SNOWY NIGHT
Watercolor - 10x14
SOLD

Snowy Night now has a new home in Colorado Springs and was sold from the STUDIO SALE section of my Etsy Shop. You can check out more of my watercolors at a reduced price here

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Red Bird and Holly

RED BIRD and HOLLY
Watercolor - 11x15

A pretty winter bird sitting among the holly and red berries just waiting for the holiday season!