Monday, March 31, 2008

2nd in Series Orange and red Parrot Tulips

12 x 16 watercolor block. Daniel Smith Watercolors.

1st in series of botanical flowers

This will be a 1st in a series of botanical flowers.

Hydrangea...12 x 16 watercolor 140lb block. Daniel Smith watercolors

Saturday, March 22, 2008


I love painting flowers and I especially love peonies. 9 x 12 watercolor block. Daniel Smith watercolors.

Monday, March 17, 2008

4 orchids and a tulip

I always forget about my Faber-Castel markers. So I took them out of the box and used them, creating four orchids and my last tulip!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Chinese brush paintings

Today was my monthly Chinese Brush painting class with Nan Rae. We worked on dragons and a Crape Myrtle w/blue bird.

New pieces of hand made jewelry

Here are a couple of pieces that I made recently. The bracelet is all hand wired with an array of stones.
Pearl necklace with purple stones.

Pearls with red/orange and jade stones

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Red Tulips..

There are many colors of tulips...Daniel Smith watercolors, 4 x 6 postcard size.

Monday, March 10, 2008

More Tulips...

Last night on WC Chat we had a discussion about using only 3 colors and the biggest brush to create an impressionistic painting. So here is my attempt. I used Daniel Smith hansa yellow medium,sap green, pyrrol orange, a #12 round watercolor brush. The size of the paper 4 x 6 post card. I basically dropped in the color wet-on-wet. It was rather freeing to paint this way.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Blue flower wet-on-wet

I'm not a big fan of wet-on-wet, probably because I always feel like my paintings turn to mud. I thought I'd play around with a small practice piece 4 x 6 postcard size. I did a quick line drawing. Then I wet the background with clear water. When I saw the sheen was almost gone, I re-wet the paper again letting it dry a little then dropping in the color. I used this same approach with each petal of the flower. I liked the diffused feeling my little wc has. I might do this again, but on a larger drawing to see if I can fine tune the results.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Tulips WIP

Final painting of Tulips
Going back to basics.
I first did a line drawing of tulips. Then I did a value sketch to see where the lights and darks should be. Finally I painted the tulips using the value sketch to tell me where I needed to have highlights and shadows. When I thought I was done I took a picture with my digital camera. I used Adobe Photoshop to make adjustments, but mainly to do a gray scale to see if I needed to add more darks. With the gray scale I noticed that I needed to darken my darks to make the tulip leaves pop.
Painted tulips before I do a final gray scale

Line Drawing and Value Sketch

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A French Bull Dog

Getting back to basics. I started this watercolor about a week ago, then put it aside, and today decided to finish it. I've been trying to workout in my mind and in my art, what direction I would like to explore.

For the past few weeks I've been drawing and painting Tulips, some of my drawings I liked, some of them I didn't. What I figured out was that I need to stick to basics...meaning...doing a sketch;then a value sketch,and finally sketching my drawing on good watercolor paper, then paint. I think with this approach, which for me is tried and true, I'll be much happier with my work. Also pick a standard size and format that I'm comfortable painting...not to big and not to small.

Having finally worked that out, tomorrow I'll start another Tulip drawing with WIP photos. So I feel relieved and don't feel like I'm all over the map with my art. See you tomorrow!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

More tulips

Two more tulips...I'm right now just playing with color and seeing how the neocolor crayons can mix on my paper. Both are 8 x 8" Stonehenge paper.