Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Autumn trees

About 10 years ago I took a week long watercolor workshop with Susan Scheewe in Oregon.  It wasn't until recently I finally got to make use of the foliage brush that I bought at that workshop.  I can't get over how simple it was to use and I loved the way my trees look.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ocean breeze

I forgot how relaxing painting landscape pictures--makes me want to go to the beach.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm going to England...

For my husbands 60th birthday in October, I'm taking him to England to celebrate.  He's been doing genealogical research on his father's side of the family on Ancestry.com.  While doing this research he discovered that he has first cousins that live in Chester, England.  So we will be spending time in Chester and the surround area taking pictures, and I'll be doing some plein air painting of the Chester country side.  In preparation for the trip, I've been brushing up on painting landscapes.  I want to feel comfortable painting in public, but also want to be prepared.  So I'm playing with an assortment of watercolor brushes, watercolor paper, and watercolor palettes. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

IF - - Gesture

Gesturing with a wave, the duo Maddie and Fluffy are kicking up their heels and dancing!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pretty Kitty

My friend came over today to show me her pretty kitty.  So I thought I'd surprise her with a little portrait of the angel.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Blue bells

This is my latest watercolor painting that I did tonight.   It's been a long time since I've used colorless art masking fluid to save the whites; this allowed me to paint the background detail with ease.  Once I was done with the background, I simply removed the masking fluid and then painted detail to my trees.  I also used my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils to add even more detail.

In my quest to paint daily, I've cut down my watercolor paper to 8 x 10.   This is a nice size to work on and it allows me to finish a painting quickly.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

IF -- Stay

Maddie has wide eyes as she is following Bunny's command to Stay!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

IF -- Remedy

Nothing like a good bowl of chicken soup as a remedy for a cold!