Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bright Sunflower

Bright Sunflower
8 X 8 watercolor mounted on wood panel

This is one of three watercolors I have finished  and mounted so that they are ready to wax with Dorland's Wax Medium. This will protect them and give them a soft finish without the glare of glass in a frame. Because there is no costly framing, I can offer them for sale for less expense to me and to the buyer. They are not permitted in the bigger watercolor shows, though. Those still have to be shown under glass or acrylic. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Small watercolor paintings

Watercolor 6 X 6 
Mounted on wrapped canvas and waxed

I'm working on some small watercolors that I can mount on either wrapped canvas or wood panels and protect with archival wax instead of putting them under glass. It's the best of both worlds, watercolor art but displayed with no glass reflections to get in the way of enjoyment. I spay them with UV protective acrylic first and then coat them with several layers of Dorland's wax. I like the results very much and I hope customers do too. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Painting and Posting

Koi Pond 
Acrylic on wrapped canvas 10 X 10

I've been painting quite a lot lately. I have 3 classes a week during the summer just to keep me busy. So busy that I haven't had time to post in my blog or to read the blogs of the artists I follow. 
This acrylic pour I posted before without the fish. I just thought it needed something more. I printed out some pictures that I took at a koi pond, cut out the fish and positioned them on the painting. When I found the right size and shape I just painted them in.  I like the result. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Flamingo Collage

Acrylic and Collage

I don't know how time can disappear like it does. I have a hard time keeping up with the blog these days. That said, on with the painting. This is a do-over. It was an all acrylic painting of a flamingo on a full sheet of watercolor paper. After languishing in a frame for more than a year I decided to take it out and collage on it. My inspiration is Elizabeth St Hilaire, who does this type of collage. I love her work! I decided to crop the Flamingo into a smaller format, picked out some papers that were mostly manufactured plus a couple of hand painted papers and cut and tore pieces to cover the whole bird. It was quite a challenge but fun. Everything is adhered with acrylic mat medium. I left the original background because I like how it was done in a loose, drippy, transparent manner.  

Monday, April 09, 2018

Blue Water
Acrylic 16 X 20

It started out as an abstract, it has quite a lot of collage in it and many layers of paint. Then the two little sailboats turned up so I let them stay. Maybe after awhile I'll paint them out. Right now I think I  will call it finished and start something else. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Abstract Landscape

Abstract Landscape
12 X 18 Acrylic on paper

I'm still going to an abstract class on Saturday mornings. This is a work in progress, but it's in my attempt at something non-tropical, having a more southwestern feel. It looks quite pink in the picture, instead of the soft orange I was going for. Acrylic color mixing is so different from watercolor, it takes a lot of adjustment. It's quite the learning curve. 
I thought I'd post it anyway, before the day and then the week gets away from me. I miss that push of the 30 in 30, that really gets my juices flowing. 

Thursday, March 08, 2018

White Flowers

Bush Roses
Watercolor 11 X 7.25

White flowers are always a fun challenge. You need to keep them white while still laying in interesting shadows. I loved this picture of the roses in the sunlight at Portland's Rose Garden. This painting has an abstract feeling to it with the roses floating cloud like in the picture, cropping it in a little would eliminate that some, but after doing some abstract work I kind of like that feeling. I did the painting by masking out the flowers and doing the dark background first. Personally, I think it's just as easy to paint the dark colors around the subject without using the mask and all the steps that takes. 


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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.