Friday, January 25, 2013

My Cup

                                  My Cup  
                                      Watercolor on acrylic 11 X 8

This painting is number 21 in the series of 30 paintings in 30 days. The background was started months ago waiting for just the right idea to come for a subject.The background is gesso over an old watercolor painting. Putting the curly ques on it reminded me of steam from a cup of hot coffee or tea. Cups always remind me of the Psalm verse that I put on the painting. I used gold background to emphasize the value of God's word. Sometimes that's how a painting is conceived, one thing leads to another. I call it intuitive painting. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Paintings Number 19 and 20

                                                             Sara, Sitting 
                                         Watercolor, 11 1/2 X 7

I just had to do another painting of our cute little grand-dog, Sara. This time she is sitting and waiting for whatever a dog waits for. Food, attention, a toy. She would probably like to snuggle into a lap the best. She has different features for a dachshund, a little more hound like around the head and chest. And her eyes are large with very dark lid linings that look like she's wearing eye liner.




Three Amigos
Watercolor on Acrylic, 10 X !0

Yes, there really are three pelicans in this painting. If you look closely you can see the neck of the third pelican in between the outer birds. Most of the brown feathers in the center are the third pelican; it's head is completely covered by the bird in front. 
The acrylic on the paper has been textured after it was painted on a watercolor background. This gives the painting depth and interest. The subject is then painted on top in watercolor.  Ten more paintings to go in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days, although the challenge will be finished before I am since I started a few days late. I'm going to try to finish 30, though.













Tuesday, January 22, 2013

After Chiuly #18

                                                          After Chiuly
                                                     Watercolor 7 1/2 x 11


Chiuly's Blue Bowl, Interior

Over the Christmas Holidays we were able to visit the Chiuly Glass Garden in Seattle Washington with our daughter and son-in-law. The arrangements of blown glass objects, the colors, the lighting were all a feast for the eyes. There aren't enough adjectives to adequately describe it. I took many pictures with the idea of interpreting some of the works, especially the colors in watercolor. I'm pretty happy with my first attempt, I like the way the colors ran but I need to find a darker blue that will react to the water in the same way that the pthalo blue does. This painting is  #18 in the 30 Day Challenge.



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Heron, #17

                                                          Blue Heron
                                       Watercolor 5 1/2 x 3 3/4

One of my favorite subjects to paint is the blue heron. They are common here and in many parts of the country in ponds, lakes, and seashore. They can be found anywhere there is water that they can wade in and find creatures to eat. I love their elegant necks and graceful movement . They are a delight to watch and to paint.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Painting #15, My Set Up

 
                                                     My Set Up
                                              watercolor 6 1/2 x 9


This is just a small potion of the set up on my painting table. The essentials are the water, brushes, spray bottle, tissues and of course the paints are off to the side. I couldn't quite get them in. I have a little paper with instructions for figure painting on my wall in the back. Until I started painting my set up, I didn't even notice it and I don't think I've used it since I put it up there. Maybe that should be my project for day 16, put some figures in my paintings. 

Bouquet, Number 16

                                                     Bouquet
                                     Watercolor, 7 X 9 1/2

It's getting harder to get these little paintings done, life keeps getting in the way. One thing it's done for me is that I don't dilly dally, I get in there and get it done without a lot of pondering about color and whether it should be this or that. I just get the brushes and paints out and try to let the right brain take over. For the most part I think it's working for me.

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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.